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  • Henry Omotayo

Are We At That Point Again?

Matthew 24:37-39

Message No. 0548 | Twitter @GodandUs | www.wisdom-speaks.ca

When Abraham was negotiating with God on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:16-33), he used special skills to attempt to change God’s mind. It was amazing to see him negotiate from 50 righteous people to 45, to 40, 30, 20, and, finally, 10. The Bible says that, at that point, God left Abraham, otherwise, he probably could have negotiated further down. In the end, the moral decadence of the twin cities was so great that God could not simply hold His Nose and let them be. They were destroyed in one of the most serious ways – by fire.


Approximately 300 years earlier a similar thing happened; the inhabitants of the earth angered God by living in wanton disregard for God’s ways and expected behavior. They totally ignored the existence of the Creator of the earth and Author of human existence, to the extent that God had no choice than to wipe the slate clean and reestablish decorum. Before doing this, God did not fail to warn human beings to change. In fact, Noah, a righteous man, warned the people in those days, but they simply laughed at him and continued their behavior.


2000 years later, the world was at that point again. Prophets after prophets were sent to warn Israel, they had gone into captivity and out of captivity with God showing them mercy time after time, but there was no sustained sign of repentance. In fact, John began his message by asking people to repent and show evidence of repentance. God showed His mercy by sending Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for sin and redeem man, so His anger could be restrained. Before His crucifixion, Jesus gave the same warning to us. In Matthew 24:37-39, the Bible says:


But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.


About two years ago, I watched the interview of a mom who had two young daughters and instead of raising them in the gender in which they were born, she decided to not do so, arguing that when they are of age, they would decide which genders they wanted to be. To support her approach, she wouldn’t use any singular pronoun for the children, she, instead, used plural pronouns. This idea was so strange to the TV anchor that he snapped at the woman and I (though watching in disbelief) actually felt that the anchor was rude, but that was the level at which he thought it was bizarre to hear her claim. He basically told her that she had (I’m paraphrasing) abandoned her responsibility as a mother and was raising her children in a way that society did not recognize because her middle road approach would do nothing but confuse the children when they grow up. Today, this approach does not sound strange anymore.


Recently, I overheard someone on YouTube saying that she heard the story of someone who married a dog and that the marriage was officiated by a priest. My instinctive reaction was, oh, c’mon, what kind of ridiculous insinuation is that. However, to prove that the statement I heard was completely impossible, I searched the internet on my own, only to discover stories saying that people had been marrying their pets for some time now. Perhaps if we give another ten years, this also wouldn’t be a strange thing anymore?


Looking at the ways in which society has, almost completely, put God aside and chatted their own paths during our lifetime, I thought it might be necessary to check if we are actually at the level of provocation that made God to take the actions He took in the times of Noah and Lot. When we observe society today, we cannot but bow down to the all-knowing God, who had seen the end from the beginning and had warned us of these things. Just look at what Paul wrote to the Romans in chapter 1, verses 18 to 32. In particular, verses 28-31 state as follows:


Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.


What should be our reaction as God’s children? We certainly won’t be able to stop these things from happening, otherwise the Bible would not be true. We, however, need to train our children in the way of God and to pray that God would have mercy and touch the souls of men and women who live in this age, to see the salvation that was so expensively paid for by our Lord and Savior and to see the light and surrender their lives to Christ. God loves every one of His creatures, and He commands us to do likewise. We do not have the gospel of condemnation and must never attempt to judge or condemn anyone. Our commission is to love, pray and talk to people about the gospel. Please let us play our part so our Lord can play His. With everything we are seeing around us today, and potentially more practices that will be manufactured that will make our jaws drop, one thing is sure: that the end is near. Are you ready?


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