“The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.” ~1 Peter 4:7
In Peter’s first epistle he makes mention of the end of all things. In relationship to the final days of this present earth, Peter reminds the readers of his letters of an event that every person in the first century who loved God, believed: the days of Noah and the great flood that destroyed every person on earth, except Noah and his family really happened.
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.” ~1 Peter 3:18-20
All over the earth there is an enormous sedimentary layer that is only possible by an immense and immediate, global flood event. I happen to live in Arizona where the evidence for the Great Global Flood is most evident. The layers that are exposed at the Grand Canyon reveal these sedimentary layers, and prove the Flood of Noah is a scientific, and geological fact of ancient history for the earth.
“The lateral extent of the sedimentary layers, flat contacts between the layers, and vast badlands topography all point to rapid deposition and ultra-high-volume erosion. The rocks reveal the enormity of the global Flood, and the canyon exhibits catastrophic carving from receding floodwaters. Grand Canyon is a reminder of the immense power of the judgment of the Flood.” ~Grand Canyon: Exposing the Flood
See The Geological Evidence For A Global Flood
Peter states that after Jesus died for every sin on the cross, He descended into the prison of Hell and preached to those who had disobeyed God in the days of Noah. This generation of people who were alive at that time, heard from Noah for 100 years, that judgment was coming. Noah preached the truth of repentance from sin and turning to God for salvation.
“The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.” ~Genesis 6:5
“Now God saw that the earth had become corrupt and was filled with violence. God observed all this corruption in the world, for everyone on earth was corrupt. So God said to Noah, “I have decided to destroy all living creatures, for they have filled the earth with violence. Yes, I will wipe them all out along with the earth!” ~Genesis 6:11-13
Genesis 5:32: “After Noah was 500 years old…The LORD observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth…”
Genesis 7:6 “Noah was 600 years old when the flood covered the earth.”
The problem for that ancient world, is the same problem that our modern world has: people are not listening to God
The world we live in does not hear or believe the Bible any longer. The people who live on earth in our generation have forgotten God and have made themselves occupied with the things of this world.
The Stunning Evidence Of Americas Moral Decline
What is the result? Watch the news on TV; read the articles on your device; pick up a newspaper or magazine: Murder, violence, rebellion, lawlessness, perversion, hatred, and preoccupation with self. These are the byproducts of people who no longer know God.
When did this begin? In our modern world, 1962. What is the significance of that year?
1962: The end of school prayer. In Engle v. Vitale, the Supreme Court reinterpreted the First Amendment’s protection of religion as a right of free exercise because of complaints from parents. The following is the prayer that parents objected to: “Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence upon Thee, and we beg Thy blessings upon us, our parents, our teachers and our country. Amen.”
What caused the Global Flood and the destruction of every person on earth? Over the process of time people began to ignore and forget God. Gradually human society eliminated the consciousness and presence of God from every part of human life. The results were very much the same, then, as they are today.
The United States was founded upon the belief that God has called us as a nation and that our liberty was given to us from God. If we remove our conviction that God is the source of our nation, and begin to act in ways that are contrary to His laws, we will experience His wrath.
“[C]an the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis: a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? – that they are not to be violated but with His wrath?” ~Thomas Jefferson
Just after the flood ended and people began to multiply again and spread out across the earth, the same degradation of the heart that caused the flood in the first place, started again in the heart sof people. Contrary to some who assert that people are basically good, we find in actual experience in this world, that people are basically bad.
We do have the ability to do good because we were originally created in the image of God and His likeness. The problem is that we also live in bodies that are in complete opposition to our desire to do good. One of the preeminent realities of human life is that there is a constant struggle within us—between good and evil. The fall of Adam brought this defect of sin into the human race, and it has plagues us since Adam fell.
“When Adam sinned, sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.” ~Romans 5:12
Hebrew Scholar, Paul, Defines This Struggle Within:
“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”
“I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord. So you see how it is: In my mind I really want to obey God’s law, but because of my sinful nature I am a slave to sin.” ~Romans 7:18-25
The solution to this struggle between the spirit in us and the flesh where we reside as human beings, is found in a relationship with Jesus. In John chapter 3 the, “Teacher of Teachers,” in Israel, Nicodemus, came to Jesus in order to inquire who He was. Jesus stopped the conversation about religious matters, and told Nicodemus that what God requires of every one of us, is repentance from sin, and trust in the Savior He sent to us: Jesus.
Jesus said that our problem as human beings is not a religious one. It is not a matter of economics, or finding happiness in this life. The central problem that Jesus came to remedy, is to take away the barrier that separates us from God, our sin, and restore us to Him. God wants every person to be saved, and the only way He provided to make that a reality, is to send His Son to earth to die for the sins of the world.
Sin is our problem: God is perfect and without any defect. We are imperfect, and in order to live with God, we must be made perfect. Since none of us can every take away our defect of the sin nature, we must have help from God if we will be saved.
At the present time we live under the penalty for our sins. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life, and for this reason, only He is qualified to die for us and pay the penalty we owe for our sins. A sinner cannot die for another sinner, since he needs a Savior also. This is why no religion, church, or method of human imagination, can save us. We needed a payment for all sins that held enough value to pay for every sin, and give every person, the ability to have eternal life.
When we are sorry for our sins—the things that we know were wrong—God is ready to forgive us. It matters not how bad we have been, only that we are ready to come to God through the death that Jesus died for us, and receive the eternal life He is offer us.
Jesus told Nicodemus that the process that makes all this possible is by being, “Born Again,” by the Spirit of God.
“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”~ John 3:3
As we are born a second time by the Spirit of God, we look the same on the outside. The change takes place internally where our spirit that God created in us, dwells. It was this spirit that was dead to God, and didn’t care about Him, or even knowing Him, that He makes new and alive, the moment we turn from our sins and decide to trust in Jesus for our salvation.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” ~2 Corinthians 5:17
When any person feels genuine sorrow for the things they have done wrong in their life, as all of us know we have done wrong, and we come to Jesus who died for all sins—with a sincere desire to be forgiven of all our wrong—Jesus takes away our sins and the guilt we feel for our wrong.
At this moment, Jesus described an incredible event that takes place: we are “born again,” by the Spirit of God. Before this moment we are dead in our sins and incapable of a genuine relationship with God because of our sins. As we admit our guilt and turn to Jesus in order to have our sins taken away, we receive a pardon for all our wrong, and obtain eternal life.
A secondary benefit takes place, whereby we also acquire a new ability to overcome the power of sin in our life, by the Spirit of God.
Because we still live in the same body that loves sin, there will always be a struggle—as Paul describes in Romans 7:18-25 above, but, “Thank God the answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord,” who gives us freedom from the power that sin once had over us.”
Christians still sin, because we live in our old body, but the former power sin had to condemn us, is gone. Jesus’ death on the cross took away the power that the Law of God had to condemn us. Our salvation remains secure as long as we remain with a sincere trust in Jesus for all of our life.
The new life that is given to us by the Spirit of God who lives in us now, enables us to sin, less, and find victory over the prevailing power sin has over all those who do not belong to Jesus yet.
Jesus Offered His Life For Us, Before He Created The Universe
Although Jesus had not yet come into the world to die for all sins, the promise of His arrival still existed from the moment Adam sinned. The people who lived on earth during the days of Noah were promised forgiveness for their sins and salvation through what Jesus would do in the future. They all scoffed at God’s offer of redemption, and they were all lost—except Noah and his family.
In 1 Peter 3:18-20, he reminds his readers that the new life they now have because they have turned from their sins and are fully trusting in Jesus, excludes them from God future judgment for sin:
“Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison—those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood.”
The point of Peter’s letter is that a time-future, when in the Last Days, people will once again move so far from God that their hearts and lives will once again be just like people were in the days of Noah, will bring the judgment of God again to earth.
In this second and final judgment, God will destroy the earth and the universe by fire, not water.
People Living In The Present Day: “They deliberately forget that God made the heavens long ago by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.” ~2 Peter 3:5-7
Peter Cites The Global Flood of Noah, As Evidence That God Will Judge The World Again
Peter is drawing a stunning parallel between the real events of Noah’s day, and the days in which we live now. Peter began his warning to his generation, because there was already evidence that people were on this path in that present world.
The premise of Peter’s prophecy of Noah’s day returning, was confirmed by Jesus who warned our generation. Jesus said that we we see and hear of events all over the world that are like the things that happened in Noah’s day, we should take notice:
Jesus confirms Noah and the Flood:
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes.” ~Matthew 24:37-39
Hebrew Scholar, Paul, confirms Noah and the Flood:
“It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.” ~Hebrews 11:7
Eyewitness To Jesus’ Miracles, Death, and Resurrection, Peter, Confirms Noah and the Flood:
“And God did not spare the ancient world—except for Noah and the seven others in his family. Noah warned the world of God’s righteous judgment. So God protected Noah when he destroyed the world of ungodly people with a vast flood.” ~2 Peter 2:5
Jesus said that concerning the days in which He will return to earth in judgment, the following facts should be noted:
- When Jesus comes again to judge the world, conditions on earth will be just like they were during the days of Noah.
- People will be going about their lives with no thought of an impending judgment.
- People didn’t realize what was going to happen, until the judgment arrived.
- Only the wise who study the Bible, will know and be ready when Jesus comes again.
Our present world is completely ignoring the fact that we have reached a pinnacle of evil in the world. I am 67 years old this year (2023), and I cannot remember a time in which the level of evil, violence, murder, lawlessness, and hatred, as permeated the entire world.
Jesus said that when the time of His return draws near, “the god of this world,” satan, will know that the time of his judgment is also near. The arrival of the present evil, is an indication that satan knows now, “his time is short, and he has come down to earth with great wraith.”
“Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” ~2 Corinthians 4:4
“For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” ~Revelation 12:12
People who reject the idea of God, and the Bible as a revelation of Him, also do not believe that satan exists. From the perspective of the god of this world, this is a really good thing. The evil that rules presently in this fallen world, wants people to believe that he doesn’t exist.
It matters not to satan that people don’t believe he exists. He would rather remain unknown and disregarded. It makes the deception that he perpetrates over the world of unbelievers, much easier. From the perspective of God, who created all that exists; there is no neutral ground. Either a person trust in Jesus and is saved, or they deny Jesus and they are lost.
Jesus said: “Anyone who isn’t with me opposes me, and anyone who isn’t working with me is actually working against me.” ~Luke 11:23
There is no inbetween concerning eternal life. Jesus said that those who are not for Him, are against HIm. We might think that we are not a part of satan, but the Bible states that if we reject Jesus, satan has taken us captive to do his will.
“A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by satan to do his will.” ~2 Timothy 2:24-26
It is a fact of the Bible that people are automatically defaulted into one of two kingdoms—to follow one of two kings.
- The kingdom of light; the Kingdom of God
- The kingdom of darkness; the kingdom of satan (the god of this present world).
In an essay that I published in 2020, I detail the facts concerning satan’s temporary rulership of earth, and how he came to acquire this rulership:
How The Right Of Rulership Caused The Evil And Suffering Of This World
If you have rejected Jesus as the Savior that God provided for the world, you have been defaulted into satan’s kingdom. Whether you believe this or not, is of no consequence. What matters is that God said this is true, and in the future all those who have rejected Jesus will understand this truth as it’s reality becomes evident.
In Paul’s letter to the Corinthian church, he reminded them that there is an evil power that is present on the earth now, that is overseen by satan and his demons. God has permitted satan a temporary rulership, while at the same time, Jesus has provided a way of escape from satan’s slavery that he puts unbelievers into.
“satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” ~2 Corinthians 4:4
The Father sent His Son on a rescue mission, to offer one way into salvation and eternal life. This planet and its people were lost in sin, with no hope of redemption. It would likely have been better for God if He destroyed this planet and gave up His efforts to save us, because most of the world has rejected Jesus and all of God’s efforts to save us.
The Father, the Son, and the Spirit, were not content to leave us lost. Jesus offered His life to pay the debt we owe for our sins. Jesus lived a perfect and sinless life, and then presented it to the Father a payment for all of the wrong we have done. Jesus died for all sins—for every person that will live on earth.
All sins are forgiven, but not every person has Jesus payment for sins, applied to them—personally. We must make a decision of our own volition, to turn from our sins, and fully trust in Jesus. When we do this, God forgives all our sins, and takes them away from our record. We become perfect and righteous—fully ready and qualified for heaven.
God will only save you with your consent. He loved you so much that He allowed His only Son to die for you. He loves you infinitely, but He will not tolerate your sins and rebellion forever. This is the brief time that we have to hear about Jesus, turn from our sins, and obtain the pardon that God is offering.
Like all good offers, there is an expiry. We have but one life to turn from our sins and obtain eternal life. It is up to us whether we will be saved. God is not threatening us with Hell; He is offering us Heaven.
This world is about to come to an end, and the judgment of God is fast approaching. I hope that you will heed His call to come home and be reconciled to Him. I hope I will see you in heaven. That day is fast approaching!
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“For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.”
These words spoken into a world we wait to see! How shall they hear without a preacher?
Until that day, we wait patiently. Hoping for the redemption unto eternal life!
Thanks be to Christ, who gave himself for the world! We wait and pray for that blessed day!