“And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” [Luke 17:26]
There is no better pointer or revelator in describing the End of this world and the Beginning of another than Jesus Christ. He was there when time began. In Revelation 22 verse 13, He said, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
Jesus was already existing before time began. He started the purpose of what we know as life. He also said I will be there when time ceases to exist. In other words, He lives in eternity, and He knows everything that exists within each moment in time.
To understand what Jesus was describing, about the End of Time and the Beginning of No time, we have to examine and understand what He was saying in those few words as recorded in Luke 17 verse 26.
Truth Revealed in Your Bible
Before I delve into the prophetic words of Jesus, I must warn that what you are about to read needs you to have your Bible with you and check if these things are so BEFORE you either argue or agree with me. The mystery of God is in your hands, on the pages of your Bible, open and read along, don’t assume or ignore, STUDY to know.
Proverbs 25:2 informs us, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter”. In fact, another translation says, “It is the glory of God to keep a thing secret: but the glory of kings is to have it searched out.” (BBE)
The kings of God shall go forth and uncover what has been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
As we grow in the Kingdom of God, we would definitely start becoming disenchanted with the negative effects of the world on our lives and then start asking questions. Paul wrote in Ephesians chapter 3:
17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Within those four dimensions of breadth, and length, and depth, and height in knowledge to be comprehended are the hidden mysteries of God.
The breadth speaks of the written Word of God, which are contained in the Bible. The length speaks of the historicity of the written word, which boosts the establishment of understanding the context of the written words. Then the height shows broader management of the written word beyond the planes of the two dimensions of breadth and length. Imagine yourself standing at the ground floor of a skyscraper, you can see so much of the building because you are dealing in the third dimension.
Beyond the height is the fourth dimension of depth. Again, imagine yourself sitting in an aeroplane and looking down on the earth, your comprehension and knowledge of the horizon would be far much greater than of someone standing on the ground and looking up. His vision would be limited in comparison with yours.
The depth, of God’s Word, is a reality of the fourth dimension, which deals with rhema, what we know as revelation knowledge from God. Most of the writings of Paul were from the heights of heaven looking down into the horizon of insights.
We must ascend and be “caught up to God and to His throne” to see the mysteries of God. We don’t just get caught up to God, you must be caught up to His throne as well. Or what king is there without a throne? It says, “it is the honour of kings” to discover the mysteries. To be enthroned means you have to overcome ignorance. “He that overcomes will I make….”
Or what king is there without a throne? It says, “it is the honour of kings”
If you refuse to acknowledge your ignorance in understanding that God has mysteries kept for His saints, especially for this moment in history, you will remain in darkness. In Isaiah 42, we read:
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the LORD’S servant?
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
Elihu, Job’s friend, cried to the Lord, “That which I see not teach thou me: if I have done iniquity, I will do no more.” [Job 34:32]
The saints of old, the apostles and prophets walked with God and discovered some secrets of God, which were not written. They were concealed, but they can only be unearthed by those who are willing and ready to take it by force. This is the nature of the Kingdom of God’s kings. His royal priesthood.
Daniel fasted and prayed to understand the mystery of the End Time and God sent a ministering angel to reveal the understanding. “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” [Daniel 12:4]
Daniel understood but was not permitted to disclose. Paul experienced similar and he motivated the early believers in Ephesians 1:18, saying, “that the eyes of your heart be enlightened in order that you may know”. And this is clearly seen with John the Apostle as well.
In Revelation 10:4 he wrote, “And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.”
John saw and knew those things, but he was not allowed to write them down.
Today, as the world is being shaken by different events, I bring you some good news from the Father. As you read, let your heart be filled with peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Jesus said, “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” [Revelation 1:3]
These secrets are written, in the same Bible read by atheists, agnostics, Muslims, and many other religions of the world either to debate or gain self-improvement; to these unbelievers, they would just be parables and wise sayings but they are GIVEN only to the disciples of the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 13:11).
For a professing believer, they would be boring stories or just some religious stories and nothing more, so they are not interested in learning or unearthing the treasures locked within it. Isaiah wrote about it in chapter 8 verse 16 of his Book, which says, “Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.”
Paul expanded on this when he wrote, “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to THE REVELATION OF THE MYSTERY KEPT SECRET SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN but now MADE MANIFEST, and BY THE PROPHETIC SCRIPTURES MADE KNOWN to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, FOR OBEDIENCE to the faith.” [Romans 16:25-26 NKJV]
Three things to take note – there are mysteries in the Bible, written and often read but not understood. These mysteries are now being made manifest, not by private interpretation or even scholarly studies. They are being revealed only by prophetic scriptures. The reason is for one purpose: Obedience. Obedience to God’s commandment.
This obedience achieves God’s expectation – conformity to the image of Christ. This is what it means to be predestined by God (Romans 8:29). While in the world, you can choose to become whatever you want – a doctor, an engineer, a policeman, a chauffeur, a butler, a chef, a cleaner, whatever you want or prefer, but God has one common destiny for ALL His children – become like Jesus Christ.
All the mysteries of God that have been hidden for thousands of years, which are now being revealed, are meant to achieve only one purpose – help a new creation of people, a new race, to become exactly like His Son.
This is why they are called “sons”, as written in John 1:12; for in Christ there is neither male nor female, all are sons of God. He planned it that way from the foundation of the earth before politics or political correctness began.
When God brings you a revelation, he expects you to possess and act on it. When you do so, He brings more; as much as you can or want to handle. The alloy of faith and obedience is the master key that unlocks His revelation.
He created these two implicative acts to achieve success as He intended for His children. He reveals, you take it by faith, and obey accordingly. This is why Paul wrote, “WIthout faith it is impossible to please Him”, and Samuel said, “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.”
Faith and obedience yields perfection.”
The new Land of Promise was revealed to the children of Israel in the wilderness, but they refused to believe God for the manifestation of the seemingly impossible; they were calling God a liar, and He disowned them until they perished.
This same situation is confronting us today. If you hear His voice harden not your heart against the truth lest you perish like those people in the wilderness. Even if they are too hard for you to fathom, agree like Mary, and cry out to the Lord, “Be it to me according to your word”.
These revelations of God’s purposeful intent are not figments of imagination nor abstracts of the mind. These are realities of spiritual dimensions, which are superior to materialistic earth.
Invisible Materialistic World
Think about this for a moment: the very mobile phone or computer you are using to read this article is made of some materials such as plastic, metals, glass, etc, right? Do you know what those things are made of?
Take the glass screen, for example, it is solid-like and forms transparent material. It is made from natural and abundant raw materials (sand, soda ash and limestone) that are melted at very high temperature to form a new material.
The most common constituent of sand in inland continental settings and non-tropical coastal settings is silica (silicon dioxide, or SiO2), usually in the form of quartz. Break down the silica, and you get silicon and oxygen. You cannot see those elements with your naked eyes!
Can you see where I am going with this? You are holding an invisible object. You are constantly interacting with invisible realities.
The fact that you cannot see these elements do not make them absent. They are real. You have a glass right in your hands in the form of a screen. So, you are interacting with an object made of invisible elements!
you are interacting with an object made of invisible elements!
The same goes for spiritual things – they are very real. The quicker you start getting to grips with this reality the faster you will grow as a spiritual person of understanding. One of the four corners of the soul is your mind, and you need to exercise a paradigm shift, a refocusing of the mind.
As you start refocusing your mind, if you do not set your heart to understand AND obey the revealed mysteries of God, you may read them a thousand times or even go to the University and get a college degree, you will never comprehend them. They are only given to those who have genuine and continuous relationships with God.
“As it was in the days of Noe…” The story of Noe (or Noah) is also about the end of a world and the beginning of a new world. The first world started with Adam and Eve and progressed until the time of Noah when God testified against that world:
Genesis 6:11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.
Genesis 6:12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
God took stock of humanity and determined that “The end of all flesh is come… will destroy them with the earth”. There was no way of redemption for humanity than to be eliminated. The pollution was just too much – corruption and violence had overtaken the whole earth.
In the midst of it all, God found a family, a man, who lived in the fear of God. He had been listening and learning from his parents and ancestors about God. But, unlike most others who knew about God, he pressed further and knew God personally.
Noah Walked With God
Noah was so in love with God that God would speak to him often. Over time, Noah’s relationship with God grew quite intimate to the point where God had to reveal His intentions to destroy the whole earth to Noah.
“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant.” [Psalm 25:14]
As the people of the world soaked themselves in gross darkness, Noah lived in the brightness of God’s fear. He was shinning like a star in the darkness of the world. So, God singled him out because, “…. Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.” (Genesis 6:9).
Noah, like his great grandfather, Enoch, walked with God. His lineage had kept the Word of God in their hearts. They lived and conducted themselves in the fear of God. Enoch was the seventh generation from Adam and Noah was of the tenth generation.
Then God started teaching him something that had NEVER been seen or known before in the world – how to build a ship. This, He called an Ark.
At the time, the whole world was just one landmass, on a single tectonic plate, which might be hard to imagine. Even Geology confirms this in the study of Tectonics or Geophysics (and when you look at the world map, you would notice the edges can fit like a puzzle).
“Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons’ wives with thee.” [Genesis 6:15 – 18]
God gave him the technology, the design, and framework. Another way to look at the Ark or Ship he was asked to build is to see it as a house. A house with compartments of houses within it. A mansion.
In John 14:2, Jesus says, ”In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
The Father has A HOUSE. It is one. Singular. But, within this house, there are MANY MANSIONS. In other words, we have houses within a house. What does this mean?
Paul explained some of this heavy words of Jesus when He explained the truth of the New Jerusalem. Paul reveals, “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” [Galatians 4:26]
This was further revealed to us by John the Apostle: “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” [Revelation 3:12]
We can see that the NEW Jerusalem is a City, made in heaven and brought down into the earth. Then Paul calls it our mother. Jesus said it is My Father’s House, which has many mansions enclosed in it.
To fully grasp this, we must look back into the Old Testament.
Each of the mansions has God within it just like the practice at the Feast of Tabernacles that God gave the Israelites in the wilderness. This feast was uniquely different because each household was to build their booths where the Lord, who walks among them, will now reside with them in the booth.
“For the LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee, and to give up thine enemies before thee; therefore shall thy camp be holy: that he see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee.” [Deuteronomy 23:14]
Yet, God was also telling them that He has reserved a better plan for the future when He declared that He loves the gates of His City more than these dwellings of Jacob. Psalm 87:2 says, “The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.”
The Brenton version says, “The Lord loves the gates of Sion, more than all the tabernacles of Jacob.”
Take note that the scripture says “Jacob”, not Israel. Jacob is the Old Man, the Carnal Man who, though belonged to God, has not had the redeeming encounter with God. Jacob’s life was altered after his face-to-face encounter with God.
His heart became circumcised, instead of being a supplanter, he became a prince of God, which is another word for a son of God.
The man said, “Your name will no longer be Jacob. You have wrestled with God and with men, and you have won. That’s why your name will be Israel.”
Strongs’ Concordance states: Yiśrâ’êl – he will rule as God; Yisrael, a symbolical name of Jacob; also (typically) of his posterity: – Israel.
Who else rules as God? The Son of God. So, we see Jacob raised to a different level of humanity. He became a son of God. And with this son, God built a nation through his twelve sons. Again, ONE House and many mansions.
Peter gave us further insight: “YE ALSO, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.” [1Peter 2:5]
Paul explained further, “But Christ as a son over his own house; WHOSE HOUSE ARE WE, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.” [Hebrews 3:6]
God prefers His own City, not made with human hands, a city built upon the foundation of Christ and of the Apostles.
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” [Revelation 21:14]
“That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour…” [2Peter 3:2]
Essentially, the foundation of the New Jerusalem is the Word of God. The same was spoken by Paul in 1Corinthians 3:11 “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” That is the knowledge that brings forth a relationship with God through Christ.
God loves the gates of this City. We have a better description of this City in Revelation 21:21-27.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
The city has twelve gates made of pearls and the street is made of pure transparent gold. What do these mean? Pearls are not just formed willy-nilly, they are formed through the sufferings of the oyster. Paul said, “For we are Christ’s sweet perfume to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” [2Corinthians 2:15].
We know how perfumes are made. They are made from CRUSHED plants, where essential oils are extracted, then the oils are processed further and isolates are extracted, which give strong fragrances.
If you are still not connecting the dots, I pray that your eyes and spirit would be opened to comprehend and understand this Gospel message. David reveals, “In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion.” [Psalm 76:2]
God’s dwelling in Zion. God’s City, Zion, has twelve gates made of pearls, and it is written, “Yahweh loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” [Psalm 87:2]
The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than the dwellings of the uncircumcised at heart believer (Jacob).
God was specific about the material for building the Ark. Gopher wood. This wood is said to be probably the Cypress wood. It is very durable, stable, and water- and rot-resistant, making it suitable for building and heavy construction.
This same format is also seen with the construction of the Ark of Covenant where shittim wood, also known as acacia wood is used. Again, this wood has similar characteristics to gopher wood.
Shittim wood is resistant to decay because of the tree deposits in the heartwood many waste substances which are preservatives and render the wood unpalatable to insects making the wood dense and difficult to be penetrated by water and other decay agents.
The Ark of Covenant could have been made of iron or some metal and overlaid with gold, but God chose wood. The same goes for Noah’s Ark. This wood represents humanity.
Made of Gopher Wood
It is not enough to build an Ark, it has to be sealed from potential leaks and damage. This is because the deluge that is coming would be quite devastating. The wood must be covered or sealed.
God instructed Noah to seal the Ark by pitching both inside and outside. Is this not reminiscent of the building of the Holy of Holies, the special house of God in Israel?
The Holy Place in the temple built by Solomon was sealed both within and without with gold. Gold is an indestructible element. It is one of the 92 naturally occurring elements found on earth. There is no known natural substance that can destroy gold, not even fire. It can be dissolved by chemical means, but even then it remains as gold-only in a more widely dispersed state.
Gold represents the indestructible holy nature of God. An uncompromising, infallible and pleasantly pure nature. A nature that shines like the all-conquering blistering sun in the midst of thick darkness.
Jesus reveals, “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.” [Luke 6:48]
Most people who call themselves believers today are trying to build skyscrapers over a shallow foundation. They never dug deep.
During the construction of Solomon’s temple, we must note, only blocks cut and made ready at the quarry were used, and no hammer, chisel or any other iron tool was heard at the temple site while it was being built.
“And the house, when it was in building, was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building.” [1Kings 6:7]
That is, no man should boast in the presence of God. All pride, boasting and arrogance must be left at the place of self-examination. This is because this is a work done by grace, God’s ability in us. Otherwise, God Himself will resist the proud at heart.
So also are the sufferings of the believer, they will not be seen when the building is completed. While the oyster is quietly suffering, a beautiful pearl is being formed, which would one day adorn the neck of a beautiful woman.
The Lord has ALL the materials you need to build provided. And this is the beauty of it all, you are a joint-creator with God.
He instructed Noah to build the ark. God would supply the materials (from nature) and also the design, but it was Noah who would build.
God instructed Moses to build the tabernacle in the wilderness. Again, God supplied the materials and the design, but it was Moses and his team who built it.
The same goes for Solomon. When the Temple of Solomon was destroyed, God asked Zerubbabel to build the house again. Jesus said the wise man would build. All these are pointing to one thing – you are to build. You must, in partnership with God, build YOUR house in Zion.
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” [1Corinthians 3:9] Beloved of God, you are one of the many mansions.
The Literal Translation of the Holy Bible puts it this way, “For of God we are fellow-workers, a field of God, and you are a building of God.”
“According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.” [2Peter 1:3-4]
To be a partaker of His divinity, you have to build the house with His provision that He has GIVEN – ALL things that pertain to life and godliness. But, these things are acquired and activated through the KNOWLEDGE of Him who has called us, that is, Christ.
“But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,” wrote Jude in Jude 1:20.
“Building up yourselves….” You are to do the building. Build. God asked Noah to build. God asked Moses to build. So, roll up your spiritual sleeves and start building.
As you start to build, you need to address the place where you want to stake your building. There are two places to build. Zion or Babylon. Either way, the buildings shall be tested with the flood of the dragon and ultimately with the fire of God.
Jesus did ask when you build where will you be building? On the rock or sinking sand? Christ is the Rock, even the Rock that followed the children of Israel in the wilderness. Every other ground is sinking sand.
Paul encourages that we are to build on Christ. John the Apostle says the foundation of Christ is the Apostles’ teachings consisting of the Gospels and Epistles. Unfortunately, many believers are putting up their buildings in the land of Babylon instead of Zion.
Some are building huge empires, rising up to heaven, in Babylon. There they stamp upon it the name of Christ. And you would hear them proudly say, “My church” or “Pastor so-and-so preached for me”. It is their empire and not Christ’s.
The saint is the one who must build. Build a place for the Lord to come and dwell; “…. his dwelling place in Zion.” [Psalm 76:2]
Moses also revealed, “Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.” [Psalm 90:1] He knew that God wants to permanently indwell in the willing Man. So, we see Jesus declare, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up” (John 2:19).
The foundation of this building, which is the acceptance of Christ, gets laid on the day a soul accepts Jesus Christ as his Saviour. Then you see terms such as being “born again” (John 3:3) or “redeemed” (Revelation 14:4).
It is rather unfortunate to observe that the vast majority never built anything tangible or they ignorantly started and never completed it. While some others built, but with the wrong materials, and have wasted their lives in so doing.
No wonder Jesus said, “He that endures to the end shall be saved (Matthew 10:22).
The actual building process starts with the awareness, through knowledge, that God requests that such a building needs to be built. And through obedience, the process can start.
“Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” [1Peter 1:22-23]
Having noted that we have a duty before God to build, what exactly is this building? It is a temple for God. It is your body – your physical body. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up… But he spake of the temple of his body.” [John 2:19,21]
With the awareness that this building is the body, you must also understand that there is a purpose to this new creation. It is an immortal body. It is not the one that is subject to decay and the elements.
This final creature is a NEW one. It will still have the identity of who you are, but the personality would have changed. The physicality would have metamorphosized into a completely new being, with the body becoming immortal, exactly like that of Jesus Christ.
This is what the Gospel is about!”
We have established that we need to build an ark or a house for God to dwell and that God has provided all the materials for the building, and you are the builder. But how do we possess the materials with which to build? And how do we build? And as we build how do we know what we are building is real and God-approved?
I will share this in part 2: Your Ark of Life. Shalom.