“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly me….. ”
CONFIRMATION IN SCRIPTURES AS A PROPHETIC PATTERN
That “the days of Noah” is a prophetic pattern for the judgment of the ungodly is evident when we read
“And He did not spare any of the people who lived in ancient times before the flood except Noah, the one man who spoke up for God, and his family of seven. At that time God completely destroyed the whole world of ungodly men with the vast flood…. And continue to punish the ungodly until the day of final judgment comes” 2 Peter 2:5-9 Tlb.
But as for the Saints, the righteous believers “if we would judge, ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world” I Cor. 11:31-32 KJV.
Judging ourselves here, is our believe and acting on what the Lord is saying and not just following traditions of religion, even as Noah believed and his faith condemned the world. The “days of Noah” are therefore cited as an examples of God’s judgment against ungodly men, to show that those walking on the part of unrighteousness will not escape God’s wrath, as certain as what befell the world of Noah’s day. Compare Isa. 54:9, Ezek 14:14, 19-20.
Let it be fully noted that it is the ungodly that are dealt with in judgment , not just all humanity.
Again may I be told to say that “the days of Noah” is a prophetic pattern of the righteous judgment of God upon the world of the ungodly through His en-christed company, the overcomers , man child manifested sons of God’s Church on the earth.
2ND WORLD – THE WORLD THAT NOW IS ….2PET 3:7
“But the heavens (plural) and the earth which are now, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” 2Pet 3:7 KJV.
Now in dealing with the second world, we should bear in mind, that just like it was in the “days of Noah” (eating and drinking, which we know by now to mean living in an erroneous life of the flesh without the Holy spirit’s leadership), is still the same with us today. Therefore whatsoever made that world-system of man evil that qualified it for destruction, is also present with us today. Here we can also see that, the “heavens” speaks of the “ruling powers”, and the “earth” the people that are earthly – carnally minded; hence the destruction is that of “ungodly men”
May we not also forget that, in Noah’s days, he inherited the renewed earth after the flood. Gen 8:22,9:1-2. While the ungodly were “swept away” by the flood (Math 24:38 +), and this is the first world as described in verses 5-6 of 2 Pet 3.
Whereas verse 7, now talks of another world, THE WORLD THAT NOW IS. The question then is, HOW DID GOD REFER TO THIS “WORLD THAT NOW IS”?
In Gal. 1:4, we are told, Christ “. …gave (yielded) Himself up (to atone) for our sins (and to save us and sanctify us), in order to RESCUE AND DELIVER US FROM THIS PRESENT WICKED AGE AND WORLD ORDER…”AMP.
In the sight of God therefore, the world is wicked, (evil). So what constitutes this wickedness? It is simply because man’s economy and social structure is out of balance without God.
Politically God is not a Democrat, neither a Republican, He is not a Socialist (Communist) which has even denied God’s existence (Ps. 14:1) God is a sovereign theocratic ruler through “priest” and “prophets”, though He is revealed in the scriptures as a “King” because He has a “kingdom” and mankind, especially the saved are His subjects. More also, when Israel His chosen Nation, chose to have a king like other nation, that led to their having Saul as a king. God simply told Samuel, they have not rejected you but me.(1 Sam.8:4-7)
Now every king demands obedience, this is where we are all failing, right from the Garden of Eden, and of course the word is clear that “if we be willing and OBEDIENT we will eat the fruit (riches) of the land”, for “the earth and the fullness thereof belongs to God” Isa 1:19, Ps.24:1.
It is a known fact that, all economic and political concepts, are the byproducts of our educational system, “the high places” where man’s ideas are being idolized, a high ground for “secret societies”, to which one of the vice chancellors recently agreed that the ‘cults’ in our universities is only a carryover from the homes. Meaning that the home which is the foundation of the child’s moral and spiritual life, up to the university level, overflowing to the society is stinking.
When we come to area of religion, what we have is ‘Pentecostal rascals’ (ministers) with mind full of religious racketeering, with all perfected psychological methods of preaching and persuasion of humanistic salesmanship. The other face of which is the Orthodox “ white collar priest” with heads full of dogmas of “tradition of elders”, that have refused ground for the truth, thereby producing spiritual dwarfs who cannot grow up to the fullness of the measure of the stature of Christ.
So what we see everywhere is a system of worship that is empty of true piety (devotion of God and good works), one can go on and on. The truth is, we are all without God and so wicked in our ways. Are we not therefore qualified for God’s holy fire to burn off this ugliness in the land? (2 Pet. 3; 7).
To be continued…
(c) Dr. David O. Ogaga