When God determined to destroy man from off the face of the earth because of their wickedness, He appointed Noah to build the ark to the saving of his family. Those who witnessed its years of construction scoffed at Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and his sons as they labored building such a structure as had never before been seen. “When once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,” on a given day time finally ran out for the ungodly. God shut the door of the ark leaving those without no hope of safety or salvation (Genesis 6-7; I Peter 3:20).
The coming of a Savior had been anticipated since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden (Genesis 3:15). All throughout the Old Testament the prophets looked forward to His Coming. No one knew the day or the hour, “But when the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman.” Unexpectedly, at the appointed time, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds in the field announcing the birth of Jesus (Galatians 4:4; Luke 2).
Just as those who scoffed at Noah in building the ark and also the prophets who prophesied of the Coming Messiah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem scoffed at Jeremiah as he foretold the coming destruction of their city and captivity during the days of Nebuchadnezzar. Jeremiah suffered many injustices as the populace attempted to silence his words God gave him to warn them. Ezekiel records his prophesy concerning Jerusalem during Jeremiah’s imprisonment, “The word of the LORD came to me saying, “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of My words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God,” (Ezekiel 12:26-28). At the appointed day Jerusalem was overthrown and its people taken captive to Babylon for seventy years (Jeremiah 36-39).
There are those today who scoff at our Lord’s Return “…saying, Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” (II Peter 3:3-4). Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 24 that His Coming Again would come in a day and an hour when no one would know. Suddenly, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, the trump will sound “and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air,” (Matthew 24:36; I Corinthians 15:51-53; I Thessalonians 4:13-17). The disciples were told at Jesus’ ascension back to Heaven after His Resurrection, “This same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen Him go into heaven,” (Acts 1:9-11).
“Therefore be ye also ready;
For in such an hour as ye think not
The Son of Man cometh.”