“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything whereof it may be said, See this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us” (Ecclesiastes 1:9,10).
Those were the words of the wisest man that ever trod this earth, eve the words of the Preacher. What he saw in his days were nothing different from what had been before him; and what we see in our own day is nothing different from what he saw in his own days. It is not a new thing that men willfully reject truth and choose lies. It is not a new thing that many are deceived by false prophets, and it is not a new thing that “there be few saved.”
Arthur Pink often said, “Alas! human nature has not changed”, and the prophet Isaiah said “who hath believed our report?” (Isaiah 53:1).
The Lord Jesus told us it will always be the way it has been.
“As it was in the days of Noe, so shall it also be in the days of the Son of man” (Luke 17:26).
History keeps repeating itself. How was it in the days of Noah?
“They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day Noe entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (vs.27).
Is this not the exact picture of what we behold around us today? It is party and pleasure on every hand with little or no interest in the matter of the eternity of our souls. Reader, do not expect any change; it will continue to be that way.
Who knows then, it might be that you are the last remnant God waits for to enter the ark before he destroys this wicked generation with the flood of his fire. Reader, you are either of the household of Noah or of the men of this wicked generation upon whom God will vomit his fire. You are either in the ark or outside the ark.
“Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded” (vs.28).
Do not expect any change or “worldwide revival” as the Word of Faith hereticks prophesy to deceive people. We know there won’t be a “global revival” but a global falling away from the faith. As it was in the days of Lot so also it shall be in our days. Why? Because it has always been like that. They will eat, they will drink, they will buy, they will sell, they will plant, they will build (you can keep adding to the endless list of activities including those ones that distract you from your duty to God) and be occupied with all kinds of activities you can imagine.
The men of old didn’t have a bit of the modern technology we have today which makes life easier, yet they could still find time enough to fellowship with God. We have faster means of transportation but it has only brought us into the bondage of hopping from pillar to post without having enough time to fellowship with God. Does it surprise you that the Ethiopian Eunuch could still comfortably peruse the book of Isaiah (which led to his conversion) through that dry and dusty wilderness, whereas we that live in comfortable houses and travel on modern smooth roads can not even read a chapter of the bible a day? What are your excuses? Write them out and add them to the list of activities with which the men of Noah’s days were occupied. No problem, after all, God understands.
Did it continue that way forever with the men of Lot’s day? Not at all, for we read
“But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all (vs.29).
Reader, you might be the Lot expected to leave Sodom ere it rains fire and brimstone upon the world of sin, or you might be the first upon whom the wrath of God will fall upon for an example to others.
When we publish the soon to come wrath of God we do not anticipate that everyone will take heed. Some will to us as they did Paul, “what will this babbler say?”, others like Felix will tremble and almost be converted, but yet still postpone the day of salvation till they have a more convenient time. It has always been like that, we know.
Dear reader, this article is but a short one and you have almost come to the end of it. If this article does not bring you to Christ, if this aricle does not cause you to seek for God earnestly in tears and confession of sin, it will not be a surprise to us because it has always been that way.