The Days of Noah

I’m not what you would call a “prophecy nut,” neither do I shy away from the truth found within the pages of the Word of God concerning “The Last Days.” To the casual observer, he or she would have to admit that we’re headed toward a climax of history. I never cease to be amazed that those within and without the church are clueless about such things, passively dismissing world events as if these events have always taken place (it must be tough seeing and talking with your head in the sand).

To the deluded we’re headed for the “utopian” one-world government, the Age of Aquarius (the Fifth Dimension used to sing that it was dawning) or some other kind of New Age nonsense. (It appears, however, that for the present the NWO has experienced a glitch in their plans because of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump). To the blind, Christian or not, they’re so distracted by the world’s glitter that they are missing true signs that we are experiencing a rapid and unparalleled move to the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ to reign in bodily form on this earth, ready or not.

Most prophetic teachers tend to focus more on prophetic passages such as Matthew 34:1-35. The problem with this is these verses also applied to Israel, even the moon turning to blood, etc., which actually was used other times in Scripture to depict judgment. In prior references to Matthew 24, Jesus said repeatedly, “This generation will experience these things…” not ours. Wars and rumors of wars, false Christs, earthquakes, plagues, etc., have occurred since the time of Christ and before.

I think anyone who is fair to the text understands the unseen coming of Christ then was a judgment upon Israel for rejecting Him as messiah. He told them (that generation), “Not one stone of the (existing) temple shall remain until all is torn down.” Seventy years later, Jerusalem fell to the Romans, who destroyed the temple, and Israel was scattered throughout the world until 1947 when the Jews began to return to their homeland, which has never witnessed peace. (For a scholarly perspective on this, please read An Eschatology of Victory by J. Marcellus Kik, a scholar par excellence.)

The Days of Noah

Beginning in verse 36 of the same chapter, we see a dramatic change in emphasis from Jesus concerning His coming – “as in the days of Noah.” He says clearly that, “No one knows the hour” that Christ will return, only His Father. The context, however, is specific to the time before the flood:

36 “But of that [exact] day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son [in His humanity], but the Father alone. 37 For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah. 38 For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]” (Matt 24:36-39 Amplified).

There are several noteworthy points here concerning the days of Noah. 1) People were doing the usual things – eating and drinking and being married. 2) They had no earthly idea that judgment was coming 3) His coming will be unexpected and will bring with it judgment and glorification, depending on one’s decision concerning Jesus:

For after all it is only just for God to repay with distress those who distress you, and to give relief to you who are so distressed and to us as well when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in a flame of fire, dealing out [full and complete] vengeance to those who do not [seek to] know God and to those who ignore and refuse to obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus [by choosing not to respond to Him]. These people will pay the penalty and endure the punishment of [c]everlasting destruction, banished from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day [that is, glorified through the changed lives of those who have accepted Him as Savior and have been set apart for His purpose], and to be marveled at among all who have believed, because our testimony to you was believed and trusted [and confirmed in your lives] (2 Thess. 1:6-10 Amplified).

But what specifically was happening in Noah’s day? Genesis 6:1-8 tells us:

Now it happened, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the [a]sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful and desirable; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose and desired. Then the Lord said, “My Spirit shall not strive and remain with man forever, because he is indeed flesh [sinful, corrupt—given over to sensual appetites]; nevertheless his days shall yet be [b]a hundred and twenty years.” There were Nephilim (men of stature, notorious men) on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God lived with the daughters of men, and they gave birth to their children. These were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown (great reputation, fame).

The Lord saw that the wickedness (depravity) of man was great on the earth, and that every imagination or intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord [c]regretted that He had made mankind on the earth, and He was [deeply] grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy (annihilate) mankind whom I have created from the surface of the earth—not only man, but the animals and the crawling things and the birds of the air—because it [deeply] grieves Me [to see mankind’s sin] and I regret that I have made them.” But Noah found favor and grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Okay, here we see what was happening. 1) There was an exponential growth in the population 2) The sons of God (fallen angelic beings) had sex with the human women 3) A race of giants called Nephilim was produced from this offspring 4) the whole earth was corrupted by their influence – there was a bent toward evil among the human race. The thoughts and actions of humans were on evil continually, particularly with regard to sensuality. Last, God destroyed the inhabitants of the earth by a flood, excepting Noah and his family.

The Nephilim

It would take much too long to attempt to explain the story of the Nephilim, which, incidentally is found in every culture, particularly Greek and Roman mythology with regard to celestial sex with women. If this interests you, I recommend that you listen to a series a teachings by Katie affecting humankind today. You can find this at

https://shop.expectedendministries.com/home/1016-bent-slaying-the-giants-in-your-soulsoak-combo.html.

 The interesting thing concerning this teaching by Katie is why some of humans, no matter how consecrated we are, in our dedication to Christ, have denied the self life and understood co-crucifixion, fasted and prayed, still find ourselves with a bent toward evil. The effect of the Nephilim seed explains why!

Incidentally, there are numerous books and teachings about that subject and why and how the Nephilim will appear again before the coming of Christ – such as in the days of Noah.

The majority of ancient biblical versions, including the Septuagint, Theodotion, Latin Vulgate, Samaritan Targum, Targum Onkelos and Targum Neofiti, interpret the word to mean “giants”.[6] Symmachus translates it as “the violent ones”[7][8][9] and Aquila‘s translation has been interpreted to mean either “the fallen ones”[7] or “the ones falling [upon their enemies]”.[9][10]

Taking this at face value, we can say the giants were “fallen” (meaning angels), violent and fell upon their enemies – primarily God’s people.

Incubus and Succubus

In summary, the Nephilim (we also find giants called the sons of Anak and the Rephaim (Joshua 15:8). They were associated with other giant races, as the Emim and Anakim (Deuteronomy 2:10,11) and the Zamzummim (Deuteronomy 2:20).  The giants were horrendous beings, who showed up before and after the flood. Why? Because angels have spirits that live on. God destroyed earth’s inhabitants because of the Nephilim. Their physical bodies died in the flood with everyone else but Noah and his family. But these giants’ spirits remained, only to show up later in the land of Canaan, where they actually lived in tribes, once again taking on physical bodies of great stature. How they once again took on physical bodies is debatable, but they did.

 

One plausible reason is that when perversity occurs between angelic beings and earthly beings  (the people of Sodom were craving such a thing – Gen. 19:4), a door is opened to the evil realm. Deliverance ministers refer to this as incubus (male demonic sex with women) and succubus (female demon sex with men). The Israelites encountered the giants on many occasions, but particularly noteworthy is Numbers 13, where we find the Israelites comparing themselves to grasshoppers in the sight of the Nephilim. Their fear kept all of them, except Joshua and Caleb and the second generation and up, from entering the Promise Land. They were “led” by God to wander around for 40 years until they all died.

 

If all this seems too crazy for words, consider our own society where virtual sex is now promoted as well as sex with robots! With science playing God with DNA manipulation, there is a likelihood that these giants in literal form will appear on the earth again before Jesus comes – such as in the days of Noah.

 

Goliath and His Brethren

The most famous of these giants in the Bible was Goliath, whom King David killed with a slingshot, and with “five smooth stones,” managed a God-directed hit to the giant’s forehead. Goliath, who stood 9 feet 6 inches tall, was rather short by giant standards, as some of them grew 10 to 13 feet tall. Goliath, who had four brothers (II Samuel 21:16-17; II Samuel 21:18, I Chronicles 20:4; II Samuel 21:19, I Chronicles 20:5; II Samuel 21:20-21, I Chronicles 20:6-7), typified the giants’ hatred of Israel from whom would come our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

My point is we see the earth today tottering from incredible violence and sexual exploitation that is unparalleled in history. We see incredible steps in gene manipulation to bring about hybrid beings that are half-human and half-animal or plant. These remarkable yet horrendous events are pushing us ever quickly into “the days of Noah.” How long will God allow these things to go on? The answer is as long as it takes to get the gospel to the nations of the earth:

 

Numbers 14:21

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD.

Psalm 22:27

All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.

Isaiah 11:9

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 40:5

And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.

Jeremiah 31:34

And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

While the majority of Christians are looking for the rapture to leave this world behind, many others cling to a different expectation – that of a victorious church who will see “the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.”

 Joseph Beckham is the author of Overcoming Bipolar Disorder & Other Mental Difficulties: A Christian Perspective.

Get the print version today at https://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=overcoming+bipolar+disorder+%26+Other+mental+difficulties&type=. The print version also will soon be available on Amazon, ITunes and other book distribution websites along with the epub version, which is already available. Joe is also the author of Deeper Water for Thirsty Souls – http://amzn.com/1493781286

 

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