And as it was in the days of Noah, 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 Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
The Rabbi explaining His Second Coming to his audience.
The picture he painted is one of normality. He uses verbs like; eating and drinking. He even mentioned people falling in love and getting married, and perhaps hoping to start families of their own – all good stuff, nothing dramatic. Simply put, business as usual, then suddenly!
In Paul’s view, as seekers and those that have been enlightened, we should not be taken unawares. He said these words to his friends in Thessalonica;
Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.
While the governments say; Peace and Security. Humankind is so incapable of governing herself, let alone provide peace and security. Governments and institutions are overwhelmed, policies and ideas are exhausted, technology and innovation have been hijacked as weapons of mass destruction, societies are disintegrating – we are running on empty.
Every other day we hear governments posturing against each other (rumours of war), spying on each other – even so called allies. Mistrust, greed, self interest; and like clay and iron they put up a show of unity.
Amidst it all we are not meant to be in the dark, we should be able to draw insight from the prophecies as we watch for these signs. We should be praying, preaching and teaching. For us, it can’t be business as usual, it is harvest time! We cannot afford to be at ease, for we are called to be witnesses of His love and forgiveness.
Father, as we lift up our eyes to your hills for help, give us the strength and courage to be true and faithful witnesses. Let the words of our mouth, and the meditation of our hearts be acceptable in your sight. Open our minds and spirits to be sensitive to your words, and discerning of the times. All these we ask in Jesus’ name – amen.