Eating & Drinking, Marrying & Giving in Marriage And Then The End Shall Come
It amazes me each time I hear pre-Tribulation Rapturists teach on this statement of Jesus, and tell us that everything was normal activity on the world scene before the flood came. But because they think Noah’s day to be normal, then this could not mean that the Ark which represents Rapture could take place after the Great Tribulation. Because then there is rebellion and chaos; but it must take place before, because the whole world is in Chaos during Tribulation, and nothing is normal as it was in Noah’s day and as Jesus reports it to be here — they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Normal stuff right? How out of touch can you posttribbers be? You can’t be right.
What seems to be the forgotten and left out ingredients here are unfortunately the most important ones. Why would God come and wipe out the world in one fell swoop, if everything was normal?
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 Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Luke 17:26-27 KJV
By using one verse and not studying we often lose out. This verse does give us a clue and a reason to study however. “until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” Once the Ark was entered it was all over. The flood came and destroyed them all. There was no offer of repentance once the flood started. There was not even an Angel with the gospel, there was just Noah and his family and a bunch of animals behind closed doors in an ark that now was out of reach, as the earth opened and waters from the deep enveloped them as the rains came down and the flood waters rolled in. So why did God do this?
Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (KJV)
No not normal, not what God expected of man. Yes, man may have been eating, drinking, Marrying and giving in Marriage, but his wickedness was great. He was continually evil. And God said
Genesis 6:17 And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. (KJV)
Well not quite. You see if you take a verse out of context it easily loses its meaning. But I already said that. Noah found grace and the age of mankind was spared. We in fact are still in that age. Mankind all but those who were in the ark were destroyed. “until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.”
The Tribulation folks is not the day of destruction. Men will escape out of the Tribulation only to find themselves standing in the presence of the Lamb. He will come and fight against them with the Sword of His mouth — the word of God. And God’s wrath poured out will destroy them, who called out for the rocks to fall on them and hide them from the presence of the Lamb and from His wrath.