"As It Was in the Days of Noah" Luke 17:26

Luke 17:26  •  4 min. read  •  grade level: 6
UK 17:26{The state of the world today is very similar to the days of Noah, when men had corrupted their ways so that "the earth was filled with violence" and God had to pronounce judgment upon it.
God warned them, "My Spirit shall not always strive with man.... I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy." Gen. 6:33And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. (Genesis 6:3) and 7:4. But men would not listen then and they do not listen now.
Referring back to this, the Lord Jesus said, "For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day the 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." Matt. 24:38, 3938For 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, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (Matthew 24:38‑39).
Probably men thought the days of Noah were days of wonderful progress. Many of the wise men of this age would have said, Oh no, Noah, you are quite mistaken; it is only your opinion. You had better give up your working on that great ship, and stop preaching such peculiar views. Come and enjoy yourself, man, and don't be such a narrow-minded bigot; do you think everybody is wrong but you?
In Noah's day "God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth." Gen. 6:55And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Genesis 6:5). The flood came and destroyed them all except for those who took refuge with Noah inside the ark. Every soul that was not shut in with Noah was shut out. There was then no hope; it was too late!
Today, also, He sees all the vile atrocities committed each day. Soon His judgment will fall and the world will be taken with as great surprise as it was in Noah's day. Only those who have taken shelter in the blessed Savior will escape.
As terrible as wars are, they are only the preliminaries to what is just ahead, (not a great flood as in Noah's day, but something far worse) the "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be." Matt. 24:2121For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. (Matthew 24:21).
Earth, what a sorrow lies before you—
None like it in the shadowy past!
The Man of Calvary, now the gracious Savior in the glory, will come again in all the power and majesty of His eternal Godhead, in judgment upon those who have rejected Him! (2 Thessalonians, chapters 1 and 2.)
The most privileged nations have in recent years become materialistic, pleasure-loving, and act in all respects as if God's existence had no bearing upon their course of conduct.
God gave man a mind, and he is using it to reason against God, and today more than ever, is inventing diabolical weapons with which to kill his fellow man!
For centuries men have tried in vain to patch up this poor world with education, reformation, legislation, and every kind of political government. But, since SIN lies in the heart of every man, as "the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked" (Jer. 17:99The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? (Jeremiah 17:9)), no amount of effort on the part of men can permanently remedy the world.
But until that moment, so near at hand, in grace He is still presenting Jesus the crucified One as the only way of escape. "He that heareth My word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:2424Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (John 5:24). "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved." Acts 16:3131And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. (Acts 16:31).