Fathers: Are All the Children In?
Recently I shared this Father’s Day message with our church. My desire is to help you grasp the world situation in which Noah raised his three sons and thus help you raise your children in our present sinful world.
Boring dates? Not at all!
Let me start by giving you some pertinent and interesting genealogical figures. The dates I give you are not BC nor AD. We’re going to refer to the years as following the day of Creation which date is 0.
Adam was created in the year 0 and died 930 years later, as we read in Genesis 5:5. Adam and Eve were created as full grown adults and placed in the beautiful Garden of Eden untouched by sin. They were given the command in Genesis 1:28 to “be fruitful and multiply”. Cain and Abel, their first two sons, were born after the Fall and after they had been cast out of the Garden of Eden. So it is probable that the Fall took place within a few months of creation.
Seth, a third son of Adam and Eve was born when Adam was 130 years old, Genesis 5:3 tells us. From the line of Seth came the Antediluvian patriarchs listed in Genesis 5. They each lived almost 1,000 years and had their children at well over the age of 100.
Enoch, the seventh from Adam, was born 622 years after the day of creation. Jude 14-15 informs us that he was a preacher of righteousness and he walked with God. At the age of 365, or in the 987th year from creation, an amazing thing happened to him. He did not die, but was simply “raptured” into Heaven.
This is just a foretaste of what is going to take place any moment when all Christians are raptured or caught up to Heaven without dying, as is taught in I Corinthians 15:51-58 and I Thessalonians 4:13-18, as well as several other Scriptures. See my prophecy series for more information concerning the Rapture.
Noah was born in the year 1056 from creation as you can easily calculate from Genesis 5. His three sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth were born after Noah was 500 years old. One hundred years later according to Genesis 7:6 the Flood took place in the year 1656 from creation when Noah was 600 years old.
Keeping in mind that most of these patriarchs lived close to 1000 years and had many sons and daughters, it is not difficult to believe that in these 1656 years from creation the world population had risen to well over one billion and they were spread all over the face of the earth. Keep in mind that although there were oceans, the land mass was connected throughout the earth and did not look at all like the shape of continents today. Also the mountains were not nearly as high and the oceans basins were not nearly as deep as they have been since the Flood of Noah’s day. For much more on the geological affects of the Flood, get hold of John Whitcomb’s book on The Genesis Flood written about fifty years ago. This scholarly book was the forerunner of the modern Creation movement that blasts holes in the evolutionary theories being taught as scientific fact in public schools. Check out the following interesting and informative web site http://www.answersingenesis.org/
By the time of the Flood, all the godly patriarchs had died and Enoch was raptured. According to Genesis 6:1-13 there were intellectual and perhaps physical giants in the human race, but the awful fact is that there remained not one single godly person on the face of the earth, except for Noah and his wife and their three sons and their wives; a grand total of eight people! All the rest of these perhaps billion people had turned their backs on God. The reason for this mess is that godly people had married ungodly people and thus filled the earth with sin and violence. That’s still the dreadful consequence of Christians marrying non Christians today.
This was the world situation in which Noah raised his three sons. Amazingly, he lived such a consistently righteous life that his family followed him in their love and devotion and obedience to God. Of all the fathers that have lived on the face of the earth, Noah is a supreme example in the Bible of the power and influence of a godly father.
The Judgment That Fell on this earth over 4300 years ago
The Flood that came in Noah’s day, described in Genesis 7-8, and referred to by Jesus in Matthew 24:37-39 and by Peter in both of his epistles, covered the earth to a depth of over 22 feet over the highest mountains, according to Genesis 7:20. Remember, prior to the Flood, mountains were not nearly as high as they are today and ocean basins were not dearly as deep. Those geological changes took place as the flood was receding. The Grand Canyon in northern Arizona is a wonderful testimony to the Flood.
The Flood instantly killed and buried under tons of rock and earth the bodies of men and animals and birds so that they fossilized and we can find those fossils throughout the earth today. They are constantly being discovered by geologists.
The only living creatures who survived the flood were Noah, his wife, their three sons and their wives and the birds and animals within the ark. All other living creatures died.
It was not a local flood as unbelievers would teach. In Genesis 6-9 at least thirty times God makes clear that all living creatures died. Three times in those chapters God promised He would never send another universal flood to the earth. If the flood of Noah’s day was a localized flood, as liberals teach; then God has lied every time local floods have killed people down through the centuries.
How were Noah and his family saved?
Genesis 6:8 tells us they were saved by God’s grace, just as we are saved by God’s grace according to Ephesians 2:8-9 and according to the doctrine of salvation as taught in Romans.
Hebrews 11:7 also teaches us that Noah was saved by faith in God. God warned him of the Flood and commanded him to build the ark according to His specifications. Noah obeyed God and was saved.
So the Bible teaches that we are saved by the grace of God and through faith in Him. Consider Noah’s faith in God. God told him he would send a world-wide flood that would destroy mankind. Up to that time there had never even been a rain storm on the earth. Genesis 2:6 teaches us that the earth was watered by dew each day. Can you imagine the joke Noah was to all his contemporaries; building an ark for a Flood? What was a Flood? Noah and his three sons worked on this gigantic ark, the size of over 400 railroad stock cars.
Why did his three sons believe him? It was his godly, consistent life of obedience to God that caused them to endure all the scorn of the world and keep building. Read of Noah’s life in Genesis 6:9, 7:1 and Hebrews 11:7. I expect that for 100 years Noah became famous throughout the world as “the fool who was preparing the ark to protect his family from a coming flood.” No doubt, people traveled for miles to come and see this “weird character and his monstrosity”. Hebrews 11:7 tells us that he condemned the world by this act of obedience to God.
How are we saved today?
Noah’s ark was a type of Christ. Christ is our Ark today. We can do nothing to prepare the ark. It is finished. To be saved, we must enter the ark in this age of God’s grace. We enter the ark of Christ by believing that His death on the cross and His resurrection from the dead three days later provided the full atonement for our sins. We cannot add any works to His finished work. We simply come to Him and trust Him.
Listen to the COMES of the Bible.
The first come is found in Genesis 7:1 And the Lord said to Noah, Come thou and all thy household into the ark, for thee have I seen righteous before Me in this generation.”
In Isaiah 1:18 God invites us to come and reason together with Him. Though our sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow, though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
In John 6:37 Jesus teaches, “All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” The first part of that verse has to do with the sovereignty of God. That is good to know, but not necessary for us to fully understand or explain. It’s God’s business. The promise for you and me is that anyone who will come to Jesus for salvation, He will not refuse. So you can’t blame God if you go to hell.
John 5:40 makes it clear that there is only one reason people reject Jesus. It’s their own decision to reject Him. Jesus says, “Ye WILL NOT come to Me that ye might have life.” How do you receive eternal life? By coming to Jesus in faith and believing that He died for your sins.
A final come is found in Revelation 22:17. There we learn there are two persons who are seeking to win you to Christ: the Spirit of God and His Bride. I, as a born again Christian, am part of the Bride of Christ. I implore you to come to Jesus today and receive God’s gift of eternal life. As you read this article, not only are you hearing my invitation, but the Spirit of God is at work in your heart convicting you and convincing you of your sins and of the Truth of His Word. Are you going to go on rejecting Him until one day God shuts the door of the ark?
God Shut the Door!
Note finally, that God shut the door of the ark. I’m glad Noah was not commanded to do that. I’m glad I am not commanded to shut the door of salvation. That would be a greater responsibility than I or anyone could bear. Only God shuts the door of salvation.
Once the door was shut and the rains began, it was too late for anyone to try to gain entrance to the ark. Once God shuts the door of salvation for you by your death or by the rapture of the Church, it will be too late for you to be saved. II Thessalonians 2:11-12 warns that all those who rejected the truth in this church age will be deceived by the Anti-Christ during the Tribulation.
I beseech you to come to Christ today while the Spirit and the Bride are saying Come.
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