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Another Normal Day?

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It was a day like any other day. Nothing out of the ordinary had happened; not since Noah started building that monstrosity of a thing he called an “Ark”. That was, let’s see, at least ten years ago. Back when there were a lot more trees in the area. Before the animals started acting goofy, hanging around Noah’s acreage like it was some kind of a zoo. His whole side of town looked like some strange menagerie.

Everyone thought the world of Noah and his family; until he started with his “God talk.” I mean, we didn’t mind him doing his own religious thing. Whatever tripped his trigger was fine with the rest of our town. Hey, we even volunteered to help him with his Ark. But none of us could stand to hear him preach.

Apparently he had some sort of visitation from his God or something like that. He started talking about this thing he called grace, and floods, doomsday, and that thing he said he was to build.

On and on he’d talk; yammer, yammer, yammer. God this, God that. Evil this, evil everything. You know, he was really getting under our skin. He’d ruined the neighborhood with his “calling”, and his holier-than-thou attitude was ruining his long time friendships.

I’ve never said this to anyone else, but for a while his preaching made sense. I could almost feel as though his God was trying to communicate with me, encouraging me to believe what Noah was saying. But then he’d mention the thing he referred to as judgment; it would make me mad and I’d walk away.

Hey, nobody likes to be preached at!

I’d be the first to admit I’ve got a wild side and my language isn’t the cleanest (though I do try and clean it up when I’m around women and children). I don’t chase after women, but there’s no harm in checking out the market, is there? I’m an adult, and all adults should have the freedom to act like they want to, as long as they aren’t hurting anyone in the process.

Now there ARE some really big and bad dudes around. HUGE men! Men that are a good 2-3 cubits taller than most men. And UGLY; my are they ugly. They do anything they want, to whomever they want, whenever they so please. I’m really afraid of them. I just hope I never have a run in with them. They LOVE to smash heads, break legs and arms; even kill people just for “fun”.

At least I’m not THAT bad.

Like I said, it was a day like any other as I walked down the street towards Noah’s place.

Funny thing, though. Where there were usually tons of animal noises, hammering, barking of orders; now almost complete silence. Kind of an eerie feeling, if you know what I mean. Everywhere else I looked, things seemed normal. Stores were all open, with people buying and selling as usual. But not over by Noah’s place. No animals could be seen, and neither were any of Noah’s family out and about.

The one thing I did notice was the Ark’s huge door closing on its own; as though an enormous, invisible hand was pushing it shut.

Yes, it WAS a day like any other until I began to feel the earth shake and quake under my feet. All around me buildings were reeling and rocking, falling in ruinous heaps in just moments. People were running without a destination; just running, trying to escape from something, anything.

Then it happened. With a force I’d never witnessed before, tons and tons of water came bursting through the ground. Mud and debris began flying everywhere, and there was no place to hide.

This wasn’t supposed to be happening! Noah couldn’t have been correct! Every one of my friends knew he was a kook. Fanatical, nutty Noah is what we called him. This COULDN’T be happening!

Then the skies seemed to open, as a deluge of water started dumping upon us with such intensity, no one was able to stand. The earth was being inundated as water from beneath and above pronounced the Day of Judgment’s arrival. Doom’s Day had come.

The last thing I remember thinking, on that day no longer called “normal” was, “I was wrong.”

“For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Then two men will be in the field; one will be taken and one left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one left. Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Matthew 24:37 – 24:44 ESV)

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It’s Getting Late

Time-management-art“I’m bored.”
“I don’t have anything to do!”
“Honey, we NEED more TV channels.”
“Life isn’t fair! People are making fun of me because I go to church on Sunday.”
“God, You KNOW I must win the lottery! You know my needs. I promise, IF You’ll come through on this one, I will TITHE on the amount after taxes.”
“If I hear another message from that pastor of ours about working in the church, I’m going to leave. I’ve put in my time! It’s time for someone else to do something. And what about him? He only works a few hours a week! I’m too busy, anyway.”

Have YOU given any thought, lately, to how late it is?

Late?

Yes, late. I’m referring to the Lord’s end time clock.

Why did you just roll your eyes at me?

Like it or not, prepared or not, believe it or not; time keeps ticking, the world keeps turning, and seasons come and go. People come and go, babies are born, others expire; life keeps going through the motions.

But with each passing second we step just a bit closer to the end of the age.

Genesis Chapter 5

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[Genesis 5]

Did you know Adam lived until just 126 years before the Flood?

You probably know Adam was created in God’s image, after His likeness. But did you know his son Seth wasn’t created in God’s image? The scripture emphasizes, “…in the day God created man, He made him in the likeness of God…” Gen 5:1. Yet in verse 3 it says, “And Adam…begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.” After Adam sinned, and spiritual death reigned on earth, the “image” was marred. It took Jesus Christ, God’s Son, to make it possible for us to be recreated into God’s image.

Do you know the name of the man who lived longer than anyone else? Did you know he died the same year as the Flood? In fact, Noah’s grandfather and dad were alive when Noah began work on the Ark.

Have you ever wondered what the earth’s population was at the time of the Flood? I have found this article, “Population of the PreFlood World” very interesting. See http://ldolphin.org/pickett.html According to the author of the article, there were approximately 10 billion people on earth. Add that information to the Bible narrative, “Then 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.” (Gen. 6:5)

10 billion people under the lordship of the “god of this world”. Hard to imagine the longsuffering of God. But, like today, so it was back then. “He’s not willing that any perish…”. That’s one reason He kept looking for a man; someone He could covenant with to give mankind a hope and a future. That’s one reason God called Noah’s name.

Did you know Adam is associated with spiritual darkness, spiritual death? Paul mentioned, in 1 Cor. 15, there are now TWO Adams to know about. Adam number one, and Adam number two, Jesus. Adam, earthly. Jesus, spiritual.

Have you ever wondered how Noah and his 3 sons could have built such a large boat? Even if they had the benefit of today’s technology, I believe it would have taken more than a half dozen men to complete such a task. Do you think it’s possible Noah had help with his life’s calling from people who never really believed in the message Noah preached? And, is it possible, in today’s world, people are involved in “church work” but don’t believe its message? What will happen to them when the “water” starts to rise? When God says, “Enough!”

These are just a few of my thoughts as I read Genesis, chapter 5.

You wonder, what’s the big deal? I think the biggest deal is this: God’s been through all this before. He has dealt with wickedness, and even though He is extremely patient, His patience doesn’t last forever. His LOVE endures forever, but there is an end to the amount of wickedness He’ll put up with.

And just as in the days of Noah, so it is today. There was a place of safety provided. Every man, woman and child had an opportunity to believe Noah’s preaching and turn to God. If necessary, God would have started over with the animals. He could have legally done that. If all 10 billion people would have decided to turn to God, there wouldn’t have even been a flood! Today, people have a choice whether to believe the message of safety in Jesus, or not. And, He is more than enough to anyone who believes.

Read Genesis 5 again, like you’re reading it for the first time. Click on the link at the top of this post that says “Genesis 5” and see an interesting chart I created to help you understand the chapter a little better.

Most of all, determine in your heart who is really Lord of your life. Someone is.

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