We preachers should revive each other so that the Gospel can go
forth. Islamists like Gadaffi had said that they will take Europe simply by having more
children, while Africa will become Islamic. We Christians should stop betray the Lord like
Judas. We must remember who the real enemy, satan is.
We find the grace of God first mentioned in the time of Noah, in
Gen 6:8, "Noah found favour in the eyes of the Lord". Way back then Noah found
grace in Gods eyes. Jesus said in the last days will be a time like the time of
Noah. There was sexual immorality and flirting around between boys and girls. And
its the same today. It reminds one of the large ship built in Britain, the Titanic.
After the construction of that ship, which was at that time the largest ship of its time,
one of the builders commented that even God cannot sink it. Many booked for its maiden
voyage. It traveled through an area full of icebergs, struck one and sank. Most people on
the Titanic drowned. At the moment when it struck the iceberg there was a party going on,
but when the news spread that it had struck an iceberg, they changed the music to
"nearer my God to Thee".
So it was also in the time of Noah, where they were busy with
their parties, marrying and giving in marriage. Peter also speaks about this. Theres
even a mention of the sons of God marrying the sons of men, even though the Bible does say
that angels do not get married. But it could be rather a reference that children of God
marry worldly people. In the Living Translation it puts it this way that young men simply
chose the ones they wanted to get married to. There was no desiring Gods will. They
simply married whomever they wanted. And its the same today.
Only Noah and his family were true believers. Even though
Noahs generation prior to that had great men of God, it seems that in Noahs
day that faith was cast aside. Its terrible when people can forget God so quickly.
In the whole world there was only Noah and his family and their children that still feared
God. How terrible that today, instead of like Noah who could keep his family in the Lord,
one finds parents losing their children to the world. But Noah found grace in Gods
eyes, even while others lived their lives in sin and drugs. Noah was perfect and walked
with God. Without anybody having to instruct Noah to do whats right and avoid
whats wrong, He walked with God. In Hebrews we read of the heroes of faith, and one
of them is Noah. Today one finds people instead boasting of their sins, like drinking and
boozing and sexual immorality, but where are those who can boast in the Lord?
God instructed Noah to build the ark and when to enter into the
ark. Noah obeyed the instructions exactly as God instructed him. Although there was a
river nearby where he built the ark, there were no boats comparable to what he was
building. He built the ark on dry land. The Bible says that fearing the Lord he built the
ark. Recently we were near the mountains where the ark rested. It was found in 1945. And
there were various sightings before that, like Russian pilots that saw the huge ark
resting on the mountains of Ararat. The Russian regime forced total silence that nobody
could hear about it, and the area was cordoned off that nobody could get there. We were
there in Armenia these days and from our hotel room we could see the mountains of Ararat.
Although it was shrouded in mist, its higher than most mountains in Europe at 17,000
God spoke to Noah that He would destroy the whole world because of
the wickedness of man, and only save him and his family, his three sons and their wives.
The civilisation before then was very advanced. The names of the cities of that time are
known and have been excavated. Archeologists are still discovering these places that have
long since been buried under the mud of the flood. They found chariots pulled by horses at
that time. They found pots and vases painted at that time, as well as the makeup that was
used by girls of the time. Women were using makeup at that time already. Once again
its the same in our time. They were all busy with their own things. Nobody was
seeking Gods will anymore.
But Noah, his wife, his sons and their wives served the Lord. The
ark, though it was so huge, only had one door. And so too, Jesus is the only door to God
and eternal life. The ark had many rooms and three levels. Over 7,000 animals could enter
in. God made a difference between clean and unclean animals; only a pair of the unclean
entered while seven pairs of the clean animals entered the ark. Its also recorded
that when the ark settled and they disembarked, Noah made an altar and offered animals to
The ark was 450 ft long, 75 ft wide and 45 ft high, like a 3-story
building. The Bible refers to Noah as a chieftain of that area. In the building of the
huge ark he made use of and paid many labourers. He built it exactly as God instructed,
just as we must order our lives exactly as God instructs. God was the architect of that
boat, and Noah followed Gods instructions exactly. Even modern boats are built with
the same ratios as the ark, although the shape might differ for speed. But Noahs ark
was built for stability, to float upright. Noah and his family refused to be influenced by
the mockery of those around them, during the time they built the ark. If you decide for
the Lord and go back to the life of sin afterwards, your mockery is deserved. Methuselah,
an ancestor of Noah, and Enoch, his grandfather, were men of God. The animals entering the
ark were better than the people who mocked, for they obeyed and entered the ark. They were
all inside the ark for 7 days and nothing happened. But after 7 days it grew black and for
40 days it poured, there was water from above and below and the whole earth was covered.
And so the mockery came to an end. The people climbed on the highest hills, but to no
avail. They cried to Noah to open the door, but God had locked the door. Noah was in the
ark for a year and 10 days, till the waters subsided. At first he released a crow, but it
never returned, most probably settling on the carcases and having a feast. He also
released a dove, which returned with a fig leave in its beak, which showed Noah that the
plants have started to grow again. When Noah came out of the ark, the first thing he did
was to build an altar to God to thank Him for His salvation. God put a rainbow in the sky
as a sign that He would not destroy the world by water again. But it will one day be
destroyed by fire.
As time went on the three sons of Noah populated the whole earth.
Jesus said that His return will be like in the days of Noah, where they remained in their
sins until the sudden event of judgement. But Noah was righteous in the sight of God. Not
the sight of men, because they are like the grass, which blossom one day and perishes the
next. But Noah walked with God and was righteous in His eyes.