What follows is a very serious warning from the pages of the Bible. It’s a warning to those who are not believers in Jesus. It’s also a warning to Christians that when King Jesus returns, it will be without warning, so we had better stay clean, if we don’t want to lose our reward and be humiliated. If we don’t want the Lord to be ashamed of us. If we don’t want to be ashamed in front of those who endured and suffered and died for the name of Jesus.
“Strange things happen in this world.” Strange as in mysterious. It appears that something very strange, very mysterious, and indeed very evil, is recorded in Genesis chapter 6:
“When humans began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose.” Other translations read, “took any of them they chose.”
Who were these “sons of God”?
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them.” (Job 1:6)
Without going into the long explanation of why the “sons of God” in Job could not have been human, I’ll just say that I think the late Dr. Donald Barnhouse was right in saying that they were angels. And fallen angels. In other words, some of them were demons. I draw the conclusion that the “sons of God” in Genesis were demons also.
Why did God allow this? Simple: what authority did He have to stop it?
Remember the statement in Genesis 4:26 that in the time of Enosh, “people began to call on the name of the Lord”? Seven generations pass, and now see how God’s Word describes humanity:
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” (Genesis 6:5-6)
Satan hadn’t succeeded in getting Adam and Eve to accept him as their “substitute god”, but he sure did corrupt them. And they increased in corruption until Genesis 6:5 is now their epitaph. It seems likely that some kind of deal was struck between men in Noah’s generation and these demons for the daughters. Demons being far more powerful than we are, in ways we can only imagine, I suspect they could be very persuasive. If they even asked. And men who had chosen evil, had wallowed in it, had embraced it like a lover, had no right to ask God for help, if they even thought of it. So God would have had to overrule human will to stop it. And that He would not do. Almost never in human history does God overrule human will.
So the humans of that time, except for Noah, were “not in God’s jurisdiction”, so to speak, and they had to take whatever someone stronger chose to do to them.
God gives us a more detailed description of the moral condition of the whole population of earth at that time (except for Noah) in Genesis 6:11-12, just to make certain that we understand:
“The [population of the] earth was corrupt [absolutely depraved—spiritually and morally putrid] in God’s sight, and the land was filled with violence [desecration, infringement, outrage, assault, and lust for power]. God looked on the earth and saw how debased and degenerate it was, for all humanity had corrupted their way on the earth and lost their true direction.” (Amplified Bible)
We all know, I think, what happened next. The Flood.
“So the Lord said, ‘I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.’ But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord … Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God … So God said to Noah, ‘I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.’ ”
And He gave Noah the verbal equivalent of a blueprint for the boat, and instructions about taking the animals with him.
Noah completed the boat, including waterproofing it with “pitch” or bitumen. (See https://creation.com/the-pitch-for-noahs-ark ). He and his family joined the animals inside on the day that God instructed them to, “and the Lord shut him in.” Noah’s neighbors could not blame Noah. They suffered the consequences of their evil because God brought judgment on them, not because Noah was hardhearted.
“Every living thing that moved on land perished—birds, livestock, wild animals, all the creatures that swarm over the earth, and all mankind. Everything on dry land that had the breath of life in its nostrils died. Every living thing on the face of the earth was wiped out; people and animals and the creatures that move along the ground and the birds were wiped from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those with him in the ark.” (Genesis 7:21-23)
Apparently God intended to emphasize this. He repeated it three times. We need to remember, and when appropriate to warn those who don’t yet trust Jesus for salvation, that there will come a day when there will be no more mercy or patience from God.
After a long, looong ocean cruise, the waters receded, and eventually there was enough solid ground for Noah and his family to leave the ark.
It’s true that God promised, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.” BUT. He didn’t say He would rescue the human race, or their planet, the next time they made the planet lethal.
Matthew chapter 24 is the chapter in which Jesus describes in a very few words the next 2,000 years of history and the beginning of the Great Tribulation. In response to a question from His disciples, in a passage many (including myself) believe to be a description of the Rapture, Jesus said, “For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. As in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” (Matthew 24:37-39)
In Luke 17:26-30, in answer to a question from the Pharisees, Jesus said, “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
Business as usual – until the very moment the wrath of God fell on them.
Oh yeah, almost forgot. Read the story of Lot too: Genesis chapter 19. Grim reading. Way back in chapter 13, the Bible says, “The people of Sodom were wicked and were sinning greatly against the Lord.” And you know the rest. Identical elements to Noah’s story: evil permeating everything, the righteous warned and then forcibly removed, and then God’s harsh, unavoidable, irrevocable judgment destroys the wicked.
Do the descriptions of humans just before the Flood, and just before God firebombed Sodom, remind you of anything? Like maybe the news that we read on alternate news sources? Again all humanity has “corrupted its way on the earth”, and I strongly suspect that we are seeing demon possession in some of the extreme violence and evil and perversion around us.
“… the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and … every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually …”
Back to Matthew 24: “If those days [the Great Tribulation] had not been cut short, no one would survive, but for the sake of the elect those days will be shortened.”
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.” (2nd Peter 3:9)
All we can do is stay clean and warn those who will listen. Noah was a “preacher of righteousness” (2nd Peter 2:5) yet his only result was most of his immediate family. Lot was righteous only in that he believed in the God of Abraham and tried to persuade his perverted neighbors to do right. He lost his wife, and we won’t discuss his daughters’ conduct after Sodom was destroyed. Warning: there is a high price to be a witness to those who are bringing judgment on themselves. No one told Lot to go to Sodom and be a witness.
We are only responsible to be witnesses, but we are responsible to be witnesses, sometimes, to some people. And if we are awake and alert, God will lead us to them.