THE DAYS OF NOAH
Mathew 24: 37 – 38:
As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.
This passage emphases the ignorance of people that exists at the time of the return of Yeshua, their interest in material things (eating and drinking and marrying and giving in marriage) and their corresponding disinterest in spiritual things.
We can see that in the world today there is a greater interest in material things than ever before. As well as being a joke, Christianity today is purely business enterprise. Firstly, it is a business that people enter into in the hope that G-d will pay them the wage of materially prosperity for their pretended devotions, and it is a business that people such as tele-evangelists enter into in the hope that they can sell their corrupted form of Christianity to promote themselves and make themselves materially prosperous. But neither of these groups has any interest in living the poverty-stricken, trouble-filled lives lived by Yeshua and the disciples, or by Paul, that are the mark of the true follower of Christ. Luke 9:23:
Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.”
Mathew 20: 20 – 22:
The mother of Zebedee’s children (James and John) came to Jesus with her sons. She got down on her knees before Jesus to ask something of Him. He said to her, “What do you want?” She said, “Say that my two sons may sit, one at Your right side and one at Your left side, when You are King.” Jesus said to her, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to take the suffering that I am about to take? (Are you able to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?)” They said, “Yes, we are able.”
James and John -designated by Jesus by the name “Boanerges”, or “bene reghesh”, meaning “sons of thunder” truly were able- but today’s Christians are, as a body, weak, full only of hot air, and quite unable. There is much talking, but it is rarely backed up by living. The ideal head of the modern Christian church, if it is not the Pope, is Donald Trump, a bigoted individual driven by the quest for material wealth and power, and paying only lip-service to the teachings of Yeshua. Ironically, Trump -who has stated publicly that he has never asked God for forgiveness- is touted by many Christians and fellow bigots as their champion while these same people label Barack Obama -who has stated publicly “I am a Christian… I believe in the redemptive death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I believe that faith gives me a path to be cleansed of sin and have eternal life.”- as the Anti-Christ. (Presumably their error is born of a blind hatred of black-skinned people and socialists.)
And there is more to be said about the days of Noah than that the people living at that time were ignorant. Genesis 6: 5 – 7:
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
Genesis 6: 11 – 13:
Now the earth was corrupt in G-d’s sight and was full of violence. G-d saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. So G-d said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth.
The days of Noah are to be associated with material indulgence and with spiritual ignorance, and with the source of material indulgence and spiritual ignorance – the sinful nature of the human heart.
Delving deeper, Genesis 6: 1 – 4:
When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of G-d saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose… The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of G-d went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
Rabbinic Judaism tends to interpret this mysterious passage to mean that the sons of Adam’s son Seth intermarried with the daughter’s of his “evil” son Cain, but this interpretation entirely fails to explain why the offspring of these liaisons should result in nephilim (usually translated as “giants” but perhaps having some connection to “fall”) and men with unusual physical size and strength. The only other direct reference to the nephilim in the bible is in Numbers, when the men Moses can sent to explore the land of Canaan returned with their report, and this passage emphasises the great physical statue of the nephilim. Numbers 13:33 reads:
“We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”
What does explain this giantism is the interpretation according to which “בני האלהים” or “Bene alohim“, from which we get the translation “the sons of G-d” refers to angelic beings (in the Kabbalah, “Bene alohim” refers to angelic beings, and this interpretation is given a detailed and lengthy exposition in the apocryphal Book of Enoch):
And it came to pass, when the sons of men had increased, that in those
days there were born to them fair and beautiful daughters. And the Angels, the sons of Heaven, saw them and desired them. And they said to one another: “Come, let us choose for ourselves wives, from the children of men, and let us beget, for ourselves, children.” …And they took wives for themselves and everyone chose for himself one each. And they began to go into them and were promiscuous with them. And they taught them charms and spells, and they showed them the cutting of roots and trees. And they became pregnant and bore large giants… These devoured all the toil of men; until men were unable to sustain them. And the giants turned against them in order to devour men. And they began to sin against birds, and against animals, and against reptiles, and against fish, and they devoured one another’s flesh, and drank the blood from it… And the world was changed. And there was great impiety, and much fornication, and they went astray, and all their ways became corrupt… And then Michael, Gabriel, Suriel and Uriel, looked down from Heaven and saw the mass of blood that was being shed on the earth and all the iniquity that was being done on the earth… And then the Most High, the Great and Holy One, spoke and sent Arsyalalyur to the son of Lamech (Noah), and said to him: “Say to him in my name; hide yourself! And reveal to him the end, which is coming, because the whole earth will be destroyed. A deluge is about to come on all the earth; and all that is in it will be destroyed. And now teach him so that he may escape and his offspring may survive for the whole Earth…
In short, the decadent state of the earth in the days of Noah, and the reason for the Flood was due to the influence of the nephilim. In the light of this second interpretation, it may be argued that the presence of the nephilim on earth is a key feature of the days of Noah, and argued that the dark and unspiritual nature of these times is at least reflected by the doings of the nephilim, hybrid human beings whose nature is evidenced by their origin in the abandonment by the original sons of G-d of the spiritual condition of an angel, for the lower material condition of a man. Man, it can be said, can go up toward the highly G-d-conscious perspective of an angel, or down toward the G-d-ignorant perspective of an animal. An angel, it follows from the second interpretation of this passage, can go down toward the more G-d-ignorant perspective of a man, and Jude 1: 6 refers to angelic beings who
did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling…
Returning to the activities of men on earth at the time of second coming – eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage- we see that these activities are exactly the preoccupations of those who are looking away from G-d and toward a de-based state of being, which is what caused the Bene alohim -whatever their origin- to fall in the first place. More particularly, what caused them to fall was sexual desire, entirely unnecessary and inappropriate for an angelic being, and a consequence of the lower nature and mortality of man. The Book of Enoch emphasises and extreme nature of this failing. As the plan is conceived, Semyaza, the leader of the angels said to the others:
“I fear that you may not wish this deed to be done and that I alone will pay for this great sin.”
…the Lord said to Michael: “Go, inform Semyaza, and the others
with him, who have associated with the women to corrupt themselves with them in all their uncleanness. When all their sons kill each other, and when they see the destruction of their loved ones, bind them for seventy generations, under the hills of the earth, until the day of their judgment and of their consummation, until the judgment, which is for all eternity, is accomplished. And in those days, they will lead them to the Abyss of Fire; in torment, and in prison they will be shut up for all eternity. And then Semyaza will be burnt, and from then on destroyed with them; together they will be bound until the end of all generations.
Inspired or no, the Book of Enoch helps illuminates a central the truth of Judeo-Christianity, and of Science, that reproduction -which is a form of self-expansion– is the province of fallen beings, and never before in recorded history has the theme of self-expansion loomed so large as it does today.
ELIJAH THE PROPHET
Malichai 4: 5 – 6 backs up the thought that there is more to the time of the coming of the Son of Man than mere ignorance, when the prophet writes:
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes.” He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
Like the days the Noah, the condition of those upon the earth at this time is such that, without the prophesied turning of the tide of evil in which the hearts of the children are turned to the parents, a Flood-like destruction would again be imposed upon the people of the earth.
W.B. Yeats’ The Second Coming: