Chapter 9

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Noah and Lot—

Deliverance and Judgment on the Same Day

 

Why did Jesus give Noah and Lot as examples of His coming?

 

Jesus gave them as examples because in the day when He is revealed, the Church will be saved and the wicked will be destroyed. Just as in the days of Noah and Lot, deliverance and judgment will come on the same day.

“And as it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.

“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:26–30).

 

As Noah entered the ark before the flood, won’t the Church be gathered before the Great Tribulation?

 

According to the words of Jesus, Noah’s entering the ark before the flood is a type of the Church’s being gathered when Jesus comes to destroy the ungodly—after the Tribulation when heaven and earth pass away. (Compare Matt. 24:37–39 with 24:29,35.) Jesus stated that on “the day that Noe entered into the ark . . . the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27). Notice the phrases “the day” and “destroyed them all.” Just as the entire population was destroyed on the day Noah entered the ark, so the entire population will be destroyed on the day when the Church is gathered. Jesus confirms this truth in verse 30: “Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”

Peter also discussed these events and made two relevant observations:

1. The destruction of the world and of the ungodly will be by fire, not by water as in Noah’s day.

2. It will occur when Jesus comes on the “day of judgment,” which is “the day of the Lord” (2 Pet. 3:5–10).

These biblical passages clearly indicate that Noah’s entering the ark before the flood is not a type of the Church’s being raptured out before the Great Tribulation.

 

What are the similarities between the days of Noah and Lot and “the day when the Son of Man is revealed” (Luke 17:30)?

 

At least six such similarities exist:

1. Judgment will come when iniquity has come to the full.

In Noah’s day—“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them” (Gen. 6:5–7).

In Lot’s day—“And the Lord said, . . . the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and . . . their sin is very grievous” (Gen. 18:20). See also Gen. 19:13,15.

In the last days—“Iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” (Matt. 24:12). “Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great” (Joel 3:13). See also Isa. 13:11; 24:5,6,16,20; 26:21; Zeph. 1:17,18; 2 Tim. 3:1–5,13; 2 Pet. 2:5,6; Jude 1:14,15; Rev. 18:5.

2. Believers must be ready.

Noah—“Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. . . . Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. . . . And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation” (Gen. 6:8,9; 7:1).

Lot—“And Lot said unto them [the angels], Oh, not so, my Lord: Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy” (Gen. 19:18,19). “Just Lot. . . . that righteous man” (2 Pet. 2:7,8).

The Church—“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:11–13).

3. Many will be hindered by the cares of life.

Noah—“In the days of Noe. . . . They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26,27).

Lot—“In the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:28,29).

The last days—“Even thus [as in the days of Noah and Lot] shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:30). “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares” (Luke 21:34). “Remember Lot’s wife” (Luke 17:32).

4. The righteous will be delivered before judgment.

Noah—“In the selfsame day entered Noah . . . into the ark. . . . And the Lord shut him in” (Gen. 7:13,16).

Lot—“Lot went out of Sodom” (Luke 17:29). “The Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city” (Gen. 19:16).

The Church—“The bridegroom [Jesus] came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut” (Matt. 25:10). “Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. For, behold, the Lord cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain” (Isa. 26:20,21). See also 2 Pet. 2:5–9.

5. God’s people will be gathered openly, not secretly.

Noah—Noah entered the ark not only with his family, but with “every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort” (Gen. 7:14).

Lot—Lot, his wife, and their two daughters were delivered openly by the angels: “And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot. . . . And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city” (Gen. 19:15,16).

The Church—“And then shall they see the Son of man coming in the clouds with great power and glory. And then shall he send his angels, and shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from the uttermost part of the earth to the uttermost part of heaven” (Mark 13:26,27).

6. On the same day the Church is gathered, destruction will come from the Almighty. All who are left will be destroyed; none will escape.

In Noah’s day—“The day that Noe entered into the ark . . . the flood came, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:27). See also Gen. 7:11–13.

In Lot’s day—“The same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:29).

In the Day of the Lord—“Even thus [as in the days of Noah and Lot] shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:30). “For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth” (Luke 21:35). “For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape” (1 Thess. 5:3).

 

Do other scriptures support the teaching that deliverance and judgment will occur on the same day?

 

Yes, there are many. Let’s examine some of them. Notice the scriptural details in the chart below:

 

 

Deliverance for the Righteous

Judgment for the Wicked—the Same Day

 

 

Matthew 13:30,39–43

 

The wheat will be gathered.

The tares will be burned.

 

 

Matthew 13:47–50

 

The good fish will be gathered into vessels.

The bad fish will be cast away.

 

 

Matthew 24:31,50,51

 

The elect will be gathered.

The unprepared will be cut asunder.

 

 

Matthew 25:10–13

 

The wise virgins will enter the marriage supper.

The foolish virgins will be shut out.

 

 

Matthew 25:34,41

 

The sheep will inherit the kingdom.

The goats will inherit everlasting fire.

 

 

Luke 21:34–36

 

The watchful and prayerful will be accounted worthy to escape judgment.

The worldly–minded will be caught unawares.

 

 

2 Peter 3:7,10–13

 

Salvation will come to the Church.

Judgment will come upon the ungodly.

 

 

Revelation 7:9,14; 6:12–17

 

A great multitude will stand before The throne of the Lamb of God.

A great multitude will cry, “Hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne.”

 

 

Revelation 11:18

 

The saints will be rewarded.

The nations will face God’s wrath.

 

 

Revelation 15:2; 14:19

 

The prepared will “stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.”

The unprepared will face “the great winepress of the wrath of God.”

 

 

Malachi 3:17; 4:1

 

The jewels will be spared.

The wicked will be made stubble.

 

 

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17; 5:3

 

The Church will be caught up to meet the Lord.

The ungodly will face sudden destruction; none shall escape.

 

 

2 Thessalonians 1:7–10

 

The saints will be glorified.

Fiery vengeance will come on them that know not God and obey not the gospel.

 

 

Will anyone have a chance to be saved after the Church is gathered?

 

The Bible indicates that the coming of Christ is the Day of Judgment when the door of salvation will be shut forever. None was saved after Noah entered the ark and the door was shut. Sodom and Gomorrah did not have a second chance after the angels delivered Lot out of Sodom. Similarly, Jesus warned that those who are left after the Church is gathered are left for destruction. In the immediate context, He admonished, “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come” (Matt. 24:42). In fact, almost every passage of Scripture that speaks of the Second Coming gives an admonition about readiness and holy living. Therefore, the time to prepare is now, because there will be no chance for salvation once Jesus appears. We must be as “men that wait for their lord” (Luke 12:36). “Now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:2).

 

Objections Answered

 

Isn’t Enoch an Old Testament type of the Church’s being raptured out secretly?

 

Enoch is mentioned three times in the New Testament, but not once with reference to a secret rapture (Luke 3:37, Heb. 11:5; Jude 1:14).

If Enoch were a type of the Church, her being raptured out secretly, Jesus and the apostles apparently would have told us, as they do with Noah and Lot—types of the Church’s being gathered when Jesus comes to judge the world after the Great Tribulation (Matt. 24:29,37–39; Luke 17:26–30; 2 Pet. 2:5–9; 3:5–7).

 

Doesn’t “one shall be taken and the other left” mean that the prepared shall be taken up in a secret rapture and the unprepared shall be left to go through the Great Tribulation?

 

Jesus said, “one shall be taken and the other left” in the context of discussing Noah and Lot, and His coming after the Tribulation. (Compare Matt. 24:40,41 with 24:29,37–39 and Luke 17:34–37 with 17:26–30.)

When Jesus said, “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left,” the disciples asked, “Where, Lord?” (Luke 17:36,37). They knew that the saved would be taken to be with their Lord, but they were wondering what would happen to those who were left. Jesus responded, “Wheresoever the body [or carcass] is, thither will the eagles be gathered together” (Luke 17:37; Matt. 24:28). In other words, those who are left will be slain, and eagles will gather to eat their dead flesh. See also Job 39:27–30.

John foresaw the entire end–time scene and likened it to two suppers: “The marriage supper of the Lamb” for the saints who were taken; “the supper of the great God” for the fowls that are called to eat the flesh of the ungodly who were left. These fowls will “eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great” (Rev. 19:9,17,18). See also Psa. 110:6; Ezek. 39:17–20.

Therefore, Jesus did not teach a secret rapture, nor that the unprepared will be left to go through the Tribulation with a second opportunity for salvation. Rather, that when He comes after the Tribulation, the prepared will be taken to be with Him, and the unprepared will be left for destruction. As in the days of Noah and Lot, deliverance and judgment will come on the same day—“the day when the Son of man is revealed” (Luke 17:30).
 
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