While “feasting” on my morning’s devotion, I was inspired by this version of Scripture to share these thoughts:
“By faith Noah honoured God, after that he was warned of things which were not seen, and prepared the ark to the saving of his household, through the which ark he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which cometh by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 – Tynsdale Version)
“Through the which ark he (Noah) condemned the world.”
Could it not be stated, “Through the which ark, he (God) condemned the world”?
“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” (Rev. 11:19 KJV)
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” (Matt. 24:37 KJV)
What is it with these “arks”? Let us not forget there was one other “ark” mentioned in the Scriptures. Moses, as a child, was saved as a result of an “ark”. And, we shall be the same!
Christ gave us a clue, an interesting clue regarding the salvation of man in these endtimes. He mentioned Noah. In context of this mentioning found in Matthew, it goes on to state what existed during that time. Does not the same exist today? However, how can anyone mention Noah’s name and not think of “the” ark which has come to be associated with his name? Noah’s ark. What about this ark? The Bible states, as indicated above: “through the which, in other words, it is “by” this ark the world was condemned”. How so? There was only two places to be found at that time: (1) Inside the ark, or (2) outside the ark. An ark of “safety” was prepared and the people saw it, watched it developed but it would have done no one any good by remaining a voyeur. One could only be found benefiting by this ark when the time came for getting “inside” of it.
Another ark is mentioned in the Scriptures and it is so important this particular ark had a replica. One was found in heaven and the other was given to Moses to make for the earth. Perhaps the most important aspect of this particular ark was what, too, was “inside” of it. The Ten Commandments of God. Since it was a replica of the ark in heaven, it had to be exact in every aspect, while on the earth. It, too, contained the Ten Commandments of God. In fact, when read in the context of Rev. 11, “judgment” was taking place and those who were “outside” of their understanding of what was “inside” would be lost, just as those who chose to be “outside” of Noah’s were lost.
Two things make it apparent: (1) “One must find safety ‘inside’ the Ark of God” and, (2) “There is no safety “outside” the ark” for therein lies the clue, the rules of life.
There will be many who will tell you what is “inside” the ark is no longer valid upon mankind. When did John see this ark, in heaven? Was it not long, LONG after Christ has died, risen and returned to heaven? If it were no longer valid, the Ten Commandments, then why bother John with a vision of what was still in heaven? Why mention judgment, which you and I are/will be involved in, if there is no “Law” to be judged by? Who has ever heard of any court being in session and there was no law? Ridiculous, isn’t it?
It is “inside” the ark, Noah, Moses and God’s professed people for today will find safety when it comes to these endtimes. This is the clue for salvation and unless you have chosen, too, like those people living during the time of Noah, to get “inside” the ark, study, read, love the Ten Commandments of God and then “do them”, it will be the way, the ONLY way of finding salvation. The way of salvation, as the Scripture states, is ONLY TO BE FOUND in the Sanctuary.
Oh, this is for those who say salvation only comes through Christ. Was not Christ the “High Priest” of this sanctuary? Was it not Christ’s blood poured upon the Sanctuary in the presence of God which made the way possible to be saved? One cannot disconnect or separate Christ from the Sanctuary, or Christ and the Law, the Ten Commandments, for they are exclusively tied eternally together.
“Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?” (Psa. 77:13 KJV)
And what is found in the “sanctuary” of God? Yep, the ark! Something, then, must be up with this ark. You’d better find out before it is too late.
July 10, 2017