Luke 17:26-27 4 ELEMENTS THAT MARK THE LAST DAYS
Intro: Ill. The Context. This is a graphic description of the days of Noah. (Ill. The
activities described are not sinful, they simply indicate a culture where no thought
was given to God or the consequences of one’s activity.) Jesus is teaching us the
truth that the last days will resemble the days just prior to the flood which destroyed
the world in Noah’s day. He tells us this so that we might be able to discern the
times and know that the end is near. Tonight, I would like to say that there are forces
in operation today similar to those active in the days of Noah. There are 4 elements
active now that were active then. These 4 elements remind us that we are in the last
days and that we have a mission to accomplish before we leave this world. Let’s
look together at these four elements that mark the last days.
I. AN ACCELERATION OF SINFULNESS
A. Gen. 6:4 – A lack of spiritual separation. (Ill. Context) God’s demand is total
separation from liberalism, false religion and the like – 2 Cor. 6:17.
B. Gen. 6:5 – A lack of moral standards. (Ill. The Context) Sounds like our
world. Anything goes! However, God’s standard for us is one of total
holiness and clean living before him – 1 Pet. 1:16 (Ill. Amos 3:3)
C. Luke 17:26-27 – A Lack of Spiritual Discernment – Men are blind to the truth
of Scripture, the demands of a holy God and the approaching judgment of God.
(Ill. Satan is responsible for a portion of this blindness – 2 Cor. 4:4. Man is
responsible as well – Man always has a choice – Joshua 24:15.)
II. AN APPROACHING STORM
A. Gen. 6:7 – A flood was coming, and men weren’t ready for it.
B. Ill. The rapture and the great tribulation are on the horizon and man is still
unprepared to meet God – Matt. 24:44.
C. This world is headed toward judgment and it doesn’t realize the magnitude and
force of the storm it faces! (Ill. Hell, Ill. The terrible calamities of the
tribulation period.) There is a storm coming and men must be warned. (Ill.
Many won’t heed – 2 Tim. 4:3; but they need to be told anyway!)
III. AN ACTIVE SAVIOR
A. Gen. 6:5-6 – God was busy in Noah’s day. He was observing and cataloging
the activity and condition if the world. Ill. Pro. 15:3; Heb. 4:13 He still sees
everything that happens, in the world and in the mind and heart of man!
B. God was disturbed by what He saw – Gal. 6:7 He is still disturbed by sin!
C. God was working in Noah’s world, and we must always remember that
regardless of how bad the world gets, God is always doing His work. He is
always on the job! Psalm 121:3-4.
IV AN ABLE SPOKESMAN
A. Ill. Noah was God’s mouthpiece in that day! (Ill. 2 Pet. 2:5; 1 Pet. 3:20; Gen.
6:3) He preached the coming judgment for 120 years without a single convert.
Yet, he preached on! (Ill. What grace, even while God was planning judgment,
He was still reaching out to sinners. Ill. He could have destroyed the world
instantly, but instead He gave them 120 years of grace! That’s God!)
B. We are God’s spokesmen in this day! (Ill. Acts 1:8; Matt. 28:20; Mark 16:15; 1
C. Our duty before the Lord is to be certain that we do our duty before the Lord.
We are to GO and TELL. We are not guaranteed any results, we are just
commanded to do it. (Ill. Noah in the Ark. He could rest with the assurance
that he had done what God had commanded him to do. The heart of the
Christian gains rest by fulfilling the command of God!)
Conc: These are the last days! Look around, anyone can see that we are there. I am
thankful that I ma saved, for I will never have to face tribulation, judgment, or hell.
But, there is a lost world all around that needs to be told about salvation through
Jesus Christ. I ask you tonight, in light of the fact that these are the last days, are you
doing all that the Master has commanded you to do?