And he said unto the 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.
Saying in the world: “Not seeing the forest because of the trees”
Message of the saying: You can be in the midst of something and not see it.
Jesus was asked by the Pharisees concerning the coming of the kingdom of God. He began his reply with a saying similar to the forest and tree saying. “The days will come in which you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and you will not see it”. As the sun rises and lightens the whole face of the earth shall it be. The blind will grope about in the midst of it, and look for it, but will not see it.
Point of consideration: If Christ is in you, He is come in you. The word and title “Christ” has no real meaning apart from the Anointing, the Spirit of God. If He is come in you (and in many others since the resurrection, and will do until the Father sums up the age) …if He has, is, and is yet to come in a people, then the “coming” is under way. What remains to take place is the revealing of all together in glory.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it sees him not, neither knows him: but ye know him; for he (Christ) dwells with you, and shall be in you. I (Christ) will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you”.
When the Son of man is revealed, you will either be a spectator or a participant.
“Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? (Amos)
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. (Jude)
Putting two and two together:
“As He is in this world, so are we”.
The days (plural) of Noah. See the forest, not just the trees:
Paul wrote that Levi, being yet in the loins of Abraham, paid tithes to Melchisedec, when Abraham gave a tenth of all to Melchisedec, who blessed Abraham (and the point was made that the lesser is blessed of the greater).
In the days of Noah was one Enoch. Not the Enoch born to Cain. Enoch the seventh from Adam, born to Seth, the figurative man of resurrection. Enoch walked with God and God took him.
[Heb 11:5-6 KJV]
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
But before Enoch was translated that he should not see death ( the death of the flood), he produced a son, Methuselah, whose name means “man of a dart”. It is reminiscent of the saying of Christ, “They pierced my hands and my feet”, speaking of the suffering of Christ necessary for the redemption of a people to himself. Methuselah in turn, bore Lamech, which means “powerful”. And to Lamech was born Noah, who’s name means “rest”. Not only rest for mankind, but rest for the Lord.
All that was done in Enoch, was done in and for them yet in the loins of Enoch.
Enoch: “Place of inauguration”
Methuselah: “Man of a dart”
Jesus; Filled with all the fullness of God
Jesus; Pierced through for our transgressions
Jesus; In resurrection, comes to us in the Anointing, the Power of God, The fullness of Him in a people. Jesus; Gives rest to us and to God, reconciling us.
The flood saw the destruction of the old world. Everything in it was destroyed. The only exception was because of faith. Enoch, before he was translated, had this testimony: he pleased God. Without faith it is impossible to please God. And from this man who pleased God and was taken up, came Noah, who moved with fear, believed God and built the ark, to the saving of himself and his household. For in Noah only, and in his generation, did the Lord see righteousness. Righteousness only comes by faith. These things came many centuries before Abraham, who also had the righteousness of faith, the law given by Moses not yet spoken of. While the ark was being built, the long suffering of God was on display, waiting for the completed work of faith.
When Jesus said “As it was in the days of Noah”, don’t just think about Noah. Think about all pertaining to the world that then was, and what provision there was to escape it. See the forest.
The days (plural) of Lot. See the forest , not just the trees.
No consideration of that saying is complete without including Abraham. There came a time when Lot and Abraham had to part ways. This time and it’s occurrences, are indicative of a household parting ways, one after the flesh, one after the Spirit. For the time had come that the same land could not bear both the herds of Abraham and of Lot. Hence there was strife between their herdmen. Abraham told Lot to chose where he wanted to live. Abraham said to Lot, that whatever Lot chose, Abraham would head in the opposite direction. Lot chose the plains Jordan, and Sodom because of their natural abundance and outward appearance. In time, because the people of the place were so wicked, Lot became a judge, siting in the gate, meddling in the affairs of the city, all the while vexing his own soul with what he saw and heard, meaning seeing and hearing as a judge. Lot was a political creature.
Abraham. Upon departing from Lot, went and dwelt in the plains of Mamre, an Amorite, brother of Eschol and Aner. These were Abraham’s friends. Abraham chose a life of peace, though with difficulty. Peace comes with solitude, but with solitude comes more responsibility and effort. It takes diligence to survive with a large household and many herds of animals, in a hard land. It is of extreme importance to comprehend that, AFTER Lot was departed from Abraham (Gen 13) the Lord said to Abraham, now lift up your eyes and look, North, South, East and West. Everyplace you see, will I give you and your seed after you. Again, it is of extreme importance to comprehend that all the promises of God to Abraham’s seed were to one individual, not many. They were to Christ (Gal 3). Abraham saw spiritually. He saw many things sitting in his own tent door, where by revelation, he saw Christ (John 8:56). From his sitting in his own tent door did Abraham do his seeing, the tent door of his heart. And all that he saw, he saw in Christ. Lot, from his seat in the gate of Sodom also saw and heard many things. He vexed his own soul every day with his constant interjection in them. And in the end, the very people of the country hated him for it and plotted to defile and abuse him. These two conditions, one Spiritual and one carnal, existed side by side in the days of Lot. Lot minded earthy things. Abraham minded spiritual things. So it was until the Lord would destroy Sodom.
When Lot was commanded to leave, yes, was drug from the place, knowing it would be destroyed, he begged the Lord to spare some little city in the place, just a “little” one for Lot and his family to dwell in. His wife, having been warned not to turn back and view the destruction, was herself destroyed. Abraham, on the other hand, looked and saw the destruction and took no effect at all. Abraham had nothing in the place. He had refused to take so much as a shoe string.
When the destruction came, Lot’s daughters made the foolish proclamation, that there was not a man left in all the earth with whom to produce children. So they induced Lot to sleep with his own daughters by making him drunk. When their nation was destroyed, they though it the end of the world. They could not see the forest because of the tree. Out of that incestuous encounter came Moab and Ammon…adversaries to the house of Jacob.
With the destruction of Sodom, Lot and his daughters saw the destruction of everything. Abraham was seeing a kingdom that can not be moved.
For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which [voice] they that heard intreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more: For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: And so terrible was the sight, [that] Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than [that of] Abel.See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.
We, as Enoch, as Noah, as Abraham, and as Christ, are not a people without a city and a nation.