Noah In The 21st Century: The Animals are Marching in Two by Two
Let’s talk about global climate change today because there is something conspicuous happening globally that we cannot ignore.
Hopefully I will be brief….and I know when I begin with this statement more often than not, I end up with voluminous paragraphs of words.
Jumping right into it….I am sure we have been seeing what has been going on in the news these past weeks, and even months regarding the climate upheavals globally. And if you are not updated, not to worry! You’ll get a condensed briefing here.
Currently, there are several regions all over the world that are experiencing severe property destruction and even loss of life in the masses as a result of natural disasters due to global warming: California, India, Turkey, Algeria, China, Japan, Congo, Haiti, Italy, Iraq Greece, Romania and so many other places I am afraid I cannot exhaust naming them here.
Extreme temperatures and severe droughts are ravaging the earth. The result of human-induced global warning has created a world that is now falling apart. If it is not wild fires, it is earthquakes or floods or drought and famine. The a rapid melt of glaciers and sea ice is a danger to rising sea levels.
Now, there is no need to state that there is a problem— which is clearly a big one. But there is a need to emphasize that this world is going downhill at an extremely rapid rate! As scientists had warned on impending dangers with changing climatic conditions, it seems their predictions/forecasts were to be more immediate than expected because here we are in 2021 not 2030/2040.
Interestingly, there is this phrase I hear said frequently, “we hope that things are going to get better.” And I hope so too as well!
But, in as much as I am all for positivity, it will not be at the expense of truth. Jesus had already warned mankind of these cataclysmic events that would befall the earth a little over 2,000 years ago. Jesus called them, the beginning of sorrows (most translations have it as: birth pangs/pains.)
Just recently, we were having a conversation with my sister and other friends at church. As we were talking, we began conversing about Noah and as the discussion progressed, I began contemplating on the ridicule Noah must have faced as he built that ark. I always wonder how he endured the scorn and maybe even foolish comments from bystanders for all those years.
Let us use the children’s Bible illustration for understanding sake…
Most Bible scholars estimate that He took approximately 120 years to build the ark. You can do the math for yourself as you calculate backwards from when God told Noah and his family to enter into the ark.
Now, you can imagine 120 years…1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 20, 60, 120……years of people wondering whether there is a loosenut somewhere in your brain. But it’s not a surprise as God’s true children have been facing the same kind of treatment for centuries.
The reason I bring Noah up is because as I was contemplating, I honestly wondered about the unbelief of the people during Noah’s time. Now, I experience unbelief too and I am not trying to belittle those people during those times. I naturally sway more to skepticism than faith in almost all my steps of faith. It takes some time before anybody can convince me to jump in the boat with them and sail the deep blue sea to a place unknown… and I honestly believe that’s human nature.
But where I honestly do not know what to believe or do not understand some things intellectually, I would rather ask God for guidance rather than rely on my own judgement. God is sovereign, and I know that He is also able to cause what we would humanly call “freak of nature” occurrences happen if He so wills. So, if there is a Noah-like directive coming from Him even in this day and age, I would rather rely on His wisdom because He would best guide me instead of laughing it off as a joke.
And additionally, because I also know of a Bible verse that states: the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men, and God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty —1 Corinthians 1:25, 27. It would be wise not to ignore this verse.
Anyway, where were we? Yes! Noah… Even as a skeptic, it is a whole different story if I, personally, would have begun seeing the animals getting into an ark two by two (I don’t know whether they were marching…. I just remembered a song we used to sing in Sunday school and the song went like....and the animals went marching in two by two, two by two, two by two….), as they came from all the places they were scattered throughout the world.
And that! Would have caused me to really question!
Friends, I am telling you honestly! That this is exactly what is happening at the moment! The animals are marching in two by two right before our very own eyes. As the world is busy interpreting the planet SOS as global warming and trying to figure out how to prevent further natural disasters, the children of God who know His word are already in the boat, waiting for the remainder of God’s lost sheep to get in.
And there is yet another thing I find interesting with the story of Noah. This statement.
11. In the six hundredth year of Noah‘s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Noting that every single word, comma, full stop, or colon is extremely important in God’s word. And additionally, is every single statement as well. God has never wasted space in His word. Every single word or letter in the Bible is extremely important; thus why we should read the Bible meditatively.
God’s word says, He has declared the end from the beginning! That is also another interesting statement for those of us who like puzzle-solving like I do. Think about that for a minute….this statement actually means that He has told us how the story will end at the beginning.
How? When we look at creation. I personally reason, it honestly did not have to take God 6 days to create the earth. He could have just as easily done it in one day and that was that. All done! But He took 6 days…why? why? Well, I honestly can’t say for sure that I know the reasons of God….but if you are like me and you like connecting the dots then….this is the starting point I figure He must have declared the end from the beginning. (All this is my take as well as an inspired sermon that brought me to this reasoning and not biblical doctrine but important nonetheless.)
Now follow with me carefully…
God created the world in 6 days and rested on the 7th day. Most biblical scholars have calculated man’s life on this earth to be around 6000 years. As for the earth, I don’t know! But as for man it is estimated, from Adam to Abraham— approximately 1,900 years. From Abraham to Jesus Christ, approximately 2,000 years, and from Jesus Christ to 2021 AD, another 2,000 years. Totalling to approximately 6,000 man years on earth. And we know that God rested on the 7th day from all His works of creation. And we also know that the Bible says that Jesus Christ will reign on the earth for 1,000 years according to Revelation 20.
So this will be the last thousand years of rest before the new heavens and the new earth— again, all according to the Bible.
Could it be that God was declaring the time period which man would have on this earth before its end? Six thousand years of labour and toil, then a final seven thousand years of rest?
Now, with all this Bible mathematics, do you think it a coincidence that God had this statement in there for no reason? In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
Personally, I don’t think so. The judgement of God fell on the earth exactly six hundred years of Noah’s life! Coincidence? Or is God trying to tell mankind something?
9.Remember the former things of old: for I Am God, and there is none else; I Am God, and there is none like Me.10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure.
Now we can do whatever we want with that information. 🙂 Hopefully we will meditate upon it and also pray for God’s wisdom.
Back to the weather…
The prevailing climatic conditions and the natural disasters are certainly and most definitely as a result of human pollution and environmental degradation. But with a spiritual understanding, Jesus already told us that when we see these things occurring, as His children, we must not be alarmed but we are to look up— for He is near, just at the very doors.
Now, to conclude, Jesus Himself spoke of Noah saying,
36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
Again… Do you think it’s a coincidence that Jesus used Noah for an example for His second coming during these last times?
So much for a brief post!
Thank you for reading!
May the Lord give us wisdom to discern these times and be ready, watching and waiting like the five wise virgins.
Daniel was shown of the times we live today and was told to seal up the book of that prophecy because it was not appointed for him to understand. But God said to him,
8 And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?
9 And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.
My prayer for us today is that we may be among the wise.
This is wondrous insight from GOD’s Word; we are definitely moving closer to Christ’s return… Yes, may we be wise and for Him to find us with faith at His appearing. For those fearful, pray and seek Him while He may be found for He, Himself, is our peace and the lover of our souls.
34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you suddenly like a trap. 35 For it will come on all those who live on the face of the whole earth. Luke 21:34:35
What shall we do instead? Be sober, pray, and put our hope in JESUS all the way to the end as GOD’s Word tells us:
“Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober . . . But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6, 8
“Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;”
1 Peter 1:13
“But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”
1 Peter 4:7, KJV
As for our anxiety, we must give them to our LORD and Savior JESUS who is the Good Shepherd of our soul.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
A Word of encouragement as to what we may pray comes right after what I’ve mentioned in Luke 21:34-35. While the world is experiencing hardship and even chaos at times, I find comfort in the following verse and it gives me freedom and peace in the midst of fear and anxiety:
36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:36
One more thing for us to do is spend focused times with GOD and in HIS Word, meditate on it, listen to HIM for wisdom, and continually pray making requests with thanksgiving to HIM who is able to answer.
16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:16
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4: 4-9
In spending this time with HIM, we will find that HE indeed loves us and that HE is Jehovah Jireh, the ONE who provides for all our needs…
18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. John 4:18
If we fear, we need to come to HIM often as a child unto our Heavenly Father who will indeed love us and in so doing take away our fears because we choose to trust HIM for HE is faithful and true to HIS Word and HIS promises to us who believe…
All the verses you have shared here are also a part of this post because they remind us about the need for watchfulness, a hope in God’s deliverance for His children and encourage us to fix our eyes every single day on Jesus— running with endurance the race that is set before us.
God is always ready to receive us in whatever state we come.
Thank you Jeff 🙂