October 26, 2020 – Monday
Matthew 24:36-41 NIV
36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark;
39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
40 Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.
41 Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
On Sunday I finished chapter 24 of Matthew and was really struck by the verses above. Especially verses 37-39, As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark 39 and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. What this tells me is that when Christ returns for His bride there will be no warning, none at all.
If there is no warning, we truly need to be ready. We need to be about the Master’s work. Jesus provides no ifs, ands, buts, or maybes. He simply says we need to be ready, because As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Carson writes, That the coming of the Son of Man takes place at an unknown time can only be true if in fact life seems to be going on pretty much as usual – just as in the days before the Flood.
David Guzik quotes Willim Barclay to clear up what we are reading about in these verses, It is in two sections and they seem to contradict each other. The first (verses 32-35) seem to indicate that, as a man can tell by the signs of nature when summer is on the way, so he can tell by the signs of the world when the Second Coming is on the way… The second section (verses 36-41) says quite definitely that no one knows the time of the Second Coming, not the angels, not even Jesus himself, but only God; and that it will come upon men with the suddenness of a rainstorm out of a blue sky.” Then the dilemma is resolved by seeing that there are actually two second comings. One is in the air, for the church – commonly known as the rapture. The other is to the world, coming with the church, commonly known as the Second Coming of Jesus. The “contradictions” in Matthew 24 (and much of the rest of prophecy) are often solved by seeing there are really references to “two” returns of Jesus. If we simply read the verses literally, this solution makes great sense as Jesus explains what will happen.
The key for us is to be about the Master’s business so that when He returns to take us away (the first coming), the rapture we are taken then. Do you want to risk remaining around for the tribulation? Jesus wants you to know the choice is yours. Be ready, be really ready.
Prayer: Heavenly Father – Thank you that Jesus has made it so clear that we must be about His business if we are to avoid the terrible tribulation. Grant us strength to be ready every single day. No matter what is in front of us, help us to always be about His business. Amen.