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THE DAYS OF NOAH - PART V

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, June 2, 2002


"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).


This verse ends with the words, "so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37). The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ is coming again, in the clouds of Heaven. Jesus said:

"I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also" (John 14:3).

When Jesus ascended back to Heaven, it was visible and literal. The Disciples could see Him rising from the earth. His physical body arose and disappeared in a cloud. Then the Bible says:

"While they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:10-11).

The words of this text are clear and literal: "This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Jesus will come back to earth the same way He went up - through the clouds! Jesus will come back to the same place - to the top of the Mount of Olives. Jesus will come back with the same physical body, through the same sky, to the same Mount of Olives.

Now, it is very important to understand what it will be like on the earth when Jesus returns. Christ told us that it would be like the days of Noah! There will be few real Christians when He returns:

"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).

I. The Old Testament tells us that Christ will come again.

When Jesus came the first time, people expected Him to set up His Kingdom. They overlooked the Old Testament passages which said the Messiah had to suffer and die (cf. Isaiah 53; Psalm 22, etc.). But today, just the reverse has happened - people think much about His earthly life and death, but His glorious Second Coming is neglected. Both of His comings are important. He had to die on the Cross so our sins could be forgiven. He must come again to establish His Kingdom on this earth!

Enoch, seven generations after Adam, preached on the Second Coming of Christ in the days of Noah. Please turn in your Bible to Jude, verse fourteen. Here the Holy Spirit gives us the message that Enoch preached before the Great Flood:

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied [preached] of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints" (Jude 14).

Enoch was preaching on the fact that the resurrected Christians will return with Christ when He comes down through the clouds to the top of the Mount of Olives. "Ten thousand" is not the exact number. It refers to the entire Heavenly congregation of the saved. Ten thousand is a representative number, meaning "all the saints." All the resurrected believers will pour down from the sky to the Mount of Olives, to take the kingdoms of the world for Christ.

Then Enoch said that Christ and His followers will come,

"To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him" (Jude 15).

When Jesus and His followers return to this earth, Christ will execute great judgment against the rebellious nations.

This sermon topic of Enoch's was handed down by tradition, and later copied into the apocryphal Book of Enoch. But the Holy Spirit recorded it here in Jude, showing that this is the actual message Enoch preached before the Great Flood - a message about the Second Coming of Christ!

Job wrote the oldest book in the Bible, written before the time of Moses, in about 1520 B.C. Please turn to Job 19:25. Here is what Job said about the Second Coming of Christ:

"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God; when I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me" (Job 19:25-27).

These verses show that Job believed in the literal resurrection of the human body. They also show that he believed in the literal, physical Second Coming of Jesus Christ. He was positively convinced that Christ would come and stand on the earth in "the latter day," a term used in the Bible to describe the last days. Thus, in Job, the oldest recorded book of the Bible, the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is clearly taught.

So, we have seen two of the three earliest mentionings of the Second Coming: the preaching of Noah, and the prophecy of Job. But now let us look at the very earliest mention of the Second Coming of Christ. Turn in your Bible to Genesis, chapter three, verse fifteen:

"And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel (Genesis 3:15).

God spoke to the Devil about two distinctly different conflicts between Christ and the Serpent. The "seed of the woman" is Jesus Christ. Genesis 3:15 tells us that Satan will crush His "heel." Christ's heel was "crushed" on the Cross of Calvary, in fulfillment of this prophecy. But the second half of the prophecy speaks of Christ crushing the head of the Devil. This will not happen until Christ comes again to establish His Kingdom on the earth and bind the Devil for a thousand years (cf. Revelation 20:2), and then cast him into the lake of fire and brimstone for ever (Revelation 20:10).

The first prophecy of Genesis 3:15 was fulfilled on the Cross by Christ. The second prophecy will be fulfilled when Christ comes again and binds the Devil and judges him. This is the very oldest prophecy of the Second Coming of Christ recorded in the Scriptures.

So, we have seen the prophecy God gave of the Second Coming way back in the Garden of Eden, the prophecy of the Second Coming preached by Enoch before the Great Flood, and the prophecy of the Second Coming given by Job, before the time of Moses.

Now, look at Zechariah, chapter fourteen, verse four:

"And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the Lord my God shall come, and all the saints with thee" (Zechariah 14:4-5).

The Tim LaHaye Prophecy Study Bible gives this comment:

Zechariah predicts the ultimate triumph of the Messiah at the Battle of Armageddon when the Gentile nations, led by the Antichrist, will be defeated at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Zechariah sees the Lord standing upon the Mount of Olives when He returns. From the very place where Jesus ascended back into heaven, He will again return, and this time the mountain shall split in half, creating a rift valley from the Mediterranean [Sea] to the Dead Sea (note on Zechariah
14:1-8).

Zechariah recorded these words about the Second Coming of Christ toward the end of the Old Testament.

Now turn to Malachi, chapter three, verse one. Here we are told,

"The Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple" (Malachi 3:1).

This is the final book of the Old Testament, and it gives this clear message about the Second Coming of Christ.

Putting this verse together with Zechariah 14:4-5, we see that Christ will descend from Heaven to the top of the Mount of Olives, and that He will then walk down the mountain, across the Brook Kedron, up the side of Mount Zion, and into the temple that has been rebuilt during the Tribulation.

During His earthly ministry, Christ cleansed the Temple twice, once at the beginning of His ministry (John 2:13-17) and again at the close of His earthly life (Matthew 21:12-13). In both cases He overthrew the tables of the moneychangers and the seats of those that sold doves. He made a whip and drove them out of the Temple, along with the sheep and oxen. He said, "My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves" (Matthew 21:13). Undoubtedly Jesus will do similar things, and say similar words, when He "shall suddenly come to his temple" at the Second Coming (Malachi 3:1).

II. The New Testament also tells us that Christ will come again.

Jesus said:

"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).

Christ taught that He is coming again. If you read Matthew 24 and 25 and Luke 21, you will see that the main thing Jesus talked about in these chapters was the signs of His coming, and the actual Second Coming itself. In the very last sermon Jesus gave His Disciples, He said:

"I will come again" (John 14:3).

The very first promise the angels gave after He went up to Heaven was, "This same Jesus…shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven" (Acts 1:11).

The Second Coming of Christ is taught throughout the Epistles in the New Testament. Turn to Romans, chapter eight, verse eighteen:

"For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us" (Romans 8:18).

Full glorification will not come to Christians until the Second Coming of Christ.

Now turn to I Corinthians, chapter fifteen, verse fifty-one:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed"
   (I Corinthians 15:51-52).

Turn to I Thessalonians, chapter four, verse sixteen:

"For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air" (I Thessalonians 4:16-17).

Again, turn to I John, chapter three, verse two:

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure" (I John 3:2-3).

There are many other passages of Scripture on the Second Coming of Christ in the New Testament, but we will only look at two of them in closing this message.

First, turn to Revelation, chapter twenty-two, verse twenty. Here we read the last recorded words of Jesus:

"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus" (Revelation 22:20).

And, to end the sermon, turn to Luke 12:40, where Jesus said:

"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not" (Luke 12:40).

If you have not been converted, you are not ready for His coming. You must be converted or you will not be prepared to meet Christ when He comes. To be converted you must turn away from your sinful lifestyle, and turn to Jesus Christ. His Blood will then wash your sins away and you will be ready for the Kingdom of God.

Very few people are converted today. Very few people will be ready for the coming of Christ.

"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).


(END OF SERMON)

Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: John 14:1-6.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"Jesus Is Coming Again" (by John W. Peterson, 1957).

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THE OUTLINE OF

THE DAYS OF NOAH - PART V

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:37).

(John 14:3; Acts 1:10-11)

I.   The Old Testament tells us that Christ will come again,
Jude 14-15; Job 19:25-27; Genesis 3:15;
cf. Revelation 20:2,10; Zechariah 14:4-5; Malachi 3:1;
cf. John 2:13-17; cf. Matthew 21:12-13.

II.  The New Testament tells us that Christ will come again,
John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Romans 8:18;
I Corinthians 15:51-52; I Thessalonians 4:16-17;
I John 3:2-3; Revelation 22:20; Luke 12:40.