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The second category of signs involves the nature of society.
Again, in Matthew 24, Jesus said in verse 37 that “the coming of the Son of Man will be just like in the days of Noah.”
He then begins to describe the days of Noah. What does the Lord mean here? He is saying “I am going to come back in a time when the earth is in as bad a shape as it was in the days of Noah.” What He means here is that world society will go full circle and return to being as evil as it was in the days of Noah.
Go back to Genesis 6 and read what it says. You will be astonished to learn it does not give much detail about the days of Noah. But what it says is very bad.
It says first of all that “the mind man was focused upon evil,” and because of that, there were two major manifestations — immorality and violence.
If you want to know what Noah’s society was like in detail you have to turn to the New Testament. Let us go to Romans chapter 1, and start reading from verse 18. The rest of the chapter tells in detail how horrible Noah’s society really was. What Paul does here, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, is to describe what kind of society God pours His wrath out against; and when he describes it, it has to be Noah’s society because Noah’s society is the classic example in all of history of the pouring out of God’s wrath.
It was a society in which verse 18 says men “suppressed the truth in unrighteousness,” even as we are doing so here in Nigeria and the world by refusing to allow our children in the public schools to be taught the true origin of the universe and the true origin of the human species.
It goes on the talk about how it was a society in which they worshiped the creature rather than the Creator.
- They worshiped nature. -They were Humanists. – They worshiped man rather than God.
- We are the same way in the world today.
- We are a humanist society.
- We are worshiping Mother Earth rather than Father God who created the earth.
The passage goes on to talk about how the people were futile in their speculations and imaginations — how they professed to be wise but were, in reality, fools.
We are a nation just like that. We are a nation that worships at the altar of education. Whatever the problem is, we think it can be solved by education. If it is AIDS, just teach the kids how to have safe sex, when what they need is moral sex.
In verse 24 it says that the society disintegrated to the point that God just stepped back and let evil multiply. The first evidence of that was a sexual revolution, which occurs in this world with impunity. And then, when they did not repent, God stepped back further, lowered the hedge around the nation, allowed sin to multiply, and the second manifestation — mentioned in verse 26 — was a plague of homosexuality. It was at that point that society fell apart at the seams.
Friends, if you will turn over to 2 Timothy 3, you will find a parallel passage. In Romans 1, Paul speaks as a historian. In 2 Timothy 3 he speaks as a prophet, and he uses almost exactly the same language to confirm what Jesus has already told us — namely, that the society of the end times is going to be like it was in the days of Noah. Look at 2 Timothy 3 verse 1: “Realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come.” We are already in the days described here. Paul continues:
- “Men will be lovers of self.” That is humanism.
- They will be “lovers of money.” That is materialism. And
- They will be “lovers of pleasure” — verse 4. That is hedonism.
Those three go hand in hand. If humanism is your religion, money will always be your god, and your lifestyle will always be hedonism.
When you have humanism, you will have materialism, and that will produce hedonism.
There is a fourth element in this equation, and that is the payoff because God cannot be mocked. The payoff is what philosophers called nihilism — which is just a hundred pounds fancy word for despair.
Look at the despair that is mentioned in this passage in 2 Timothy 3: “men will be boastful, arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents, ungrateful, unholy, unloving, irreconcilable, malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God.” That is the society of the end times.
Do I need to say anything to convince you we are in the end times?
Not only has our society reached this despicable condition, but the whole world has, and one of the reasons is because of the impact that Westernism has had upon the world. Have you ever stopped to think about that? Have you ever stopped to think about the fact that the West has been the moral polluter of planet earth? The whole earth has been impacted by movies and television programs. Anywhere you go in the world, if you turn on the T.V., the first thing you are going to see are the most immoral and the most violent Western television programs and movies.
And so it is that society is back to the way it was in Noah’s time.
The signs of society point to the soon return of Jesus.
- We live in an age where people have forgotten how to blush.
- We live in an age where people call evil good and good evil.
These are some of the signs of society. We are right in the end time. Do not allow the coming of Christ to take you unawares.
Watch out for part 7. Maranatha! Eschatology: Things to come (Part 12: Preparing for the Lord’s Second Coming)