What does the Bible say about the future?
As in the days of Noah and Lot
Luke 17:26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so it’ll be in the days of the Son of Man. 27They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. 28Likewise, as it was in the days of Lot, they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built. 29But on the same day that Lot fled Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from the sky and destroyed them all. 30It’ll be just like this on the day that the Son of Man is revealed.
We could also say, just as it was in the days of Pompeii, people bought and sold, politicians told the people to stick around because there’s an election looming, and people satisfied their every sexual whim in that beautiful city. Then the sudden destruction came.
Looking under the hood of this verse, I concluded
To understand end times
we must first understand
The Bible talks about the sons of Issachar who joined David while he was a fugitive from King Saul.
1 Chronicles 12:32 From Issachar’s descendants were men who understood the times, to know what Israel should do
These men who understood history and prophecy thereby understood what the people should do, and provided wise, godly council to David. When considering end-times teaching, check out the teacher’s perspective on creation. If they don’t embrace the biblical fact that creation was around 6,000 years ago and was destroyed by Noah’s flood around 1,600 years later, what hope do they have on any reasonable speculation of the future. Do they tie scripture together prophetically? The gospels chant a mantra of “… and this fulfilled what was written …” Do they recognize prophecy being fulfilled with the restoration of Israel? If they can’t see this, then how can they see what might be coming?
When we read into this more, we get some fascinating perspective. Will society become like that of Noah and Lot, which God destroyed? This topic gets weird and offends some because the answers depend on extra-biblical sources to shed light on otherwise obscure verses. Please allow me to present what I’ve learned. As with everything, you have to make your own conclusions. These sources greatly expand upon things the Bible only briefly alludes to. If the Bible were to describe the evil things done in detail, it would be abused as a how-to manual for all kinds of evil. It would at least distract from the core message that God loves us, and he created us for relationship with him, he hates evil and will destroy a society that’s beyond redemption; but more importantly, God promised, and delivered, the way to be restored to godliness. Those who disregard such sources, end up just making things up, often unwittingly compromising with pagan ideas such as evolutionism.
God burdened me to find an answer to anti-Christian slander that our God is a callous and vengeful god who brings horrible disasters and demands genocide, even wiping out livestock. I just had to find out what was really going on in the time of Noah, Lot, and the Canaanites. Why were they so evil that God had to wipe them out?
The answers to these questions paint a picture of what the world might be like when Jesus returns.