“‘For in seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and nights; I will wipe out every living thing that I have made from the face of the earth.’ Noah did all that the Lord ordered him to do.” Genesis 7:4-5
Have I shared the story of the “devil school”? Perhaps I have, but I feel it is important to share it again!
There was a demon school, and the Devil was quizzing 3 of his students. He asked them, “What will you tell people to ensure they go to Hell?”
Demon #1: I will tell them there is no evil.
Devil: No, it’s too obvious that some things are good, and others are evil. They’ll never believe that.
Demon #2: I will tell them there is no Hell.
Devil: No, if they believe in good & evil, they will naturally assume God dwells in Heaven, and evil resides in Hell.
Demon #3: I will acknowledge there are good & evil, Heaven & Hell…but I will tell them they have MORE TIME to decide between the two.
Devil: Now, THAT they will believe.
The whole time Noah was building His ark, collecting his food, and assembling the animals, people watched. No less than a few times, they must have asked him what and why he was undergoing such an enormous building project. I’m sure they all had a good laugh at poor Noah’s expense down at the local tavern. The Bible says that Noah was “a preacher of righteousness” (2 Peter 2:5). Perhaps, some even entertained the idea of helping him or joining in his belief system. But nobody did, except, perhaps, his sons. Surely God would have invited anyone who honestly repented, yet that was not the case. They all rejected God’s Word through Noah’s testimony and paid eternal consequences. (1 Peter 3:19-20)
Eventually, everyone would come to believe God’s Word and Noah’s testimony…but they were too late. Their “sun-setting” opportunity had become eclipsed by the dawn of God’s judgment. Even today, the World scoffs at us believers: Those of us who have rushed into the “ark” of Jesus’ grace & mercy, having believed God’s warning of coming judgment. Who knows what is going on in their minds, why they would reject so great a salvation? Perhaps, they have believed in the lie: You have MORE TIME to decide. Whether it is from natural or apocalyptic causes, we will all die someday. Make sure you jump into Jesus’ “lifeboat” while it is still offered.
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