Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of GOD
And the earth was filled with violence
GOD looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt
For all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth
Then GOD said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before ME
For the earth is filled with violence because of them
And behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth
I was listening to a pastor teach on Matthew 24:37, he took the passage out of context because he did not include verses 38 and 39 of Matthew 24. His focus was only on the violence in the days of Noah; if he had looked at all three verses (37-39), he would have had an opportunity to teach his listening audience, not only about the conditions of the hearts of the people living right before the time of the flood; but he could have also examined the actions of those people. He could have shown how their callous and evil hearts had caused them to be in a spiritual stupor. They were enjoying the normal pursuits of life, with no awareness of imminent judgment and destruction.
My Beloved LORD GOD however, used his teaching on Matthew 24:37 to lead me to an answer to a question I had asked HIM a day earlier. “Dear ABBA FATHER have we truly entered the final hour?” HE showed me through this study that we are indeed in the final hour. In each of the following accounts HIS judgment and subsequent destruction came at the time when violence filled or reached its greatest extent:
- Violence filled the earth when our BELOVED LORD GOD destroyed it with water in the time of Noah (Gen 6:5-13)
- In the days of Lot, the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah were so wicked (Gen 13:13), that the outcry (or cries of distress) to GOD HIMSELF were exceedingly great. Those wicked inhabitants continually engaged in horrendous sins, at such an extensive level (Gen 18:20-21), that our Beloved LORD GOD sent two destroying angels and destroyed not only Sodom and Gomorrah, but the neighboring cities of Admah and Zeboiim (Gen 19:12-13, Gen 19:24-25, Deu 29:23, Jer 49:18).
- The lands of Israel and Judah were so full of bloody crimes, and the city of Jerusalem was filled up with violence (Eze 7:23), when our Beloved LORD GOD showed both the prophets Ezekiel and Habakkuk, their coming severe judgments and destruction (Ezekiel chapters 7, 8 and 12).
Today, as in the days of Noah, Lot, Ezekiel and Habakkuk, violence fills the entire earth. Homes, schools, theatres, computers, televisions, sports, games, malls, stores, libraries, roadways, highways, villages, small towns, cities, states and countries across the world are riddled with violence. There is no place you can turn, except in the presence of our Beloved LORD GOD where you are not faced with, hear about, or see violence. Make no mistake, we are indeed living in the final hour.
Sadly, you might be wondering “what is the final hour?” It is the hour in which the ungodly have become completely wicked (Dan 8:23), many have fallen from their first love of JESUS and HIS WORD (Rev 2:4-5), others who profess to be godly have turned away from our Beloved LORD JESUS (Mat 24:12, 2 Thess 2:3), and a sinister leader of the entire earth will soon be revealed (Dan 8:23-25, 2 Thess 2:3-5, Rev 13:1-18). It is the last hour before the world, and all those who love the world face the judgment, wrath and destruction from our Beloved LORD GOD (Isa 13:11-13, Isa 26:20-21, Rev Chapters 6-20). The aforementioned events of this final hour are rapidly unfolding. Are you ready for what is soon coming upon this earth? Are you ready for the sudden return of JESUS CHRIST?
Before you mock and say the very things mockers throughout history have said “I have been hearing about the end of the world forever!” (Isa 5:18-19, Jer 17:15, Eze 12:21-28, 2 Pet 3:3-7, Jude 1:18). Our Beloved LORD GOD has warned us that the world will say “peace and safety”, then destruction will come upon them suddenly (1 Thess 5:2-3).
Just one final question, the English word for “violence” in the aforementioned passages, is translated from the Hebrew word “chaamaac” (2555) and it means violent wrongdoing; maliciousness; to treat violently. Violence is an action intended to cause destruction, pain, or suffering. It can be an outright attack or it can be a cold shoulder, destruction of someone else’s property or reputation, hateful thoughts, hurtful words or spiteful actions. Are you guilty of violence? Seek forgiveness (1 Jhn 1:9, Mat 5:23-24, Mar 11:25-26) and repent (or with heartfelt sorrow for the sin, renounce the sin with a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ) ‒‒ Eze 18:30-32, Act 3:19, Acts 26:20
Then The LORD answered me and said,
“Record the vision
And inscribe it on tablets,
That the one who reads it may run.
“For the vision is yet for the appointed time;
It hastens toward the goal and it will not fail.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
For it will certainly come, it will not delay.