SIGNS OF THE TIMES
We have been talking about the "Signs of the Times". Current events in light of Bible prophecy. How we know for sure that the coming of Christ is drawing near. Any honest and objective analysis of our contemporary culture would lead to the conclusion that there has been a drastic erosion of family values in the past few decades. And, of course, part of that decline in the family structure has been the push for "acceptance" of a whole new definition of marriage. The traditional (and Biblical) view of marriage is that it is designed by God to be between one man and one woman for life.
LISTEN TO THE WORDS OF JESUS
Jesus was asked by His disciples what would be the "sign of His coming, and the end of the world" (Matt. 24:3). He responded by saying "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be" (Matt. 24:37). Then He went on to elaborate on that. "They were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" (Matt. 24:38). So the end of the age would be characterized, according to Jesus, by gross immorality, and a breakdown of marriage.
THE DAYS OF NOAH
If you go back to Genesis 6, and study the conditions on earth prior to the great flood, you will see what Jesus was talking about. According to the Word of God, there were three reasons why God destroyed the world with a catastrophic flood:
1. First, the breakdown of marriage. "The sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose" (Gen. 6:2). This mixed marriage (between angelic beings and human women) was an unnatural union which violated the God-ordained order of human marriage and procreation.
2. Second, the breakdown of morals. "God saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" (Gen. 6:5). Kinda sounds like a commentary on today's obsession with pornography and moral perversion, doesn't it?
3. Third, the breakdown of civil order. "The earth was filled with violence". (Gen. 6:11, 13). Man was out of control. Lawlessness and crime was rampant. Nobody was safe anymore. The recent rise in radical Islamic terrorist attacks illustrates just how accurate Jesus was when He said: "As it was in the days of Noah, so shall the coming of the Son of Man be".
If the same three things that led to God's judgment upon the earth the first time are prevalent in our culture today--and if Jesus said He would come back again when times are just like the days of Noah--then the obvious conclusion is that were are living in the last days, and His coming must be soon. You see, God's basis of judgment is always consistent. What prompted Him to destroy the earth in Noah's day will likewise bring His judgment on this world in the Tribulation. And if you read II Pet.3:1-7, you will see how these two judgments are connected, and that truly "the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men" is coming.
BUT THERE IS HOPE
In light of God's future judgment of mankind for his sinful behavior, what a blessing it is to know that there is still hope! The only reason God has not brought judgment yet is this: "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" (II Pet. 3:9). Ah, there it is! The way of avoiding God's judgment: REPENTANCE. He doesn't want you to perish (John 3:16). Call on Him as your Savior, and He will forgive you, and open up heaven's door for you.