Wow! As the days of Noah and Lot. Think about that. And I don’t hear much, if anything, these days about the destruction of Jerusalem and how it was/is typical of the final judgement at the second coming. I wonder if this type of teaching would be welcome at one of John Hagee’s “Night To Honor Israel” meetings.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Luke 17:28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
Luke 17:30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
(Noe – The Greek way of writing “Noah.”)
See Genesis 6-9. The coming of the Son of man would be as it was in the days of Noah:
1. In its being sudden and unexpected, the “precise time” not being made known, though the “general” indications had been given.
2. The world would be found as it was then.
That it will be in a time of great security and debauchery: such was the time of Noah, Genesis 6:3-5.
But as the days of Noah were, — As then they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, till they were surprised by the flood, notwithstanding the frequent warnings and admonitions of that preacher of righteousness:
so now, they shall be engaged in the business and pleasures of the world, little expecting, little thinking of this universal ruin, till it come upon them, notwithstanding the express predictions and declarations of Christ and his apostles.
the destruction of Jerusalem is to be considered as typical of the end of the world, of which the destruction of a great city is a lively type and image.
All the subsequent discourse too, we may observe, does not relate so properly to the destruction of Jerusalem as to the end of the world and the general judgment.
Our Lord loses sight, as it were, of his former subject, and adapts his discourse more to the latter. And, indeed, the end of the Jewish state was, in a manner, the end of the world to many of the Jews.
It appears next to impossible that any man should duly consider these prophecies, and the exact completion of them, and, if he is a believer, not be confirmed in the faith; or, if he is an infidel, not be converted.
Can any stronger proof be given of a divine revelation than the spirit of prophecy; or of the spirit of prophecy, than the examples now before us, in which so many contingencies, and we may say, improbabilities, which human wisdom or prudence could never have foreseen, are so particularly foretold, and so punctually accomplished!
Could human prudence foresee such an utter destruction of Jerusalem, with all the circumstances preceding and following it?
Yet, however improbable this was it has happened, and it was foreseen and foretold by Christ;
but how was it possible for him to foresee it, unless his foresight was divine, and his prediction the infallible oracle of God?
Luke 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
Our blessed Lord in these verses doth both declare the surprisal of the Jews with that judgment which was coming upon them, and of the world with his coming in the day of judgment, (of which the destruction of Jerusalem was a type), and also forewarns them to take heed that they might not be surprised;
he tells them, that in the days of the Son of man, ( so that he speaketh of more than one day), the day of his power in the destruction of the Jews, and in the day of judgment, the antitype to the former, it shall be as in the days of Noah and of Lot.
In the days of those men, neither the men of the old world, nor the men of Sodom, would hearken either to Noah or Lot, who were preachers of righteousness to them, and gave them examples of sober and holy lives; but gave up themselves to luxury, and lived in a careless regard of any thing God was doing,
until the very day that Noah went into the ark, with his family, and the flood destroyed all the rest;
and till the day that Lot went out of Sodom, and fire and brimstone came down and destroyed all those who were left in Sodom.
So it would be before the final ruin of the world. Till the very days came, and men felt it, the generality of men would not believe it, nor make any preparation for it.
But in our Lord’s propounding these two great examples to them, he also lets them know their duty and wisdom, viz. to watch, and be upon their guard, …
with Lot to get ready to go out of Sodom, …
with Noah to prepare an ark upon this admonition which he gave them.
There are no such signs of approaching ruin to persons or nations, as security, and the abounding of sin and wickedness, notwithstanding the warnings which God giveth them by his messengers.
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The Jewish people need to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show them your great love for them by sharing the Gospel with them.
Ezekiel 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?
Joel 2;31-32 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.
Lament over Jerusalem
Luke 13:34-35 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.