Jesus warned his disciples that no one would know when he would return but that it would be like the days of Noah. Noah was involved with God in what impacted the entire earth and life on it from his day forward!
Noah is one of many in our biblical hall of faith whose life reflects an incredible trust in God accompanied by a commensurate obedience. Hebrews 11 is replete with accounts of Old Testament saints who in various ways and circumstances answered the call of faith. Those whose stories are told all had unique trials, tests and demands placed on their lives, yet there is in Noah’s situation something particularly compelling for the day in which we are presently living
Why would Noah’s resume in the “Hall” be particularly worthy of searching out? Interestingly there is only one verse regarding Noah in Hebrews 11. Yet it is the account of Noah that most draws our focus presently. I believe the attraction has to do with two principal factors—Noah’s inclusion in Jesus’ reference to the last days in Matthew 24 and Luke 17 and the global nature of his ancient story.
In a singular verse honoring Noah’s faith, God said something fascinating and alluring: “…who warned him about something that had never happened before.” It is certainly no stretch to realize that we are facing circumstances today that are unique to civilization and that make us think we are accelerating into the last days. For those whose eyes are open, we see the irreparable and global nature of the problems playing out before us. Like Noah, we are beginning to experience things that have never happened before. In Noah’s day the Lord was purging the earth of abject sin and corruption. The Noah references in Matt 24 and Lk 17 tell us precisely that the last days will be as the days of Noah.
My friends, the flood is here! The powers that be, inspired, empowered and driven by Satan, seek with all that is within them to achieve a one world order. There is no agency, institution or political entity you can turn to in attempting to forestall or avoid the consequences of what has meticulously and nefariously been set in motion to corrupt, destroy and bring down every legitimate government in the world today. Noah was warned of something that had never happened before. For those with ears to hear and eyes to see, the warnings are all about us. It is time to build the Ark.
What does it mean, then, to build the ark? Building the ark reflects a relationship with the Lord that far exceeds simply getting one’s ticket punched for heaven. This is all about pressing into God that He might have the place in our lives that was ordained from eternity past.
I want to suggest that building the ark involves our conscious effort in three dimensions. The first would be in forming a relationship with Christ wherein we are committed to being utterly conformed to his image, to growing up into his full stature, a 24/7 relationship with Jesus. It is about surrendering every aspect of our lives to him. It is answering the fullness of what it means to take up one’s cross and follow.
Secondly, building the ark involves coming into a biblical relationship in the body of Christ. From its inception the church was never about gathering for a weekly ritual conducted by professionally trained leaders while the congregants exercised basically a passive role. We are all ordained to encourage and build one another up in Christ. The relational aspect of the church is beyond imperative. Only in this kind of spiritual environment will persons be free to exhibit open, transparent, caring and sharing relationships.
Finally, building the Ark means contextualizing everything in one’s life from an eternal rather than a temporal perspective. This means seeing and understanding things from God’s point of view and purpose.
The articles which comprise this book have these three threads running through them. They are meant to encourage our walk with Jesus, foster a more authentic relationship in the body of Christ, and call us into an eternal mentality and mindset.