Sitting on a hillside outside Jerusalem a day or so before He was arrested and crucified, Jesus Christ answers His disciples’ questions about the last days and His return to planet earth.
But of all the analogies the Lord could choose from to describe the last days, why does He land on Noah and the Flood? What’s the parallel here?
One reason is because Noah lived in the “end times” of his own world and generation. Second, Noah’s life and work were a prelude, leading to global judgment. Third, there were numerous, observable prophecies made in Noah’s time and in the generations leading up to the Flood. And finally, the condition of mankind in Noah’s day best illustrates what life will be like as we approach Christ’s return.
Specifically, Jesus says, like in Noah’s day, people in the end times will be going about their lives, doing “business as usual,” just doing the things they ordinarily do. They’ll be living for themselves, without giving God a passing thought. Those in Noah’s day had chosen to ignore and reject God’s message. Likewise, His future judgment will come when unbelievers least expect it. The Flood, judgment, eternity…none of this was on their radar.
Jesus also described additional direct parallels between Noah’s day and the last days. For more on how much our current world resembles those generations, dive into AS IT WAS IN THE DAYS OF NOAH at your local Barnes&Noble, or whoever books are sold.