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Chapter 7 – Pointing to the End – Clue #1, Part 2
THE GREAT FLOOD – MATTHEW 24
“And they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be. “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.” Matthew 24:39-40
NOTE: To adequately understand Prophetic Scriptures, you must look back in order to look forward! “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8
Jesus, in Matthew Chapter 24, gives us an amazing overview of the coming Day of the Lord, the Great Tribulation, the Rapture of the Church and much more.
THIS IS IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND BECAUSE THIS WILL HAPPEN IN A MOMENT AND THERE WILL BE NO SECOND-CHANCES. THE TIME IS UPON US.
The word “flood” is used about 28 times in the Bible. It is used eleven times in the Book of Genesis and refers to God’s Judgment on the world for sin by way of the Great Flood.
The word “flood” is used either in general terms or symbolically, twice in Job, five times in Psalms, once in Proverbs, Isaiah and Nahum, once in Luke.
It is used in reference to God’s Judgments, once in Daniel, twice in Matthew, once in Luke once in 2 Peter and once in Revelation. All of these references are related to the End of Days in some way, except for 2 Peter.
The Bible mentions a flood in conjunction with God’s Judgment and the “End of Days” as mentioned, in Daniel 9, Matthew 24 and Revelation 12.
Let’s focus on the narrative of a flood in Matthew 24:37 which speaks specifically about the “Flood”, comparing what is past and what coming.
The flood in Matthew 24:37 is a direct reference to the Great Flood of Noah’s day, which “took them all away” who were not safe in the Ark.
Matthew uses the same wording and warnings as found in the Genesis Flood account:
Matthew 24:39, tells us, “And, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Verse 40. “Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.
Verse 41. “Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
Verse 42. “Therefore, be on the alert, for you do not know which day your Lord is coming.
Verse 43. “But be sure of this, that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming, he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into.
Verse 44. “For this reason, you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.
Verse 45. “Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time?
Verse 46. “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes.”
Here is the “takeaway” and what we are to be “so doing when he comes“.
- In Noah’s day, although Noah warned them, they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away.
- So, it will be with the coming of “The Son of Man, which is Jesus. But now we understand the warnings and will have no excuse. Still, if you do not heed the warnings, you will be taken away.
- The warning is, “those who are not ready will be left”. They will be left. No excuses and no second chances, not even during the Tribulation.
- “Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes:
- Be on the alert; he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into
- Be the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time.
This is to be our response. Get Ready and Stay Ready!
IF YOU UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE FLOOD AS DESCRIBED BY JESUS IN MATTHEW 24, YOU WILL UNDERSTAND THAT WE ARE IN THE FINAL DAYS OF THE FINAL WEEK BEFORE JESUS RETURNS, USHERING IN THE “GREAT AND TERRIBLE DAY OF THE LORD”.
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