The sun was comfortably warm and the sky was perfectly clear. Tall shade trees and fruit trees grew everywhere. Farming was easy and life was good. There was no rain. But farming did not need irrigation. The fine black soil soaked up water from underground. The dew was heavy in the morning.
Yes, the world was a beautiful place. But crime was everywhere. No person felt safe in that world. People were murdered every day. No, not with guns. There were no guns. But there were knives and arrows. Also, people had to be careful what they ate and drank. Some people put poison in food.
There was a "silly" old man. You know what he was preaching? He said that a terrible flood was going to destroy the world. That man and his family were building a giant boat on dry land! The people had never seen a flood or rain!
The boat-building project was almost finished. Yes, the man was Noah. He had been preaching and building for 120 years. But 120 years was not a long time to people of that time. People lived more than 900 years. The story is in Genesis, chapter 6 and Genesis, chapter 7.
Today many college teachers laugh at the flood story. They think the great flood of Noah never happened. They say the earth is 4.6 billion years old.
But where do coal, oil, and gas come from? Coal, oil, and gas were made from trees, plants and animals buried deep beneath the surface of the earth. How did trees, plants, and animals gets deep underground? The answer is the worldwide flood. If trees, plants, and animals just died and decayed, they would change into soil. A 1-foot-thick coal seam was made from a 12-foot-thick bed of wood and vegetation.
When Jesus was here on earth, He said that before He comes again the world will be the same as in Noah's time. In Noah's time the world was full of violence and sex. Read Genesis 6:2, 5, 13 and Romans 1:26, 27. Is today similar to Noah's time? What do we often see on TV shows? People are watching sex and violence on TV and rental videotapes.
Both Peter and Paul spoke of "the last days." Peter said people would laugh about Jesus' second coming, the same as the people in Noah's time laughed about the flood. Read 2 Peter 3:3-6. Paul tells about our time in 2 Timothy 3:1-5. Paul called the last days "dangerous times." Have you heard much about earthquakes, storms, accidents, and diseases? Jesus said they would be signs of the end. Read Matthew 24:7 and Luke 21:25, 26.
What about the national debt? The United States Government is borrowing more money than it collects money from taxes to pay expenses. Soon all the tax money will be used just to pay the interest. Read what James said about the end-time economy in James 5:1-8.
In the book of Revelation we read that just before Jesus comes the nations of the world will try to join together for peace and trade. Now we have North American Free Trade Act (NAFTA) here and European Common Market (EC) in Europe. People often talk about The New Age and One World. People hope to stop all war and become rich and comfortable. All of man's plans will not succeed. Paul says, "For when they say 'Peace and safety!' then sudden destruction comes upon them . . ." (1 Thessalonians 5:3, NKJV).
Praise God! A day of peace and joy for all the world is coming after God's fire has cleansed the earth. Read 2 Peter 3:10-12. Jesus will make the world new and beautiful again (Revelation 21:1-5). Sad to say, not everyone will be in that new and beautiful world. Read Revelation 20:8, 9. People who accept Jesus and surrender their lives to Him will be in the new and beautiful world. Let us all give ourselves completely to Jesus.