Violence once again has reared its ugly head. It seems more and more that times like Noah’s can be observed in America, supposedly the most civilized nation of the West.
Of course, that perception is only shared by those who look at life around them with Pollyanna-ish delusion. Bless them; they see through eyes affixed on the good old days, not on the days as they are. They choose not to see that society and culture have changed—and not for the better.
The Lord Jesus Christ said: “And as it was in the days of Noah so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).
He went on to list all the things people will be doing when He next makes His presence known to the whole world. He foretold that mankind will be buying, selling, planting, building, marrying—doing all the things of life. The people alive at the time He next appears will be engaging in business as usual, for the most part.
I believe the prophecy indicates that few will pay attention to the true chaos going on when those of that generation are so busy with the daily activities of life.
Genesis 6 (which describes Noah’s day) gives us this prophetic signal Jesus said will be prevalent when He returns at the Rapture and, for that matter, at His Second Advent:
The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (Genesis 6:11–13)
So there will be the two Americas at the time—if we consider America will still be a national entity. One side of America will be doing all the things of life—buying, selling, building, marrying, etc. The other side will be filled with violence, debauchery—evil of many sorts, like in Noah’s day.
Violence erupted once again in the streets of one of our larger cities on May 27 when a police officer appeared on video to literally murder a man he had in custody. Three other officers held off a crowd of people who shouted for the policeman to let the man breathe.
The man being held, an African-American who was arrested for trying to pass a counterfeit $20 bill, died of suffocation.
The officer will almost certainly be tried for the man’s death, and all four officers involved were instantly fired when the Minneapolis police chief watched the video.
The incident, as we all know, led to rioters and looters burning up police precinct buildings and stealing merchandise from several stores the looters had broken into.
Across the nation, in other large cities, rioters and professional anarchists like the thugs of Black Lives Matter set fires and damaged vehicles and businesses. It was all reminiscent of similar anarchy like in Ferguson, Missouri, Watts, and other such violent rampages of the distant and recent past.
America, as life is currently unfolding, could be seen as the days of Noah in microcosm.
The evil perpetrated by the rogue police officer, if things turn out to be the murder of his victim, the purveyors of violence such as the rioters and looters—and the terrors inflicted by the paid-for thugs who carryout anarchy to damage the nation, can’t be missed, even by the Pollyanna-ish among us. And, we should consider whether the COVID-19 pandemic, or coronavirus, or Wuhan virus, or whatever you want to call it, might have been allowed to wake this generation to the fact we are in times that signal Christ’s imminent intervention.
This pandemic has brought things to a standstill and made people take time to see, through fear-filled eyes, that carrying on life as usual in the most comfort-filled nation in the world has changed. Perhaps it is a supreme act of love from on high, forewarning that the most momentous event since Christ’s resurrection is on the verge of bringing the promised moment of the Rapture.