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Sunday, June 5 2011

After The Flood

The English word "antediluvian" originated from a compound Latin word, ante, meaning before, and diluvium, meaning a flood. "Antediluvian" means everything and everyone that exists (the Holy Bible uses "before the flood" as much prophetically, as historically, as we will read), or existed, before a flood.

The Flood in the time of Noah (see The Floods Brought By Christ) destroyed not only the humanity that had made itself evil, but the evil "world" that they had produced e.g. idolatrous objects, weapons and machines of death and destruction, and "beautiful" cities filled with infectious filth. Notice that "The earth also was corrupt before God" and "I will destroy them with the earth."

"6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence [i.e. violation of God's Law - see Violence].

6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

6:13 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 6:11-13 KJV)

It was for that same reason that the LORD totally obliterated the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (see The Day That Christ Incinerated Sodom), rather than just the wicked people who created it. Notice that the LORD "overthrew those cities" and "the inhabitants of the cities."

"19:24 Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

19:25 And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground." (Genesis 19:24-25 KJV)

"We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness"

After the Flood, not only was the earth purified of the humanity that had made itself wicked, but also of the "world" that they had created for themselves on the earth. The LORD then promised that He would never again bring a worldwide flood of water.

After The Flood

"8:18 And Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him: 8:19 Every beast, every creeping thing, and every fowl, and whatsoever creepeth upon the earth, after their kinds, went forth out of the ark.

8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

8:22 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease." (Genesis 8:18-22 KJV)

Unfortunately, the descendants of righteous Noah and his family became as corrupt and wicked as those who had been destroyed by the Flood. The defiant tower of Babel soon followed (see What And Where Is Babylon Today?), and then the horrendous example of Sodom - which itself was an example of the flood to come - not of water, but of fire. Notice how the Flood in the time of Noah and the destruction of Sodom are spoken of in the same lesson. Note also that Noah didn't just quietly build the ark - he warned people to repent while he was doing it i.e. Noah was a "preacher of righteousness."

"2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly" (2 Peter 2:5-6 KJV)

Jude also used them in the same lesson.

"1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire." (Jude 1:7 KJV)

The good news is that the Flood of fire that is coming is only going to destroy those who refuse to be saved (by genuine repentance and obedience to the LORD - see Friends Of Jesus) and the "world" of which God's true people, like Noah and his family, are no longer willing inhabitants (just as Lot in Sodom became another prime example i.e. "2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 2:8 For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds" 2 Peter 2:7-8 KJV).

"3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (2 Peter 3:6-13 KJV)

The "new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" that Peter described in the verses above was also prophesied by the apostle John in the Book of Revelation - after which, God is coming to earth.

"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will the New World be like?
See What Will Heaven Be Like?; also When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin


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This Day In History, June 5

70: As prophesied by Jesus Christ (see Jerusalem In Flames), Roman legions under Titus breached the middle wall of Jerusalem in the Siege of Jerusalem.

1249: During the Sixth Crusade, King Louis IX of France landed in Egypt.

1568: Ferdinand, the Duke of Alba, put down the Calvinist insurrection in Ghent, Belgium.

1661: Isaac Newton was admitted as a student to Trinity College, Cambridge.

1783: Joseph and Jacques Montgolfier launched the first sustained, manned flight when their balloon rose an estimated 1,500 feet and flew 7,500 feet at Annonay, France.

1806: Holland was declared a kingdom with Louis Bonaparte as its king.

1827: Athens fell to the Ottomans (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1832: In Paris, the June Rebellion attempted to overthrow King Louis-Philippe.

1851: Harriet Beecher Stowe's anti-slavery Uncle Tom's Cabin (or Life Among the Lowly) began to be published in the abolitionist newspaper National Era.

1862: The Treaty of Saigon was signed, surrendering areas of southern Vietnam to France (there was no North and South Vietnam - that partition was created by France).

1883: The first regularly-scheduled Orient Express from Paris.

1933: The U.S. Congress abrogated the gold standard (i.e. money thereafter became printed paper with nothing of value to validate its face value).

1944: The first British gliders landed on French soil in preparation for D-Day.

1945: At the end of the Second World War, the Allied Control Commission took control of Germany, dividing it into four occupation zones.

1967: The Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Iraq and Lebanon began. After it was over, Israel had taken the Sinai Desert, the city of Jerusalem and the west bank of the Jordan River. The third major Israel-Arab war.

1968: Robert Kennedy was shot in Los Angeles, just after declaring victory in the California primary, by Palestinian Arab Sirhan Sirhan who opposed Kennedy's pro-Israel statements after the Six Day War between Israel and Arab neighbors the previous year.

1975: The Suez Canal opened for the first time since the 1967 Six-Day War.

1977: The first personal computer, the Apple II, went on sale.

1984: Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi ordered an attack on the Golden Temple, the holiest site of the Sikh religion (it may have later been the excuse for her assassination by one of her own bodyguards).

2003: A heat wave in Pakistan and India produced temperatures of over 50C (122F).

2006: Serbia declared independence from Serbia and Montenegro.





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