“For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark.” (Matt. 24:38)
This is how most people that are aware of this verse see the portents, as it were, of the rapture, things are just going along as normal, and then in an instant, we disappear. God did not kill everything that breathed air on the planet though because they were being normal, unless you want to call normal the rebellious state of mankind against His creation.
When you think about it though, that is the truth, it is our normal state. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10)
The state of mankind before the flood was evil, sinful, self-centered, unbelieving, rebellious and hateful. “And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5) Now, you must contemplate, is the heart of mankind, as a whole across the planet as it was in the days of Noah?
Ask yourself this, did anyone help little old ladies across the street before the flood, was there any compassion of any kind on the planet, did fathers and mothers love their children and seek only the best for them, were at least some of the very aged cared for? You may also contemplate this account in the Scriptures, “And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” (Gen. 18:32)
Did no one in Sodom love their spouse or children, were the aged cast off?
I will offer you one more. “Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me.” (Numb 14:29) Was there not one over that age who screamed at the people, “Stop, we must trust God!” My friends, He makes His rain to fall on the just and the unjust.
All but eight died in the flood, four were literally pulled by the hand out of Sodom, only three lived, everyone over that age died in the wilderness.
The moment after the rapture there will not be one single born-again believer on this planet, not one. A few moments after that, millions will come to the Lord Jesus Christ for the salvation of their souls. In my humble opinion, the rain has already started, the thunderstorm is on its way, and soon we will be going home.
You must always remember John 3:36, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” And “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” (Matt. 12:30) Yes, the heart of man is just as evil today as it was in the days of Noah, he reached out to all who would listen, as we are to do, but he did not stop working. Our work is prayer, supplications, obedience and a continual seeking of the face of the Lord in His Word. There should never have been, though there still are at times, any breaks from this endeavor.
“And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.” (Luke 21:28)
You can walk to the next lost soul as you’re looking up, you can pray and contemplate as you go about your daily chores, those necessities of life can be fulfilled while you pray without ceasing. “Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.” (Matt. 24:46) Contemplate that. If you are being obedient to the Lord, when He returns to meet us in the clouds, you will be right in the middle of something, something you are doing intentionally for His glory. Whether it be witnessing or doing the laundry, you will be interrupted.
The wicked, at least what I will call the lower echelon of them, do not have clue one as to what is about to happen. Those that I will call on the top rung of the ladder of the world might, for devils are real, and they are using men for their means in this respect. Noah preached for 120 years, personally I don’t think we have that much time left, and I know that none of us are going to live that long.
Do what you have been commanded to do, use the gifts that the Lord has blessed you with, when the thunderstorm starts, keep working. “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Cor. 10:31)