By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.” (Hebrews 11:7)
Thousands of years ago God warned a man named Noah about a coming flood. Exactly how God warned him we’re not told. Perhaps the Lord spoke directly to Noah. Perhaps the Lord warned him through his great-grandfather Enoch.
Last week we studied about Enoch. Who was Enoch and why is he important? The Bible says that Enoch had a son named Methuselah who became the oldest man who ever lived (969 years). The name Methuselah means, “When he dies it will come.”What would come? The flood would come. Almost a thousand years before the flood came, God began warning the world.
Enoch not only knew about the judgment of a world-wide flood, he also knew about the judgment at the end of time. The book of Jude teaches us that Enoch prophesied about the Lord coming to judge all the ungodly of all their ungodly deeds. (see Jude 1:14-15) Knowing what he knew, I am sure that Enoch tried to warn his family. No doubt even as a boy, Noah learned from his great-grandfather that someday there was going to be a terrible flood that would destroy the world.
Noah also learned that the timing of this flood was linked to the death of his grandfather Methuselah.
Scripture says that Methuselah was the oldest man to ever live (969 years old – Genesis 5:27). That’s almost an entire millennium. As the years passed by, no doubt Methuselah and his family wondered when the end would come. First, he lived to be 700, and then 800, and then 900, but still there was no rain. But then one day, at the unbelievable age of 969 years, Methuselah died and sometime shortly afterwards the flood began.
Why did God allow Methuselah to live so long? God did this in order to prove His desire to see men saved. The Bible says that God is “not willing that anyone should perish, but that everyone should repent.” (see 2 Peter 3:9)God sustained Methuselah’s life as long as possible in order to demonstrate His patience and longsuffering.
But then we read this, “…all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.” (Genesis 5:27) The day came whenMethuselah eventually died. God’s patience finally came to an end. The Bible says “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.” (2 Peter 3:10) Just like God’s patience came to an end during the days of Methuselah and Noah, so will His patience come to an end during the last days.
We read this verse from the book of Jeremiah, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” (Jeremiah 8:20)
Dear friends, summer is over. Fall is here. And winter is not far away. The question I ask you is “Are you prepared? Are you in the ark of safety or will you someday be swept away to destruction?”If I may be of help to you in your relationship with the Lord, please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you my brethren.