The epic account of Noah and the great flood is one of the most widely recognized Biblical narratives in all parts of the globe. The flood of Noah is a scientific fact recognized in all quarters of the world, which testifies to the veracity of scripture. Several outstanding Biblical principles are featured that will strengthen your spiritual life and build your faith like no other passage in the Bible. Let’s have a look at some Biblical text ~ “Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man [was] great in the earth… And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth” (Genesis 6.5-7). One of the remarkable attributes of this passage is that Jesus said it is a picture of what will happen in the last days before Christ returns and the present dispensation ends. Let’s see the words of Jesus ~ “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24.38,39).
Whatever is Necessary
Noah provides a clear picture of our present generation and how one can save himself and his family from the great judgements of devastation described in the book of Revelation that are coming upon the earth. The Bible relates that the reason God saved Noah and his family was because Noah was a “preacher of righteousness.” ~ “And [God] did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, [one of] eight [people], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly” (2Peter 2.5). The tremendous power of righteousness is depicted by God when He instructed Noah how to build an ark and waited for many years all to save only one man and his family. Here it is seen how God will detain everything in heaven and on earth just to save one righteous person. As was the case of Noah, those inhabiting the present darkness and evils that cover the earth can be sure that God will do whatever is necessary, including to build an ark, to save you and your family out of the apocalyptic events that are soon coming upon the earth. How did Noah develop such a high degree of righteousness?
Before Rain, Lakes & Oceans
Noah attained unto the righteousness that restrained the hand of God by mixing faith with his actions. First, one must understand that faith is the only righteousness that is acceptable to God. The Bible says ~ “Now the just shall live by faith; But if [anyone] draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10.38). What distinguishes Noah from all others is the monumental construction of the enormous ark in the midst of a generation, that not only never saw a lake or an ocean, Noah and his three sons built the ark at a time in the earth’s history before rain existed on the planet. The Bible states that there was not even rain in the earth before the time of Noah. Let’s have a closer look at scripture ~ “For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth…but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground” (Genesis 2.5,6). The Bible says that the earth enjoyed a perfect temperature provided by a huge sphere of water that formed part of the earth’s stratosphere. This cap of water surrounded the earth, producing a greenhouse effect that sheltered the earth from extreme temperatures.
Building a Spaceship in the Backyard
Some scientists think it was this placid atmosphere before the flood that provided the lush vegetation consumed by dinosaurian reptiles of that time. Notice that the Biblical text specifically states that the waters of the flood came from the sky above the earth as well as from great ‘abyss’ that was beneath the earth at that time. ~ “In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep were broken up, and THE WINDOWS OF HEAVEN WERE OPENED. And the rain was on the earth forty days and forty nights” (genesis 7.11,12). The lakes and oceans came from the waters of the Great abyss and the heavens. In spite of the mocking and contempt that Noah and his family endured as they built a huge ship on the dry ground of a prairie field, where there was no rain, no lakes and no oceans, and no one even knew what a boat was, the faith of Noah grew stronger each day that he acted upon the word of God. Putting this into context, this would be similar to someone building a spaceship in their backyard. This is a picture of the family that will be saved out of the present darkness that pervades our evil generation.
Be Saved from this Perverse Generation
The family will work together by faith, and their faith in God is all that will save them. Finally, nothing in the Bible reveals more clearly how faith operates by corresponding actions, which are conceived by faith. Noah knew what the Apostle James also understood — that faith without works is dead. ~ “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect?” (James 2.17,22). Noah was not one of those ideological Christians we have today, who cannot discern the difference between faith and philosophy. Noah had the only true faith, the faith that produced corresponding actions every day in his life. Unlike many today who claim to have faith but have no true corresponding actions, the faith of Noah could be clearly seen from miles away. In similar manner to your brother Noah, God’s voice can be heard from heaven calling to you today, saying — “’Be saved from this perverse generation.’ And God said to Noah… ‘Make yourself an ark’” (Acts 2.40, Genesis 6.13,14).
By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
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