Noah, Last Days Believer

Genesis Chapter 5:1-6:13

 

 

Noah was an end times believer, a last days believer.

A.) He lived in the last days before God judged the earth with a flood.

†††††† Great similarity between us and Noah!

 

B.) We also are end times believers - The world is once again about to be

†††† judged (not with water but with fire)

1.) 2 Peter 3:10††††† But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.

 

 

C)†††† In Matt. 24V. 36 Jesus said that No man knows the Day or the hour ....

††††††††† but we are to Know the times & seasons

††††††††† 1)††††† There He gives us a hint " It will be like the days of Noah!"

†††††††††††††††††† Eating, drinking, giving in marriage

 

D) Nothing wrong with eating, drinking, marriage /Jesus is sayingthat

†††††† the last days will be like the days of Noah in that

1) men will be preoccupied with pleasure and other things - not paying

†† attention to times and seasons

 

DD) Giving in marriage speaks of Marriage and divorce, marriage and

†††††† divorce / preoccupation w/ self & w/ pleasure

 

E)††††† boy - dinner at friends - not saved didnít pray so he asked arenít you going to give thanks for the meal -†† man of house No sonwe don't do that

††††††††† 1) W/out thinking responded - Oh, just like my dog, digs right in!

 

F)††††† Jesus is saying that those times would be characterized bya disregard for the Lord & the things of the Lord! People seeking Pleasure at all cost!

So in Matt. 24 Jesus characterized the days of Noah as people being preoccupied w/ an indulgence in pleasure seeking

Here In Gen. Ch. 6/†† We find 4 other Things Characterized the days of Noah

A) Time of increased population explosion - increased sexual sin - Evil imaginations - and increased violence

v.1-6 6:1Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born to them,

2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

3And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

4There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

5Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

6And the LORD was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.

 

1st thing Population explosion during time of Noah! V.1 Man began to multiply

A)†††† Took 2 people - man, wife - 4 kids - lived to be about †††††† 70 years ††† old - lived long enough to see grandchildren

 

B.)††† That ratio - after 5 generations - 96 people on earth

††††††††† 1.)†††† After 10 generations - 3,070

††††††††† 2.)†††† "†††††† "20 generations - 3 million150,000

3.) "††††††††† 30 generations -3 billion - 220,000- if lived average ††††††††††††††††††††††††† 70 years, but they lived well beyond - average 800-

††††††††††††††††††

C.)††† mathematically - populationexplodes

 

 

 

We are also living in time of extreme population explosion

A.)††† Consider: Took from time of Noah to 1850 - 1st billion people††††††† 1850 to 1935next billion- 2 billion

††††††††† 2.)†††† 1935 to 1965 to reach - 3 billion†† 30 years

††††††††† 3.)†††† 1965 to 1975 to reach 4 billion†† 10 years

4.) 1975 to 1985 to reach 5 billion††

5.) Now somewhere around the 6 billion figure mark

 

B.)††† Now by the year 2,000 only 3years away - 8 billion people

††††††††† 1.)†††† It's getting crazy!Population is growing rapidly

 

C) Several years ago in some scientist packed rats together in a space

††††† equivalent to density of N.Y. city

††††††††† 1.)†††† strange sociological effects - abandoned their young ††††††††††††††††††††††††††† - no longer looked after and cared for their young - ††††††††††††††

††††††††† 2.)†††† Then they became Cannibalistic - turned on each other!

 

D)†††† Could some of the Problems we see going on in our culture be

††††††††† related to the growth in Pop. ?

 

 

2nd thing that we are told was increased in sexual immorality 2that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose.

3And the LORD said, "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years."

4There were giants on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.

 

This is the abnormal sexuality that I was speaking of - / now this idea of the sons of God having relations w/ the daughters of men has caused a lot of problems / a lot of controversy

 

A) Some think these were fallen angels - Demons who had relations w/ women & produced an off spring of giants

 

B) Those who - support that idea claim that is who Peter made ref. To in 1 Pet.3 :19by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,

20who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.

 

C) Possible scenario - but no one knows for sure - wonít until - heaven

 

D) But it does seem that - this union was one of the causes for the Lord to become very grieved w/ man !

 

Now we live in a time where Our society - has a preoccupation w/ sexuality - and the Lord no doubt is equally grieved in His heart

A) A time that is filled w/ a preoccupation w/ sexual immorality

 

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C)†††† Consider thisJosh McDowell travels country - average ††††††† American who watches an average amount of TV.

 

D)†††† Watch 9,230 sexual acts or implied sexual acts on TV. each yr.

††††††††† 10 years - 93,000 sexual acts or implied - 83% out of ††††† marriage

††††††††††††††††††

E) Primetime 176 sex scenes a week.

 

F)†††† Result - majority of 16 year olds not virginsOver †††††††† 600,000 unwed mothers in this country/ 2 millionAbortions

 

Report given to Vista teachers Assoc. On a given day in America 480 teenagers get a sexually transmitted disease†† 1,115 teenagers have abortions / 2,781 teens get pregnant / 8,400 teens become sexually active

 

Did you Know One out of five Americans now suffers from a sexual disease. 56 million people in the United States are infected with a sexually transmitted disease, & more than 1/2 of those sufferers have sexual diseases that are incurable.

 

3rd trait v.5Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. imaginations of men evil continually††††

A) Consider : Pornography is a 5 Billion dollar a yr. Business / every yr. Approx. 300,000 3-7 yr. Kids are exploited & abused in over 265 kiddie porn mags

 

B) Internet -

 

C) Billboards - music - discerning listener

 

 

 

4th Increase in Violence v.11,12 11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.

 

( Police forces today feel outgunned)

A)†††† Things are getting so bad that among the unsafest places to ††††† be in America today are in school or at work.

 

B) Murder has jumped to #3 as a leading cause of death in the workplace

 

C)†††† And it is a worldwide problem†† South Africais experiencing record numbers of murders and every category of crime is way up.

 

 

E) In Israel, the prisons are bursting at the seams. The Police †††† Ministry is running newspaper ads seeking to buy, lease or rent †††† buildings to be turned into penitentiaries.

 

 

According to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee

The United States is the most violent civilized nation in the world For youths,.

 

One in five high school students frequently come to school armed. with guns, knives, razors or clubs for fighting or defending themselves.

 

The FBI says high schoolers have been killing each other or somebody else at a rate of more than a thousand a year.

 

* The homicide rate for males between the ages of 15 and 24 is 22 homicides per 100,000 for the United States, more than four times higher than the next highest country.

 

Recent report to the Vista teachers Association .

In any given day in the US 9 kids are murdered / 13 kids die from guns / 30 are wounded / 307 are arrested for crimes of violence

 

Question Haven't we always had these Problems is it really

Changing that much?

 

C) Consider : †††††† ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††1960††††††††††††† 1990s

Violent crime rate (per 10,000)†††††††† 16.1†††††††††††† 75.8

Percent of illegitimate births††††††††††††††† 5.3%†††††††††† 26.2%

Children with single mothers†††††††††††††† 8%††††††††††††† 22%

Teen suicide rate†††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† 3.6%†††††††††† 11.3%

 

 

1) Child Abuse cases the number has increased from about ††††††† 670,000 cases in 1976to nearly 3 million in the early 90's.

 

D) Yes they have always been but in the last days the Lord said we would see an increase in the intensity of these things

 

 

Because of these characteristics Lord said - sorry He made man.Judge and destroy earth

A)†††† Jesus said times before next judgment will be like those days

††††††††† I'd say we are living in those days

 

B.)††† Before judgment happens - rapture important be ready

††††††††† 1.)†††† See things happening - look up for your redemption ††††††††††††††††††††††††† draws near ! - be aware

 

 

NowNoah was a Last days believer / as was Enoch who was a type of the Church - taken before the flood / Noah type of Israel

A) But what can we learn from Noah about being a last days believer ?

 

Read v. 7-

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4 things about Noah who was told to build Ark

B)†††† #1 Motivation :In Heb. 11:7 It says Noah was moved w/ godly fear !

†††††††††††††††††† Noah took God's word seriously !

 

C)†††† this doesn't mean that Noah was afraid of God ! This fear speaks

††††††††† of a reverence / a deep respect / strong Reverence !

††††††††† 1)††††† That resulted in Noah taking seriously & Literally what

†††††††††††††††††† the Lord said .

 

D)†††† God came to Noah & said I am going to flood the earth - water

††††††††† come down fromthe sky& cover the earth .

††††††††† 1)††††† Noah lived in a time when there was a water canopy that

†††††††††††††††††† covered the earth / it had never rained before

 

E)††††† But Noah didn't question God" water coming down from the sky How will that happen / cover the whole earth , earth is big .....

††††††††† 1)††††† He didn't schedule debates or study groups to determine

†††††††††††††††††† whether this was possible

 

††††††††† 2)††††† Noah's attitude was one that I believe we should have/ one

†††††††††††††††††† of " God said it I believe it & that settles it !

 

So 1st we learn Noah's Motivation Godly fear -Reverence

 

 

 

 

2nd - Noah was Patient !

A) A lot of people don't realize that it took 120 yrs to build the ark ! 120yrs

 

 

B)†††† While the rest of the world went on about their business / while

††††††††† they looked on in disbelief / taunting & teasing Noah

††††††††† 1)††††† Noah kept going / kept working !

 

C)†††† Jesus told us to do Business until He comes / to be about the

††††††††† business of the Kingdom!

††††††††† 1)††††† Paul said in Gal. to not grow weary in well doing( don't

†††††††††††††††††† give up) for in due seasonyou will reap!

 

D)†††† In God's timing you will see something happen & you are

†††††††††††††††††† going to be rewarded ! So hang in there

 

 

 

 

Sometimes it gets hard when we don't see anything happening ! You labor/you pray / you share / sowing seeds

A)†††† Learn a lesson from Noah Be patientthe harvest †††††† willcome/the work will come to fruition

 

B)†††† And remember that as you hang in there you are going to hear

††††††††† the Lord say well done ........enter into your rest!

 

A teenager had decided to quit high school, saying he was just fed up with it all.His father was trying to convince him to stay with it."Son," he said, "you just can't quit.All the people who are remembered in history didn't quit.Abe Lincoln, he didn't quit.Thomas Edison, Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill........Elmo McCringle . . ."

†† "Who?" the son burst in."Who is Elmo McCringle?"

†† "See," the father replied, "you don't remember him.He quit!"

 

C)†††† Jesus didn't quit / He hung in there for you so Hang in there

 

 

 

3rd thing we LearnNoah is that He took care of His family

A)†††† His family was the only ones saved on the Ark !Great

††††††††† testimony of how he took care of his family

††††††††† 1)††††† while living in wicked times !

 

B)†††† Guys we need to take care of our families / we need to instruct

††††††††† in the things of the Lord

††††††††† 1)††††† we need to make sure our kids Know what it means to have

†††††††††††††††††† a relationship w/ the Lord !

 

C)†††† we need to not be content w/ the fact that we take them to

††††††††† church or have them in a Christianschool

 

Cc)††† They need to know why we go to church / what is the

†††††††††††††††††† purpose ?Fellowship / Study / part of a body !

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D)†††† We need to tell them the bible says there are certain

†††††††††††††††††† things they shouldn't do / but we need to also tell why!

††††††††† 1)††††† Our Kids need to understand the fathers heart !††

 

 

 

Some in the church today believe & are teaching that although we will not go through the Tribulation. we in the U.S. are in for some Persecution !

A)†††† As the Gov't continues to get more involved in our lives

††† & Dictate things ( the church could be in for some tough times)

 

B)†††† Not going to say that is a for sure thing / but If the Lord

††††††††† continues to delay His coming / it is very possible

††††††††† 1)††††† Resentment is growing against Christianity in many parts

†††††††††††††††††† of our society / many parts of the world!

 

C)†††† Question is:if it does happen will we & our CHILDERN be able

††††††††† to handle it?

††††††††† 1)††††† How would your kids do if they were taken from your

†††††††††††††††††† home ?

 

D)†††† I know that is a Question we really can't answer but it should

††††††††† motivate us to make sure they are grounded in the Lord

††††††††† 1)††††† Then you just have to trust the Lord !††† Not trying to

†††††††††††††††††† scare you just make you aware !

 

E)††††† " The family altar is the Key to an altered family !"

 

 

 

 

4thNoah was a preacher of Righteousness! 2Pet.2:5

A)†††† We are to be preachers too !††

1Pet.3:15†††††† But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;

 

B)†††† The world is falling apart around us be we have Hope ! Why?

††††††††† we Know the Lord /Future ...... know who holds the future !

 

C)†††† Remember the gospel is powerful !††† Rom. 1:16

††††††††† 1)††††† Word doesn't return void !

 

D)†††† Noah preached for 120 yrs/crazy Noah/Kept on working

††††††††† kept on preaching !How many converts in 120 yrs?Seven!

††††††††† 1)††††† May we be as faithful to share the Lord in this day!

 

 

Listen The People around you are hurting / oh they might look like happy as the party hardy

A)†††† Might appear content & fulfilled by the possessions they ††††† havebut know this / know it/ get it down

 

B)†††† A person who does not know Jesus has a Hole inside of them

††††††††† a void that they aretrying to fill ! ††††††††† Possessions / through ††††††††††

††††† 1)††††††††† relationships / through power / through††† prestige /etc.

 

C)†††† That Void will not be filled by those things / it can't / it can †††††† onlybe filled through a personal relationship w/ Christ!

 

D)†††† We need to be faithful to love them & share w/ them there is

††††††††† an answer / the void can be filled !

 

 

Noah was building a vehicle for salvation - Preaching to point people to that vehicle

1) JESUS IS THAT VEHICLE OF SALVATION - WE ARE TO POINT PEOPLE TO

 

 

Maybe you are here tonight and you are sensing that void in

Your own life ! ( Didn't realize It )

A)†††† Trying to fill your life w/ diff. things & there is and there is still †††††††† an emptiness / something missing !

1) That something is Jesus!