This is not the first time God has rescued His people from floods of trouble and tribulation! God did it in the days of Noah! The Lord God commanded Noah to build a BIG boat because there was a BIG storm on the horizon and God wanted to make a BIG rescue mission, ‘for everyone!!’ Yes, there was indeed room for everyone, but only 8 folk entered the Ark. Actually, the ark wasn’t a boat or ship, it was basically a big long oblong box, designed to float and not sail. It went where God pre-planned it to go. Noah wasn’t in control of the Ark or it’s destination, God was! There is much teaching on the Ark of Noah and it focuses on the usual stuff, you all know it. However, very few focus on “THE DOOR!” There was only one way into the Ark [God’s means of salvation] and there was only one way of escape from the storm to come, through “THE DOOR!” It was a choice! God never said the Ark was only for Noah and his family! In fact only Noah was counted as righteous, so it wasn’t based on these 8 folk’s righteousness, it was based on God’s mercy and their acts of faith in His means of salvation!
There is another door of salvation! A way of escape from the wrath of God to come! Listen: After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a [war] trumpet speaking with me, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” [Revelation 4:1] After John’s messages to the 7 Churches and possible 7 Church ages or stages in history was finished, suddenly the scene changes from earth to heaven. Thirteen times the word Ecclesia appears in chapters 1-3 now, suddenly the word has disappeared from chapter 4 onwards, and the True Church of Jesus Christ has disappeared! The word Ecclesia is seen no more and neither is the True Church of God seen in and through the tribulation period. So, what has happened? The Church is now in heaven [and in the chronology of Revelation] She is being prepared as the Bride ready for the wedding of the Lamb of God!
- The true Church, the Ecclesia are those who have believed on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and received Him into their hearts and lives and have become the children of God through divine right and are now the legally adopted children of Father God! They have acknowledged that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and that only through Him do we have access to the Father. This is confirmed in John 10:9 Jesus said ‘I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture’.
- All who received Christ whether they have fallen asleep or are alive at the time will be caught up to heaven at the harpazo and enter through the door into the presence of Christ eternally. The storm about to hit is the tribulation period of God’s great wrath and the only way out of it is IN CHRIST, the TRUE ARK OF GOD! GOD’S MEANS OF RESCUE!
- Notice, though the Ark of Noah was on the ocean flood, it was nevertheless caught up off the earth [terra firma] and was suspended [caught up] in the air on the waters above the troubles, trials and tribulations! This was a picture of the rapture! The Ark was lifted, NO SNATCHED OUT very swiftly as the storm hit. Then God closed the door and sealed everyone and everything in the rescue ship! LISTEN. “But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut”. [Matthew 25:10]
PRAYER: Heavenly Father God, I thank you that your mercy is greater than your judgement. The earth was extremely wicked in the days of Noah, they are also in this present dark and wicked generation. And yet you still extend your hand of mercy. Nevertheless, as I read in the Noah account and the account in the parable of the 10 virgins, I see a parallel today. The DOOR is still open! Jesus you said just in the previous verse ‘behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me. Rev 3:20. That was the open door on earth to every believer [and to a degree those yet to believe] and your MERCY is still available, but one day THE DOOR WILL BE SHUT! My prayer is heavenly Father that many will enter in through Christ the DOOR and enter in through the DOOR OF HEAVEN and be saved before it is shut. Amen