Second Coming – Part 2
(Quotations from the New American Standard Bible)
God destroyed the wicked societies of Noah’s day and of the days of Lot, who lived in Sodom. According to the Wyatt Archaeological Museum both Noah’s Ark, and the city of Sodom have been found in recent times. It is as if God is saying, “I have destroyed people on a large scale in the past for their wickedness, and I will do it again!” Luke 17:26-30 says just that. “And just as it happened in the days of Noah… the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as happened in the days of Lot… it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on the day that the son of man is revealed.”
Bibles are out there by the tens of thousands collecting dust on the shelves, while God has anger because His ways are ignored. (Rev.6:16-17, Rev.11:8, Rev.16:16, Rev.19:15)
The end of time will see a world war centered on Jerusalem at which time Christ will reveal himself to the world. (Zech 14:1-4) The devastation of this war is mentioned in Isaiah 34:2-3, “For the Lord’s indignation is against all the nations, and His wrath against all their armies; He has utterly destroyed them, He has given them over to slaughter, so their slain will be thrown out, and their corpses will give off their stench, and the mountains will be drenched with their blood.”
The end time devastation of mankind is a common theme in the Bible. Here are a handful of examples of what the Scriptures say on this subject: “And there will be a time of distress such as never occurred since there was a nation until that time; and at that time; and unless those days had been saved; but for the sake of the elect, those days shall be cut short.” (Dan.12-1) “And unless those days had been cut short, no life would have been saved, but for the sake of the elect, those days shall be cut short.” (Matt.24:22) “But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” (2 Pet.3:7) “The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants for they transgressed it’s laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.”(Isa.24:5-6)
The question that is obvious is how few will be those who are left? Believe it or not, the Bible addresses the question. In Israel, where the world war will center, Zechariah says, “And it will come about in all the land, declares the LORD, that two parts in it will be cut off and perish; but a third will be left in it.” (Zech.13:8) Among the Gentiles the destruction will be more severe. “The LORD has removed men far away, and the forsaken places are many in the midst of the land. Yet there will be a tenth portion in it and it will again be subject to burning.”(Isa.6:12-13)
God’s policy is to give men a chance to repent, and if they don’t, to then move forward with a major devastation. God did this in the days of Noah and in the days of Lot, who lived in Sodom, and He will do it again when Jesus returns.