Article By: L Bierworth
So, I will make a confession… Yup. I did it. Not only did I do it, but I brought my family right along with me. I am beyond frustrated with what I did.
I went to see the movie Noah. One word. Garbage. Oh, wait. Maybe a few more words that come to mind… Evil. Deceptive. Shocking. It angered me to the point where several times my youngest child asked me to be quiet in the theater. Finally, I became so indignant, I stood up and immediately announced,
‘Get your stuff. We are leaving. I refuse to sit in here and be a part of something that mocks my God.’
I was so upset, my children became deeply concerned. They asked me to calm down and I said I can tolerate just about anything, but I cannot and will not tolerate something that mocks God or the Bible.
Do not quench the Spirit. Do not treat prophecies with contempt but test them all; hold on to what is good, reject every kind of evil. 1 Thessalonians 5:19-22 (NIV)
Upon returning home, I asked my family to sit down because I needed to share a few things with them.
First of all, the Bible is just as relevant as God Himself. It IS the written Word of God and should be treated with the utmost respect and honor. God and the Bible are equal. If someone insults or teaches what the Bible does not say, they are in direct rebellion against God. How dare they (or anyone) alter His Word? Again… How dare they???? And make a mockery of the One & Only True God?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1 (NIV)
Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar. Proverbs 30:6 (NIV)
Then, I read the entire story of Noah to my family and began to explain to them everything wrong about the movie up to the point of us walking out. I decided to explain what I believe Noah and the flood represents.
Noah & the flood are REAL historical events. It really happened. There is a lot to be learned from it, a lot that God is still speaking through it to us. Did you get that? God is STILL speaking through Noah… today.
The flood was a judgment of God by means of water. There is another judgment coming, but not by means of water.
If you look at the story of Noah, you can see that Noah & his family represent the righteous, the true believers. There were only 8 people who entered the ark out of the ENTIRE world. Only 8 were considered righteous. This tells me that amongst the world, there will be few true believers. Don’t be deceived.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark. Genesis 7:13 (NIV)
The water was used as judgment for the unrighteous, but also it was also used as a baptism for the righteous. God made a covenant with Noah once the waters receded.
“I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.” Genesis 9:11 (NIV)
I also believe that water can represent a society or the society of mankind.
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters.” Revelations 17:1 (NIV)
Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.” Revelations 17:15 (NIV)
I explained to my family that God called Noah out of the waters of mankind; from the evil society and protected him (the righteous) inside the ark from judgment. God will protect the righteous during the last days as well.
For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:9 (NIV)
Don’t be deceived in thinking the society in which we are currently living is better than the time of Noah. It is NOT.
Here is a sobering truth: God protected Noah, but Noah had to do as God commanded. Noah was blameless. God rescued Noah and only Noah’s family entered the ark. GOD shut the door. That’s what the Bible says. Period. What the Bible says is TRUE. No EXCEPTIONS. I don’t care who tells you what, if it’s not what the Bible says, they are lying to you.
This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:9 (NIV)
Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22 (NIV)
Then the Lord shut him in. Genesis 7:16c (NIV)
Do not let anyone deceive you, my friends. How can you tell if someone is lying to you? By READING the Bible and UNDERSTANDING what it says. If you lack wisdom, ASK God. He WILL reveal Himself to ALL who seek Him.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:20-22 (NIV)
There is a time coming, in fact, it is at hand where deception will sweep our world and many… MANY will fall away on account of it.
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 (NIV)
God is calling out to you, pleading with you, to seek Him.
Please, PLEASE, heed His voice!
Do not let ANYONE deceive you. Be prepared to stand up against ANYONE who dares to lead you astray!
Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Ephesians 5:6 (NIV)
Don’t ever forget that Hitler deceived an entire nation saying that it was OK to murder MILLIONS. Many so-called good people, every day folk (people just like you and me) followed Hitler and actually believed that they were doing a GOOD thing. Let that serve as a warning to you. If it happened once, it will happen again. Don’t think for once we are a better society today. We are not.
The world in which we live is EVIL and soon it will be under the judgment of fire. Unless we know the BIBLE and become what it says we should be, then we will be subject to the world’s deception.
Read, pray, listen and obey. God’s ways are just and perfect. He is the Way, the Life and the Truth! Jesus is returning soon, my friends. Very soon…
I am coming soon. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown. Revelation 3:11 (NIV)