God Contends with Men Today

Genesis 6:3 The Lord said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal, their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

When God said that, He gave mankind 120 years to repent of their evil deeds. After that, He intended to contend with the people in Noah’s days no more. He spoke to Noah and Noah began building the ark. While he was doing this, he was witnessing and preaching to people, telling them to repent. In 2 Peter 2:5 Noah was called a “herald or preacher of righteousness”.  He warned the people but the people did not listen. In Genesis 6:6, 7 God had had enough. He decided to destroy everyone but Noah and his family.

God’s Spirit contends with men today: giving light to a darkened mind, showing them their sinful nature, stirring their conscience, leading them to faith in Jesus as their Savior and Lord and to repentance from sin to faith. One day, the Spirit will contend with man no longer. He will go with the church in the rapture and then the tribulation will come. Please if you haven’t seen your sin and taken the free gift of grace from God through Jesus Christ, do so. The day will come when it will not be that easy to come to the Lord anymore. The world is turning into the world of Noah, where “every intention of the thoughts of men’s hearts are only evil continually”. You don’t want to be trapped in that kind of world. Acknowledge your sin and come to Jesus. Accept Him as your Savior and Lord.

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Noah: a Type of Messiah

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.