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We Are Seeing the Days of Noah

We Are Seeing the Days of Noah

When Jesus spoke about the day of His eventual return, He made references to the days of Noah and the days of Lot, suggesting that the conditions and behaviors of the world in their time will reappear in the end times. These parallels serve as a prophetic warning about the state of humanity and the world before His second coming. As we look at the events occurring in our world today, we can see that many of the things that the Bible foretold would happen have already begun to take place.

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. —LUKE 17:26–30 (see also MATTHEW 24:37–39)

Noah’s era is described in Genesis 6:1–8. The world was steeped in corruption and wickedness. Not a lot of specific sins are listed in the text, but it seems safe to say that the world was much like the one the apostle Paul warns about in the last days when people will be “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God” (2 Tim. 3:2–4). What we do know about the cumulative sin in Noah’s day was that “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart” (Gen. 6:5–6).

“Lovers of themselves” appears to be a key phrase, denoting an attitude of extreme self-focus, hinting at a society that places personal desires and aspirations above the needs of others. This trait describes people who give in to their physical appetites and desires, are immersed in materialism, and disregard God and His commandments. This self-obsession exceeds mere self-care; instead, it dismisses or undervalues others while pursuing personal interests.

This trend has been magnified in our age of social media where platforms are often used to craft and project an idealized self-image. The relentless chase for “likes” and the proliferation of “selfies” illustrates the widespread shift in focus away from others’ needs. As this attitude proliferated during Noah’s time, humanity’s wickedness and defiance were profound. God had warned that His tolerance for such sin would not endure indefinitely (Gen. 6:3).

How often do we even see the church more centered on prayers about ourselves than others? How frequently do we chase after celebrity status with our churches than seeing the ignition of the Holy Spirit guiding people through life? How distorted have we seen the gospel message become even in Christian circles? As such, we must be careful not to become “lovers of self.”

Considering these prophetic warnings, believers are called to remain steadfast in their faith, reject the allure of worldly pursuits, and seek a closer relationship with God. As the world grows increasingly chaotic, Christians must hold fast to the truth of God’s Word and be a beacon of light and hope in the darkness. We are called to discern the signs of the times and live with spiritual vigilance. We should not be caught up in the pursuits of this world or be swayed by false teachings and ideologies. Instead, we must anchor ourselves in the unchanging truth of God’s Word and remain steadfast in our faith. Like Noah, we are called to be faithful witnesses and heralds of God’s truth in a world that often rejects it.

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