originally posted by: DISRAELI
a reply to: Sillyolme
If they disbelieved the warnings and the event came suddenly, it would still come as a surprise.
And in fact nothing in Genesis says that Noah tried to warn the rest of the world.It just says he was told to build an ark and take his family and the
animals into it, and he did.
While you are correct that Genesis does not allude to Noah preaching. The Scripture does tell us he did:
(2 Peter 2:5) . . .And he did not refrain from punishing an ancient world, but kept Noah, a preacher of righteousness, safe with seven others when
he brought a flood upon a world of ungodly people.
Do you think people gathered together to listen to Noah? That would be absurd, because no one listened to him. No one, except for his immediate
So how did he preach? No doubt to other family and friends, and probably when he went to town for whatever reason, and perhaps especially he went to
tell people they needed to repent, and God's day of vengeance was coming.
There were other people too that preached about Jehovah's day. Enoch was one of them. And the people were so violent and so bad, Jehovah just took
Enoch away, he was, and then he was no more, and he was transferred to see paradise.
If the people were so bad they wanted to murder Enoch for telling them God's judgement upon them for their conduct, imagine they were just the same in
Things are going to get so bad, that Jehovah's real witnesses who are preaching about the coming judgement are hated already by everyone and will at
some point be attacked by the entire world. Not because they do any harm or any wrong.
Of course the false Christians, in name only, have a lot of hatred, but that is because of their involvement in politics, and other hypocritical
behavior. The "man of lawlessness" the apostasy is fulfilled in the clergy of Christendom.
God's people are distinct, in that, they are not hated for doing hypocritical, evil, and disgusting stuff, and hold God-dishonoring doctrines such as
those who teach that God burns people in an eternal hell-fire, for example. They are hated because they do what is right, and preach the truth. Just
People have a HATRED for righteousness. And a disdain for truth. Not everyone, but the majority of people. And even those who make an appearance of
loving God, when they are shown the truth from the Bible, especially about where their thinking is wrong, the majority of them to, for whatever
reason, reject God's word. It is obviously because there is something missing in their heart. Something that prevents them for approaching the living
God, although they may make the appearance they do. They are alienated.
God does not change for us.
And he has already allowed badness to a certain degree.
People today who cherish bad-mouthing him, will point to where he destroyed filthy incorrigible violent societies in the Bible. For example the people
in Noah's day, the people in Sodom and Gomorrah, the Canaanites.
But every single one of those examples, Jehovah permitted badness until it gt to such an extreme degree it past his point of patience. And he acted
out of love for the rest of future humankind.
Imagine if God allowed the influence of the people in Sodom and Gomorrah go unchecked. True, today many in society have reached the point of badness
there, but we too have reached the end of a world.
True, there have always been societies since the beginning that were rotten. But Jehovah always took care of them.
And it is good that everyone remembers that only Noah and his family survived...his three sons, and all of their wives, 8 persons.
The entire human race on earth, divided as it is with thousands of religions, and different gods, and no gods, and hatreds. Every single last person,
including you, dear reader, owe your life to a servant of Jehovah God. a The book of Hebrews refers to him as a witness for Jehovah.
Everyone alive on earth, whether they recogize it or not, is alive, and descends from one of Jehovah's true witnesses.
(Hebrews 11:7) . . .By faith Noah, after receiving divine warning of things not yet seen, showed godly fear and constructed an ark for the saving
of his household; and through this faith he condemned the world, and he became an heir of the righteousness that results from faith.
(Hebrews 12:1) So, then, because we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also throw off every weight and the sin that easily
entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. . .
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