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The Days of Noah and Lot
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Pete Garcia

Jesus accounts of two periods of time in human history, which will mirror the days when His coming would be imminent.  We know by way of scripture, that Genesis 6 records that the earth was full of violence and men’s hearts were only wicked continually.  So it was the same, with the days of Lot, in that the people of those cities (Sodom and Gomorrah) lived in great wickedness.

"And as it was in the days of Noe, 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 Noe 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." Luke 17:26-29  

Noah’s Day

"And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;" 2 Peter 2:5

We know according to scriptures that 120 years was given to mankind as the ultimatum (Gen 6:3) before God destroyed the ancient world.  The Lord did not consult man for this decision, and it’s not really known if Noah knew he had 120 years specifically.  God told him what would come, and what Noah had to do, and Noah was obedient in doing what he was instructed.

The 120 years was a countdown if you will.  Between the time the countdown was given, and the time Noah would have the ark built and loaded, didn’t mean Noah took 120 years to build it.

Noah had his first son Japeth at the age of 500 (Gen 5:32, 10:21), and the other’s within 6 years or so of Japeth’s birth (Gen 11:10, 9:24, 7:13), and Noah entered the Ark when he was 600 (Gen 7:6).

So the countdown began before the Lord told Noah to start building.  But regardless, Noah was given enough time for his sons to be born and married and to have the ark built and loaded prior to the event.  A lot can happen in 120 years.

Lot’s Day

To Lot’s day, the LORD consulted with Abraham in Genesis 18 prior to destroying Sodom.  In verses 16-33, Abraham is notified of the decision, and Abraham pleads for the righteous that ‘might’ be there in those plain cities.  (Personally, I think he stops asking at 10 righteous persons because he might found out that Lot is not as righteous as he thought)  But the LORD goes with two angels and investigated it for themselves and the decision was made.

So two events, one is global, the other local.

In the former, 120 years was given.  In the latter, only a night was given.  In the former a specific time was given: 120 years.  The latter, time is not specified, but emphasized.  The emphasis is on the urgency of the situation.

Holy speculation here: we don’t know the time delay between Genesis 18 and 19, but we can deduce that it wasn’t that long (days to weeks) the angels arrive at evening to Sodom, and by morning, they are hoofing it out, and told not to look back.

On the one hand, an event is foreordained and has a set time for it to occur.  If Noah represents a ‘type’ of Israel that must be saved through the coming Tribulation, then Lot would appear to be the ‘type’ of modern Christian who is removed from the Tribulation.

God has after all moved kings and kingdoms over the last two millennia to arrive at exactly the date of May 14, 1948 allowing for Israel to become a nation again.  [I liken this scene (the angels arriving at Sodom) as one of being very awkward for Lot.  It’s like, some unexpected visit by your boss to your home and it’s a disaster, the kids are running around like crazy, and you’d really like to physically take the conversation somewhere else.  Lot KNEW who the angels were, and KNEW the city was not a place he really wanted them to see after dark.]

So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city.” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking. Genesis 19:14

The Church (or Body of Christ) has over time gone through the seven various stages of the Church (Revelation 2-3) but comes to an end point with the backslidden and lukewarm church.

I think comparatively speaking; the Laodicean church has a lot in common with Lot.  He was righteous, but he tolerated evil.  He didn’t make a stand, although his righteous soul was ‘vexed daily’.

It wasn’t politically correct to ‘rock the boat’, so he didn’t make waves.  When it mattered the most, he finally did and it was too late; no one would listen to him.  Lot pleads with his son-in-laws who appeared to them as one ‘mocking’ or ‘joking’.  They didn’t believe him.  Considering the times we live in and the state of the Church today, it’s not hard to grasp that the world has stopped believing Christ would actually return.

One last level of application I would like to make here.  If Noah was a type of righteous believer, he was very aware of the times he was living in.  Lot on the other hand, if a type of worldly believer, was not.

When the time came for Lot to be rescued, he was rescued just prior to the event without notice.  Remember, the LORD did not consult with Lot before deciding to destroy the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, HE consulted with Abraham.  Lot knew nothing of this decision until the angels arrived and told him it was time to leave.

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