Sunday, March 20, 2011
PORNOGRAPHY AND DEMONISM, Part 5: As It Was in the Days of Noah
So, what will the world be like in the last days? Luke 17:26-29 also uses the examples of Lot and Noah to suggest what it will be like.
Luke 17:26,27 And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it also be in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, and were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.
In the days of Noah, they ate, drank, married wives and were given in marriage. Eating, drinking, and marriage, in and of themselves, are not unlawful, but as in Noah’s day, the way in which they will be practiced in the last days will be abominable.
There is a correlation between this verse and the description in Gen. 6: took wives of whom they chose. The fact that people will marry is not the significant point, but the manner in which marriage will be carried out. It will be like the days of Noah. There will be no sanctity of marriage, nor will sex be considered a sacred thing. Men in the last days will enter into unlawful marriages and unclean sexual unions. Indeed, we have already seen this taking place in our country with the growing movement to legitimize homosexual marriage. They will live sensual lives, driven primarily by their own unbridled lust.
The words for eating and drinking here do not signify mere eating and drinking, but the manner in which it is done. “It signifies eating after the manner of brute beasts: they indulged themselves in a brutish way, in gluttony and drunkenness.”(1)
The passage further clarifies by bringing up Sodom:
Luke 7:28,29 Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day when Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all.
The passage says that they were buying and selling, planting and building. Again, buying and selling are not unlawful in and of themselves. According to Bible expositor John Gill, “it appears from the text referred to, they had no regard to the poor and needy; They made no offense of defrauding and oppressing them.” Ezekiel 16:49-50 supports this view:
Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: She and her daughter had pride, fullness of bread, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. They were haughty, and committed abomination before me; Therefore, I took them away as I saw fit.
There was great oppression going on in Sodom, as there was in Noah’s day. Its citizens were living in luxury and intemperance, eating and drinking to excess.(2) Furthermore, they lived in idleness, meaning “peace of rest” – prosperity and ease, security and quietness, at leisure, without labor.(2)
They were extremely wealthy and lavish cities, filled with oppression, greed, and wickedness. In their excess, they did not regard the poor, neither did they regard God, but put their confidence and security in the abundance of their own wealth. They were full of pride and arrogance, committing abominations before the LORD.
The civilizations of Sodom and of Noah’s day were defined by hedonism and sensuous living. People went after “strange flesh” and practiced oppression. This is how the Luke passage says that people in the last days will be, right before God’s judgment.
On a side note, it appears that many believers, even Christian leaders, will disregard the Holy Spirit’s voice and abandon holy living, in favour of sensual and worldly living.
Luke 12:45,46 But if that servant says in his heart “My master is delaying his coming,” and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of the servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him....and he will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.