Jesus stated in Matthew 24:37-42:
But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.
So how do we understand life “as it was in the days of Noah” (Luke 17:26)?
What was wrong with people “eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage”? Nothing, except that these were apparently the highest aspirations of most of the people of that time. In other words, as Psalm 10:4 states:
The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God;
God is in none of his thoughts.
Imagine this scene from the pre-flood world: Over a hillside, just out of view from the ark and the man building it—a man that the overwhelming majority of the culture had mocked for years—is a raucous, worldly wedding celebration. But just as the festivities are about to escalate, the people in the wedding party feel something they have never sensed before. There are drops of rain falling on their faces (cf. Gen. 2:5-6). At first it feels refreshing, but then some very frightening events begin to unfold, as the rain begins to fall much harder, and the ground begins to shake beneath their feet (cf. Gen. 7:11).
Perhaps you feel as if the situation in our culture is changing so quickly that you cannot keep up with it—and that most of the changes are not for the better.
Imagine a time of which the following could be said:
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually (Gen. 6:5).
This statement captures the essence of what life was like, As It Was in the Days of Noah.
We as a nation and a culture are taking on more and more of the characteristics of those who lived in the days of Noah. Things are happening that have never happened before—and I believe that we will see such changes continue to escalate and intensify as the return of the Lord draws ever nearer and the time remaining becomes ever shorter.
Utilizing strictly the chronology that the Bible gives us in the book of Genesis, thus not accounting for any possible gaps in the genealogical record, the flood occurred 1,656 years after creation. It brought an end to the dispensation of conscience, which followed the initial dispensation of innocence—but more than that, it involved the destruction of an entire world system. The Apostle Peter states: “The world that then existed perished, being flooded with water” (2 Pet. 3:6).
How and why did this happen? We begin this series by thinking of the conditions upon the earth before the flood—which provoked the flood.
According to Genesis 6:1, “Men began to multiply on the face of the earth.” Taking into account the long lifespans that people lived close to the dawn of history—before the curse had made its full impact upon the world—creation scientists have estimated that there could have been as many as four billion people upon the earth at this time.