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22 Mar 2019 (All day)
As time marches on, we tend to divide history into distinct periods, each with a beginning and an ending. Today, we live in the Digital Age. But in biblical terms, our present age began in Noah’s lifetime, when God destroyed the ancient world due to its irretrievable rebellion and offered mankind a new, post-Flood beginning. God’s covenant with Noah established the order of the seasons we still enjoy today. But the Bible also warns this current age will one day end amid a massive global upheaval, similar to the Deluge, ushering in the promised Messianic Age. Jesus himself said: “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.” (Matthew 24:37)
How could Jesus make such a prediction? After all, God promised never to destroy the earth again by water. While this is true, there are other means of judgment at His disposal, and we often overlook the fact that God’s covenant with Noah came with a rule for mankind to follow. So, what was this rule?
In many ways, the Flood account parallels the Creation story. For instance, just as Adam could eat from every tree, except for one specific tree (Genesis 2:16-17), Noah was told mankind could now eat of all things, even the animals, but there was an exception. Man was not to eat live flesh with its blood (see Genesis 9:3-6). But this was more than a dietary law; the Lord also specified He will require an account for every life. This passage is the first appearance of this key principle in Scripture, and it also warns against murder. But the rule goes even deeper and is rooted in the concept Imago Dei: Mankind is a special creation of God made in His image. So, we must draw a line between ourselves and the animals and should not act like them. Rather, man must maintain a high view of himself as the closest thing in Creation to God, which means every human life has dignity and deserves respect.
Now when God makes a rule, He does not waste His breath. Every violation has consequences! Here, the implication is that God would no longer be bound by His side of the Noahide covenant and could severely judge the earth again – just not by water.
This helps explain why Jesus warned that His second coming would be like the “Days of Noah”, which he also paired with the “Days of Lot” (Luke 17:26-30). The apostles Peter and Jude also linked the days of Noah and Lot, and both insisted that the fiery judgment which befell Sodom is an “example” of the coming global judgment at the end of the age (2 Peter 2:4-6; Jude 6-7). In fact, Jesus and the Apostles all foresaw the present age ending in a great cataclysm like the Flood, only by fire this time, followed by the new beginning of Christ’s peaceful, righteous reign on earth – what we call the “Millennium”.
They could say this with confidence because there are Flood analogies and allusions throughout the Hebrew prophets connected to the end-of-days judgment. The clearest example is Isaiah 24, which foretells of a time when the earth will be laid waste and its surface distorted (v.1); the inhabitants of the earth will be burned and few men left (v. 6); the windows of heaven above and foundations below will open again… as in the Flood (v. 18); alas, the earth will split apart and be violently shaken (v. 19). All this will be happening because mankind has “broken the everlasting covenant” (v. 5) – a reference to God’s covenant with Noah (see Genesis 9:16). In other words, Isaiah foresaw an ominous day when humanity would be in serious violation of the underlying rule of the Noahide covenant.
In my new book Floodgates, I make the case that humanity has been in breach of this command ever since the mainstream acceptance of Darwinian evolution, which directly refutes the divine origin of mankind. Indeed, Darwinism erases the line between humans and animals and says we came from them, thereby greatly devaluing human life.
From its inception, Darwinism was highly seductive. For starters, it provided an easy means to explain away the old order, when the Church and Crown both claimed to rule by divine right. It also proved very flexible, as radical revolutionaries and political theorists all cited it to support their widely divergent worldviews, from atheistic Communism (with its violent mass purges last century) to laissez fare Capitalism (where only the fittest survive).
Darwinism also gave rise to Scientific Racism, as many white Europeans used the theory to justify their condescending views towards the “lower” races. The worst expression of this phenomena was Aryanism. Indeed, Hitler’s main treatise, Mein Kampf, reads like a biological paper, justifying on Darwinian grounds the elimination of the inferior Jewish race to prevent degeneration of the supreme Aryan race.
The bad fruit produced by Darwinism is endless, and its ungodly influence has thoroughly permeated the modern world. It has fuelled the death mills of abortion; it has led to the growing acceptance of homosexuality and the rise of militant atheism. How can this be? Because mankind has used Darwinism as a scientific pretext to walk away from any moral accountability to God. We have reasoned away His existence and now become the judges of morality in His place. Even among those who still believe in a Creator God, many feel the world is so broken they could have done a better job in making it. But, to assume moral superiority to God is a dangerous place to be!
No doubt, the stronghold of Darwinism lies at the root of the irreversible moral rebellion against God in the earth today. It also has exalted itself against the truth of Christ as both fully God and fully man. For if we truly understood the concept of Imago Dei, we would realise that when the Lord formed Adam from clay in Genesis 2:7, He was actually making the bodily form that God Himself would one day come to dwell in forever.
What an amazing thought – that God wanted to reside in one of these human bodies! It gives mankind such great worth. And if we are in Christ, we have the matchless hope and promise that we will enter the age to come with immortal bodies like His, freed from our current human limitations. For “we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 John 3:2)