Skip to comments.When The Door Shuts...Genesis 7 pt 2
Posted on 03/12/2013 11:05:52 AM PDT by pastorbillrandles
In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noahs wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the Lord shut him in.(Genesis 7:13-16)
Seven days before the long promised, yet long-delayed wrath of God was poured out upon the earth, the Lord called Noah into the ark, along with the clean and unclean animals and birds and beasts which God had assembled. They waited there in the ark for one week, no doubt to allow any other people from the World that was to escape.
The door remained open for one final week. Whosoever would but heed the call of Noah and his renown fathers, Enoch, Methuselah and Lamech, could yet be saved. But by the time of the last week the people were utterly oblivious. Jesus said of them that it was business as usual for them , until the day Noah entered into the Ark, they knew not until the flood came and took them all away . (Matthew 24:39)
After seven days , God himself closed the door.
What is the significance in scripture of the open or closed door? As long as the door is open, there remains a chance for men to be saved from the coming wrath. But there does come a time when God closes the door.
We are told in the story of another judgment and escape, that of Lot from out of Sodom and Gomorrah, that the perverted men of the citycompassed the house, gathering at Lots door,
And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him, And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly. Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof. And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door. And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.(Genesis 19:6-11)
Notice that Lot himself tried to shut the door on the menacing revelers of Sodom, but they nearly broke the door down in order to ravage Lots angelic guests. Lot wasnt able to shut the door, for God alone can open or shut the ultimate doors. It was only when Gods angels pulled Lot into the house, and shut Lots door, that the door was effectively shut.
Once the door was shut, those outside were blinded and unable to so much as find the door. (Try to imagine being driven by so great a lust that even when blinded by Angels, they sought to get in a ravage the guests!).
Jesus used the same metaphor when he warned the presumptuous, who imagine that they are already saved, by virtue of being close to Jesus or perhaps of having taken communion, or hearing Christian teaching, without ever having been broken under conviction and truly calling upon the name of the Lord.
When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets; But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.(Luke 13:25-28)
Does not our Lord refer to himself as the door? He to whom the Ark of Noah only pointed to, (for he is the only true refuge from the coming storm of Gods wrath), He alone is the way to the heavenly Father.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.( John 10:7-9)
For the time being, the door is open, but the hour is late. Soon the Master will rise and shut the door, and whoever is in will remain in, but those who are out will be stuck, outside the door. Few in Noahs day realized the significance of the obscure little family, moving into the huge wooden structure, they had been working on for 120 years. As the assortment of animals began to climb aboard the structure, perhaps some wondered, but not for long.
There were too many other amusements, distractions, fine foods and entertainments going on for them to think too deeply about the eccentric family with its menagerie of animals, clambering aboard the pitch covered building. After seven days of settling and waiting within the Ark, the door was shut and the raindrops began to fall.
Have you looked at the Book of Enouch and the Book of Jasher? The Pre-Flood World must have been a wierd place.
Think of the Burning Sword blazing in the night and the souls wanting to get into the garden, but can't. There is no record of that sword being gone and no record of it being there after the flood. So my belief is that they had two testimonies for a very long time, that of the Burning Sword and that of Adam.
And what do you think was the testimony of Adam? Well, all you have to look at is the first fews books of Genesis and realize he lived for 930 years. What do you think he told, over and over, to those who asked what was behind the Blazing Sword and in the garden? For He and Eve were the only ones who had been in the garden.
Despite that testimony for 930 years, mankind corrupted to the point where "The LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually"
My thinking is that, at first, it was very family oriented being relative to Adam and becoming more corrupted despite the continued presence of the Flaming Sword. Such is the progressively worse nature of Man under sin.
If’n ya wanna get REALLY WEIRDED OUT Read Gen 6. Just think Noah’s Dad would have known and talked to Adam’s kid Seth.
Yes, the generations overlap for the majority of it's time. The loss of information wouldn't have been like it is today. Everyone's thinking is relative to one's self these days, but back then it would have been relative to Adam and that Garden. For those two could not have been dismissed so easily.
I'm also thinking it was very lush and full of huge trees, vines, thorns and weeds. It must have been a lot of work to till the ground and produce the good fruit despite the thorns and weeds and hard labor would have been the norm of the day.
So it is also my belief that when the children were sent to Adam (out of their many questions about the sword), they sent offerings of food and clothing for him so that he would tell the story: "In the Beginning GOD created the HEAVENS and THE EARTH..."
And the “canopy” would have made the o2 Level MUCH more that now and the Atmosphereic Pressure would have been 1/3 more than now.
Yes, it would have provided a great Greenhouse Effect making our trees appear to be stunted shrubs to them.
The breaking down of that canopy and "windows in the sky", I believe made that catastrophic, world wide flood knocking down the trees to make the layers of charcoal we now know as coal beds. And from those pressed beds, oil that we now take for granted, dismissing the flood.
You are very right to point out the spiritual symbol of the Ark's door. God will not always be patient with man, there will be an end, just as he shut the door on that era, just as he smote Sodom and Gomorrah, Just as he closed the waters over Egypt's Chariots, and one day separate the sheep from the goats.
Now is the day to turn to Him, while He is near, and listening. Now is that day to forsake your sins and the old self and be born again into new life. For He says "though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow". Throw away your old life and the old self upon His Cross and receive the Love He had for folks like us by His going to it in our places. It is the only Love that always gets better and never goes away.
And yet, the ark was only large enough to save Noah, his family and the animals.
further proof that Christians are NOT raptured 7 years before Christ’s return. The 7 days is the time God waits giving all the last chance to repent and turn to Him. Just like the end of our world will be, but we’ll all be here.