Luk 17:20 “And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, HE ANSWERED THEM and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
And HE SAID UNTO HIS DISCIPLES, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.”
Noah’s ark was a unique vehicle of redemption. One man in all the earth, had the Lord found righteous, and so that one and his wife, children, and all else that were bound up in the ark with him, were saved. Within that ark, as a flood of waters worked its work, scouring the world that then was, was bound up all that would thereafter emerge and constitute the living beings of the world and age that now is. Therefore, during that time from the moment God sealed all into the ark, until the waters abated and the ark was opened, everything that would populate the age to come, was in the world, bound up in the ark (and that which was to come, could be found by examining that which was within the ark). For when the ark rested on Ararat, a name that means “Curse Reversed”, and as Noah set foot again upon dry ground in a new age, the Lord said to him, “And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth”. The coming of the kingdom, and it’s manner of appearing, is not a new topic of conversation. The religious leaders and the disciples alike were desirous of answers. To them who are dead and their life hid with Christ in God, a present condition of them in the world but no longer of it, a condition reflected in the days of Noah ,the ark, and the world that then was,the answers to such questions now, as then, lie within. Either one is in the ark (in Christ) or in the world. The topic of the Lord’s day of revealing, is seen from one perspective or the other. If we believe Jesus,then we comprehend that what is to be revealed, is within you now, just as in every Almond seed, is an Almond tree waiting to be revealed.
Again, to them seeking insight, the Lord compared His day of revealing to Lot’s days (and in both the cases of Noah’s days and Lot’s days, “days” is plural…it takes in all that their lives experiences reveal to us). Lot’s days also coincide with Abraham’s days. Indeed , Lot and Abraham’s days had the same beginnings, when Abraham answered the Lord’s call to leave all that was known to him, and go to a land not yet identified, but a land which the Lord said “I will show you”. Lot and Abraham journeyed together until a time came when the land could not bear them both. Abraham proposed that Lot remove himself and his household, to any place he chose. Lot saw the plane of Sodom, a desirable land ,well watered and appealing. Abraham then chose a place not so outwardly desirous, a place and life of peace, but difficulty, as opposed to a lush place of opulence, shared with every manner of humanity drawn to such a place. Lot was constantly locked in an effort to change the behavior of the wicked inhabitants, whose behavior offended Lot’s sensibilities. All of Lot’s efforts were, however, wasted, as the end of the place was to be burned. Abraham,on the other hand, sought a city and a place whose builder and maker was God, and all he saw and embraced, he new was not of this world. Lot’s perspective of the “day of the Lord” was very much different from Abraham’s. In the day of wrath, everything near and dear to Lot, along with all his wasted time and effort, went up in ashes. It was devastating. Abraham, on the other hand, witnessed this from afar, it happened and was over with, and had no bearing on Abraham’s hopes whatsoever. For Abraham had seen, revealed from within, Christ’s day, and rejoiced in it. To him it had been revealed, that his hope, and the hope of every thing that would draw breath, was in one who would come out of his body. That one would be the heir of all the promises of God, and faith in that one, made Abraham ( and all who are of like faith) joint heirs with that one.
Perspective is something that is always important. Even the theory of relativity teaches you that an object’s state can only be described from the perspective of a point of reference. Christ in you, is the chief corner-stone, and the stone which the builders reject. But rejected of them or not, everything is measured from Him, without regard to the “builders” perspective.
When the topic of the “end of the world” and the “Lord’s appearing” come up, it is good to remember the unique perspectives to be found by studying the examples the Lord used to help us…the days of Noah, and the days of Lot (and Abraham). For in both cases, everything to “come” was in the ark in Noah’s days, or in Abraham’s heart by faith in Lot’s days. What was at work in the world outside of these things, did not turn out to be reliable perspectives. The Lord’s day will be revealed from within a people. It will not be a subtle thing. And it will not be the Lot-like rearranging of human behavior…a vexing, fruitless, short lived exercise in futility.
Christ in you, the hope of glory.