Noah, Lot, and prophecy
Mt. 24:37-39 (see also Luke 17 and 1 Peter 3:20) As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man... It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all.When people write about prophecy, they usually focus on the bizarre signs and terrible judgments, but there is a degree of normalcy right up to the moment those things begin. We see in these verses that people will still be going about their business as usual. But we also see that the lost, who would suffer the judgments, are caught completely by surprise even though they have been warned repeatedly.
So when analyzing the signs of the times, we need to keep two things in mind: not only the sorry state of Christendom, politics, and deception, but also the fact that “life goes on” in the midst of it all. We can see the stage of the Apocalypse being set before our eyes, but we also see how oblivious the vast majority of people are about this impending doom. They prefer not to be warned, even professing Christians. They angrily silence any who sound the alarm as being in the way of world peace.
The fact that we see both at the same time— normalcy and lunacy— is a clear indicator of the lateness of the hour. We marvel at how even believers are being deceived, thinking Jesus will not really return but that we are supposed to meditate our way into a man-made global unity. Yet the scriptures are filled with warnings to be alert, sober, and vigilant, the very opposite of burying our heads in the sand and telling ourselves everything is okay.
Which kind of believer are you? The kind that eagerly awaits the return of the Master, or the kind that would rather he stayed away a little longer?