And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed, Luke 17:26-30.
During the days leading up to Jesus’ return to earth people will be living “normal” lives and unaware of the times or spiritual significance of the day. There will also be people who will not heed the prophetic word of scripture nor the prophets the Lord sends. They, including many Christians, will be busy with life, distracted and pursuing their own desires and goals. As a result, many Christians will lack discernment and therefore be unprepared for the times as we are witnessing today. In the scripture passage above, it is obvious Jesus is telling us the last days will be similar to the days that Noah and Lot lived. However, there is also a message for us in the difference of character between Noah and Lot as men.
Noah’s story begins in Genesis 6. The name Noah means rest and comfort. Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. He was a righteous man and blameless in his time. Noah lived during a time of violence, corruption and great darkness. Instructed by God to build an ark for the salvation of mankind he endured through much trial, hardship and persecution for a period of 120 years. We are told Noah walked with God.
Lot’s story begins in Genesis 11. The name Lot means a covering, veiled or hidden. Lot was Abraham’s nephew and is called a righteous man in Scripture, 2 Peter 2:7. When Abraham offered Lot the choice of land he selfishly chose for himself what he thought was better land. He then settled near Sodom, perhaps for business reasons and financial gain. During the war of kings, Sodom and Gomorrah were ransacked and Lot was taken captive and eventually rescued by Abraham. Lot chose to live in Sodom, a city full of sexual immorality and corruption for his own personal gain. He gained influence and sat in the city gate as a judge. We have no record of Lot preaching salvation to the people or calling them to repentance. He allowed his family to be influenced and conformed to the wickedness of this city. He even offered his two daughters to be sex slaves!
Oblivious to the sign of the times and God’s impending judgment on Sodom, Lot was in need of rescue…again. Through Abraham’s intercession, the angels sent to destroy Sodom rescued Lot and his family after much persuasion. Lot’s two son in laws perished in Sodom leaving his daughters as widows. On the way, his wife turns into a pillar of salt for looking back, leaving Lot a widower. As a result of the gross sexual immorality Lot’s two daughters were influenced by growing up, they have relations with their father after getting him drunk. Both daughters become pregnant. Lot’s lifestyle and lack of character finally caught up with him. He ended up a widower, committing incest, having illegitimate sons by his own daughters, living in a cave and we hear nothing more from him again. By the way, his two illegitimate sons become fathers of two people groups; the Moabites and Ammonites who were enemies of Israel.
Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work, 2 Timothy 2:20,21.
The character of these two men are representative of Christians during these last days. Lot, out of love of this world, is conformed to its image living by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the boastful pride of life, 1 John 2:16,17. The worship of self is manifest in selfish ambition, greed and lustful desire. Chasing the world’s definition of success in life and business took precedent in Lot’s life. At the same time, allowing his children to be influenced and shaped by evil. Not once does scripture tell us that Lot heard the voice of God or that he obeyed God. Lot lived by the natural, not by faith in God. He was led by self, not by the Spirit. Lot lived for himself and ended up destitute…the fruit of his pursuit. Sadly, this lifestyle is indicative of far too many Christians today.
Noah on the other hand was a man that put his relationship and fellowship with God first. In a time of immense wickedness and violence he remained faithful and obedient to God. For 120 years he patiently built the ark to the exact specifications that God gave him even though it had never rained before. He displayed endurance, perseverance, humility and love for God and others. As a preacher of righteousness he never gave in or gave up even though no one accepted his offer of salvation besides his own family. As a result, He and God partnered to save the world. Noah heard and recognized God’s voice and was obedient to Him. Noah lived by the Spirit and not by the natural alone. He is an example of the successful godly life in all times, especially during very hard and dark times.
God offers a choice of life to all and we choose which life we want to live. A life of death or the abundant (zoe) life. During this time of crisis and revolution in our nation we can choose to be silent and conform to the world or we can take a stand and be faithfully obedient to God. And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot…the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed, Luke 17.
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work, 2 Timothy 3:16,17.