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[9] The Day of the Lord is to be a separating day

A group of people - some will be taken, others not.
A group of people – some will be taken, others not.

 

two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.”
Matthew 24:40

It was also a separating day when Noah and his family went into the Ark and got spared, but all the others were destroyed.
What hideous crimes were they doing to warrant such action?
Jesus tells us that they were eating, and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.
Surely these are everyday things?
There is nothing hideous here, so what does Jesus mean?

(This post is based on Matthew 24:36-41 which is at the bottom of this post)

Luke gives us more of a clue as to what is going on here; he is talking about how Christ must suffer and be rejected, and then he says:

Just as it was in the days of Noah”
Luke 17:25

They were rejecting God and living their lives for themselves.
Here we are living in a cultured society and virtually everyone would consider themselves to be quite good really.
But anybody who eats, drinks, marries, and lives for themselves, and rejects God is facing His anger.
The only safe place is to be in the Ark, in Christ, so that the flood waters of the anger of God won′t touch us.
There was no safe place then, when the whole earth was flooded, not a corner was spared.
The only survivors were in the Ark.
The Ark represents our only place of safety, and we need to flee to Jesus Christ, to be in Him, to avoid the coming judgement.
In Matthew it says:

and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came”
Matthew 24:39

Well, they would have heard Noah preaching, but they didn’t believe, it wasn’t real to them, so they knew nothing about what would happen. That is why Jesus often says:

He who has ears, let him hear!”

How many times do we read the Bible, or we hear a sermon, and it goes into us, but it does not remain in our heart?
Jesus preaching.There were many people who heard Christ′s powerful preaching.
Think about it, He is the Word of God, and yet they didn’t hear His message.
They didn’t understand so that they could be saved.
How we need to pray: ‘Lord help me by Your Spirit to listen, help me to understand, help the people I meet to understand and to be saved.’

When the gospel is proclaimed and it is preached faithfully and wisely, then that word will be a dividing one.
Like it or not, God says there are only two types of human being:

These two groups will be scattered throughout every society, class and nation.

The righteous and the wicked will be getting on with their everyday business, then suddenly, the righteous are taken from the earth. There is no need for a believer in the lowest of the low jobs to worry that they might get missed, because the poor of this world can be rich in faith and be heirs of the Kingdom.
A struggling Christian need not worry if their hope is in Christ, because Jesus will not lose His grip, and He will lift them to safety to be with Him forever.

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.
That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”
Matthew 24:36-41

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Peter Reason

February 2012

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