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THE REAL NOAH AND THE REAL JUDGMENT!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord’s Day Morning, April 27, 2014


Since the moment of my conversion I have known that the account of Noah and the Flood is true. I had been taught since the earliest days of childhood to believe in Darwinian evolution. I was very sick most of the time before we went to Arizona in 1949. I was in bed half the time with earaches, coughs and other maladies. No doubt they were triggered by airborne pollen and smog in the Los Angeles area. I had to spend many days in bed with nothing to do. We didn’t even have TV back then in the 1940s. So my mother would read to me by the hour. One of the themes she kept coming back to in her reading was evolution. She read aloud about Darwin’s voyage to the Galapagos Islands, and even some simplified parts of Darwin’s “Descent of Man.”

When I was a little better, I begged her to take me to the Natural History Museum in Exposition Park, at the University of Southern California (USC) – near downtown Los Angeles.

As I walked through the exhibits in that museum, I was even more convinced of the theory of evolution. I believed in it with all my heart. Later, when I heard a preacher say that evolution was a hoax, I thought he was a fool. But, still later, on September 28, 1961, at Biola University, I heard another preacher speak from the third chapter of II Peter. He quoted the third verse which says, “There shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts.” He said that these scoffers were “willingly ignorant” of the creation of man, and of the great Flood that destroyed nearly all of the human race in the days of Noah.

Suddenly it was as if a veil was lifted and I saw the truth! In that moment I knew, beyond any doubt, that I had believed a lie! God had blinded the minds of the evolutionists and uniformitarians. As the Apostle Paul said, in another context, “God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” (II Thessalonians 2:11). And in that moment I realized that the theory of Darwinian evolution, and the denial of the Great Flood, were nothing more than science fiction. Then I saw that the writings of Darwin and Lyell and Huxley were no more real and true than the science fiction stories of Jules Verne, H. G. Wells or Isaac Asimov. From that day to this I have been convinced of the absolute truth of the Biblical account of the creation of man, and the historical reality of the Flood in the time of the patriarch Noah.

When I learned that Hollywood had released a movie on Noah and the Flood, I went to see it. I hardly ever watch Hollywood movies now. They are sadistic, perverted, violent and twisted. No one should allow their minds to be polluted by the trash coming out of Hollywood. But I felt I had to see the Noah movie to be able to tell you first-hand how it changes the Bible account of Noah and the Flood into a Satanic lie.

According to Aaron Klein in World Net Daily the producer of the “Noah” film is an atheist. The film depicts Darwinian evolution. The film also has elements of black magic and the occult. Methuselah is portrayed as a sorcerer. Noah is portrayed as a homicidal maniac who wants to destroy the last vestiges of the human race. Dr. Ken Ham said that the message of the movie is that of “environmentalism – that animals were more important to be saved than humans.” Dr. Robert L. Sumner said, “If you wanted to learn about Noah, where would you go? Why, of course, to the Word of God where he – and his ministry – are described in some detail, covering nearly half of the first nine chapters in the Bible. It is a wonderful...story of the power of God, yet fairly describes a God who hates sin and is willing to send judgment upon sinners who reject His grace” (Dr. Robert L. Sumner, The Biblical Evangelist, May-July 2014, p. 8).

A few moments ago, Mr. Prudhomme read the first 14 verses of Genesis, chapter six, concerning Noah and the Flood. Now turn with me to the Book of Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 7. Please stand as I read it.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

You may be seated. I am going to draw three points of importance from this text.

I. First, Noah’s faith.

The text says, “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark...” (Hebrews 11:7).

How did God warn Noah of the coming Flood? In Genesis 6:13 we are simply told,

“God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me...”

I think that Noah had an idea that judgment would come in several ways. First, Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch had preached about a coming judgment. Enoch preached that God would “execute judgment upon all” (Jude 15). We look back and realize that the final fulfillment of Enoch’s prophecy will occur at the Second Coming of Christ. But Noah would have understood this as applying to his own time, as it did, for the judgment of the Flood is indeed a type of the judgment to come. Noah knew from hearing about what Enoch preached that God was going to judge mankind. Second, Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch had named his son Methuselah. Arthur W. Pink said that the name of Methuselah meant, “When he is dead it shall be sent” (Gleanings in Genesis). This was the translation of Methuselah’s name given by Thomas Newberry (1811-1901) in his Interlinear Englishman’s Bible (1883, Hodder and Stoughton). Newberry was much admired by the scholar F. F. Bruce. Newberry followed the translation of Samuel Bochart (1599-1667) and Henry Ainsworth (1571-1622) in his Annotations on the Pentateuch. Dr. J. Vernon McGee (1904-1988) said, “Methuselah meant: ‘When he is dead, it shall be sent.’ What will be sent? The Flood... the year that Methuselah died is the year that the Flood came. ‘When he is dead, it shall be sent’ – that is the meaning of his name” (J. Vernon McGee, Th.D., Thru the Bible, Volume I, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1981, p. 34).

So, Noah had heard about the preaching of Enoch on the coming judgment – and he knew that the name of Methuselah meant that the judgment would come soon after that patriarch’s death. The Flood did come shortly after Methuselah’s death, in the same year.

Noah’s faith came through the preaching of these old men. Preaching is the main way God speaks to us today. The Apostle Paul said,

“Faith cometh by hearing” (Romans 10:17), and,

“How shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:14).

Then, also, Noah saw the horrible sin of the world in his day. The Bible says,

“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” (Genesis 6:5).

“And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth” (Genesis 6:13).

There is one more way that God engendered Noah’s faith. In Genesis 6:3 we are told about the Holy Spirit. It speaks of God’s Spirit striving with man. Whatever else that means, it shows us that the Holy Spirit was operating in those days. God used the preaching of Enoch and Methuselah. He used Noah’s own observation of a world deep in sin. And He sent the Holy Spirit to speak to Noah’s heart and enlighten him.

Back in 1965 I happened to hear a song by Barry McGuire on the radio in my car. It told about the horrors of the Vietnam War and the threat of nuclear war, and many other terrible things that were happening then.

And you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

I know it’s a rock song, and we shouldn’t listen to rock and roll. But I was a Southern Baptist and didn’t know that at the time. I asked Mr. Griffith to sing it because the words shot through my heart like an arrow. I had been listening to Dr. M. R. DeHaan preaching Bible prophecy on the radio, talking about the Second Coming of Christ and the end of the world. And then I heard this song – and it blew me away! It’s a nasty, gritty song – and it blew me away! I remember exactly where I was when I heard it. I pulled the car over to the curb and burst into tears! Here it is! Sing it, Mr. Griffith!

The eastern world it is explodin', violence flarin', bullets loadin',
You're old enough to kill but not for votin',
You don't believe in war, but what's that gun you're totin',
And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin',
But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

Don't you understand what I'm trying to say?
Can't you see the fear that I'm feeling today?
If the button is pushed, there's no running away,
There'll be no one to save with the whole world in a grave.
Take a look around you, boy, it's bound to scare you, boy,
But you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

Yeah, my blood's so mad, feels like coagulatin',
I'm sittin' here just contemplatin',
I can't twist the truth, it knows no regulation,
A handful of Senators don’t pass legislation,
And marches alone can't bring integration,
When human respect is disintegratin',
This whole crazy world is just too frustratin',
And you tell me over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction.

Think of all the hate there is in Red China,
Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama,
You may leave here for four days in space
But when you return it's the same old place,
The poundin' of the drums, the pride and disgrace,
You can bury your dead but don't leave a trace,
Hate your next door neighbor, but don't forget to say grace,
And you tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend,
Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction,
No, no, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.
   (“Eve of Destruction” by P. F. Sloan, 1965; sung by Barry McGuire).

“And you tell me over and over and over and over again, my friend, Ah, you don't believe we're on the eve of destruction, No, no, you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction.”

I think that’s exactly the way Noah felt. He knew judgment and destruction were coming – just as I knew it back in the summer of 1965. “But,” you say, “that was forty-nine years ago!” Oh yes, and we’ve been on the eve of destruction for over 49 years! The world in Noah’s day was on the eve of destruction for 120 years (Genesis 6:3). I’m as convinced of it this morning – even more so – than I was in 1965! I was 24 years old. I pulled my car over to the curb and burst into tears! We are on the eve of destruction. Noah knew it – and I knew it. And I know it now more than ever! The whirlpool of destruction sucked thousands of our young men into the horrors of Vietnam. President Nixon was sucked under in that vortex, as were tens of thousands of young people, sucked under by drugs, pornography and abortion on demand. Our world has been teetering on the edge of destruction ever since. I knew it in 1965, and I know it now!

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

II. Second, Noah’s preaching.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world...” (Hebrews 11:7).

“He condemned the world.” I hear people say, “Don’t be so hard! Don’t judge us! Don’t condemn us!” I’m sure Noah heard that too! But he did not listen to them! “He condemned the world”! “He condemned the world”! “He condemned the world”! We need that kind of preaching today – preaching that condemns sin! Billy Graham was a great preacher back in the 1950s and 60s. One evangelical leader told me that his preaching was “electrifying” in those days. I think we need some electrifying preaching today. We’ve got too many Bible “teachers” and too many “expositors.” Noah was an electrifying preacher! The Bible calls Noah “a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5). Listen to Billy Graham preaching in New York in Madison Square Garden in the 1960s. He was preaching on the days of Noah, how people were living before the Great Flood,

It was a period of gluttony. Jesus said they were eating and drinking. They were interested in material things. They had very little appetite for God or for spiritual things. Their appetite was to fill their stomachs, satisfy their sex desires...we in America and in Europe...have become gigantic gluttons. Our dogs are fed better than millions of people in other parts of the world...That happened in Noah’s day...
      Also there was an abnormal emphasis on sex. Jesus said they were marrying and giving in marriage. They had become vile, decadent, and degenerate sexually...Jesus said it happened once in history and a flood came. It [is] happening again in history and judgment will come.
      Noah believed in God in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, and he dared to stand alone...Noah stood alone and God came to him one day and said, ‘Noah, I am going to destroy the human race with a flood’...and the Bible says that Noah believed God...The Bible says by faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear (notice what moved him, fear), prepared an ark. Now if ever a generation had a right to be moved by fear and get right with God, it’s our generation. The [newspaper] headlines are screaming it to us. They are preaching it to us every day... Noah was preaching, warning the people, ‘repent, judgment is coming, believe.’ But they laughed and sneered and did not believe (Billy Graham, The Challenge: Sermons from Madison Square Garden, Doubleday and Company, Inc., 1969, pp. 162-168).

Noah “condemned the world” by his preaching against sin. I wish we had more preachers like that now! The other day Dr. Cagan told me that, if it were not known who he was, Billy Graham would not be allowed to preach like that in most of our evangelical churches in America today. We’ve slid a long way into worldliness. Our churches are full of lost members. Dr. Cagan said they wouldn’t put up with a young Billy Graham today. I don’t even think he could preach like that in most fundamental churches now! That’s the way it was in the days of Noah. He was “a preacher of righteousness” (II Peter 2:5) – but no one repented. No one turned away from sin and entered the ark of salvation. Only his sons and their wives, and his own wife listened to his preaching and were saved. He prepared an ark “to the saving of his house [his family]; by the which he condemned the world” (Hebrews 11:7). Will you listen to my preaching? Will you turn away from the wickedness and sin of this city? Will you repent and come to Christ – and be here in church every Sunday? Or will you perish in the flood of God’s coming judgment? There is one good thing about this new film. Don’t go to see it because most of it is junk. But there is one good thing. The film shows that the account of Noah is not a children’s story! Not at all. It’s a story about God judging a sinful world!

III. Third, Noah’s generation, his “world.”

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world...” (Hebrews 11:7).

The “world” refers to the people living on earth before the Flood. The “world” of Noah’s day was referred to by Christ as an illustration, a picture, of how the people would become before the world ends. Before the final judgment, Christ said,

“As the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” (Matthew 24:37-39).

Yes, I know that many of the people in Noah’s day were violent. Yes, I know that they rejected the work of the Holy Spirit and were full of evil imaginations in their hearts. But the worst sin of those people was materialism. That’s what Christ focused on – their materialism. All they thought about was eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage. Their thoughts were concentrated only on the things of this world, and of this life. They gave no serious thought to eternity. They gave no serious thought to God. They were not interested in where their souls would go after they died. They were like the young people of today who think only about video games and parties, who think only about their school work and having fun. They see no reason to think seriously about their sin. They see no reason to think seriously about what will happen to their souls when they die.

The Bible teaches that there is a real Heaven and a real Hell. Where will you go after you die? Everyone will either go to Heaven or Hell. Where will you go? There is only one way to go to Heaven – and that is by faith in Jesus Christ. Why is that true? Because no one but Jesus died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sin. Only the Blood of Jesus can cleanse you from sin in the sight of God. Only Jesus can save you.

God is a God of judgment. He hates sin. He cannot look upon sin. If your sins are not paid for by Christ’s death on the Cross, and washed clean by Christ’s Blood, you cannot get into Heaven. Christ said, “No man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).

I am asking you to repent, turn from your sinful life-style, and come to Jesus Christ by faith. Trust Jesus and be made clean from your sin by His Blood. And get into church, and be in church every Sunday! The old song Mr. Griffith sang before I preached this sermon says it well.

Come, ye sinners, lost and hopeless,
   Jesus’ blood can make you free;
For He saved the worst among you,
   When He saved a wretch like me.
And I know, yes, I know,
   Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean.
And I know, yes, I know,
   Jesus’ blood can make the vilest sinner clean.
(“Yes, I Know!” by Anna W. Waterman, 1920).

Are you interested in becoming a real Christian? Do you want Jesus to wash your sins away with His precious Blood? Would you like to speak with us about becoming a real Christian and being cleansed from sin by Jesus? If you would like to speak with us, please leave your seat right now and walk to the back of this auditorium. Dr. Cagan will lead you to another room where we can pray and talk. Go to the back of this auditorium now. If you are here for the first time, I will speak with you myself, and answer your questions. Go to the back now. Dr. Chan, please pray that someone will trust Jesus this morning. Amen.

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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Mr. Abel Prudhomme: Genesis 6:1-14.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
“Yes, I Know!” (by Anna W. Waterman, 1920).


THE OUTLINE OF

THE REAL NOAH AND THE REAL JUDGMENT!

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith” (Hebrews 11:7).

(II Peter 3:3; II Thessalonians 2:11)

I.   First, Noah’s faith, Hebrews 11:7a; Genesis 6:13; Jude 15;
Romans 10:17, 14; Genesis 6:5, 13, 3.

II.  Second, Noah’s preaching, Hebrews 11:7b; II Peter 2:5.

III. Third, Noah’s generation, his “world,” Hebrews 11:7c;
Matthew 24:37-39; John 14:6.