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Days of Noah and Lot

As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be… —Matthew 24:37

Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot… —Luke 17:28

Jesus said the days prior to His coming would be like the days of Noah and the days of Lot.  It is true that sin was running rampant during those days as it is today.  But the sin of those days was NOT what Jesus was describing in this text.  He described those days as people “were eating and drinking, marrying and given in marriage” (Mt. 24:38) … “they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (Luke 17:28). So what is so unusual about these days that they would point to Christ’s coming? There is nothing particularly sinful about eating, drinking, marriage, buying, selling, gardening, or building. Those are all normal activities that happen every day.

That is exactly the point Jesus was warning about—In the days before His coming people would be living their normal lives as if nothing were about to happen.  They’d enjoy their meals… attend weddings… purchase items… grow gardens… and work construction, as they always did, oblivious that judgment was coming.

The context of the days Jesus described was they “knew NOT until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Mt. 24:39).  They  ignored the warnings and continued to live life as usual. They did nothing to prepare for the Lord’s return. They would be caught unawares!

That is exactly what is happening today!  People live their lives like everything will “continue as they were from the beginning of creation. For this they willingly are ignorant” (2 Pet. 3:4).

If you and I really believe the Lord is coming soon, it should be reflected by an urgency in how we live our lives.  We cannot continue to live like its “business as usual.”  Jesus asked, “When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Does your life show you expect the Lord to come at any moment? As Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching (Luke 12:37).  When Jesus comes will He find you watching? (Titus 2:13)

Hold Fast!

Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, — Revelation 3:11

When General Sherman went through Atlanta toward the sea in the Civil War, he left in the fort, back in the Kennesaw Mountains, around 1,500 men to guard some 1½  million rations that he brought there. General Hood, however, attacked the fort with 6,000 troops. For a long time the battle raged furiously. Half of the defenders were either killed or seriously wounded. The general in command was wounded seven times.

When they were about to run up the white flag of surrender, Sherman was within 15 miles of the besieged camp. Through the signal corps on a nearby mountain, he sent this message: “Hold the fort, for I am coming. W.T. Sherman.” The message fired up the defenders of the fort and they held out for three more bloody hours until their reinforcements arrived, keeping their fort out of the hands of the enemy. This story was the basis for the famous hymn “Hold the Fort for I am Coming.

Jesus gives the same message to us—“That which ye have already hold fast till I come” (Rev. 2:25). We are to be faithful until the Lord returns. If Christ returns in your lifetime, will He find you faithful in serving Him?  Are you be making your life count for the Lord Jesus Christ?

Rest in Times of Trouble

Paul wrote to troubled Thessalonians, “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven … When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 10).

As in the troublesome days when Paul wrote these words, we are living in perilous times also. There is the threat of terrorism, political unrest, and sin abounding on every hand.

But, Paul extends an invitation to those who are troubled to “REST with us.”  Paul was resting, so why can’t we rest with him?   How can we rest with world conditions getting worse and worse?  By looking forward to the day when the Jesus shall come and put an end to our troubles.

Until then, rest in this assurance—When Jesus comes He will make everything that is wrong in the world, right!  This truth should bring rest to any troubled believer.