“After seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” And Noah did according to all that the Lord commanded him. (Genesis 7:4-5)
According to Josephus, from as early as Adam, men were aware that a flood of waters would come upon the earth. Obviously, Noah was well aware of this fact and spent several decades building an ark for the saving of his family. Yet it seems that, until this specific warning came, he wasn’t aware of exactly when these things would happen. When it was time, God let him know in a clear and explicit way.
Likewise, we have always known that at some point in the future, God would begin to move in and upon the earth to bring a reckoning for the wickedness of mankind. Multiple prophecies speak of days unprecedented in the human experience. Moreover, many of us believe that we are living in those days — a time Messiah compared to the days of Noah. And like those days, most of humanity scoffs at the notion.
“Scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.’ For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water. (2 Peter 3:3-5)
We may not yet know exactly when many of these events will transpire, but as they develop I believe that we will begin to see things more clearly. In other words, I believe that, at some point, we will know what is about to happen. Most importantly though, we must do today as Noah did then — act “according to all that the Lord commanded.” That is something we should be doing now and must continue to do regardless of the circumstances surrounding us. We are living in perilous times and the only sure way to overcome is to walk in obedience and trust in the goodness of our God.
Blessings and Shalom,