Lest we forget, there is a reason a rainbow follows a rain storm. In the face of so many perverting what God has said and done, let us examine the Scriptures.
There was a man named Noah. Many have heard his name and his story. For it is important to consider. From Adam to Noah were 10 generations. Scripture says
5 Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. (Gen. 6:5-8)
Scripture goes on to say that Noah was perfect in his generations and that he walked with God. But He goes on to tell us of what He thought of the rest of the world.
11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth. (Gen. 6:11-12)
So what was God to do?
13 And God said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me, for the earth is filled with violence through them; and behold, I will destroy them with the earth. 14 Make yourself an ark…17 And behold, I Myself am bringing floodwaters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life; everything that is on the earth shall die. 18 But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall go into the ark—you, your sons, your wife, and your sons’ wives with you. (Gen. 6:13-14, 17-18)
God was going to destroy everyone on earth except for Noah and his family. God said He was establishing a covenant with Noah. If you read through all of Genesis 6, 7, 8 & 9 you will find how God commanded Noah to build the ark, fill it with animals according to His will and then cause flood waters to rise up and kill man and beast through out the earth. He did this to wash away unrighteousness.
But let’s look back at this covenant that God was establishing with Noah. After the flood waters had receded and God released Noah and his family along with all the animals from the ark, God said this:
8 Then God spoke to Noah and to his sons with him, saying: 9 “And as for Me, behold, I establish My covenant with you and with your descendants after you, 10 and with every living creature that is with you: the birds, the cattle, and every beast of the earth with you, of all that go out of the ark, every beast of the earth. 11 Thus I establish My covenant with you: Never again shall all flesh be cut off by the waters of the flood; never again shall there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Gen. 9:12-17)
So it’s very apparent isn’t it. God made a sign for His covenant with man that He would not destroy the earth with a flood. That was the rainbow. So why should we care? Because a wicked and sinful people has long been in the land to use a sign that God established towards their own sinful means.
The rainbow that God established is a Holy covenant. It is according to His righteous judgement. He will not use flood waters to destroy the earth again. Did He say He would never destroy the earth again? No. He prophesied through His prophets and apostles that He would destroy with fire. There are many places in the New Testament where Christ or an apostle speaks of fire.
And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mat. 3:10)
Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. (Mat. 13:40)
5 For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, 6 by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. 7 But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2Pet. 3:5-7)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? (2Pet. 3:10-12)
If you think about it, fire has a much more cleansing effect than water. Yes water can wash things away. But fire has a much more permanent nature to it. Maybe it’s just my own observation and someone else can elaborate if they see truth in that.
So as Christ has warned us of what the last days will be like.
26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. (Luke 17:26-30)
As it was in the days of Noah. That statement is really starting to hit home for me as I look around at peoples behavior. The deeper this world falls into acceptance of sin the more they seem oblivious to God’s warnings to repent. But God will still continue to call out until He returns. So also in the days of Lot. They were also eating and drinking and carrying on with their lives. They were oblivious to the warnings to repent. And as soon as Lot and his family were carried out of the region God smote Sodom and Gomorrah for their sins. See Genesis 19. There is one verse I want to point to from that chapter.
13 For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”
There will come a day when the outcry against the whole world will come and the Lord will destroy it. This day will be called the Day of the Lord. Where will you be found in it? Waving a flag of perversion and rebellion against God? Or humbling yourself in repentance before Him and accepting His free gift of Salvation through Christ?