AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE, “Perfect Picture of Today”

The world of Noah was barely different from the world around you and me. Men and women were pursuing their diverse interests, commerce was exploding, sex was a preoccupation, and the world of spirits was intermingling with the daughters of men. Every trend of our day was evident in Noah’s day. Jesus Christ was careful to draw a comparison of these two generations over 4,000 years removed from each other. He stated, “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matthew 24:37-39)

It’s exciting to study the ark in Genesis chapter seven and then note the numerous times that Bible writers refer to this historic occasion. Nothing establishes a truth in Scripture more clearly than when other inspired writers relate that truth to other truths. The Bible interprets itself when we will simply allow the unity of truth to emerge. When you view the entire Scripture reference to the ark that God commanded Noah to build, it becomes a powerful prophetic type of the Person of Jesus Christ and the protection and hope which we are invited to enjoy in Him. The ark is a beautiful picture of the Son of God as Redeemer and Deliverer to every generation. Its final fulfillment is the Rapture of the Bride of Jesus Christ just before the final judgment.

Jesus Christ And The Ark Of Noah

The entire First Testament is written with a concealed presence of the coming Messiah. Every great truth in this Hebrew book is a prophetic preparation and foundation for the entrance of the Son of God into the human stream. Jesus stated in the Gospel of John, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

The Scriptures they were to search was the First Testament. Nothing else was available at this moment of Christ’s ministry. We will never know the full power of the Hebrew Bible (Genesis to Malachi) until we have eyes for Jesus alone.

Apostle Paul made reference to this in writing to the Corinthians. He spoke of the Jewish blindness, but I find the church world is not much different, except for a few clear passages. Listen to Paul speak of this blindness, “But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.” (2 Corinthians 3:14-16) One primary purpose exists in the revelations of the First Testament and it was the coming of the Prince of Peace.

The ark of Noah was one of the strongest revelations of the coming Prince in this great First Testament. The text itself is saturated with His living presence in this ark. “And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.” “And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in.” “And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat.” (Genesis 7:1; 7:16; 8:4)

Three great expressions in the text reveals the presence of the Lord in a personal way. First, He spoke from within the ark, “Come thou and all thy house into the ark.” This ark may have looked massive sitting upon the ground beside Noah’s home, but when it was afloat upon a world covered with water, it would have been but a shadow. When we see that it was more than a physical ark; the dwelling place of the Divine Redeemer; it becomes breathtakingly miraculous. The Lord invited them into His glorious presence for safety. He didn’t say, “Go in.” He said, “Come in.”

Second, it was the Lord that shut them in. They were not at the mercy of those that would seek to enter by force once the storm was raging. The God of the universe was manifest in His presence as Lord to be the Shepherd of those sheep inside His provision. The words, “and the Lord shut them in,” indicates more than slamming the door from the outside. He did not become the door of the sheep in St. John chapter ten. He was the door of the sheep in Genesis chapter seven. He has always been the door of His sheep and always will be. This ark was more than a tossing ship out on a lonely sea. It was the hiding place of those chosen to escape the rages of the storm. The language reveals the Great Shepherd of the sheep riding with them in the storm and taking all fear from their hearts.

Third, the ark rested on Nissan the seventeenth, the very day that Jesus would be resurrected centuries down the road. It was also the eighth day or the day after the Sabbath. The number eight is “New Beginning” and carries the power of incredible promises from the Creator. The children of Jesus would cross the Red Sea as they left Egypt on the eighth day and on Nissan the seventeenth. The Holy Ghost would be poured upon the church on the eighth day. It is clear that nothing relating to this ark was done by chance. The God that orders His universe certainly was in control of His chosen servants and of his family and the Messiah-type was being perfectly shaped for the day of fulfillment. It’s incredible to see the living presence of this God-man as His powers are manifest in this First Testament revelation.

The Ark Represents “Rescue” From Danger

The Second Testament writers made it clear that the ark was a Biblical type of “rescue” from the impending danger of that hour. The historic truth of this event was unquestionable to these Holy Ghost inspired writers. Peter stated, “Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.” (1 Peter 3:20)

The word that Peter used in his original Greek language suggested “rescue” and “escape.” Noah and his family were about to perish with the hordes of godless men and women that populated the earth. The Heavenly Father expressed grace or unmerited favor toward Noah and spoke to him to build the vessel of that grace for his deliverance. The grace and the ark were inseparable.

Again, Peter spoke of this ark, saying, “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth [person], a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” (II Peter 2:5) In this instance, Peter moves beyond simply escaping from the storm and gives the prophetic picture of a prophetic meaning. He stated that God “spared not the old world, but saved Noah.” Peter then moved to the type of the Rapture where the ungodly will be left to perish and the righteous will be delivered to His presence. Peter showed that the coming hope of the church is to be delivered from God’s judgment of the wicked. Peter proceeds to state, after noting that Noah and his family were saved (delivered), that God brought “the flood upon the world of the ungodly.” It has never fit the nature of God to judge the wicked and the righteous together. To consider such an idea is to completely miss the nature of our Father and His eternal relationship with His chosen family.

Apostle Paul Gives An Equally Beautiful Picture

The ark of God and the flood certainly played a beautiful part with the New Testament writers. It always appears to loom large in their minds as they considered the grace of God, the coming judgment, and the promise of escape by the Rapture. As Paul wrote to the Hebrews, he stated, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)

Paul mentions several points that we should consider. “Being warned of God of things not seen as yet” certainly suggests that this preacher of hope was viewing the total picture. No writer described the Rapture more pointedly than Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians. Can we easily believe that he was thinking of the coming Rapture when he spoke of things “not seen as yet”? The words “moved with fear” are no less powerful. Then he declared that this ark was the “saving of his household” and the condemnation of “the world.” (These remarks do not fit the present day interpretations of Matthew chapter 24.)

Even so, I believe that the faithful saints of this generation that refuse to give up the expectation of His return to deliver from “judgment to come” are equally condemning this godless and hopeless world. No wonder many persons get angry when we will not cease to preach the Pre-Tribulation Rapture of the saints. Much of this church generation that have lost this Biblical truth are not even civil toward those who still hold to this “hope.” No subject that I discuss on radio causes the reaction, condemnation, and attack as does this wonderful subject.

Jesus Establishes The Credibility Of Noah

As Jesus taught His great Olivet Discourse, He places the story of Noah and the ark right in the middle of these transcending truths. There can be no question that the ark was established by the Lord as a type and picture of both the mood of the generation in which He would appear and the method He would use to separate the Godly from the ungodly. The very day of Noah becomes a descriptive picture of His day when He would begin the process of the end.

Jesus stated, “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” (Matthew 24:37-42)

The setting of this great statement has confused a host of the enemies of the Rapture as well as some who believe in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture. He was certainly speaking to the Jewish people and warning of their Day of Trouble. Some of this Olivet Discourse deals with Israel and the Roman destruction in AD 70. Some of it deals with the Seven-year Tribulation as Israel shall certainly experience; but I’m convinced it also deals with the church and, especially, the hope of both born-again Jews and Gentiles in the beginning of the end. Just before Jesus speaks of Noah and the parallel of his day and type of the Ark, he states, “But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (Matthew 24:36) This sets those verses concerning “one taken and the other left” apart as a parenthetical statement to describe our hope to miss the sorrows He had previously described. Hallelujah!

Let’s Analyze These Incredible Words Of Hope

Again, remember He has described a day of coming sorrow and great tribulation. The judgments He describes are catastrophic and terrible. The earth will experience great consternation and multitudes will be swept away in the flood of deception and destruction. But, there is hope for the watchful.

“But as the day of Noah was,” Jesus warned, so would the days of this coming hour be. We are to discern the time of this hour by the signs that we read in the seventh chapter of Genesis or in Noah’s generation. It is not too hard to see the perfect parallel. Every day our world becomes more like Noah’s world, if not worse. It is a time of fullness of bread, ample time for fun and frolic, an unprecedented preoccupation with sex, and an intermingling of the spirits of men with the spirits of the fallen gods (angels). There is also an incredible power and organization against truth as Noah preached and as His faithful servants are preaching today.

Two In The Field, One Taken And The Other Left

When you study this great text, together with the words of Paul in the book of Hebrews and Peter in I and II Peter, the truth springs to the front. Those eight in the ark were rescued, while the world was destroyed in judgment. Peter said, “saved Noah, . . . bringing in the flood upon the world.” Paul said that Noah “condemned the world and saved his own house.” There is no way to interpret this text and leave the righteous on the earth, while removing the wicked in judgment. It does not fit one other passage in Scripture that relates to the subject of the ark.

“Watch Therefore”

The closing statement of this great parenthetical teaching fully supports the escape of the righteous, “Watch therefore; for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.” The wicked certainly are not watching. He is speaking to the righteous for He continues saying, “Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.” (Matthew 24:44) We are to be watching and ready for the ark to sail again. Just before the storm shakes this earth, the Lord will appear to rescue His chosen that have found “grace in His sight.”

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6 thoughts on “AS THE DAYS OF NOAH WERE, “Perfect Picture of Today”

  1. I must confess to you that while I agree with much of your study the rapture as it has been taught by the church, ala Tim LaHaye is not in any way shape or form the “rescue” that I understand it to be.

    But I want to tell you from this side of the “issue”, that I have been repeatedly attacked by those who do hold this “doctrine” as truth. I was sent a message by one San Antonio mega church leader whose member who had taken it back to them, asking why I would not agree with rapture “theory” that they should begin to pray for my salvation. I have supported people who have ministries and who believe in the theory, knowing that the work they were doing was good. Only to be insulted by those people by their constant “loving prayers” being made known to me for my “growth in understanding” when I NEVER tried to dissuade them on the topic. I find my in box full of teachings just like yours. FOR YEARS. They cannot accept me as any one of any kind of spiritual understanding at all in any matter of the Word because of this. They cannot discuss any kind of scripture with me other than rapture.

    I accepted Jesus as my Savior at age 5, with very limited understanding. I was baptized at age 12 when I realized more and had a re dedication of my life to Him. At age 17 in crisis, I did have a time of falling away, but at age 30 had a mighty and very strong change and growth in Him and then again at age 39 I found out that my biological history was Hebrew and that provoked the most wonderful “re dedication” of my life, not just to Him, but to His Word. I began study and now at age 58 that almost daily digging, seeking the roots of the languages in the Word and prayer asking for understanding of the Word He has brought me to a place that I am so happy to be, secure in my walk, my Salvation more sure than ever and my Savior ever present in my daily life, minute by minute.

    But because I do not agree with the teaching you teach here, I am judged, and treated like that 5 yr old child I was by almost every person in the “church” at large who disagrees with me. I just wanted you to know how it is on this side of the issue and know that I am not in any way concerned that you “rethink” your theology. I will pray for you and for this comment that it bring edification to all who read it and that Father allow it to be used by Him to build His kingdom.

  2. My heart grieves for those who are not saved yet are relying on having said a prayer, church attendance, giving, helping, knowing scripture etc. All without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The hardest people to reach with the Truth of dying to yourself to be raised to walk in newness of life is those who are too proud to consider their condition.
    “in that day many shall say unto ME LORD, LORD…….. and I will say unto them depart from Me I never knew you.

  3. Dear Dr. Chambers,

    Thank you for another hard hitting, insightful, and challenging message of truth that when acepted will set one free from sin and sinning!!

    In my humble opinion, as a Holy Ghost filled believer for around 50 years, it is now time for folk to
    get deep into the Holy Scriptures. It is high time to accept Jesus as Savior and be baptized into His sanctifying Holy Ghost.

    With Christ we can do all things. Without Christ we can do nothing.

    Please, everyone, get on board this old ship of Zion.

    Thank again Brother Chambers,
    clarence clough

  4. The very first sin that cursed mankind for eternity was reinterpreting God’s Word. We live in a day that the “church” is rife with non-scriptural, un-scriptural practices and beliefs.
    Many people are led astray by these lies.
    There is no “re-dedication” of one’s life to the Lord, there is no “once saved always saved, nor “God loves the sinner but hates the sin”etc. etc. etc.
    God’s Word is “sharp and powerful, able to divide the soul (flesh) from the Spirit. God’s Word alone is the final and only judge as to God’s will and God’s workings in and with man.
    Jesus left us the Comforter (Holy Spirit). The main functions were:
    1.To lead men into ALL TRUTH.
    2.Convict men of sin.
    And He would not speak of Himself but point to the Father.
    Sadly people have been deceived by simply not adhering to God’s Word through His holy Spirit and forsake the rituals fabricated by man.

  5. There are a couple of things I find interesting between that days of the original Noah
    and these “New Days of Noah.”

    In both times, it was “business as usual.” At least that’s how it looked to the general population. For those of us who are looking,however, the signs of the end are all around us while most of the world either ignores them or dismisses them out of hand. “Business as usual,” for them.

    Second, the Ark must have looked really ridiculous sitting out there on dry land. Noah’s neighbors must have thought he was either nuts or an idiot. Try talking Bible Prophecy with most people today (yeah, even those who are members of a modern church) and you’ll probably get the same looks that old Noah did.

    Last, when the Rapture occurs, it’ll be similarly as unexpected by the world at large, but instead of the destruction happening immediately, it’ll be seven years of hell on Earth – God’s last ditch effort to save the final few.

    The days of Noah are surely here.

  6. Mat 24:37
    But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    Is the ‘coming of the son of man’ referring to the Rapture in this scripture or is Jesus referring to His second coming? For as we know, the Rapture and the Second Coming of Jesus are two separate events. The Rapture precedes the seven year tribulation period and His Second Coming concludes it.

    It seems easily understood as the Rapture when He says:

    Mat 24:40
    Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    Mat 24:41
    Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    If the Rapture is truly the subject of Jesus teaching here then if one were to ask Jesus, Where Lord are they taken? He would surely answer “…to heaven”.

    Has anyone ever asked that question of Jesus in regards to this exact quote of His? It seems that it has been asked and answered by Jesus.

    In Luke 17:34-37

    Luke 17:34
    I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.

    Luke 17:35
    Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    Luke 17:36
    Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

    Luke 17:37
    And they (the Apostles) answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

    If we are to understand that these scriptures are Jesus’ confirmation of the Rapture of the Church,
    then the word ‘body’ that Jesus is using here is referring to His ‘Church body’, correct? It would seem so if His subject is the Rapture of His body.

    And are these ‘eagles’ therefore heavenly creatures that are gathering the ‘body of Christ’ together in heaven? It too would follow if Jesus’ subject is the Rapture of His Church. For the Church is the Body of Christ.

    The problem with these scriptures referring to the Rapture lies in the Biblical meaning of the words ‘body’ and ‘eagles’.

    The word ‘body’ (Strong’s Number G4983) as used here is referring to a ‘dead body or corpse’.(who have fallen in battle)

    The word ‘eagles'(Strong’s Number G105) as used here is referring to ‘vultures’. (who feed on dead bodies & eagles do not)

    When these two words are studied in the context that Jesus is using them, you find that when the Apostles asked the question of Jesus, ‘where are the bodies taken’, His answer is very specific. He tells them they are taken to a battle field where they lay dead with vultures eating their corpses. And this scene depicts the Second Coming of Christ at the Battle of Armageddon at the end of the seven year tribulation. And remember the Rapture precedes the seven year tribulation.