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The day started out just as normal as any other day. My husband left for work, and I got busy tidying up the house. Around mid-day he returned for lunch. As he sat down at our kitchen table, he mentioned that things felt “a bit off”. He said he could not quite put his finger on it. I could tell he was concerned but I did not press him to explain further. After he went back to work, I headed out to the garden to do a bit of weeding and gather vegetables for our evening meal. By the time he came home, dinner was in the oven and the table was set. He mentioned the wind.


The wind, he said, had a different feel. Not the usual gentle breeze the evening brought, something a little more ominous. Then the large foreboding clouds moved in. It grew dark inside our home. We knew something wasn't right. My husband looked at me. The concern in his eyes worried me. With not a word spoken between us we both headed for the door. As we stepped outside, suddenly a bolt of fire raced across the sky, followed by a tremendous noise that shook our house. We had never seen or heard anything like it.


I stayed within the doorway, frightened, but my husband ventured a few feet out into our yard. Suddenly, he jumped, as a drop of water hit his face. He looked at me and then looked skyward. What happened next is hard to describe. After all, how do you describe something you have never witnessed before?


Water began to pour from the sky! It was if a giant water pail had sprung several leaks in the bottom and was emptying its contents all over us.


He grabbed my arm as we ran back inside. We looked at each other, wondering who would say it first…could that crazy old man be right?!


Instinctively we knew what we had to do. I grabbed my coat and we both ran out of our house and toward the build-site.


You see, it had become such a common, ordinary sight, that I rarely thought about it anymore. The hammering and sawing were just background noises. Occasionally I would hear a laugh of ridicule, followed by a strong, sure voice trying to reason with his mockers, but years had gone by with no change.


I found myself trying to do the math. How many years?


I was just a young woman when it all started. Since then, I had married and had given birth to 3 children; a son, followed by twin daughters. Birthdays and anniversaries had begun to roll by in rapid succession. In fact, my only son was getting married in 2 weeks. We had been busy with the preparation of the wedding…120 years! That is how long it had been. It seemed like just yesterday. Funny how time flies.


Another bolt of fire in the sky jarred me back to my senses and I realized we were not the only ones headed for that large boat. His words kept ringing in my ears: “God will bring rain from the sky and the earth will be covered in water. All living things outside the boat will perish.”


My only goal right now was to get inside that large boat.


You couldn’t really blame me for not believing. I mean, I did at first. I thought “maybe he was right”. He sounded convincing, but then year after year passed and nothing happened. I realized he was not of sound mind.


I reflected on what science had so say about water falling from the sky. “Impossible!” they had said. I too knew it was not possible. After all, our world was watered by a mist. There had never been water falling from the sky!...well, not until today.


Genesis 2:5-6 “…For the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth…but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground.” NKJV


I ran faster. There was a multitude of people doing the same. Water was beginning to form large puddles, but we pressed forward, splashing as we went.


I will never forget what I saw as I rounded that last corner. The door of the boat, the large door that had been open for so long, was shut. We ran up the plank and beat on the door. “Please Noah, let us in!” We were met with nothing but silence.


Suddenly, the earth shook and opened in various places. Water was shooting out of the ground with such force! I would guess it was shooting over 20 feet in the air. The noise was deafening. The loud booming coming from the sky. The sound of the water as it jetted out of the earth, the screams of those around me. I was too scared to utter a word.


With a sickening realization, I understood, it was too late. I was going to die. My husband, my friends, my children! We were all going to die! Why had I not paid more attention? Why had we not taken that old man more seriously? I was angry! Angry at my husband for not protecting us. Angry at the scientists for lying to us. I was angry at myself for not believing. But it was all too late.


It rained for days; seven to be exact. Many people, including myself, had headed for the higher hills, but the water kept coming. We shivered at night, soaking wet, but the water kept coming. The last thing I remember was holding onto a floating log. I was exhausted. We had not eaten in nearly a week. My husband had disappeared a few nights prior. I felt so alone. I had so much regret. I was too weak to hold on any longer. The last thing I remembered was losing my grasp on the log and sinking into the raging water.


And all flesh died that moved on the earth: birds and cattle and beasts and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of the spirit of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He destroyed all living things which were on the face of the ground: both man and cattle, creeping thing and bird of the air. They were destroyed from the earth. Only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive. And the waters prevailed on the earth one hundred and fifty days. Genesis 7:21-24 NKJV


The Bible tells us that as it was in the days of Noah, so it will also be when Jesus returns to take His people to heaven. Have you heard the preacher talking about end times? Did your parents try to convince you that the Bible is God’s word? Have you mocked those who believe in Christ? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Do you look forward to His soon return?


Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect (chosen ones) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Matthew 24:30-37 NKJV

Just like the story of Noah, once the “door” of probation is closed, it will be too late. You cannot wait until you see Jesus in the sky to get right with Him. If you are not ready to meet your savior, you will cry out for the rocks to fall on you. Can you even begin to imagine what that kind of remorse and regret will feel like? In that moment, you will know, it’s too late.


Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! Revelation 6:14-16 NKJV


That day is coming friend. Men, just like Noah, have been trying to warn people for many years. And people just like in Noah's day scoff at the idea.


Beloved, I now write to you…that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets…that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition (or destruction) of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:1-7 NKJV


"The word translated "scoffer" in English can mean "one who mocks, ridicules, or scorns the belief of another." In Hebrew, the word translated "scoffer" or "mocker" can also mean "ambassador." So a scoffer is one who not only disagrees with an idea, but he also considers himself an ambassador for the opposing idea. He cannot rest until he has demonstrated the foolishness of any idea not his own. A scoffer voices his disagreement, ridicules all who stand against him, and actively recruits others to join his side. In the Bible, scoffers are those who choose to disbelieve God and His Word. They say in their hearts, "There is no God" (Psalm 14:1), and make it their ambition to ridicule those who follow God." (Source: gotquestions.org)


Jesus is coming soon. All signs point to that great event.


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 revealed. Luke 17:26-30 NKJV

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