By Ron Ross (February, 2012)
In his book “Roots of our Faith” Chuck Colson said:
“Much of the church has acted, and still acts, as though it has been grafted into a Christmas Tree – flashing its attractive lights and decorations, but unconcerned about its loss of roots and wondering why it is spiritually drying up and dying.”
Kids Ecology Corp had this to say about roots and plants:
“There are many parts of a plant, including the roots. Roots are very important for the plant because they suck the water and nutrients up out of the soil and into the plant. (The Importance of Roots – www.kidsecologycorps.org)
So roots are vital to our faith as believers. Roots hold us safe and secure. They dig deep into our foundations and protect us from the mudslides of life. The draw sustenance for us and through their vital action our faith grows.
A few thousand years ago, God spoke to Noah and told him a massive flood was on the way. He told Noah to warn the people and to prepare an ark for their safety and survival. But the warning was ignored. As a result when the flood arrived only Noah and his family were rescued along with an Ark load of animals.
Noah must have felt severely pressured by the disinterest and stubborn ignorance of the people.
Despite the lack of support Noah persevered, because he had heard clearly from the Lord. He put the rejection behind him and chose to trust the Lord.
Jesus whose Hebrew name was Yeshua summed it up. “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely on account of Me.” (Matt. 5:10, 11).
In the Middle East today there is a very obvious flood. It has already arrived and hundreds of thousands of Christians are being murdered, abused and painfully treated. This what observant believers would see as a sign of the times.
100,000 Christians have fled Egypt in recent months. Yeshua spoke to His disciples saying: “Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.” — (Matthew 24:9)
Strong’s Concordance says that persecution means ‘to pursue, follow after, or press toward.’ Vine’s Expository Dictionary says it is ‘to put to flight or drive away.’
Yeshua specifically indicated that times to come, would be like The Days of Noah!
Matthew 24: 37b-39 “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
Noah knew from God a storm was coming. To this point in history there had never been rain. He could only imagine what was this thing called rain. Nevertheless Noah was certain he had heard from God Himself, and he went about building the ark despite the negativity and derision he received from his neighbors.
Jesus declared in Matthew 24: 37 “For the acoming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.” He may have simply said, “Don’t miss the boat!”
Did He mean that He will arrive just like Noah’s flood. We should all be living with a sense of expectancy for His return.
This story comes from the Journal of Royal Institute of British Architects It’s called: The Hopeless Story Of Noah
And the Lord said unto Noah: “Where is the ark which I have commanded thee to build?”
And Noah said unto the Lord: “Verily, I have had three carpenters off ill. The gopher-wood supplier hath let me down—yea, even though the gopher wood hath been on order for high upon 12 months. What can I do, O Lord?”
And God said unto Noah: “I want that ark finished even after seven days and seven nights.”
And Noah said: “It will be so.”
And it was not so. And the Lord said unto Noah: “What seemeth to be the trouble this time?”
And Noah said unto the Lord: “Mine subcontractor hath gone bankrupt. The pitch which Thou commandest me to put on the outside and on the inside of the ark hath not arrived. The plumber hath gone on strike. Shem, my son who helpeth me on the ark side of the business, hath formed a pop group with his brothers Ham and Japheth. Lord, I am undone.”
And the Lord grew angry and said: “And what about the animals, the male and the female of every sort that I ordered to come unto thee to keep their seed alive upon the face of the earth?”
And Noah said: “They have been delivered unto the wrong address but should arrive on Friday.”
And the Lord said: “How about the unicorns, and the fowls of the air by sevens?”
And Noah wrung his hands and wept, saying: “Lord, unicorns are a discontinued line; thou canst not get them for love nor money. And fowls of the air are sold only in half-dozens, Lord. Lord, Thou knowest how it is.”
And the Lord in His wisdom said: “Noah, my son, I knowest. Why else dost thou think I have caused a flood to descend upon the earth?”
I get the feeling the authors are saying we are without excuse. God has spoken. He has warned us, and He tells us to obey His wisdom.
Are we living in the Days of Noah or the Days of Elijah? So many seem to be oblivious to the signs that indicate we should be ready. It is one thing to be clap-happy Christians speaking only the edifying uplifting facts of our faith. But Yeshua specifically said we show our love for Him when we are aware of our brothers and sisters in prison or in very real and painful persecution. (Matthew 25: 40)
I have no problem with joy-filled, Spirit inspired praise and worship but if we are the family of God, I believe the Lord requires that we have heartfelt concern for our brothers and sisters in Christ.
We have heard the terrorist threat ‘first the Saturday people and then Sunday people.’ That remark has been soundly publicized. In the next part of this article, I will attempt to reveal that it has become a present day reality.