Good morning to you all! I pray the Son is shining in your hearts and you’re ready to take the trip of your life! Have you received your ticket to climb upon the Rapture train yet? I pray this devotional series has opened your eyes to what the Scriptures have in store for us. As I’ve shared with you before, this very topic drew me to salvation in Christ Jesus; it is the reason I rejoice every day knowing that I’m waiting for the next event! That next event for Christians is the Rapture and we should look forward to it as a bride looks forward to her wedding day where she will be joined with her husband forever! How I praise Him for the faithfulness of a dear childhood friend! She flew 1,000 miles to visit with me in order to share Christ and His gospel! I praise You, Lord for such a faithful friend!
Let’s get on with this glorious reunion about to take place at any moment! Please take a moment to re-read the above Scriptures. While you are reading this passage, ask yourself the “who, what, where and when.” One must wonder why Jesus spoke of the end times (the when) and pointing to Noah and Lot (the who). As we see in today’s Scriptures, the entire earth (the where) was judged and destroyed during Noah’s time and two entire cities were judged and destroyed in Lot’s time. Friend, the entire earth will be affected in the end times by these judgments (the what). But to the born-again Christian, it is a different story! \o/
The different views amongst believers today revolve around the timing of the end-time events and when Rapture will occur: before, mid or after the Tribulation. Those who support the mid and post viewpoints miss a very important point. We see this point quite clearly in the two events that Jesus described.
The two things that Noah and Lot had in common were the removal of the righteous and then the unbelievers’ judgment follows. In both cases, God removed the righteous before the destruction. So you must ask yourself, why did Jesus use these two events in history to prophecy an upcoming judgment? Jesus said, “Just as it was in the days of Noah.” He didn’t allude to the fact that the destruction of the earth would occur in a similar way. But He did make it clear that it would be “Just as it was in the days of Noah”!
On a side note: did you know that the ark is also a representation of the Lord Jesus? So what does it have to do with the end times? Let’s first review the significance of the ark. Just as the ark was built of wood, the cross that Christ hung on was made of wood. The pitch inside the ark sealed the wood to protect the eight (Noah and his family) inside from the flood waters of God’s wrath on the world. Jesus’ blood seals those who come to salvation and also protects us from God’s wrath to come on the whole world. Noah could not save himself and his family. Only a provision from God (the ark) could save them. We cannot save ourselves. Only the blood of Jesus can save us. There was only one door to the ark: only one way into the ark. Just as there is only ONE way to Heaven, through Jesus.
Although Noah built the ark, God was the one who shut the door! Until the day came when Noah entered the ark, he did not know when God was going to send the rains that He promised would come. After that door was closed by God’s hand, no one else could enter, and Noah and his family were safe in God’s provided protection. They would not experience the judgment of death when the flood waters came. After Jesus raptures the Church, the Church is safe in Christ’s protection and won’t experience death from the worse judgment ever to come on all the earth.
So now let’s look at Jesus’ account of Lot. Basically, the same thing applies to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although it is not the destruction of the entire earth in Noah’s day, God was not going to destroy these two cities until Lot and his family were removed from the city and then the entire destruction of both cities occurred. They were not left behind when the cities were destroyed. There are two points to both accounts: (1) their dwelling place was destroyed, and (2) the righteous were saved from the destruction. Lot had no idea that the two cities would be destroyed. He found out when the angels came to him. Jesus said that no man knows the day or hour of His return for us. If the Rapture happens in the middle of or at the end of the Tribulation, Christians would know because God gives us an exact number of years in the Scriptures that the Tribulation will last and that is seven years. Then the Antichrist will break his covenant with the Jews mid way (1260 days = three and a half years). But with a Pre-tribulation viewpoint of the Rapture, we don’t know the day or the hour because it could happen at any time.
The Rapture and the Tribulation are two separate events. No hope or encouragement can be given to people who are about to go through the worse time in history! But the Scriptures say that born-again Christians have hope and that we should encourage each other until Christ comes for us. Knowing that I won’t have to go through the Tribulation excites me! But to the one who is not saved, it is a different story. Friend, it is no coincidence that God has placed you here for such a time as this so that you may be saved. Please click here and the link will open up in a separate tab to You Can Be Born Again and Know It!