The name Noah comes from the Hebrew root word nacham meaning rest. God chose Noah to represent a type of Messiah who saved his family from the destruction of the world.
The world had turned totally evil just as it is doing today. Noah was the only righteous man alive. His family: his wife, three sons and their wives followed him and he taught them of God. Noah saved his family just as Jesus the Messiah will one day save His family (the church) from the evil that will one day cover the earth at the beginning of the Tribulation. He will also save his other family (Israel) from destruction at the end of the tribulation.
We are living in the “days of Noah”. The “day of the Lord” comes like a “thief in the night.” Jesus will come and sweep His church away. Then the Tribulation, which is “the great and terrible day of the Lord” will come upon the earth. Jesus is the ark upon which we will escape. Jesus is also the Rest we will experience during the tribulation for we will be with Him during that time.