We begin this message with Jesus' prophetic warning for
these last days in Luke 17:26-30 where He told us it would be
like it was in the days of Noah and of Lot in Sodom.
We quote, "And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will
be also in the days of the Son of Man;
"They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given
in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the
flood came and destroyed them all.
"Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate,
they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;
"But on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
"Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is
What has been prophesied is that in these last days the worldwide
sin of Noah's day will engulf the earth once again along with
what was once the relatively localized sin of Sodom. The time
of Noah was marked by an ungodly population explosion committed
to continual violence and wickedness.
In addition there were two other signs that revealed God's
judgment upon the earth was coming in the near future. First
and foremost was the preaching of the prophet Noah and then there
was the building of an ark to preserve life for repopulating
the earth after the great flood.
In a thought-provoking news report, which whether being prompted
by God or by a latent recognition of man as he refers to the
ark of Noah's day, the warning of Jesus for these last days shines
The article presents an intriguing twist for consideration
as it anticipates the perilous times we are entering. Quoting
from an August 6, 04 Denver Post article which headlined,
"Frozen Ark boards its first endangered guests, British
project preserves DNA so that future advances in cloning may
bring back species from extinction" we read, "Britain's
Frozen Ark project, aimed at safeguarding genetic material from
a variety of species, boarded its first endangered passengers
last month, including an Arabian oryx, a spotted sea horse and
a British field cricket.
The ark, a project by three British institutions, doesn't include
any living animals but hopes to collect frozen DNA and tissue
specimens from thousands of endangered species.
Like Noah, the scenists harbor hopes of repopulating the Earth.
"I think it will be used for cloning eventually,"
said professor Alan Cooper, director of the Henry Wellcome Ancient
Biomolecules Center at Oxford University...The principal collection
will be set up in London at the Natural History Museum and the
Institute of Zoology, and there are plans for duplicate collections
elsewhere in the world to safeguard the survival of the samples.
With some 10,000 species listed as in danger of extinction,
the ark will fill quickly. The project will be guided by the
world Conservation Union's red list of threatened species.
Professor Bryan C. Clarke, a population geneticist at Nottingham
University, said the project would not immediately save any species
"The Frozen Ark is not a conservation measure but rather
a backup plan for when all best conservation efforts have failed,"
Clarke said. "The recent progress in molecular biology has
been so fast that we cannot predict with any certainty what may
be possible using this genetic information within the next few
decades. Without it, nothing can be done."
The beautiful truths believers can find joy in is that according
to God's Word found in Mark 13:20 and Ezekiel 47:8-9, the Lord
will return before total extinction will take place and He will
send out healing waters to restore life that was thought to have
been lost forever.
Before we continue looking at Jesus' prophecy from Luke 17:28-29,
that these last days will be as it was in the days of Sodom,
we have this one other article from the July 24, 04 Universal
Press Syndicate titled "Rogue Waves" which keeps us
in remembrance of those who perished in the raging waters of
the great flood and that others will perish likewise during the
fast approaching final years of great tribulation.
We quote, "The European Space Agency (ESA) announced that
its satellite observations have confirmed tales of monster "rogue"
waves that have menaced mariners for centuries. Evidence to support
tales of individual waves more than 100 feet in height had been
sketchy until ESA observed 10 around the globe higher than 80
feet during only three weeks of orbiting radar surveillance.
Scientists long have believed the statistical models that say
the monstrous deviations from normal sea conditions occur only
once every thousand years. But the new observations show that
the waves exist "in higher numbers than anyone expected,"
said Wolfgang Rosenthal, senior scientist with the GKSS Research
Center. Such waves are believed to have been responsible for
numerous maritime tragedies throughout history, including the
sinking of supertankers."
The Lord promised in Genesis 9:15 that He would never destroy
the earth's population with a flood again, but He never promised
that the limited destructive forces of water would cease.
In our Rapture Watch message titled, "Destruction from
Earth's 4 Corners" we shared how monster waves that will
dwarf the ones now being found, will one day in the not too distant
future redefine the landmasses of the earth.
Returning to Jesus' prophecy in Luke 17 of how these last
days will be like the days of Sodom we have this strange but
telling article from the July 12, 04 Colorado Springs Gazette
which headlined, "Gay couples split fuels marriage debate."
In Genesis 19:4-5 we are told of how the entire society of
Sodom was given over to homosexuality and how all the people
from every quarter wanted to rape (unbeknownst to them) two angels
of God. In verse 9 Lot took a moral stand for decency and swiftly
became the target of the wrath of the Sodomites. The text indicates
that the population of Sodom took particular offense with Lot
because of what they claimed as their communal rights.
Homosexuality and even the compulsory participation of strangers
to indulge in perversion with the dwellers of Sodom was sanctioned
by whatever authority existed. The historical Spartans of Sparta
were likewise known to have a similarly structured society which
by law demanded acceptance and even compulsory participation
in homosexual acts.
As we quote from the following article, which sub-headed "same-sex
divorce shifts focus to different legal challenges" be aware
of how a social framework for homosexuality is being forged
and forced by its own momentum upon a majority population that
does not legally or morally accept homosexuality. Talk of divorce
implies that a legal marriage has transpired.
We quote, "...a same-sex couple who tied the knot in
San Francisco three months ago is seeking to dissolve their union.
The couple's breakup after more than 10 years puts the spotlight
on the flip side of same-sex marriage: divorce...The breakup
highlights a tricky legal situation that the 3,955 same-sex couples
who married in San Francisco will face if they decide to sever
ties or one person dies.
Hertz said the couple, whom he declined to identify for privacy
reasons, own property together and aren't sure how to divide
their assets...Hertz said the couple probably will have to wait
until the California Supreme Court decides the validity of the
marriages, which might happen by the end of August.
The breakup has political repercussions because it's the first
to surface since the gay rights movement took pains to celebrate
the stability and social value of same-sex relationships during
San Francisco's 29-day marriage spree." The California Supreme
Court did rule against the marriages only on the matter of the
In Genesis we are told of a world during Noah's time that
rejected the truths of God. Though separated by time and localized
we are also told in Genesis abut the societal legitimization
of sexual deviance by the people of Sodom. Jesus warned how these
conditions would arise again in the last days and even merge
into a global condition suited for destruction.
In the Book of Genesis we are told that God created the heavens
and the earth while atheism says there is no God or else the
agnostics say he is detached and unknowable. In Genesis we are
told mankind is a direct creation of God while evolutionists
say mankind originated from a lifeless cosmic soup.
In Genesis we are told that man is made in the image of God
and was instructed to be fruitful and multiply upon the earth.
The abortionist says that the offspring of man is no more than
non-essential tissue, acceptable to be forcefully removed from
the womb and thrown in the trash.
If in men's minds there is no mandate from an Almighty God,
Who created man in His image to have children upon the earth,
then there is also no God Who declared that men and women should
join in marriage. Within this expanding rejection of God's Word
and authority we find the unrepentant homosexuals fertile compost
for justification in the un-godly courts of this Noah-reminiscent
age. There is no universal reference point for moral truth. Once
there is, no absolute truth then all points of view are potentially
acceptable as being true.
By their self-determined end to any argument, sinful men
answer only to other sinful men. The progression of men joining
carnally with men and women with women in a society overruled
by like-minded individuals or those who are morally weak inevitably
produces tolerance, then acceptance and finally the legal law
of the land.
It is notable that one view of some Bible scholars is that
when the Scriptures speak of the Anti-Christ not regarding the
desires of women in Daniel 11:37, it refers to him being supportive
of homosexuality or even that he himself is a homosexual. This
is a debatable interpretation, but it is a scriptural fact nonetheless
that the accepted sin of Sodom is going to be prevalent throughout
the globe during the days of his dictatorial rule.
Any doubts that homosexuality is establishing a law-based
global acceptance can easily be verified. For example, in addition
to a growing number of European nations, the international city
of London's Greater London authority began recognizing same-sex
marriages in 2001 according to the June 29, 01 Denver Post
article which headlined, "London city officials OK same-sex
nuptials." Even the biblical nation of Israel swore into
their Parliament in 2002 the first openly homosexual activist
Uzi Even according to an October 19, 02 New York Times
article which headlined, "Gay activist soon will join Israeli
Parliament." The article reported the development as "a
milestone" and that "people who for years were unmentionable
will now be represented as part of Israeli society."
In Revelation 11:8 we find that Israel is indeed prophesied
in these last days to become like Sodom along with the rest of
the world. Time is short. The pace of corruption taking place
upon the earth should be sounding alarms to the Church.
Only the Spirit of God speaking through faithful believers
is restraining the rising, dark tide for the moment. Soon the
Holy Spirit indwelt Church will be removed to heaven and the
Anti-Christ will cover the earth with an ungodliness unlike anything
ever witnessed before as is prophesied in I Thessalonians 4:15-18
& II Thess. 2:3-10.
Then those who come to Christ after the Rapture will find
themselves facing the same uncontrolled hatred from the world
as Lot did in Gen. 19:9. When the homosexuals of Sodom were hindered
by Lot from attacking the angels they said to him and all those
about, "Stand back!...this one came in to sojourn, and he
keeps acting as a judge; now we will deal worse with you, than
Today is the day to trust in Jesus Christ for the forgiveness
of your sins and receive the Holy Spirit. You can be born again
into the family of God this very moment if you will only put
your faith in the only begotten Son of God Who shed His blood
on the cross for you almost 2000 years ago.