The Days of Noah, The Days of Lot… The Days of America? | Luke 17:26-30

The Days of Noah, The Days of Lot… The Days of America? | Luke 17:26-30

Introduction

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Luke 17:26-30 ESV  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  (27)  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  (28)  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  (29)  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—  (30)  so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

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  • Welcome back to the Book of Luke!
    • We took a small break last week to preach on the importance of local church gatherings, but now we are back to our regularly scheduled programing!
      • If you remember from two weeks ago we started off this section of scripture by talking about the two Kingdoms of God.
      • The Kingdom that is here now, a partial Kingdom… a portion of God’s dominion.
      • And the Kingdom later, the one that is complete and perfect… the one that will start with the second coming of Jesus…
      • We ended that sermon with the word “Maranatha” which means “Lord come quickly!”
        • That blessed assurance, the perfect hope, Christ will return, heaven is real, eternity is coming and because of Christ we get to dwell with Him forever.
  • Today we are going to dive into some deeper theology, we are going to talk about some deep things… we are going to talk details and what they mean for us today.

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Point One – The World is Ignorant of Sin

Luke 17:26-30 ESV  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  (27)  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

  • Again, point one is “The world is Ignorant of Sin”
  • I want to point something out here… the focus here is not on the sin in the world… but the complete ignorance of society….
    • Hear me out… so many people, when they read this verse they talk about the days of Noah as if Jesus was talking about the wickedness of their sin…
      • And clearly if you know the story of Lot and the Story of Noah you know that there was some major sin.

Genesis 6:5-8 ESV  The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.  (6)  And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.  (7)  So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  (8)  But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

  • So certainly the sin was great in the days of Noah… to the point where God regretted making man… An entire world of people… except for one family… who was wicked!
    • So God destroyed the earth, except for that one family and all kinds of animals.
  • But Jesus never mentions the sin of the people in Noah’s time, at least not in this instance… follow me here…

Luke 17:26-27 ESV  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  (27)  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

  • Notice that Jesus, when talking about the second coming, he says it will be like the days of Noah… but instead of mentioning their sin, Jesus mentioned their IGNORANCE.
    • They were eating and drinking and marrying… none of these things are sinful… it is certainly sinful to be drunk, but that’s not the word here, here it is simply drinking… as in drinking a glass of water…
    • So Jesus doesn’t mention their sin… instead he mentions the AUDACITY of society to ignore the warnings of Christ… the doors of the Ark where open up until the time of the flood, no one entered but Noah’s family.
    • Second Peter 2:5 says that Noah was a preacher of Righteousness, yet the world ignored his preaching and simply went on with life…

Luke 17:28-29 ESV  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  (29)  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—

  • Again, Jesus COULD have mentioned the massive amounts of sin in Sodom and Gomorrah… but instead He mentions their lackluster attitude… they were just living life.
    • They were just living life… completely ignorant of the coming judgment.
      • Eating, drinking, buying, selling, planting and building… Just living life, complelty unaware of the coming judgment… of the fire that was about to rain down on them!
  • So the question we need to ask ourselves church when comparing our world to the world in the times of Noah and Lot is not “Do we have as much sin as them”? But rather “Are we as ignorant as them…
    • Let me say that again, because I don’t want anyone sleeping on this…
    • The question we need to ask ourselves church when comparing our world to the world in the times of Noah and Lot is not “Do we have as much sin as them”? But rather “Are we as ignorant as them…
  • Listen, evil is not something new… I know what people are thinking, because I have thought it to…
    • The government’s overreach when it came to Covid…
    • The police brutality
    • The riots across the nation…
      • I know you are tempted to think the end is here! THE DAYS OF NOAH! THE DAYS OF LOT! We are tempted to scream…
  • But let us not forget:
    • There was a time in History where a Tyrant was killing God’s people by the millions in gas chamber, demolishing churches, changing scripture, and trying his best to take over the WORLD.
      • Jesus didn’t come back then…
    • There once was a plague that killed HALF of Europe’s population…
      • Jesus didn’t come back then…
  • So the question is not about the sin, or the devastation… but it’s about the ignorance… It’s about the people not caring…
    • And honestly this is what raises red flags for me.
  • Listen… 56 MILLION Babies are aborted… that is, 56 MILLION babies are murdered every year in the world.
    • FIFTY-SIX MILLION BABIES ARE MURDERED. You know how many people where killed by Covid? Less than half a million.
  • There is Verifiable PROOF that Planned Parenthood is a RACIST organization targeting black communities to kill their babies…
    • WHERES THE OUTRAGE! WHERE ARE THE RIOTS!?
  • DO YOU REALIZE THAT WE LIVE IN A TIME WHERE A CLEAR, BLACK AND WHITE SIN, HOMOSEXUALITY, IS NOT ONLY LEGAL, BUT PROTECTED BY THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION.
    • OUR CONSTITUTION NOW CLAIMS THE BIBLE IS WRONG!
  • But it is not the sin that I am worried about, it is the lackluster response of our society!
    • We have one political party that celebrates abortion and sexual sin…
    • Then we have another political party that says they hate these things but does next to nothing to stop them.
  • But the republicans have done so much to slow down abortion…
    • WHAT?! Is it MURDER OR NOT?!
    • 600,000 abortions per year and we are trying to pass legislation to “slow it down” NO! WE SHOULD BE GOING TO WAR!
  • GOD’S PATIENCE WILL NOT ENDURE FOREVER AND YOU BETTER BELIEVE WE ARE JUST AS EVIL AND JUST AS IGNORANT AS IN THOSE DAYS.
    • I have said this before, but it is important to hear before I get to the next point…
      • God is patient, yes, but his patience is not infinite… infinite patience has a word, tolerance, and God is NOT tolerant.
      • He waits for repentance, He gives chance after chance after chance for people to turn from their sin… and some do, like the city of Nineveh, they repented… but if the repentance doesn’t come, then the flood will come, then the fire and brimstone will come…

Point Two – The Righteous Act Differently in the Presence of God’s Wrath

Luke 17:26-30 ESV  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man.  (27)  They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  (28)  Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building,  (29)  but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—  (30)  so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

  • Again, point two this morning is that The Righteous Act Differently in the Presence of God’s Wrath.
    • Noah entered the ark.
    • Lot Left the city.
    • In other words… THE RIGHTEOUS DON’T GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP.
  • Listen, there are a lot of people who call themselves Christians today who are going down with the ship.
    • Not that they are necessarily joining in the sin…
    • But they are eating and drinking and buying and selling and planting and building as if everything is ok.
  • The wrath of God is coming to America least we repent… and I don’t know about you, but I am not going down with the ship!
  • I am not bowing down to the culture!
  • I am not even going to bow down to our government… I will respect the governing authorities as long as they stay out of the church, this is not their Kingdom to govern!
  • On Wednesday we fasted as a church and ended our fast with a POWERFUL prayer session.
    • We committed to be a church that honors God no matter what… to be a church that doesn’t go down with the society!
    • And we prayed through the 7 churches of revelation, which I believe represent churches everywhere since Christ came… of the seven, get this, 3 are commended for NOT bowing down to culture and 3 are rebuked for bowing down to cultural norms…
    • Only one church of the seven was the culture not mentioned.
  • I see it happening today… churches bowing down to culture on both sides…
    • Some churches supporting Black Lives Matter.
    • Others saying things like “There is no such thing as systematic racism”
  • Listen, the Black Lives Mater movement is a movement from the PIT OF HELL.
    • Yes, of course Black lives matter, because they, like everyone, are beautifully and wonderfully made in the image of God..
    • But the Black Lives Matter Organization is not really about Racial equality…
      • Go to the website and read the “About us – What we believe” section…
      • They specifically say they want to dismantle the Necular family… that is, they want to destroy the concept of a family being a father and mother and children.
      • They say they want to disrupt Cisgendered people, that is, they want to attack straight people.
      • They say they want to be free from heterosexual thinking.
        • BLM IS ANTI-GOD AND PRO EVIL…
      • But on the otherside I see churches saying ignorant things like “There really isn’t systematic racism in America”.
        • Yet 37% percent of prisoners in America are black… even though only 12 percent of our population is black… THAT IS A HUGE DISCREPANCY.
        • You go ahead and explain to me how that is possible without systematic racism.
        • You go ahead and explain to me why when there is a drug problem in the black community, like crack, we spends hundreds of millions of dollars to declare a war on drugs and fill prisons with black drug users…
        • Yet when there is a white person drug epidemic, like with heroine, we as a nation spend hundreds of millions to create “Safe injection sites” so they can do their drugs in a nice, safe, climate controlled environment.
        • To say there is no systematic racism in America is to ignore the facts on Abortion.
        • White women are five times less likely to abort their child than a black woman…
          • That doesn’t just happen!
        • study by Protecting Black Lives, in 2012, found that 79 percent of Planned Parenthood’s surgical abortion facilities are located.\
          • That doesn’t just happen! That’s planned!
  • Why am I talking about this stuff this morning? Because I am not going to be so ignorant of these issues that I accidently align our church with EVIL.
    • I am not going down with America!
    • America is on the fast track to HELL and I am not going with her!
    • Instead, I, and this Church, will preach the TRUTH and beg society to repent, failing that, we will beg individuals to come to Christ so that they may be spared and not find themselves in the hail of fire and brimstone, AMEN?!

Conclusion

Gospel Call, don’t be caught eating and drinking when the end comes…

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