October 21

This week Mason, Logan and I watched two movies with a similar theme. One was “World War Z” wherein a disease of some sort is spreading throughout the world at a rapid pace turning people into virtual zombies as it takes over each host body. Brad Pitt, the hero, finds a solution and saves the day.

The other movie was “The Last Man on Earth” (based off the 1954 book, I am Legend). The book, with a fast spreading disease turning people into “vampires” was the inspiration for this disease-oriented storyline which has found its way into so many other movies such as “World War Z”, “Night of the Living Dead”, and “Omega Man”. In this movie Vincent Price was not able to save the world, and was ultimately killed.

Sin is like a disease, and a little leaven leavens the whole lump. Similar to these movie themes, sin spread fast and furiously on the early earth and corrupted everything. It was a world with a large population of perversion, violence, and practical atheism (i.e. God was vacant from their minds as they lived their everyday lives).

Genesis 6 begins by telling us of the spread of even more vile corruption through the “sons of God” intermarrying with human women. The text states that God saw that the world was so full of sin and corruption that He decided that they would have 120 years before they would be judged.

But, we are almost 4,000 years removed from that period of time. We have been given a warning that things will end, that there will be a final judgment, but we do not know when:

  • Matthew 24:44 “For this reason you also must be ready; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.”

We also get easily distracted and sometimes despondent, even doubtful because He hasn’t come back yet to take us out, and hasn’t come back to judge the wickedness on the earth.

  • II. Peter 3:3-4 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.”

Two of the benefits of studying the Bible is that it gives us history and prophecy. History demonstrates God’s sovereignty in the past, and that He fulfills His promises. Prophecy demonstrates God’s sovereignty in the future, and provides promises that we know He will fulfill. Genesis is giving us the history of mankind, sin, and the promise of a Redeemer. As the Bible progresses we see more history and more prophetic promises that were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.

But, after Jesus rose from the dead He came back to earth and was with the Disciples and was seen by multitudes. After spending 40 days on earth after His resurrection, He was discussing the establishment of God’s Kingdom with the Disciples. They, of course, were looking for Him to establish it right then and to eliminate the wicked, Roman rule. Instead, Jesus told them to go throughout the earth and be about the primary task of evangelizing the world. With that He ascended up to Heaven right in front of their eyes. They just stood there staring, probably baffled, when two angels appeared and said:

  • “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)

Where is the promise of His coming? Why does He delay? Why doesn’t He get rid of the evil in the world? Why does He allow war, destruction, murder, rape, abuse, stealing, disease, and all the pains of this sinful world to continue on? Has He forgotten about us?

  1. Genesis 6 warns the reader that everything going on so far in the storyline is going to end in 120 years. The combination of Old Testament prophecies (such as Daniel, Ezekiel, Joel, etc.) give us ample promise that there is going to be one more major judgment on the earth—the one we are awaiting and which begins when Jesus returns for His church.
    1. What questions do you have about biblical end times prophecy (maybe things you’ve often wondered about)? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. Do you have confidence that God will fulfill His promise to judge the earth? ___________________________________________
  2. In Acts 1 the Disciples wanted God to come and set up His Kingdom. Jesus, on the other hand, redirected their focus from wanting worldwide judgment to that of engaging in worldwide evangelism.
    1. Why do you think He did this? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. What do you think this means for us in what our focus should be? ___________________________________________________
    3. Are you more interested in God making all things right than in the lost coming to Jesus and being made right through being saved? ______________________________________________________________________________________________________
  3. Sin has infiltrated this world so thoroughly that many are proud of their rebellious, hateful wickedness. They are bold and unrepentant. They shake their fists at God. They push out all thoughts of Him and try to shut Christianity up so they don’t have to hear the truth.
    1. Does this increasing evil discourage you or encourage you? ___________________________________________________
      1. Why? ______________________________________________________________________________________________
    2. What Scriptures encourage you in times like these? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
    3. Are you looking for the glorious appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ? _____________________________________________
      1. What distracts you from watching for Him? _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Genesis proves that history is on the side of God prevailing. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John also give us historical proof that God prevails. As we coalesce Old Testament prophecies with New Testament teachings of Christ’s return, and the subsequent judgment of this earth, we can be rest assured that God is not on vacation, and has not forgotten us, but rather, is fulfilling all things according to His timeframe and for His glory. Let us press on and warn people of the judgment to come, of the eternal life they can have in Christ Jesus. Let us keep our eyes on Jesus and watch for His return.