“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” Matt 24:38-39 (KJV)
What did Noah know and was tasked to do which the others did not know but had the opportunity? The answer: there would come world-wide destruction and the only way to be saved would be to get upon this monstrosity he was building. There were no documentation previously written which others could deduce this knowledge. There were no other harbingers of prophecy which could confirm this event, so it was a matter of trusting in someone who’s character they could not find fault, for what was evident, besides perhaps being a little crazy, he was a good man, a different man as compared to what was currently in vogue during that time.
This issue I’m having dealing with “The Sanctuary” is leading me into areas I had never thought prior. The above text has been stuck in my mind and it keeps widening its understanding as I continue to compare our time with that of Noah’s. If I take the literal “eating and drinking”, well, look around you. How many of you would you say this would qualify as having some effect as you look at your bathroom scale? So, it could apply to the general overall issue regarding diet which has gone amuck. On the other side of that coin it could refer also to the point people don’t really care what they eat anymore. God has provided a dietary plan, and He would know what was best for us to eat, but even religionist, no, let’s make it personal, Christians have determined they have a better method and have placed God in the closet because now they’ve lied on Him by stating, “We’re free to eat anything we want to call food.” God never said that and surely could never agree with this, as you sit in front of your lobster and baby-back ribs and then wonder why sickness and depravity is ruining your life or those of your loved ones.
Forget about marriage. That otherwise holy institution is going the way of the dogs—literally. Divorce and adultery, fornication and whatnot is running rampant and has now become the thing to do. What has put the frosting on the cake is this “same-sex” marriage which now a lot of Christians have come to “accept”. Let me ask you a question, do you think Jesus accepts their bonding? Do you really think God approves this mockery of His standard given to man, and woman, as a proper lifestyle in accordance to His plan for life? If you are one who does, you can stop reading this post now because salvation has never been your goal to begin with.
So, who are the Noah’s today and what is it they know others don’t know which involves their salvation? Hint: It involves an “ark”. Just the same as it did in Noah’s time. God, has an interesting way, always, I repeat, ALWAYS has an example He uses and if we would only get the picture would see and realize this. This is done for those of us who are thick-headed and we can be thankful He still loves us enough to want to work with us no matter how thick-headed we are!
Noah’s claim is the same as the claim of Adventists today given the task to “get into the ark” of safety. Now, what I find interesting is this: While Noah was given the plan of the ark and the construction of the ark, he was also giving the message of the ark and impending doom. The Noah’s of today are doing similarly. They’ve been given the plan of the ark (Sanctuary Service), understanding it (construction) and giving the message (preaching) about the impending destruction, this time by fire. But fire is only symptomatic of a bigger issue: the loss of one’s salvation. That should be the focus of the message.
The Gospel of Christ was simply this: “He died taking my sins upon Himself therefore I receive His righteousness and receive the life freely offered by Him.” The very example He illustrated in the Garden of Eden with our fore-parents is the same thing which is taking place right now, for you and me. This is the Gospel. However, does this Gospel end there? There would be those who would say, “yes” and there’s a minority who disagree and say, “no”. Let’s examine the issue closely.
What did Noah’s contemporaries have to do during the time of Noah’s preaching? They were examining themselves and making decisions either “for” or “against” what would eventually be their lives. Is the same occurring today? Well, it should! Noah introduced the concept of a world-wide destruction. This is not new for us because we can look back and see evidence of Noah’s time, but what is new for us is the consideration of “how” this all come about. At some point in time the decision was made and there was a great loss. I think the clue to understanding this was given in,
“But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.” Gen 6:18 (KJV)
Did you get it? God knew. God KNEW because He’s God but we DO NOT KNOW. God knew at the end of the day, after all the preaching, building, contemplating, praying, convincing and reaching out, it would ONLY be Noah and his family. God KNEW it would only be him, his wife, their children and in-laws. That was it.
What does God know about us today? If we “think” the “Investigative Judgment” is necessary for God to “KNOW” who will be saved, then we’re making a poor conclusion regarding the issue of The Sanctuary Service. The Sanctuary Service, the message which is “still” the Gospel is for us to “examine” OURSELVES so that we know, that we know, that we know. Something about, “making our calling and election sure…” you know the verse. Do you think each and every one of us need to be “examined” by God to see if “we’re good or bad”? Sounds a little bit like “Santa Claus” to me, but I think what is going on is a message to give to the world and it is, “take this time given, this “probationary” time seriously because at some point in time you will have to make a decision to get into the “ark” which is in the Sanctuary and learn what is the requirement(s) which will secure you a ticket for eternal salvation. And the short answer to this HAS TO BE: The Sabbath!
Now, that’s another story.
March 6, 2015