If you knew that the world was ending soon, what would you do? Carry on as usual? Kick the bucket list into high gear? Spend all your money?
Tell those you love?
Tell the whole world?
What if they wouldn’t listen?
Naim knew her Bible. More than all her friends combined. To Naim, it seemed that there were secrets just waiting to reveal themselves and all she needed was a key…
Most of her friends were into things like social media and internet gaming, spending hours with their faces lit up by the light of the screen. They ate up creating online personas to go along with the avatars they downloaded from various sites that let them imagine some exotic or courageous character that could change skins like a chameleon. Loved racking up scores that kept them competing in virtual realities that were so much more interesting than their normal, boring lives.
But Naim found the real world so exciting—and actually quite scary—enough that she didn’t need any fictitious lives to keep her entertained. So while her friends gathered in her college dorm room with her and played on the phone, Naim read the Bible.
“What are you reading, Naim?” Jenna, her best friend since grade school peered over her shoulder.
“Jenna, doesn’t today seem like we’re living in a sci-fi thriller?”
Jenna looked at her questioningly. “Why do you say that?”
Naim’s eyebrows arched. “Well, because of what’s happening in the news!” she replied. “All the AI stuff and the push for a one-world government and our rights being denied to us, not to mention the pandemic. And private citizens sending space ships up!”
Jenna tipped her head thoughtfully. “I guess I haven’t spent much time listening to the news,” she said. “What’s going on?”
That was all the opening Naim needed. Scooting to the edge of her bed, she said with a sparkle in her eyes, “It’s just like prophecies tell us. We are in the end times, for sure!”
“Now you’ve left me totally behind. What do you mean by ‘we’re in the end times’? What does the Bible have to do with today?”
“Interestingly,” Naim said excitedly, “the Bible tells us exactly what these days will be like, so we’ll know we are at the end of time.”
“Oh, come on, Naim. You can’t possibly think that some old guys thousands of years ago knew what the future would hold. That’s just myths, isn’t it? I mean, giants and whales swallowing people alive and a huge boat with a bunch of animals. Kids’ stories, right? You don’t really believe in God?”
Naim’s smile faded. “The Bible proves that it is true and that God is real precisely by telling us ahead of time what will happen. God told those old guys what to say hundreds and even thousands of years before they happened so we would believe.
“The only One who can tell you ahead of time what the world will be like at the end of time—
“is One who is outside of time!
“And there’s only One who is outside of time,” Naim told Jenna. “And if what He says will happen does, then we are in the end times.”
Jenna sat down next to Naim and moved over closer to her friend. “Show me what you’re talking about.”
Jenna pulled up her Bible app and searched for Matthew 24. “Here’s what the Bible says the end of time will look like,” she said.
For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and they were unaware until the flood came and swept them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.Jesus in Matthew 24: 37-39(ESV)
“So what does ‘the Son of Man’ mean? Who is that? And how is eating and drinking and getting married any different than it’s always been?”
“Yes,” Naim nodded, “it is true that from the beginning of time to today, people have been eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage.
“‘The Son of Man’ is what Jesus called Himself when He was alive on the earth. That’s another story for another day. Right now, I want to show you how those times were just like today. Okay?”
Jenna nodded her acceptance.
“So to find out what was so wrong with the days of Noah, we need to look further. Let’s go back to Genesis 6, said Naim. “Genesis is the first book in the Bible and tells the story of the beginning. That’s what Genesis means,” she grinned.
The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the LORD regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. So the LORD said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.Genesis 6:5 (ESV)
“It had been some 1,600 years since Adam and Eve were created, and the population had exploded. And evil did, too. Evil was so prevalent on earth that even the animals had been corrupted. Yet there was one man who found God’s favor.
“Oh, I remember a song I learned as a child about Noah. It started out ‘The Lord said to Noah, there’s gonna be a floody floody…'”
Niam laughed. “I remember that one, too. It’s called ‘Arky Arky’ or ‘Rise and Shine.'”
“But do you want to know what made Noah so special?” Naim teased. “Just stay tuned…”