THE WORLD BECAME HIGHLY CIVILIZED BEFORE THE FLOOD
January 18, 1998
People became civilized, but they were out of the presence of the Lord. Just because our nation is what we term, civilized, is no sign that we are pleasing the Lord.
In the time before the flood, people built cities but they forgot the God that made them. The descendants of Cain had cattle, riches, and farms, but they had no approval of God upon their lives. They were rich in goods, but they were barren and poor as far as God's power was concerned.
The descendants of Cain invented many kinds of instruments. They had all kinds of music, but the Spirit of God was not in that music. They were artist in wood and stone. They were skillful with iron and brass, but they had failed God and cared nothing about serving Him.
The children of Cain followed in the footsteps of their father. They also became murderers. He had set the example before them and they followed that example. The judgment of God multiplied ten times.
"And Lamech said unto his wives, Adah and Zillah, Hear my voice; ye wives of Lamech, harken unto my speech: for I have slain a man to my wounding, and a young man to my hurt. If Cain shall be avenged seven fold, truly Lamech seventy and seven fold," Gen. 4:23-24.
We have come through some dark ages. Civilization has advanced in this generation, but people have departed from the faith, as Paul predicted that they would.
"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils," I Tim. 4:1.
As people modernize their cities, houses, land, highways, and church houses, they also try to modernize the old-time religion. They tried to streamline their church services. They moved, but the direction is the downward way.
Men build cities but they forget Christ. We have more cattle, lands, property and money than ever before, but the men are dried up in their souls.
Men today have better musical instruments, very beautiful, polished and expensive. They can play beautiful music on these instruments. This is wonderful if they would use those instruments for God and the church. As in the days before the flood they use these instruments for the devil.
In the days before the flood man made his own religion to suit himself. In the days before the flood people strayed away from the Lord. They prospered and made good wages. They had a high standard of living, but they were too busy to hear Noah preach the message of judgment. They thought a message of judgment was old and out of date. They were busy; but being so busy caused them to lose their souls. They were drunken on the cares of this world.
It is strange that people usually leave God when all is going well.
In our day people are prospering as never before. Men and women spend their lifetime eating and drinking. It seems that is all they are living for. The main thing about them is their stomach.
All the time men are building more and more fine restaurants. They build more and more fine homes.
All the time people are working shorter hours. They are getting more and more of the luxuries of life. But instead of spending that leisure time reading the Bible, praying or going to church, the average person spends it for themselves, to satisfy the lust of the flesh.
The places of amusement are full day and night. People are drunken on the pleasures of the world.
People today have time to travel and go on vacations. But they have no time for God. They would rather hear a man-made sermon, which has no warnings of judgment. They go to ball games, wrestling matches, carnivals, circuses, roadhouses, and boosedives of the devil, but they don't go to church. If they go to church it is on Sunday morning a few minutes to hear a sermon that tells them they are fine people.
Prosperity does not prove that a nation is religious. Prosperity makes many people forget God.
Violence increased in the earth in the days before the flood. The whole earth was filled with violence, Gen. 6:1. The people grew weaker and wiser. They were full of hatred, envy, lust and pride.
The men forgot God and became as wicked as men could be. They robbed and killed until God had to do something, or the whole world would have been affected by this wickedness.
When a farmer sees that his orchard is being affected with the blight, he at once begins to prevent it before it spreads to every tree in the orchard. When God saw that the whole earth was filled with violence, He immediately began to do something about it, before the corruption spread to all men of the earth.
In our day crime has increased as never before. It has increased several hundred percent in our generation. The world is coming about as it was in the days before the flood. We have millions of murder cases yet unsolved. Each second that goes by there is a major crime committed. The national news is filled with holdups, robberies, and murders. Look at the newspapers and you will see that prophecy is being fulfilled right before your eyes.
Morals reached a low before the flood. Men and women were filled with passion and pride. They married and gave in marriage. They were loose and low in morals. They were sex perverts. They had relations with evil spirits, or the devil's angels. It reached a startling climax, until God had to do something about it. He had to destroy them and start over again.
As a result of the relations with evil spirits there were demon possessed men born in the world, Gen. 6:4.
Today supermen are popular. The children are taught to look for a superman who can do supernatural things. They are going to find one. People in general are looking for some man who can perform signs and wonders; one who will not tell them to stop their wicked ways. The stage is being set for that superman who can bring fire down from heaven. Jesus said He came in His Father's name and they rejected Him; but another would come in his own name, him they would accept, John 5:43.
In the days before the flood the imagination of men's hearts were evil continually, Gen. 6:5. The devil took control of men's minds and hearts. He caused them to imagine almost everything. The devil actually took over men and possessed them. They were so taken up with evil spirits that God's Spirit ceased to deal with them anymore. God said, "My Spirit will not always strive with man," Gen. 6:3.
The devil had taken the people over completely. They sold out to Satan. It seemed that they had no more control over themselves.
Men went into apostasy before the flood. They had a Satanic religion. They were controlled by the wrong spirit. It was because they refused to give up sin. They communed with evil spirits. They talked to the dead. They are not ashamed to come out in the open with it. Many of them do it now in the name of the church.
They claim to call up the dead relatives. It is not dead relatives (or familiar spirits) that they hear talking. It is demon voices.
They are being deceived. They are traveling a dangerous road. "Some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils in the last days," I Tim. 4:1.
Now there were religious people in the earth before the flood. Don't forget it.
We have people today who are being led by the Spirit of God.
Enoch prophesied to the wicked of this day. He told us that Jesus was coming with thousands of His saints to recompense judgment on the ungodly sinners, Jude 14. Well, we have a group of people today who are warning the world as Enoch did, that the Lord is coming with ten thousand of His saints. As it was in the days before the flood it is the same today. Some hear us and some don't.