"And as were the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. Then shall two men be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: two women shall be grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. Watch therefore: for you know not on what day your Master comes, But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. Therefore be you also ready; for in an hour that you think not the Son of man comes." Matthew 24:37-44
Are these days upon us now? What are the signs of these days described in the Olivet prophecy by Yahshua the Savior of mankind? The tradition of the Elders says that a contributing factor to the destruction of all flesh in Noah's time (except what was safely contained within the ark) was homosexuality. Let's look at the time of Noah for some clues to what happened in his era.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the ground, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of Elohim saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all that they chose. And Yahweh said, My spirit shall not strive with man for ever, for that he also is flesh: yet shall his days be a hundred and twenty years. The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of Elohim came unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them: the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
And Yahweh saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented Yahweh that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And Yahweh said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the ground; both man, and beast, and creeping things, and birds of the heavens; for it repented me that I have made them. But Noah found favor in the eyes of Yahweh. Genesis 6:1-8
Several things appear in these passages from Noah's time. The first deals with the sons of Elohim that took wives of all that they chose. What is wrong with this you might ask? First, you see from Genesis chapter 4 there were two lineages described. You have Cain, who murdered his brother Abel and his descendants. Then you see the replacement lineage of Seth and his descendants. The Cain lineage came down to Lamech who also killed a man for only wounding and bruising him. Thus the murderous lineage of Cain continued. You will notice that Cain did not repent of his evil deed! Then in Abel's lineage we see the sons of Elohim that kept the laws Yahweh commanded them. Here you see two lineages of peoples. The one lineage, Cain, was evil and the other lineage, Abel (Seth), was good.
Now that we have some background let's return to Genesis chapter 6 and see what happened.
Lamech was the first recorded individual that took two wives. (The first polygamist.) Genesis 4:19. Remember in part 2 of this series we saw that in the beginning it was not that way at all! There was Adam and there was Eve. One Man and one woman. They were the first couple and progenitor of the human race. Here the Cain lineage displays another character weakness. First murder and now polygamy. The Abel/Seth line knew better because it was following the truth of Yahweh from the beginning. However, something happened in the beginning of chapter 6 where the sons of Elohim started going in the way of the Cain lineage. They begin to fall! They started taking wives of all their choosing. This evidently was not approved by Almighty Yahweh or it would not be brought up in the opening verses of Genesis 6.
The next thing we see is contention, striving against Yahweh's Spirit. This reminds me of Steven's statement in Acts 7:51 "You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always resist the Holy Spirit: as your fathers did, so do you." Yahweh then states that his Spirit would not always strive with man, because man is flesh. He then numbers his days to 120 years. After the flood the age of man was seriously reduced. Prior to the flood man could attain to the age of approximately 1,000 years. Yes, man was carnal, fleshly, not spiritual like he was supposed to be. Man once again fell from grace and failed Almighty Yahweh!
Now we see that the wickedness of man was great and that his mind was only on evil continually. They evidently began to remove Yahweh from their thought process and replaced Him with evil. What is happening today? Is there a plan, a design to remove every vestige of what the Bible teaches from the human race? What did Yahshua say?
"Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" Luke 18:8
Yes, the human race had became corrupt! So, it was determined by the great and Holy Father, it must be destroyed.
You must know that destruction is once again determined on the human race. Yahshua said that except those days be shortened... Let's read his quote from Matthew 24:21-22
"For then shall be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
I want to alert you to the prophecy of the Apostle Peter in 2 Peter 3:1-14
This is now, beloved, the second epistle that I write to you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by putting you in remembrance; that you should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandments of the Master and Savior through your apostles: knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted out of water and by means of water, by the word of Yahweh; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of lawless men.
But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the Yahweh as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Yahweh is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of Yahweh will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are in it shall be burned up. Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy living and righteousness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of Yahweh, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that you may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight.
If we seriously consider this prophecy by the Apostle Peter (which I am sure was Holy Spirit inspired) we have concluding facts that portend the closing age of man. These events will occur prior to the destruction by fire, which comes! Were there mockers in the days of Noah? Did they believe Noah while he was preaching repentance for 120 years? Were the people filled with lusts in those days? Remember man's thoughts and imagination were only on evil continually. What about today? How spiritual is the human race?
Pornography is everywhere so it seems! (It was recently stated that 1 in 4 using the Broadband Internet service was using this for pornography.) So many people are dwelling on the evil displays of the human anatomy. Yahshua said something very relevant concerning adultery in Matthew 5:27-28.
You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery: but I say to you, that every one that looks on a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart. And if your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not your whole body be cast into fire. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from you: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not you whole body be cast into fire.
Let me insert some startling facts from an article written by Rebecca Hagelin and posted on www.townhall.com
Pornography is the No. 1 Internet industry – No. 1. There are well over 300,000 Internet porn sites.
American consumers spent an estimated $220 million at such fee-based "adult" sites in 2001, according to Jupiter Media Metrix, a New York Internet research firm. That was up from $148 million in 1999. Jupiter is projecting $320 million by 2005.
A comprehensive 2-year study by Alexa Research, a leading Web intelligence and traffic-measurement service, has revealed "sex" was the most popular term for which people searched. According to their online searching habits, people want "sex" more than they want "games," "music," "travel," "jokes," "cars," "jobs," "weather" and "health" combined.
A nationwide survey of 1,031 adults conducted by Zogby International and Focus on the Family on March 8-10, 2000, found that "20 percent of respondents – which extrapolates to 40 million adults – admitted visiting a sexually-oriented website. According to the Nielsen Net ratings, 17.5 million surfers visited porn sites from their homes in January of 2000 – a 40 percent increase compared with September of 1999."
Pornography websites earned $1.5 billion in 1999 and more than $2 billion in 2000.
According to a 2001 report by the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Public Education, "by the time adolescents graduate from high school, they will have spent 15,000 hours watching television, compared with 12,000 hours spent in the classroom ... American media are thought to be the most sexually suggestive in the Western hemisphere. The average American adolescent will view nearly 14,000 sexual references per year, yet only 165 of these references deal with birth-control, self-control, abstinence or the risk of pregnancy or STDs."
The 2001 pediatric report also said that "56 percent of all programs on American television were found to contain sexual content. The so-called "family hour" of prime-time television (8:00 to 9:00 p.m.) contains on average more than eight sexual incidents, which is more than 4 times what it contained in 1976. Nearly one third of family-hour shows contain sexual references ..."
Well, now you tell me! When someone, anyone, purviews pornography, are they committing adultery? According to Yahshua's words, absolutely! Are they using their hands to arrive at the destination via page turning or using a computer to surf to a porn site? What about using their hands for self sexual gratification, i.e. masturbation? Well we just read a vivid description in Mathew 5:27-28. What should be done about this evil practice? Yahshua says basically for anyone engaged in this evil practice, they should just stop doing this!
I want to remind you of the addiction concerning pornography found in part 1.
The first change that happened was an addiction-effect. The porn-consumers got hooked. Once involved in pornographic materials, they kept coming back for more and still more. The material seemed to provide a very powerful sexual stimulant or aphrodisiac effect, followed by sexual release, most often through masturbation. The pornography provided very exciting and powerful imagery which they frequently recalled to mind and elaborated on in their fantasies.
Once addicted, they could not throw off their dependence on the material by themselves, despite many negative consequences such as divorce, loss of family, and problems with the law (as with sexual assault, harassment or abuse of fellow employees).
I also found, anecdotally, that many of my most intelligent male patients appeared to be the most vulnerable--perhaps because they had a greater capacity to fantasize, which heightened the intensity of the experience and made them more susceptible to being conditioned into an addiction.
While any male is vulnerable, attorneys, accountants and media people seemed, in my experience, most vulnerable to these addictions. This is simply an anecdotal impression.
However, Sgt. Bob Navarro, a longtime investigator of the porno industry with the Los Angeles Police Department, has commented, "Believe it or not- the higher their education, the more prone these people are to becoming addicted to this material, and, of course, the more money they have to spend on it...Many people have testified as to their extreme addiction to the material in terms of having their whole lives consumed by it: sitting for hours masturbating to adult material and needing progressively stronger, heavier, harder material to give them a bigger kick. Like an alcoholic or a drug addict they are looking for that big kick and they need more just to keep them at that level of feeling 'OK."' From a research article by Victor Cline Ph.D Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah. (I want you to read the entire article so click on the above sexual addiction link.)
(Can you see Genesis chapter 6 verse 5 here?)
1. Addiction, The porn-consumers got hooked!
2. They kept coming back for more. Lust!
3. Very powerful sexual stimulant!
4. The pornography provided very exciting and powerful imagery!
and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually...
Wow! Here we are at the end of another part. In part 4 we want to consider Genesis chapter 18 concerning the Bible on Homosexuality.
Yours in Messiah, Hawke
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