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Forgotten History

As we look at the world today, we should be concerned that the United States of America and the rest of the world is heading in the wrong and very dangerous direction.

Spreading violence, global brutality and widespread corruption in all the governments of this world and society dominate the news.

With the erosion of Judeo-Christian values and ensuing moral decay, we have to wonder, just where these trends are taking us. Just what does the future hold?

Almost 2,000 years ago, Jesus Christ told His disciples that he would return to this earth:

“Let not your hearts be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwellings, if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place (or position) for you. And if I go and prepare a place (position) for you I will come again and receive you to Myself: that where I am, there you may be also” (John 14:1-3).

The Messiah – Jesus Christ – is coming back to set up His Kingdom on this earth:

“Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High. His kingdom (Jesus Christ) is an everlasting kingdom. And all dominions shall serve and obey Him” (Dan. 7:27).

Christ tells us in Matthew 24:44 that his coming will be a surprise. “Therefore you also be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

 Even though Jesus’ coming will not be expected, yet one prominent sign Jesus said would immediately precede His return – that conditions in the world would resemble an earlier moment in human history, right before a worldwide crises.

“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving (corrupt, evil) inmarriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matt. 24:37-39).

    Today, we are witnessing these end-time prophecies coming alive right before your very eyes!

Many people assume the flood of Noah’s day was a myth, a fairy tale of some sort, but Jesus Christ refers to the events of Noah’s day as a fact.

    The Apostle Paul warned us to learn from these ancient events:

“Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea. All were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ.

“But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted” (I Cor. 10:6).

Noah lived during a time when God dramatically intervened in world or human affairs for a definite reason – and those same reasons are re-emerging today.

The Bible tells us that God brought human civilization to a stand-still because, “the wickedness of man was great and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

“The earth was also corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth” (Gen. 6: 5-12).

Mankind had turned totally away from God in His ways in pursuit of evil. That is why God destroyed the ancient world with a flood.

“And if came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them. That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair (beautiful)and they took them wives of all which they chose” (Gen. 6:1-2).

Now, considering the wickedness that characterized the times-- rabbinical scholars 1,500 years ago observed these unions probably included other men’s wives, other men, and even marrying animals.

The influence of this perverted behavior persisted beyond the flood when a homosexual act took place between a drunken Noah and his grandson Canaan. God labels this sexual activity as an “abomination” (Lev. 18:22).

The Great God terminated a civilization that had gone totally off track, one riddled with violence, perversion and all sorts of evil, and this historical record has been preserved as warning for us today.

    Both the Bible and history demonstrate that human civilizations have a tendency to turn away from Biblical standards or conduct. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah provide a vivid example of how human wickedness results in divine punishment.

Our past history is a sobering lesson for us today – in that throughout history, multiple warnings of impending divine judgment were ignored and ridiculed by people who heard the warnings.

Noah (who Peter calls a preacher of righteousness, which is keeping God’s Ten Commandments) warned the people for 120 years, yet only 8 people were saved.

Lot’s son-in-law thought Lot was only joking when he told him to flee from Sodom because it was going to be destroyed (Gen. 19:14).

The Prophet Ezekiel repeatedly warned the nations of Israel and Judah that God would punish them because they had forgotten why Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed. Yet they were guilty of similar abominations (Ezk. 16:46-52).

The Apostle Paul predicted that “in the last days men would be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unloving, and unforgiving” (II Tim. 3:1-5).Was Paul’s prediction an accurate description of our modern world today?

 As in the days of Noah, we live in a violent and corrupt world—beheadings and torture are again making the news. Adultery, fornication, pornography and divorces are rampant in the Western world.

The acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and same-sex marriages (which is now the law of the land of America), was once condemned as perverted behavior.

When nations ignore the lessons of history and begin to live as if there is no God, as if there is no such thing as right or wrong, there will be consequences to pay.

David wrote: “Only fools say there is no God” (Ps. 14:1) “And nations that forget God will be destroyed” (Ps. 9:17).

Two prophets warned the ancient Israelites that they would suffer divine punishment because they had forgotten God (Hosea 8:14 and Jer. 13:23-27). These punishments included military defeat, destruction of their cities and foreign captivity.

Notice Moses’ warning: “I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil will befall you in the latter days (notice the time setting), because you will do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke Him to anger through the work of your hands” (Deut. 31:29).

It was George Santayana’s observation: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

The question is; will we forget, or will we remember the lesson of history?

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