As It was in the Days of Noah
Satan is sensual. His attack has ever been the lust of the eye, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life. In colloquial terms, money, women, and popularity. He works upon the senses of our mortal flesh and spirit because he cannot influence the soul born of faith in God's Word.
Knowing God's plan from the beginning, and that His law of procreation requires everything bring forth of its own kind (Genesis 1:11), Satan determined to build his own kingdom by hybreeding God's Word. By sexual lust, he would mingle the sons of God with the seed of the Serpent, and breed-out Adam's descendants to extinction. Through intermarriage, those in Cain's line subdued the earth to the apostasy of their father, filling it with violence.
If Satan is building his kingdom on sex, it cannot be God that inspires sex in advertising, popular songs, movies, TV and women's fashions. And it cannot be God encouraging so-called safe sex, women's liberation, sex education in schools, etc.
Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were both NAKED, `and were NOT ashamed' (Genesis 2:25). They were behind a Holy Spirit veil. But after the fall, `The LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, "Where art thou"?
And he said, "I heard Thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was NAKED; and I hid myself".
And God said, "Who told you that you are NAKED? Have you eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded you that you should not eat" (Genesis 3:9-11)?' Adam was ASHAMED! They had partaken of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which is a symbol for Lucifer, as the Tree of Life was a symbol for the theophany of God. They did not eat an apple but received Satan's seed - wisdom against the Word.
Eve was tempted by the pride of life. Satan inspired the Serpent who was a man-like creature and deceived Eve by reasoning against God's command. She lusted after secret knowledge so SHE could teach her husband how to `be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth'. And what filled the earth. It was Serpent's seed, NOT sons of God. Eve was an adulteress.
Of course Adam could not be deceived. As the son of God, he was a spoken Word of God. Eve was not original creation, but a by-product of Adam, made over a hundred years after God had finished his creation. Woman is made so she can deceive and be deceived. She is beautiful whereas in the rest of the animal kingdom, the female is plain. No other animal can be immoral.
Now they were conscious of their nakedness and were ASHAMED. Ever since the Fall, sinners have been behind a LUST veil, and we must all dress.
`Eve' means `the mother of all living', and naturally speaking, she was. Cain and Abel were both her children but Adam was not Cain's father. Eve played the harlot. Morals had become so corrupt by Noah's day, the seed of the righteous was almost bred-out, and God determined to destroy the whole earth.
The Roman Catholic church claims she is the mother of all Spiritual life but Jesus calls her a whore, because she has partaken of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil yet claims to be married to the Tree of Life. She is an adulteress (Revelation 17:5). She claims her Adam is Christ, but He will not save her. The second Eve is cast into the Lake of Fire.
Jesus said, `As it was in the days of Noah', so will it be in the end-time. People will be very religious but It is not the seed Word of God they have received in the womb of their soul but wisdom against faith - spiritual Serpent seed. The first Eve bore the bastard, Cain. The second Eve is bearing denominational bastards by a creed instead of sons of God by the revealed Word.
Once again, the righteous seed is almost smothered out. Physically, and Spiritually. And again people are NAKED, this time of the Blood of the Word and know it not. The world is going insane. `Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and KNOWEST NOT that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and NAKED' (Revelation 3:17).
History repeats itself because spirits don't die. God takes His man but not His Spirit. And the Devil takes his man but not his spirit. God does not change His Word, and the Devil does not change his ways. Therefore we can rely upon these natural and Spiritual types in Scripture.
Now let's read the Scripture for a text. Genesis 6:1-13 `And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose.
And 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".
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also AFTER that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown. And 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. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.
And the LORD said, "I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them".
But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. And Noah begat three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, "The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth". Now Jesus said these things would REPEAT in the last days.
II Timothy 3:1-4:1, `This know also, that in the LAST DAYS perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, EVER LEARNING, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was. But thou hast fully known my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, charity, patience, Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables'.
`The LAST DAYS' refers to the very end of time, `when time is no more' (Revelation 10:6), AFTER the revelation of the Seven Sealed Book, which Daniel and John were told would be shut up and sealed until the days of the Voice of the prophet-messenger to the Laodicean Church Age. Then `perilous times shall come'- times which are hard to bear, dangerous and savage because of the moral depravity prophesied AFTER the churches have became apostate, and the Seven Seals were revealed.
`ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for INSTRUCTION IN RIGHTEOUSNESS' (II Timothy 3:16). And Jesus said we would see the conditions of Noah's day repeat in the days of His parousia. He advised us to be instructed because God was so grieved that He destroyed the world, but translated Enoch and saved a mixed group of eight by water.
Our other Scripture is Luke 17:26-27, `And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all'.
The question is, "Are these fatal influences in operation today"? Let's compare our circumstances with those of Noah's day.
The firstmentioned characteristic of those former days of wickedness is the RAPID INCREASE OF POPULATION (Genesis 6:1). Hybreeding changed God's blessing of Genesis 1:28 `to multiply and fill the earth' into a curse. This has always tended to diffuse and intensify sin. And when numerous, men support each other in rebellion and in defiance of God.
Following Abel's murder, God said henceforward Cain's farming would not prosper and instead of being settled on his farm, he would be a wanderer (Genesis 4:12-14, 17). Unlike Abel, who looked for the heavenly paradise whose builder and maker is God, Cain put his hopes in earth. Cain taught men to dwell in cities and cities have countless vices unknown in rural areas, and are strongholds of learning, rationalism and atheism. There's the mark of the beast, a parallel with the present world-wide phenomenon of urbanization. Men trying to create an earthly paradise.
Whilst there was a vast increase in knowledge in the days of Noah, today we are overwhelmed and cannot keep pace with the increase in learning. Regrettably, it's intellectual and not directed toward the things of God.
Seduced, probably by the intellectual pursuits, brilliant society, and the easy life of the wicked Cainites, the Sethites first found pleasure in their company, their luxuries and many skillful inventions, and were soon drawn into the vortex of sin, intermarried, and disappeared as a separate people. God's law is that every seed bring forth of its kind so when Adam's race interbred with the people of Cain, their offspring were Serpent's seed. And when Adam's children mix reasoning with the Word of God, It is no longer Spirit and life but denominationalism. They become spiritual Serpent seed: bastard-born by a creed and not the sons of God.
The second feature of Noah's time was the UNDUE PROMINENCE ON THE FEMALE SEX AND AN INCREASE IN FEMININE BEAUTY, with a disregard for the primal law of marriage. This is precisely what is happening with the tremendous increase in feminine beauty today. Even women who might be called plain are made to appeal to the lust of the eye by cosmetics, plastic surgery, dental work, or garments and undergarments which accentuate certain physical features.
Attracting sensual men in Adam's line to Serpent seed women was Satan's game, and yielding to lust, they took which ever woman they fancied and lived in fornication (Genesis 6:1-2; Matthew 24:37-39; II Timothy 3:3; Jude 6). Brother Branham said that the increase of homosexuality today is because women have made themselves so common.
Genesis 6:8-9; 7:1, `But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah WALKED WITH GOD. (Remember Amos 3:3; John 17:21-23 and I Corinthians 1:10)? 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'.
God vindicated Noah as justified in His presence and made a covenant with all his house when as yet he was childless. Noah's seed, like the Seed of Abraham after him, was to populate the earth. Noah was 500 years of age before his first son, Japheth, was born. He was childless for the first 20 years of the Ark's construction, and he preached for 120 years (Genesis 5:32; 6:3; 7:6). (40 years is a generation and God promised He would visit the sins of the parents on the third and fourth generation).
Another similarity with the days of Noah is that GOD SET A SPECIFIC TIME FOR THE POURING FORTH OF HIS WRATH upon the world that then was (Genesis 6:3). `As it was in the days of Noah', Jesus has established a specific time for the pouring-out of judgment by Fire that will destroy this present world. When the Disciples asked, `What shall be the Sign of the end of the ages', Jesus pointed them to Israel's restoration, saying, `This kindred shall not die-out (speaking of the twelve Tribes descended from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob), until the mysteries of the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets have manifested in My elect (Matthew 24:3, 36).
God always sends a PROPHET with warning and a way of escape before the coming of judgment (Amos 3:6-8). Noah's prophetic salvation Message was manifested in construction of the ark (Genesis 6:12-21). The Message for our day is manifested in a separated people, restored to the apostolic faith by the revelation of the Seven Sealed Book. That's what calls His elect out from all man-made religious systems (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7, 11; 18:4).
In all likelihood, the scientific mind of Noah's day PROVED there was no such thing as rain. As Professor Fred Hoyle says, `.. there is no way of forming drops out of the vapor, and only droplets of an appreciable size can form as rain.' Thus Enoch and Noah were to be PROVEN false prophets. Imagine the reproach they suffered for the Word of God? Noah, screaming out his Message, trying to save them. And yet today, men of science and letters PROVE there was no such thing as a universal Flood as the church has PROVEN there can be no such thing as a prophet or any translation of the living saints in this day.
II Peter 3:1-10, `This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of REMEMBRANCE: That you may be MINDFUL of the words which were spoken BEFORE by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior: Knowing this first, that there shall come in the LAST DAYS SCOFFERS, walking after their own lusts (unlike Noah who walked with God), And saying, "Where is the promise of his `parousia'? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the CREATION".
For this they WILLINGLY are IGNORANT of, that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up'.
Peter used the Flood as a type and warning of the coming great worldwide destruction of all life and warned that as the ungodly scoffed at God's warning by Noah the last generation will live in a day when `the promise of His parousia' is no longer treated seriously but become the object of crude scoffing and intellectual ridicule.
`Thinking men' know, of course that any Supernatural intervention of God in the world is a scientific impossibility. Experience shows us miracles and Divine intervention contradict natural law, `for all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation'. But these are `willingly ignorant' of REAL Creation. The heavens and earth WERE established `by the spoken Word of God', and the first heavens and earth PERISHED, being `overflowed with water'. The evidences of creation and the devastation are so powerful and so clear that only `willing ignorance' could deny them. But `thinking men' today cannot acknowledge a universal flood, for they would also have to accept the Laws of Thermodynamics which disprove evolution, and repent and seek the Lord.
The Flood was universal. According to Russian botanist, Nikolai Vavilov, most of our domesticated plants and animals were originally domesticated in centres 1,500m (4,500ft.) above sea level. The survivors of the Great Flood were terrified of descending to the lowlands in case another large earthquake would cause floods to destroy their world. Hence the terraced agriculture of many ancient peoples which are found in the same latitude where the weather remained warm following the pole shift. Vavilov proved that most of the world's domesticated crops were derived from plants that originated in mountains high above sea level. And that the earliest civilizations were often found down river from high mountains. (When The Sky Fell, R & R Flem-Anth, Orion ISBN 0 297 81628 4).
Resorting to their own wisdom, without a revelation and little thought of God, men became hero-worshipers of these MEN OF RENOWN (Genesis 6:4). Even as today men idolize GIANTS notable sporting, political, military, or literary figures; business tycoons, eminent scientists, engineers, or religious leaders and stars of film, stage or screen. Taking the mark of Cain which is intellectual reasoning against faith, to serve the natural man through their senses, instead of building the inner man by emulating Jesus Christ and His Spirit manifested in the heroes of faith.
We are just now beginning to catch up to the civilization of Noah's day. We cannot duplicate the Great Pyramid built by Enoch. This engineering marvel contains within its immense structure an accurate knowledge of astronomical truth at least on a level with present science. It carries a Spiritual Message as well, symbolizing the Bride of Christ.
Enoch was translated before Noah's tribulation and represented the Bride of Christ in this day Who will be translated without death. And as Enoch was a minority of one from a world population of billions, so the living Bride of Christ Who will be translated in this day is few in number. God saved eight souls through the waters of tribulation in the days of Noah. Three were subsequently lost through unbelief, one of whom was a Serpent seed, in the lineage of Cain. And Ham types world today, showing that those who hear and reject this end-time Message will be judged at the end of the thousand years and cursed.
The final comparison I wish to draw is of VIOLENCE and CORRUPTION. As it was then, so is it in these last days as men turn their backs upon God and His servants, their only source of His Word and Life, with the consequent hardening of many hearts (Genesis 6:5, 11-13; Matthew 12:32; II Timothy 3:2-4; Revelation 3:17).
The foundations of established order thus destroyed, the whole world became CORRUPT, and its morals were inverted. Men no longer recognized a God to Whom personally all obedience and worship is due but judged whatsoever was pleasant to any man was also right for him, and having cast aside all Spiritual duties and constraints, it was not long before they went on to believe that the attainment of a desired end justified every means and that coveted possession must be secured even if it were necessary to use deceit or VIOLENCE. Seeing nothing beyond `self' they pursued their individual objects without regard for others. Hence there sprang up a thick crop of frauds and assassinations, of open quarrels and violence, until the whole earth was filled with corruption and bloodshed. These conditions are attested in Flood legends preserved in the records of nearly every country of the world (Deluge Story in Stone, Byron C. Nelson; Earth's Most Challenging Mysteries, Reginald Daly, pg. 47ff; Fingerprints of the Gods, G. Hancock).
All of this seems to have existed side by side with luxury and a refined culture, and a love of art and music - conditions Jesus prophesied for this rich Laodicean society: materially rich and in need of nothing, but spiritually bankrupt. Instant gratification became the expectation as it is today with easy credit lines, foul video entertainment and cable TV; promiscuity, homosexuality, nudity, immoral dress, vanity and obesity. And yes, there were Keatings, Richardsons, Skases and Bonds in the days of Noah.
The closing scenes of this age are a reproduction of the intense worldliness of the days of Noah. The very consummation of wickedness wherein there is a positive inability to care for the things of God. Men's names come off the Book and they know it not (Revelation 13:8; 17:8). As it was in the days of Noah, worship has become the intellectual impersonal worship of God as Elohim, the Great Creator and Benefactor of us all, not as Jehovah Elohim Who has ransomed His Own. There is acknowledgement of the historical God without the personal relationship of revelation, and claiming a security in His goodness and love, men have created an idol of their own psychology. The world will allow the mere statement of any doctrine, provided there is no attempt to put it into practice. (Genesis 2:4; 3:21; II Timothy 3:5; Revelation 3:15-16).
The rapid increase in knowledge and technology and particularly the invention of devices which mitigate the hardships of the curse have made life more easy and indulgent. Also a proficiency in the fine arts and entertainments which help induce an oblivion of God. And union of church and State to dispense charitable works, education, health care, etc., rather than the PRESENT Truth has meant the break down of family and the need for prayer and faith, for in times of trouble men turn to the State or the worldly church for counseling and welfare.
`As it was in the days of Noah', everything is culminating in a mess of sex and psychological delusion because men will not face reality of God, and the full obedience He demands to His Word. Society is at an end as we substitute legislation for a life lived by a heart under pre-eminence to the Word.
It is later than we think. If you can see the evil circumstances of the days of Noah are the conditions of the world today, search the Scripture for God's promise for THIS day. Jesus promised He would send a prophet with a way of escape (Malachi 4:5-6; Revelation 10:7). Prove this sermon in your Bible and do what It says do. We have been `in the days of the Son of Man' since the opening of the Seven Seals in 1963. Once you have proven It, pass the Message on to some other pilgrim. And God Bless you.