Noah’s Flood and Christ’s second coming

“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”

Matthew 24v37 KJV

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The time of Noah’s Flood has some very important things in common with the time when Christ will return to earth. Jesus Christ compared these two events (Matthew 24v36-39; Luke 17v26-27).

Both are preceded by a rise of evil.

(Genesis 6v5-6, 11-13; 2 Timothy 3v1-7; Matthew 24v21-22)

Both are times of worldwide judgement by God.

God judged the world in Noah’s day by water. One day God will judge this world by fire (2 Peter 3v7+10-13).

God provides the only way of escape.

God told Noah to build the ark to survive the Flood and all those outside the ark perished (Genesis 6v12; 7v23). Jesus Christ is the way to escape God’s final judgement and outside of Jesus you cannot get to heaven (John 3v17; 5v24; 14v6).

Invitations given to escape God’s judgement.

Noah is described as the “preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2v5) who invited people to turn from their sinfulness and come into the ark to be saved from the Flood. God invites you today to accept His free gift of salvation through faith alone in Christ (Romans 6v23; John 3v16).

Many reject the only way of escape.

The majority of people refused to believe Noah and may have scoffed at him and thought him crazy, but the flood killed all the people in the world except for the 8 on the ark. Many today scoff at the truth of God’s Word, refusing to believe that Christ will return to earth and that the final judgement of this world will be by fire (2 Peter 3v3-7).

It is too late for the people of Noah’s day. It is not too late for you to escape God’s final judgement.

Conclusion

There are two opposing worldviews of the origin of rock layers and the fossils of the earth – uniformitarianism and catastrophism.

2 Peter 3v3-7 – These verses speak of the 2 opposing views.

Uniformitarianism

Uniformitarianism is the idea that processes we see today in the world (sedimentation, erosion, etc.) have always worked the same way. They have always been the result of natural laws that can be observed today. This requires millions and billions of years to form the structures that we see today. Thus, the present is the key to the past. This idea is seen in 2 Peter 3v4 – “all things continue as they were from the beginning…” Notice those who scoff at the Second Coming of Christ accept this idea (2 Peter 3v3-4).

Catastrophism

A catastrophe is something that happens suddenly and usually causes great loss or suffering. Catastrophism is the idea that a large portion of the earth’s geological structure was formed in a global catastrophe of short duration i.e. the Genesis Flood and all that followed. 2 Peter 3v4-5 clearly describe the Genesis Flood where the old world perished. Those who accept uniformitarianism are ‘willingly ignorant’ of this catastrophe. They choose not to believe in the Genesis Flood. But all things have NOT continued as they were from the beginning of creation. Hence the Bible is the key to the past.

As we look around us in our world today and view the evidence, we all have an important decision to make. You must decide whether you will side with the evolutionists, and those who scoff at Christ’s Second Coming, in believing the idea of uniformitarianism OR whether you will stick with the Bible and believe in creation and the great catastrophe of the Genesis Flood that changed this world so dramatically. Remember your acceptance of uniformitarianism will NOT prevent Christ returning to this world and judging the ungodly (2 Peter 3v7). May you accept the Bible as the key to the past, present, and future, and Christ as your Only Saviour, lest you be doomed to judgement by fire with the ungodly.


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