Friday, October 26, 2012


Melding Epochs
“And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them.” Genesis 6:7. In the days leading up to the flood of Noah wickedness not only prevailed but was so pervasive it had fully tainted mankind. This wickedness put God in a very precarious position. God was actually sorry He had created man and He had no choice but to wipe out the huge majority of His creation and begin again. Let’s take just a moment to contemplate the severity of that wicked world and how God’s only recourse was a worldwide flood to purge wickedness from earth.
First, a question: If God Almighty, the Creator of the Heavens and earth, couldn’t come up with an alternative to the full destruction of every living thing on land to remove the wickedness, is it even possible for mankind today to get a glimpse of just how evil those people had become? Currently we may be somewhat limited in our attempts to fully grasp that epoch’s wickedness. There is a lot of wickedness that has sprang up in the last few centuries that must, in some respects, equal the evil of earth’s first civilization. That being the case, we can see that in many ways that pre-flood wickedness has re-emerged and is now melding itself into today’s culture.
“But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 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,” Matthew 24:37-38. These verses are nothing less than a warning; a warning that was spoken by God Almighty to His creation almost two thousand years ago. Regardless of what you’ve been led to believe concerning the days of Noah, something much more sinister occurred during those days than just two factions of people marrying. Something incredibly evil transpired which brought God’s ire to a point that He became so exasperated that He determined to destroy His creation, and it had to do with malevolent supernatural beings. 
God’s wrath resulted in total annihilation, “…both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air…” of that epoch (save those which went on the Ark). God’s word tells us the same is going to happen again in the last days just prior to our Lord’s return. It is imperative that we study the words as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be without presuppositions. The last days of planet earth prior to Jesus’ return will be as the days of Noah were – completely overcome with wickedness, once again leaving God with no alternative but another cleansing.    
What has this present world to do with the lost world of the antediluvians? Well, let’s see, first of all they were human beings. Secondly, they were living as though God did not exist. Sound familiar? They were enjoying many of the same satanic pleasures that have trapped our society today. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Genesis 6:5. Remember this simple warning: anything that takes our minds of Jesus is of a satanic nature.
We must understand that man’s wickedness on earth had exceeded God’s mercy. Any similarities come to mind between our current society and the excessive wickedness of the antediluvians? Jesus’ explanation of the days of Noah is strikingly similar to that of our society today. He tells us they (the antediluvians) were eating and drinking, they were marrying and that they were given in marriage. Yet what’s the infraction? Marriage between a man and a woman is God sanctioned, and we all need to eat and drink to stay alive.
Well let’s see “every imagination of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil continually.” When we combine the verses of Genesis 6 with Jesus’ words in Matthew 24 we can easily see that what Jesus was alluding is this: there would be no differences between the evil that had infested the antediluvian world and that of the last days of planet earth just prior to His return. Everything the antediluvians did, their intentions and their desires, were filled with wickedness. A simple perusal of the nightly news will enlighten even the hardened skeptic as to the obvious burgeoning similarities between the two cultures.
Since that particular era of mankind’s history came to a close, men’s hearts have been growing exponentially toward wickedness. Today we may marvel at the escalating wickedness in our various nations, but be advised we are very close to mirroring those antediluvians in all earth’s cultures today.
By viewing our own wicked society today we can deduce that a complete disregard concerning the sanctity of life must have been prevalent in that epoch of man’s history, especially since today we can plainly see that man’s imagination includes every form of evil. Hatred resulting in murder and other violence was surely commonplace in the days of Noah. Rape, incest, lying, thievery, all of the proceeding and many more evils would undoubtedly have been fully manifested in those days preceding the flood. Perhaps they were as consumed with aborting innocent lives while still in the womb just as our civilizations are today. Or perhaps they did as the later Canaanite’s and Israelites did and placed their newborns into the flaming arms of their idol god Moloch to be burned alive. Since we are considering the blatant wickedness of those times, perhaps we should consider that that early civilization had become consumed with lust which would have certainly included homosexuality and bestiality. Not only man but the beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air of Noah’s day had to be destroyed. Why?
Mankind had become the epitome of wickedness. Every imagination of his heart had played out in the form of evil and had completely consumed the antediluvian civilization. Therefore, perhaps the marrying and given in marriage was a reference to men marrying men and women marrying women. Obviously this is a prevailing tendency today, and surely God knew this abomination would be the inclination of men’s hearts as the approaching last days came into view.
Did these antediluvians know that their world was evil or were they simply going about their lives as did their fathers? Were they even told of the calamity that was coming upon that God-rejecting world? Who would tell them these things? Two godly men, Enoch and Noah. Enoch had walked with God for three hundred years, and we are told in the book of Jude that he was a prophet of God. Therefore Enoch undoubtedly did as prophets do – he prophesied of the coming judgment that would befall those people. Notwithstanding, that era of civilization surely heard the preaching of Noah before the door to the Ark was shut behind him. But all prophesying and preaching was to no avail, and the similarities between the two civilizations (then and now) continue just as Jesus warned.
The people of this current age have heard a lot of preaching, much more than any other period of human history. Yet in this current age, even though calamity is at the door the majority of people refuse to heed the warnings of those doing the preaching. For the most part the population of the world has abandoned the One true God. Why? What seems to be the national pastime these days that drives a wedge between the creation and the Creator? Pleasure and convenience. The world seeks after pleasure and life conveniences at breakneck speeds. Also lying and cheating have become so common it’s hard to find people who don’t participate in these two arenas. We are eating in great abundance (for the most part not from our own toil), we are drinking to excess, and society has now overwhelmingly condoned the one extreme lifestyle that brought about God’s most incredible judgments, homosexuality. Obviously humanity will never learn from their prior mistakes.
“Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” 2 Peter 3:4. This is the response of the scoffers. Just as in the days leading up to the flood the people ignored the warnings of the prophet Enoch and the preacher Noah. Today as we hear warnings of devastation coming upon planet earth, it’s the scoffer’s response to mock and ridicule the watchmen, evangelists, and all the true followers of Jesus Christ. Sadly, today the defiance coming from the scoffers is palpable, even though our end grows ever so close, just as it must have been in the days prior to the flood waters consuming the antediluvian scoffers.
Jesus told His disciples what the signs would be which would signal the last days, and those signs are occurring today. That’s how close we are to the end. When the Ekklesia of Christ is removed from earth, the evil that is being restrained will be fully unleashed on an unsuspecting, unbelieving populous of Christ rejecters. The mercy of God can be attributed to His longsuffering. There’s no difference in the mercy which God showed the antediluvians and the mercy He is showing us today. How much longer you ask? That depends on how much longer God will endure the burgeoning wickedness of His creation. He promises there will be a termination point and He’s given us observable signs so we can be prepared. 
What most of Christendom today can’t seem to grasp is that the same wickedness which manifested during those antediluvian days has become apparent in our current epoch. When the restrainer is taken out of the way there will be no denying the presence of the same wickedness that brought about God’s ultimate judgment of the antediluvians. The similarities are striking – the hybrids are coming.
The people that lived in the time of Noah had no use for God, thus they did what was right in their own eyes. When the fallen angels began their incursion and co-habitation the offspring from those unions were, to our God, the final straw. The horrible creatures that were produced from that most unholy of unions were unadulterated evil and had to be destroyed. God was not pleased and He was forced to act in a way that would eliminate the scourge on the land. Water was God’s land cleansing choice. When that evil once again becomes fully manifest on earth as it has in the past, God will be forced to cleanse the land for the last time – only with fire this time.
Something that I find very interesting and sadly appalling is the fact that the Christian Ekklesia is now at the center of much of the coming apostasy. Many Christians don’t believe that Christ is returning soon, or ever. They seem to be the voices behind the statements of “Where is the promise of his coming.” If we don’t believe the word of God, or if we merely allegorize His words, then we become the hindrance to the truth and contributing accomplices corrupting the non-believing world.
Humanity, including Christians, has become extremely self-indulgent. Long gone are the days when all of mankind had to toil over their own land to raise crops to sustain their families. Today, instead of toil people have so much free time on their hands that all imaginable wickedness has once again manifested just as it did in the days of Noah. Today, instead of toiling for our own food it’s a simple trek to the supermarket and voila, food appears in our cupboards – no toiling of our own land is involved. Humanity has become enthralled by entertainment that reeks of filth and lures our young to the den of Satan. Where is the indignation? Where are God’s children? I’ll tell you where they are, they’re sitting around their television sets watching Dancing With the Stars instead of concentrating on God’s commands and our coming King. Anything that takes our minds off of our Messiah Jesus is satanic.
Today there is little to no difference between the two epochs. The only striking difference is that there are still true followers of Jesus Christ present on earth. But just as Enoch was caught up to Heaven before the flood, Christ’s Ekklesia too will be caught up to forever be with the Lord just before God’s wrath is unleashed on a Christ rejecting world.
Two civilizations separated by five thousand years. Yet if those who perished in the flood were able somehow to step into this our current epoch and view the depravity of our debased society, would they not feel right at home? Soon Jesus’ words will come into play “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be”.   
God bless you all,
Ron Graham
All original scripture is “theopneustos” God breathed

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