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. —Genesis 6:5

Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the earth was filled with violence. And God saw the earth, and behold, it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. And God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth…  For behold, I will bring a flood of waters upon the earth to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life under heaven. Everything that is on the earth shall die. But I will establish my covenant with you, and you shall come into the ark, you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.  —Genesis 6:11-13, 17-18

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened. —Genesis 7:11

And the waters prevailed so mightily on the earth that all the high mountains under the whole heaven were covered.  The waters prevailed above the mountains, covering them fifteen cubits deep. And all flesh died that moved on the earth, birds, livestock, beasts, all swarming creatures that swarm on the earth, and all mankind. Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. He blotted out every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. And the waters prevailed on the earth 150 days. —Genesis 7:19-24

And when the LORD smelled the pleasing aroma, the LORD said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.” —Genesis 8:21-22

Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.  Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. —Matthew 3:9-10

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. —Matthew 24:37

            Man’s heart is not naturally good as some would have us suppose.  I will take what God says over man any day and it is easily proven out around us.  God says that “the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth.”  It was because of this evil that God destroyed all mankind and every living, air breathing creature that was on the face of the earth.  Only Noah and his sons and his son’s wives escaped by obediently building and going onto the ark that God commanded him to build.

            God flooded the whole earth by “all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened.”  The water came up from the ground and down from above.  In an interesting article it is said that there could be three times the amount of water that is in the oceans beneath the earth’s surface, which would be no surprise to the Biblical record—  The “fountains of the great deep (400 miles deep?) burst forth.”  But also “the windows of the heavens were opened.”  What does that mean?  Well, look at Genesis 1:6-8–

“And God said, “Let there be an expanse between the waters, to separate the waters from the waters.” So God made the expanse and separated the waters beneath it from the waters above. And it was so. God called the expanse “sky.”  And there was evening, and there was morning—the second day.”

            God made the expanse (sky) how?  By separating waters above (a water canopy around the earth, over the sky and under the sky there was water which would become the oceans (Genesis 1:9-10).  This explains, easily, the water that came up from the deep and the water that came down.

            Without repentance from sin, man will experience the judgment, the wrath of God.  As a matter of fact, people who don’t know Jesus are already under that wrath (John 3:18, 36) and it will be carried out upon them if they do not repent, that is, turn from their own ways and follow God’s ways, acknowledging they are a sinner in need of the Savior Jesus.

            Just as it was in Noah’s day with “every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually,” so it will be before Jesus comes back.  In Noah’s day, men were unwilling to repent and went on with life as they wanted.  So it will be in the end days and we are surely moving toward that time.

            The judgment on this earth will not be by water this final time.  No, it will be by fire— “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare” (II Peter 3:10).  That will be the last physical judgment on this earth, just as it was a physical judgment on the earth by the world-wide flood in Noah’s day.  But the more serious, eternally impacting judgment will be whether a person has called on Jesus (shown by a transformed life) or not.  All who have not called on Jesus will experience the wage for their sin— death (Romans 6:23). Not just physical death, but the 2nd death which is “the lake of fire” (Revelation 20:15).  It is described as a place where those who go there “will be tormented day and night for ever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).  I do not understand that place, but I am so glad that Jesus saved me from it!  Jesus warned of it in Luke 12:13-21.  Do not shrug this off.  If you have not called on Jesus— I would strongly urge you, beg you to do so now!  If you have called on Jesus— rejoice!  The best is yet to come… forever!

Dear Father, thank You that Jesus saved me from sin, myself, eternal death and hell.  Now, please, use me, work through me to encourage others to call on Jesus.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  So may it be!

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