IF THEY COULD
ONLY TALK! 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     One of the "hints" that we are given in The Word to tell us what the atmosphere and climate will be before we are raptured home to be with The Lord is what we see in Matthew 24:37-41 (NLT) and it says, "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn't realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes. 40 "Two men will be working together in the field; one will be taken, the other left." 41 Two women will be grinding flour at the mill, one will be taken, the other left."  There are four things that are significant in comparing Noah and the flood and the Rapture of The Church.  They are (1) people being "caught up" and taken, (2) weather disasters, (3) someone preaching The Way of escape and (4) people ignoring the signs and warnings that calamity was at hand. 
 
 
     Let's begin with the meaning of Noah's name which means rest and comfort.  Noah was the great grandson of Enoch.  Genesis 5:24 (NIV) tells us, "Enoch walked with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."  In the Good News Translation it states, "He spent his life in fellowship with God, and then he disappeared, because God took him away."  Enoch was raptured out of this Earth!  He walked so close to God that he was taken from this place and then arrived in God's presence.  Enoch is the great grandfather of Noah!  And yet God tells us that the Rapture of The Church will be like it was in Noah's day."  1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 (NIV) says, "For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever."  The Common English Bible says, ". . .Then, we who are living and still around will be taken up together . . ." the Good News Translation says, ". . . then we who are living at that time will be gathered up . . ."
 
 
     Noah was used to build an ark that would rescue, deliver, move, carry and take God's People out of a time where the atmosphere was made of great sin.  Noah was righteous.  We find in Genesis 6:8-9 (NIV), "But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. 9 This is the account of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God."  In the Good News Translation it states, "Noah had no faults and was the only good man of his time.  He lived in fellowship with God."  Who does Noah sound exactly like?  Enoch, Noah's great grandfather!  Both were walking with God and lived in fellowship with God.   
 
 
     Noah and his family escaped the destruction that was to come.  They were "caught up" on top of that flood, they were "gathered up" and "took away!"  Both Enoch and Noah were delivered, moved, carried and was taken!  And why were they entitled to be the ones that got to experience these transports?  Because they walked with God and spent their lives in fellowship with God!  And ONLY THIS PARTICULAR FAMILY WAS INVOLVED IN THESE TRANSPORTSIn other words . . . you needed to be a part of the FAMILY!  You have to be in God's Family to go in The Rapture.  You must be born again into His Family.  You should be "walking with God" and "live in fellowship with God."  THESE ARE THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THOSE TO ENCOUNTER A RAPTURE IN THEIR LIVES!  You Must Be Born Into The Family and You Must Be "Walking With God" and "Live In Fellowship With God!"  These were the requirements in the days of great grandfather Enoch and in the days of great grandson Noah and will be so in the days of the Rapture of The Church. . . just like the days of Noah!   
 
 
     We live in a time in history when the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ is being preached all over this world!  You can watch or listen to Bible Teaching and Preaching on TV, Listen to Christian Music, Read Christian Publications, get Daily Devotions sent to your e-mail account and search the Internet and watch or read about Jesus and His Word 24 hours a day!  People are not only being shown through the Signs that are all around us that Jesus is getting ready to come back and get His Church, we have it TOLD TO US on every available voice!  Yet, many are ignoring what is all around them and what is available to them at every second of every minute of every day.  We will have no excuses.  This reminds me of what this month marks as the anniversary of another important and historic "Ark."  On 15 April 1912, 104 years ago TOMORROW, the RMS Titanic hit an iceberg and sunk to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, taking with her 1,503 people.  Only 705 made it and lived.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     Several things caused Titanic's destruction.  For one, on the night of the iceberg collision, SEVERAL messages came to the Bridge and from Captains from other ships that large icebergs were seen in the Atlantic.  Warnings came to them over the wire, yet they were not taken seriously or were ignored by several in various positions on the ship.  Several voiced and believed that the Titanic was unsinkable.  They believed that nothing would happen on their voyage on the Titanic, not this boat, not this time, not in this day and hour!  And one thing that amazed me was that many were still eating and drinking and "making merry" while the boat was filling with water!  The people, even though they felt the collision, still had no revelation of the situation around them and the time at hand!  Some were even setting the tables for the breakfast meal the next morning, while some were getting into the Life Boats!  The orchestra continued playing, people continued their celebrating and partying all the while destruction had arrived!  "When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah's day. 38 In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. 39 People didn't realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes." Matthew 24:37-39 (NLT)
 
 
 Survivors of Titanic in Lifeboat
 
    
      As in Noah's day, God wanted more people to repent and get inside the "Life" Boat, the Ark, but only eight came and were saved from the flood.  Tragically, the Life Boats that were used by the people on the Titanic were only half or less full!  So many more could have been saved in those Life Boats; they were not full to their capacity!  That's why we in The Church have got to tell others NOW and tell them that terribleness is coming after the Rapture!  Noah's Ark or "Life" Boat could have carried and saved more people!  The Titanic's Life Boats could have carried and saved more people!  We, Church have the opportunity to get more people to be "carried away" with us in The Rapture!  We have been placed in this time in history to "gather" many people as possible to get into the "Ark" that will take us to safety with Jesus!  We are living RIGHT NOW IN THE DAYS OF NOAH!  
 
 
     Noah preached to the people of his day to tell them they needed to repent and get clean and come on the boat he was building to live and be saved!  In 1912 the warnings were sent to the Titanic, but no one would pay attention at the destruction ahead!  No one would take the warnings seriously, just like they didn't in Noah's time and in ours today - the signs that are around us and the destruction that awaits those who do not accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior before He comes!  KNOW WITH ALL THAT WE ARE SEEING - THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH IS CLOSE AT HAND!  Pay Attention to the Signs and tell everyone!