Are We Living Again in the Days of Noah and Lot?

Norbert Lieth

And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26-30).

In today’s society, we can recognize many parallels to the days of Noah and Lot. For example, everything seems to revolve around food. Some trend researchers even believe that food culture is increasingly becoming a substitute religion. Most television programs at any time of day will be about eating. In addition, more and more new food trends are pushing into society and the market, and have quite a few followers: low carb, vegetarianism, veganism, fruitarianism, pescatarianism, Paleo diet (stone-age nutrition), etc., etc. Supermarkets adjust to it and diligently expand their offerings. “Clean eating” is increasingly perceived as a symbol of a perfect life, and a healthy and beautiful body as the key to it, reports the newsletter TOPIC.

“The link between food and identity is not new in itself. It has tended to grow even stronger. Especially in Western Europe where the Christian religion is becoming less relevant but people are still looking for stability and meaning, food can serve as a substitute. Food can act as a common denominator within social groups. It can also be used as a means to differentiate from other groups. Vegans and meat eaters are good examples of this trend.” (Christine Schäffer of the GDI Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute on the European Food Trends Report 2017: https:// newsroom.nagel-group.com/categories/food-nutrition/european-food-trends-231017.html)

We are showered with health tips, life hacks, capsules, and herbs meant to be good for anything and everything. It would be completely impossible to follow every piece of advice.

The same applies to food crops: GMO vs. organic farming is constantly debated. The consumer is usually stuck in the middle, not knowing what to believe.

Every great prophetic event casts its shadow. The introductory Bible passage is connected with Israel and the Second Coming of Jesus, as well as with events that happen before; namely, the great Tribulation. The time before the onset of the Tribulation is characterized by spiritual carelessness: man has pushed God out of his mind, and instead tries to fill his senses with “mindlessness.” We want to live and survive, but only on our own terms. We want to be free, and don’t realize that the new trends are being dictated to us. Cookbooks and nutrition counselors are becoming a bible.

We marry, and don’t bother to ask what God’s Word has to say about it. The laws are being changed, and everything is allowable in the wake of gender mainstreaming. Only those who point out the dangers are criticized. They are intolerant, they are excluded, and they are at the bare minimum laughed at or branded as dangerous religious fundamentalists.

When we read the stories of Noah and Lot, we recognize our time in it. People feel comfortable in their achieved goals and changes; they are proud of their culture and wealth. This applies to both Israel and the entire world. The possibility that God’s Word could be true and come true has long since been put aside.

It was the same in the days of Noah: they did not recognize the signs “until the flood came, and took them all away” (Matt 24:39). It will be the same with the return of Christ. The Day of the Lord will come suddenly and unexpectedly…

– “As a thief in the night” (1 Thess 5:2);

– Like a snare (Lk 21:35, a woven trap for game in which unsuspecting animals are caught);

– Like labor to a pregnant woman: “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thess 5:3).

William MacDonald wrote, “There will be an air of confidence and security in the world. Then God’s judgment will suddenly begin to descend with vast destructive force. Destruction does not mean loss of being, or annihilation; it means loss of well-being, or ruin as far as the purpose of one’s existence is concerned. It will be as inevitable and unavoidable as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. From this judgment there will be no escape for unbelievers.”

In all environmental awareness, we must also be aware that the world did not perish from environmental pollution in the days of Noah or Lot, but because of pollution of the soul by sin, which man gave way to more and more.

Christians are called to pray, to exhort, and to proclaim the Word of God, whether in or out of season (2 Tim 4:2). Our task is to reach out to our fellow human beings, who are mostly ignorant, in love with the gospel. We should take every opportunity to do it—not to judge them, but to save them.

Midnight Call - 07/2018

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