VIDEO As In The Days Of Noah

Many years ago before it began to rain on the earth there was a man called Noah who loved and obeyed the LORD God. In those times gardens were watered not by rain falling from the sky but by a heavy mist that arose on the surface of the earth during the night. This allowed the trees, bushes, grass and gardens to be kept green and lush.

 

There were many people living on the earth at that time. Most of the people did not think much about God and there was much evil throughout the earth. Most of Earth’s people thought only of themselves and did not care about their neighbor’s needs. They worshipped and served strange gods and obeyed the impulses they received from Satan. There were many murders such as we have today in drive by killings and in horrible wars. There were also many riots with burning of buildings, looting and killing.

 

God was greatly disturbed by all of chaos and murders throughout the world. He despaired over the condition of the hearts of most of mankind. He knew that most of them never would turn their minds to thoughts of God and of His love for all people. God decided that they only way to remedy the situation was to destroy the systems of the Earth and to start a new system that was based on His ways.

 

God looked throughout the earth to find a man who would obey His commands and cause his family also to love and obey God. He found a man named Noah who did not participate in the evil ways of the people surrounding him. Noah knew how to say “No”.

 

Noah focused his life on the worship of God and of service to the God of the Universe, The LORD God Most High. Noah’s three sons, Shem, Ham and Japeth along with their wives also worshipped and obeyed the LORD God. They prayed to God daily and talked with God through prayer and meditation and lived their lives according to the wishes of God, giving to the poor and taking care of the sick people around them. God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me. The earth is filled with violence through them. I will destroy them with the earth.

 

“Make an ark, a great boat of gopherwood. Make rooms inside the ark and cover it inside and outside with black tarry pitch so that water cannot enter inside to fill the ark and sink it. Build the ark four hundred fifty feet long, seventy-five feet wide and forty-five feet high. Place a window one and one-half feet long in the top of the ark and place a door along the side of the ark. Divide the ark into three decks, each fifteen feet high.

 

” I am going to bring a great flood upon the earth that will destroy every living being upon the earth. The only people who will survive will be the people in the ark. Make sure that your three sons and their wives enter into the ark with you when I tell you to go. You need to preach to all the people around you while you are building the ark to invite them to enter into the ark with you so that they, too may be saved from the great flood which is coming on the earth.”

 

“I will cause animals and birds to come to the ark to be saved along with you. Stock the ark with food and water for your family and for the animals who will be brought into the ark.”

 

These instructions sounded strange to Noah. After all, it never before had rained upon the earth. To make it even more difficult to understand the place where Noah lived did not have any bodies of water large enough to float such a great ship that he had been ordered to build. Nevertheless Noah decided to obey the command of God. He and his sons began to build the ship just as God had instructed, even though no one before ever had seen such a structure.

 

For one hundred twenty years Noah and his sons labored diligently to construct the ark. They also began to preach to the people around them. They told them of the coming disaster. They told the people that one day it would begin to rain from the heavens and floods of water would cover the earth. Every breathing being would be destroyed in that great flood that was to come.

 

No one believed Noah and his sons. They laughed at them and called them crazy. They came to watch the construction of the ark and to hurl mocking jests at their expense. This great monstrosity of a boat and its builders were the laughing stock of the world.

 

“They think that it is going to rain”, they laughed. “It never has rained before! Who ever heard of water’s falling from the heavens! Noah and his family are all crazy as loons!”

 

After one hundred twenty years of labor in the midst of mockery and of being ostracized and viewed as being stark-raving mad, Noah and his sons completed their work.

 

Then the LORD God said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you and all of your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation of evil people. Take with you seven each of every animal that I have allowed you to eat and a male and female of the animals you are not supposed to eat. Take with you seven each of the birds of the air so that these animals may be preserved during the great flood that I am sending upon the earth. After seven days I will start the rain and everything on the face of the earth will be destroyed in the flood.”

 

Noah obeyed the LORD God and with his family and the animals and birds that God has specified went into the ark. The door of the ark was left open for seven days so that anyone else who wished to join them in the ark could enter.

 

No one else would enter the ark. The people outside began to laugh loudly at the people inside the ark. “You really are out of your minds”, they shouted. “How could you possibly make such fools of yourselves, going into a great boat in the middle of a pasture field, far away from the ocean. Your ark is the most insane thing we ever have seen!”

 

Suddenly, after seven days the door to the ark was banged shut. No one else could enter the ark. Then it began to rain. This never had happened on earth before. In addition water from inside the earth began to spurt up onto the land so that the earth was covered with deep waters. The rain continued for forty days and night in such an inundation that no life on earth’s surface could survive. All of the people and animals that had walked upon the earth died. Only Noah, his wife and his sons and their wives survived, along with the animals and birds inside the ark which floated upon the water. They ate the food and drank the water that were stored in the ark.

 

After the waters had reached their highest level God sent a strong wind to blow upon the earth to cause the water to evaporate into clouds and to settle into the depths of the earth called oceans.

 

One hundred fifty days after the flood began the bottom of the ark came to rest on the top of a mountain now called Ararat which is near the border of what is now Russia and Turkey.

 

Forty days after landing Noah opened the window and sent out a raven and a dove to search for a place to rest. The dove could not find dry land to rest and so returned to the ark where Noah brought her back into the ark.

 

Seven days later Noah again let the dove out of the window. This time the dove flew back to the ark with a twig with olive leaves in her beak.

 

Noah and his sons then removed the covering of the ark and saw that the earth indeed had dried. He and his wife, their sons with their wives stepped out of the ark, back onto dry ground. They, of all of the people of the earth had been saved. A new generation of people would be started from them and their children. All of the future people on the earth would be their descendants, as we are today.

 

The first thing that Noah and his family did was to build an altar and made sacrifices in thanksgiving to the LORD God.

 

God was pleased with the sacrifices made to him, and God made a promise, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake and I will never again destroy every living thing by flood as I have done this time. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer and day and night shall not cease.”

 

Then God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The sign that I have made a covenant between you and me for all future generations is My rainbow in the cloud. When I see a rainbow in the cloud I shall be reminded of my covenant with you forever.”

 

During His ministry on Earth Jesus talked about Noah. He warned that the time would come when the hearts of people again would become evil even as the people in Noah’s time were extremely evil. Jesus warned that when the hearts of mankind became as evil as they were in the days of Noah God would allow punishment to come upon the earth and that Jesus would return to Earth to save the righteous people from the punishment to come.

 

Jesus said in \reference{Matthew 24:37-39}{Matthew 24:37-39}, “…as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

 

It is important that our thoughts and actions be acceptable to the LORD God so that we shall be saved when the LORD Jesus Christ returns to establish His Kingdom on the Earth. We need to have our sins forgiven, because all of us have committed sins. We can receive forgiveness of our sins if we accept the sacrifice for sins that God has provided.

 

To be forgiven we need only to confess to God that we have sinned, or have failed to obey the commandments of God, and then believe that the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross was done for us, for me. This makes Jesus our Savior and LORD. This removes all sins from our lives and makes us perfect before God. We never again will have to answer to God for those past sins.

 

It is important after that to obey God’s way of life and to continue to ask forgiveness if for some reason we fail to obey, trusting that God, through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ will forgive as we confess. Nevertheless it is important to invite Jesus into our hearts to help us to live our lives just like Him because He loves us and we love Jesus.

 

This story is part of the Virtual Church.


 

“As it was in the Days of Noah” Chuck Missler

 

 

 

 

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A Warm Welcome for All

Let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10

During a recent vacation, my wife and I visited a famous athletic complex. The gates were wide open, and it appeared that we were welcome to visit. We enjoyed touring the grounds and admiring the well-manicured sports fields. As we were about to leave, someone stopped us and coldly told us we were not supposed to be there. Suddenly, we were reminded that we were outsiders—and it felt uncomfortable.

On that vacation we also visited a church. Again, the doors were open, so we walked in. What a difference! Many people greeted us warmly and made us feel right at home. We walked out of that church service knowing we were welcomed and accepted.

Sadly, it isn’t uncommon for outsiders to receive the unspoken message “you’re not supposed to be here” when they visit a church. But Scripture calls us to be hospitable to all. Jesus said we are to love our neighbors as ourselves, which surely means welcoming them into our lives and our churches (Matthew 22:39). In Hebrews, we’re reminded to “show hospitality to strangers” (13:2). Both Luke and Paul instruct us to show active love to people with social and physical needs (Luke 14:13–14; Romans 12:13). And among the body of believers, we have a special responsibility to show love (Galatians 6:10).

When we welcome all people openly and with Christlike love, we reflect our Savior’s love and compassion.

Lord, open our hearts to all people who enter our lives—showing them Christlike love and godly hospitality. Help us to make everyone we meet feel the warm welcome of Jesus’s love.

When we practice hospitality, we share God’s goodness.

By Dave Branon 

INSIGHT

When Hebrews 13:1–3 encourages believers to treat others with love, it does so afterreminding believers of their rock-solid foundation for security. If there was ever anyone we might think would make us feel threatened or ashamed, it would be our infinitely holy and powerful God. But the good news is that because of Christ’s cleansing work, believers need not tremble in fear before God’s holiness (12:18–21). Instead, we can fearlessly celebrate a life of joyful awe and worship in His kingdom and in fellowship with His people (vv. 22–24, 28).

Knowing security in God’s love, knowing He will never abandon us (13:5–6), means we can stop relating to others in fear. Instead, we can love and care for fellow believers as our brothers and sisters in Christ (vv. 1, 3). And we can extend our arms to invite everyone we can into God’s family of grace (v. 2).

Monica Brands

God Is at Work in Our Trials

Psalm 138:7-8

David was a man who walked through trouble on a regular basis. His psalms express the struggles and disappointments he faced, yet in the end, he turned his focus back to God. The key to his victorious attitude was his strong conviction in the Lord’s character and faithfulness.

David was confident in God’s purpose. That’s why he could say, “The Lord will accomplish what concerns me” (Psalm 138:8). The only way we can walk through trouble and avoid defeat is by keeping our focus on the Lord and His purpose. He has promised to do a good work in our life, but sometimes He chooses to complete it in valleys of hardship.

David relied on the Lord’s power. When troubles arise, we too can trust God for deliverance, but it may not be by escape. At times He sustains us through the difficulty, walking with us every step of the way.

David believed the promises of God. In today’s two verses from Psalm 138, he repeatedly reminds himself what the Lord will do. We also need to have some specific promises from Scripture that will anchor us in times of trouble. The truths of the Bible are our most valuable possession when the storms of life assail us. Self-reliance or advice from others will never equal the help that God’s Word offers us.

The Lord knows what you need in times of trouble, and He assumes responsibility for accomplishing it. Your job is to believe that He will fulfill His purpose and keep every promise. The trial will last only as long as He sees fit. Until its conclusion, keep walking with your eyes on Him.

There are Doctrines of Salvation

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Romans 1:16) 

The great theme of “salvation” (Greek soteria, Hebrew yeshua) is prominent in both Old and New Testaments. It basically means “deliverance” and can be used for local and specific “deliverances” from perils, as well as for the eternal deliverance of one’s soul. In the latter sense, it is used for deliverance from the penalty of sin, from the power of sin in daily life, and from the very presence of sin in the future life.

Salvation, of course, is found only through the Lord Jesus Christ, whose very coming into the world was to “save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). The name Jesus means “salvation.” In fact, His name really was Yeshua, the word that often is translated “salvation” in the Old Testament. Devout Simeon, after waiting for many years, took the infant Jesus in his arms, exclaiming by the Spirit, “Mine eyes have seen thy salvation” (Luke 2:30).

The theme of salvation is “so great” (Hebrews 2:3), it embraces many major doctrines of Scripture. As a very sketchy summary, one may note that it includes the doctrines of atonement (Leviticus 17:11); of substitution (Isaiah 53:5); of imputation (Romans 4:6-8); propitiation (1 John 2:2); redemption (1 Peter 1:18); remission (Acts 10:43); justification (Romans 3:28); adoption (Ephesians 1:5); reconciliation (Romans 5:10- 11); regeneration (Titus 3:5); sanctification (Hebrews 10:9-10); and glorification (Romans 8:30). When a person is saved, the blessings implied in every one of these great doctrines of salvation become his, whether Jew or Gentile, whether found in Old Testament prophecy or New Testament fulfillment. No wonder Paul was not ashamed of this great gospel of salvation through Jesus Christ, and neither should we be! HMM

Time To Love One Another

Romans 16

Romans 16:1, 2

This godly woman laid herself out for usefulness, and even the apostle was indebted to her. Should not the sisters of the household imitate her?

Romans 16:3-5

Both the heads of the family were saved, hence the household grew into a church.

Romans 16:6

This is the third woman whom Paul commends in this chapter as working for the Lord: sex is no hindrance to service.

Romans 16:7

These relatives of Paul were converted before he became a Christian. Did their prayers lead up to his call by grace?

Romans 16:8-10

But not Aristobulus. It is sad to find the head of a gracious household himself unsaved.

Romans 16:11-13

Two sisters, and both believers. It is well when it is so.

Romans 16:11-13

The mother of Rufus had no doubt been so kind to Paul that he calls hey his mother. Love begets love.

Romans 16:21, 22

Tertius, the amanuensis, could not help putting in this line for himself. Christianity is the mother of courtesy. Kind words cost little, but are of great value.

Romans 16:23, 24

Paul cannot finish. He writes postscript after postscript. Letter writing was a serious business in his day, and as he might never be able to write again, he wishes to say all he can. The last postscript is a delightful doxology in which we can heartily unite.

 

To God the only wise,

Our Saviour and our King,

Let all the saints below the skies,

Their humble praises bring.

 

Are You Striving for Numbers?

Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest… think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

In Christian circles today, the church that can show an impressive quantitative growth is frankly envied and imitated by other ambitious churches.

Numbers, size and amounts seem to be very nearly all that matters—with a corresponding lack of emphasis on quality!

This is the age of the Laodiceans. The great goddess, Numbers, is worshiped with fervent devotion and all things religious are brought before her for examination. Her Old Testament is the financial report and her New Testament is the membership roll. To these she appeals as the test of spiritual growth and the proof of success or failure in most Christian endeavors.

A little acquaintance with the Bible should show this up for the heresy it is. To judge anything spiritual by statistics is to judge by another than scriptural judgment. Yet this is being done every day by ministers, church boards and denominational leaders. And hardly anyone seems to notice the deep and dangerous error!

 

Always First In Fellowship

“He goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” Mark 16:7

Where He appointed to meet His disciples, there He would be in due time. Jesus keeps His tryst. If He promises to meet us at the mercy-seat, or in public worship, or in the ordinances, we may depend upon it that He will be there. We may wickedly stay away from the appointed meeting-place, but He never does. He says, “Where two or three are met together in my name, there am I”; he says not “There will I be,” but, “I am there already.”

Jesus is always first in fellowship: “He goeth before you. His heart is with His people, His delight is in them, He is never slow to meet them. In all fellowship He goeth before us.

But he reveals Himself to those who come after Him: “There shall ye see him.” Joyful sight! We care not to see the greatest of mere men, but to see HIM is to be filled with joy and peace. And we shall see Him, for He promises to come to those who believe in Him, and to manifest Himself to them. Rest assured that it will be so, for He does everything according to His word of promise: “As he said unto you.” Catch at those last words, and be assured that to the end He will do for you “as he said unto you.”

 

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