“Disclosing Prophecies; Inspiring Hope for the Endtime”
THE END SHALL COME LIKE A FLOOD
Robert D. Pace
The Second Coming of Jesus Christ is mentioned hundreds of times in the Bible. For each prophecy regarding Christ’s First Advent, the Bible gives eight prophecies of His Second Advent. But the Bible does more than affirm Christ’s Return. It provides prophecies, “signs and wonders,” and prophetic markers that bear witness to the nearness of His reappearance. That’s because the Lord wants Christians ready for His Return.
In Matthew 24 Jesus provided one of those signs to identify the generation that will witness His Return to Earth. He says in verse 37, “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” In other words, the Lord’s Return to Earth will occur during a time when our world greatly resembles Noah’s generation. While several traits exist between these generations, there is one sign that stands supreme. It is a sign that was heralded by the great prophets of that dispensation—Enoch, Methuselah, and Noah. What did these messengers foretell? They prophesied to their generation telling them, their world would experience something it had never experienced. And what had that generation of people never experienced? They had never experienced a flood! Before Noah entered the Ark, rain had never fallen from the sky (Genesis 7:11). Imagine the difficulty people had in believing these Prophets as they foretold a never-to-have-happened-before judgment. “A flood is coming! The waters shall rise!” That was the pronouncement of these prophets year after year. And throughout the many years that Noah built that Ark, nobody listened despite the patience of God! As Jesus noted, “the flood came and swept them all away” <small>(Matthew 24:39). When God shut the door, the deluge transcended the mountains, and only those ensconced within the Ark escaped God’s wrath.
This is what Jesus predicted would reoccur during a time known as “The Tribulation.” He prophesied that another flood would befall mankind. But it would not be another inundation of water! The rainbow is God’s pledge against that judgment. Christ, the Prophets, and the Apostles have lifted their voice in prophetic harmony to announce a set of never-to-have-happened-before omens that will overwhelm the last generation. A flood of plagues, earthquakes, disease, madness, famine, and natural disasters will transcend all man’s efforts to overcome. As Nahum 1:8 says, “With an overflowing flood He will make a complete end of the adversaries, and will pursue His enemies into darkness.”
While the wicked are oblivious to this coming flood-tide of judgment, Christians must not ignore the warning! We must hear God’s Word, intercede for others, and proclaim a message of hope. Jesus is our Ark of Safety!
“In the time of my favor I heard you,
and in the day of salvation I helped you.”
I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor,
Now is the day of salvation.”
2 Corinthians 6:2