THE DAYS OF NOAH
Mankind's Rebellion Against God
By David Ben Yakov
© 2007 David Ben Yakov / Delusion Resistance
IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU READ THE ARTICLES IN THIS SERIES IN THE FOLLOWING SUCCESSION:
1. IN THE DAYS OF NOAH - THE SONS OF GOD AND THE NEPHILIM - Click on the link to the left.
2. IN THE DAYS OF NOAH - GENE MANIPULATION IN THE ANTEDILUVIAN WORLD - Click on the link to the left.
3. IN THE DAYS OF NOAH - THE ANTEDILUVIAN HOMOSEXUAL AGENDA - Click on the link to the left.
4. IN THE DAYS OF NOAH - BIRTH CONTROL AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD - Click on the link to the left.
7. THE ARTICLE ON THIS PAGE
LEGEND: Normal Text, Biblical Text, Extra-Biblical Text, Secular Text
In this series of articles we have been looking at one scripture and we've then been examining what the ramifications of the words of Yeshua are concerning His warning. The scripture we have been looking is as follows:
So far, we've seen in our study, that the days of Noah (Noe) had many parallels to our modern time in history. We saw that some rebellious angels left their heavenly estate and cohabitated with human woman and that the result of that union was what was known as the Nephilim. We also examined some extra-biblical texts; namely the book of Enoch, Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon and saw that they confirm the history where the angels are concerned as well as their offspring, the Nephilim. We also looked at the modern day Nephilim in the manner of them residing in genetically produced shells that some refer to as aliens or extraterrestrials.
We've also looked at what appears to be scripture as well as references from Jubilees and Jasher that show that the angels taught, among other things, the practice of gene manipulation to mankind. We now have a clear understanding of where the ancients got their many strange gods, such as the unicorn, the minotaur, the centaur and other oddities. They were stories passed down from the antediluvian period. We then saw how genetic manipulation is nothing but that practice revived in our modern day.
Thirdly, we looked at scripture and became aware that homosexuality and same-sex marriage really aren't anything new, but were quite the norm before Noah's flood that destroyed the world.
Fourth, we looked at birth control, and how it existed in the antediluvian world and is being repeated in our modern society.
Fifth, we looked at the climate of earth before the flood, and how our modern climate might become similar to that time.
Sixth, we looked at drug abuse on antediluvian earth, and how it was used for magical purposes. We examined how modern times parallel the former things. Just as it says in Ecclesiastes; "There is nothing new under the sun."
Now we will look at the rebellion that occurred during the antediluvian times and see how it parallels our modern times.
What Do The Ancient Texts Tell Us?
As we've mentioned before, the Biblical texts are pretty vague about the antediluvian world. There are hints here and there about conditions, but nothing quite clear; no history is really mentioned. There are some people, including myself who would like to know more about the times in which these things happened. There are some well known books that talk a little about the history of these times, as that history has been passed down by tradition and in writings. A couple of these books are the writings of Josephus and also that of Philo; both historians of a high caliber. These two writers are accepted by both Jews and Christians alike and they are referred to in many works.
Another book that receives less recognition is the book of Enoch. It was revered by the Jewish community, from about 400 BCE till about 400 CE, as being a historical book. When it was omitted from canon by the Council of Nicea, its support waned and gradually its popularity fell by the wayside. The Book of Judah, found in the Brit Hadasha, chapter 1, verses 6-7, refers to Enoch. Judah account about the fallen angels of Genesis and how they are punished. Chapter 1:14-15 gives a direct quote from the book of Enoch. So if Judah, the brother of Yeshua thought Enoch worthy enough to quote from, perhaps we should see it worthy of some attention. Helping the Book of Enoch's cause is the fact that it has been found in the Dead Sea Scrolls. So in this author's opinion, I see it as worthwhile for one to use some of the extra-biblical books to enforce scripture. Again, this should be done only if two things occur with the use of those books. The books and their content MUST bear witness with what is written in scripture, and they must bear witness to the Ruach Ha Kodesh, and His ministry in the Body of Christ. The Book of Enoch, the Book of Jared, the Book of Jubilees and the Testament of The Patriarchs all seem to follow that course. As far as I can tell, the others (non canonical books) are perversions of the truth, or at best just embellished stories.
What Is Rebellion Anyway?
Since this part of the "In The Days of Noah" series is about rebellion in the antediluvian world and its reemergence in the of human history that we are living now, it seems proper that we look at the word "rebellion" in its Biblical definition and then in a present day definition. It is very important to know what we are talking about and how it is defined in the time that the Bible was written and today too. We cannot know of the ills of the preflood world if we don't know that they are ills to begin with. Yahweh hates rebellion with a white hot anger. He hates sin too, but sin is a result of rebellion. If you want to know how Yahweh feels about rebellion just look at a passage in Isaiah chapter 13:
We know that Yahweh hates sin and rebellion mainly because he is contrary to those things. When Adam and Chava sinned they were kicked out of the Garden of Eden and all of mankind fell. We read Yahweh's thoughts about rebelliousness in a passage of scripture in 1 Samuel:
These words were spoken by the prophet Samuel to King Saul after he had conquered a city, but didn't obey Yahweh's commands of what to do with the spoils of the city. Yahweh told Saul that nothing was to be taken out of the city after it was conquered, but the Israelite army looted the city and walked away with the spoils. Because of this Saul lost his anointing that day and the anointing was given to David. Wanting to know the actual meaning of the word for "rebellion" in the passage in 1 Samuel I looked up the word and yielded the following result:
Knowing that rebellion actually means rebellion might sound like a trivial thing to accomplish, but we must know the correct context of the scripture. There are times when words that have been translated into English from Hebrew in the scripture have different or accentuated meanings when they are researched. With this knowledge in place, I made the decision to look up the word "rebellion" in the online Merriam Webster dictionary. The following results were obtained:
Now that we have an expanded definition or "rebellion" we can understand a little better what rebellion toward Yahweh really mean. The act of sin is rebellion toward Yahweh. It just isn't a minor infraction, like running a stop sign is compared to premeditated murder is under the law of the land. All sin is rebellion, an opposition to Yahweh, whether we intended to sin or not. Picture a very large magnet with the positive side pointing down. Now picture a tiny magnet with the positive side pointing up. The little magnet thinks that it's positive side is powerful, but in comparison to the large magnet its power is insignificant. As it tries to assert its authority against the large magnet it is repelled away. Sin acts in a very similar manner. It is the pride of mankind that tries to assert itself against the holiness and majesty of Yahweh and as definition two of "rebellion" states, a usually unsuccessful defiance or or resistance, toward Yahweh.
Ever since I was a young child I had been close to my cousin, the son of my dad's brother. Through the years our rebellion toward Yahweh brought us even closer to each other. We fished together, hung out together and abused drugs together. In 1979 Yahweh finally got through my hard heart and after a series of events that showed me how much of a scumbag I really was occurred I listened to my friend Arthur and came to faith in Yeshua. My cousin didn't know what to think of this big change and he would ask me questions constantly about my new faith. I answered the best that I could all of his questions. One of the questions that he asked me was about sin. He asked me about the degrees of sin and I explained to him that it really didn't work that way. I told him that in Yahweh's eyes a shoplifter was just as guilty as a serial murderer. What I tried to convey to my cousin is that when we break a human law we are told that we don't have the best of character because we broke THE law. In this, it is conveyed that of the whole scope of the law, we broke one aspect; but what we did by breaking even a little law is that we broke THE law. Humanity breaks laws down in the manner that it finds crimes detestable. Stealing a pen isn't as serious as burglary which isn't as serious as murder according to our way of reckoning things. But, we still broke the law because the law is seen to be an entity with many parts, sort of like a body.
If we take things a step farther we will want to see what the definition of witchcraft is because it will clarify some of what this article is trying to convey. According to The Occult Dictionary, witchcraft is:
What is the practice of spells and magick? Well, in modern terms it is certain incantations and practices that the witch believes will summon the forces of nature so as to to the bidding of the witch. Witches in conventional times try to break up the practice or witchcraft into two or more subsets; the major ones being white witches and black witches. According to them, white witches are good witches because they try to cast spells to bring love and such while black witches do the same to bring about malevolence against the person that they cast the spells and magick against. In either case, they ignore what Yahweh said because he told Israel:
So we have seen how in the Mosaic covenant rebellion is described and Yahweh tells us what His will is about sin, iniquity and rebellion. His feelings are also enforced in the Messianic Covenant as echoed by Paul the Apostle:
We see here that Paul expands the sin of rebellion a lot more than the scripture in 1 Samuel. All of the things that are explained above have their roots in rebellion and are manifestations of rebellion. This is summed up by John in one of his epistles:
Okay, so we are asserting that if the words of Yeshua are true, then we should see a correlation between the conditions before the flood and our modern day world. But we need to take a little closer look at our modern world before we look at the world before the flood, or specifically the root of rebellion before the flood. Not a day goes by when we fail to see at least three or four indications of rebellion as they are described in Galatians. Sexual immorality abounds and the sad thing is that it has been around for so long that people today really don't recognize it anymore. It has become the norm for society. Hardly anyone is pure or decent anymore and as a matter of fact it seems that people go out of their way to be impure and indecent. Whether it be on television, on the radio or television or just in daily life it seems like everyone is dirty and stained with sin. More and more people are reaching out to the occult; some to it's seemingly minor aspects like horoscopes and fortune cookies, through the medium aspects like Ouija Boards and sťances and the hardcore stuff like consulting mediums and even outright worship of nature or the gods of nature.
In case you haven't noticed, drug abuse is pandemic in our society and this society has changed things around a little, labeling drug experimenting and addiction as a sickness instead of a sin. The airwaves of television are littered with programs about crime. It seems like feuding and fighting are laughed at and looked at with intrigue everywhere you good and everywhere you look. Jealousy is rampant and it isn't just relational jealousy anymore, but it is jealousy of just about anything that someone else has. Anger permeates our society resulting in personal crimes over even the stupidest of things that a generation ago would not have angered anyone. Selfishness abounds like never before and if anyone does good they do it for self image, not because it is the right thing to do. People are breaking into factions religiously, racially and politically and these things are sitting on a powder keg that could explode at any minute. All of these things are indicators of the age that we live in.
However a good argument could be made that these things have existed in one form or another all throughout history. This is a valid argument. Our human nature is a sin nature and sin is what sinners do the best. So how in the world would rebellion, which seems to be natural in our sin nature differentiate our age from any other age when it comes to comparing our present time to The Days of Noah? There is one element that has been left out of the equation so far, that when we examine it, we will know that our age is equal to the age when the antediluvian fathers roamed the earth. That element is the element of willful sin and willful rebellion.
So how does willful rebellion differ from our inherited sinful nature? The simple answer to that question is that a person or group of persons knows the requirements of Yahweh and the restrictions or limits that He has set for mankind; and that person or persons strive to reject of offend the simple rules and regulations that He has set forth to make life on earth pleasant and palatable. A simple illustration would be owing money to the Internal Revenue Service. A person who has a lot of cares in this life could possibly forget to pay the IRS the money that they own and that was an honest mistake. In like manner, getting cut off by some moron on the freeway could cause a response to come from your lips that you didn't mean to say; that is sin but not willful rebellion. Now, let's say that a person is rebellious and they own the IRS for taxes and they make a conscious decision not to pay. The argue within themselves that they're tired of paying taxes and that they're so fed up that they will never pay taxes again. Or, what about the driver that cuts you off in traffic. You could let it slide and the matter would be forgotten, or you could follow him to his destination and get into a word argument which will turn into a physical altercation; this is a willful act; or as the law calls it, premeditated.
Willful Rebellion Before The Flood And During Noah's Time:
Willful rebellion has been around since the very beginning; starting with Adam and Chava. At the beginning however, Adam and Chava didn't have a sin nature; they were as the Bible says, beguiled:
And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Genesis 3:13
The Hebrew word in this passage that is used for beguiled is Nasha' and it means to be "deceived." But was Chava really deceived, or was it willful rebellion? We must read the whole passage to see the whole story:
Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Genesis 3:1-7
At this point in the history of all things Lucifer was a fallen being. In essence, he was the father of sin. Yahweh was clean in His instructions to both Adam and Chava telling them that their lives would change forever in a negative fashion if they ate of the fruit. Notice too that Chava had already gotten Yahweh's message wrong because Yahweh never told them that they would die if they merely touched the tree. So Lucifer knew that Chava already had perverted Yahweh's instructions which made her an easy mark. Just a few suggestions to her caused her to doubt Yahweh's instructions and she was enticed to eat of the fruit of the tree.
Nobody really knows that went through Adam's mind before he ate the fruit. Many people speculate a variety of different scenarios. Some think that he knew that Chava was doomed and he loved her so much that he sacrificed eternity to be with her and her misery. That is a lovely speculation and perhaps it is true. But perhaps he surmised that Chava had eaten the fruit and she was still standing there, not dead and he blew off Yahweh's warning and ate of that fruit. In either case they both realized that they were naked, and they knew that being naked was wrong so they tried to hide their nakedness. This proves quite clearly that even without Yahweh's Laws spelled out, that there is some sort of base instinct built within all of us that knows basic right from wrong; leaving us without excuse.
The next story has more than one example of willful disobedience told in its text:
And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him. And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground. Genesis 4:3-10
It is interesting that both Cain and Abel thought to present a sacrifice to Yahweh. This has to mean that at some point Yahweh instructed Adam and his descendants that sacrifice was necessary in order to please Elohim. We do not know if Yahweh sat them down, much like He did to Moshe to give them covenant instructions; but they somehow knew about sacrifice. Sacrifice is denoted by giving up or away something that is dear to you. To a herdsman it would be a prize sheep, which is what Abel offered to Yahweh.
Cain on the other hand offered fruit of the ground. Notice that it came from the ground; not a tree, but the ground. Remember also that the ground was cursed by Yahweh. If there had been instruction about correct sacrifice, which there probably was, then Yahweh would have told was was acceptable and what was not. If, like in the Torah, instruction was given to bring to sacrifice a lamb without spot or wrinkle then, if Cain was going to honor Yahweh, he could have asked his brother for a lamb or could have bartered for one. Instead, he offered a cursed crop from a cursed land as a sacrifice to El Elyon. It would be equivalent to someone offering a pig for sacrifice in the Temple of Yahweh.
Cain did not stop there however. After Yahweh rejected his offering, he got mad at Yahweh and ultimately, his anger caused a jealous anger and that caused him to murder his brother. Willful disobedience always leads to destruction.
Looking at Biblical history, it would seem that rebellion was not a widespread problem. We read of personal accounts, like the one with Cain but we don't see it mentioned concerning the other sons and daughters of Adam and Chava. Perhaps this is because the others were not main players in the story. Adam and Chava had another son which they named Seth and Seth had a son that he named Enosh. Something very interesting happens during the time of Enosh as we read below:
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enos: then began men to call upon the name of the LORD. Genesis 4:26
At first glance it appears that this is akin to a revival because the text says that men began to call upon the name of Yahweh. However a simple word study reveals that the opposite was true.
The first word that we come to is the word "Began" which in Hebrews is:
BEGAN: chalal חלל Strongs H2490
1) to profane, defile, pollute, desecrate, begin
1) to profane oneself, defile oneself, pollute oneself
2) to be polluted, be defiled
1) to profane, make common, defile, pollute
2) to violate the honour of, dishonour
3) to violate (a covenant)
4) to treat as common
c) (Pual) to profane (name of God)
It's pretty clear to see that the translators of the King James Version of the Bible didn't get this word right when they translated the Bible into English. There were revivals before the flood, but what the writer of Genesis is telling us is that profanity started during the days of Enosh. This translation works better because the first few chapters of Genesis relate to a fallen condition of mankind, not a return to Yahweh.
But what about the Hebrew word for "call?" What does that really mean?
CALL: Qara; קָרָא Strongs H7121
1) to call, call out, recite, read, cry out, proclaim
1) to call, cry, utter a loud sound
2) to call unto, cry (for help), call (with name of God)
3) to proclaim
4) to read aloud, read (to oneself), read
5) to summon, invite, call for, call and commission, appoint, call and endow
6) to call, name, give name to, call by
1) to call oneself
2) to be called, be proclaimed, be read aloud, be summoned, be named
c) (Pual) to be called, be named, be called out, be chosen
So we see that this word means to call, cry out, call oneself or proclaim; pretty simple huh? However the next word helps us to understand clearly not only what the scripture is telling us, but the condition of mankind at this time in history.
Note should be taken to stress that the term "upon the name" is not quite correct. In this scripture there is no word for "upon the" mentioned. Hence, the scripture should read:
Chalal Qara Shem which reads in English "profane call name."
We're starting to see a freaky thing developing before the flood, "In The Days of Noah." Let's look at some of the ways that these words could be put together to see the condition of humankind before the flood:
Of course we have to look at the meaning of the word "profane" to get the full impact of what happened during the days of Enosh. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines "profane" in the following manner:
verb \prō-fān, prə-\ transitive verb
1: to treat (something sacred) with abuse, irreverence, or contempt : desecrate
2: to debase by a wrong, unworthy, or vulgar use
We see all of these things today; people using the name of Yeshua or Yahweh to curse people, to stress importance by using Yahweh's name in vain or of using His name as a common way of taking an oath that they don't really mean.
From time to time I like to use some extrabiblical books as historical references; much like pastors and theologians use the works of Josephus and Philo for historical clarity. There are four historical books that were revered by the Jewish theologians of Yeshua's time that I like to cite from: Enoch 1; The Book of Jubilees; The Testament of the Patriarchs and The Book of Jared.
The Book of Jared examines in more detail the people of Enosh's time; their ways and how Yahweh tried to deal with their rebellion:
And Seth lived one hundred and five years, and he begat a son; and Seth called the name of his son Enosh, saying, Because in that time the sons of men began to multiply, and to afflict their souls and hearts by transgressing and rebelling against God. And it was in the days of Enosh that the sons of men continued to rebel and transgress against God, to increase the anger of the Lord against the sons of men. And the sons of men went and they served other gods, and they forgot the Lord who had created them in the earth: and in those days the sons of men made images of brass and iron, wood and stone, and they bowed down and served them. And every man made his god and they bowed down to them, and the sons of men forsook the Lord all the days of Enosh and his children; and the anger of the Lord was kindled on account of their works and abominations which they did in the earth. And the Lord caused the waters of the river Gihon to overwhelm them, and he destroyed and consumed them, and he destroyed the third part of the earth, and notwithstanding this, the sons of men did not turn from their evil ways, and their hands were yet extended to do evil in the sight of the Lord. Jared 2:2-6
So Jared pretty well sums up how mankind in the days of Enosh rebelled against Yahweh. Not only did they profane His name with their words, but with all of their actions and every intent of their hearts.
I have heard people say that these things happened many years before "the Days of Noah," because Noah was last in the line of the antediluvian patriarchs. A careful study of birthdates and death dates shows however that Noah was alive during the days of Enosh and vise versa. Enosh was born circa the year 235 and he died in the year 1140. Noah was born in the year 1056 so he had 84 years to get to know Enosh. Summing it up, 84 years of Enosh's life were in "The Days of Noah."
In the days of Jared angels known as Watchers came down to earth. Some came to help mankind so that mankind could walk in righteousness before Yahweh but for the most part they were ignored. The anthesis to the good watchers was the fallen watchers; the beings that Genesis chapter six calls "the sons of God." We know them to be fallen angels. We discussed these beings, and their offspring, the Nephilim in the first article of this series.
One of the deeds that the "sons of God" did was that they brought forbidden knowledge and introduced it to mankind. There was various types of "technology" that they introduced, ranging from beauty enhancements for women, to the study and practice of magic and also the implements of warfare.
In our current day we see the same sort of thing. I don't that it was by accident that sudden burst of technological wonders that we have seen in the past seventy years "just happened," but was introduced again by fallen angels intent on debasing mankind and drawing away many souls by appealing to "the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life." All of these thing add to the rebellion of humankind against Yahweh and allow Satan inroads into the lives of everyone who forsakes Yahweh for the pleasures of this life.
In another article of this series we studied how in the years before the flood mankind was actually involved in genetic manipulation of species and between species. The odd creatures mentioned in Greek and Roman mythology, in my estimation, are not the inventions of some imaginative Greek philosophers, but are probably embedded memories of events before Noah's flood.
Seeing Parallels Through Scripture:
We can see that history is again repeating itself and we find ourselves hearing the words of Solomon who stated in Ecclesiastes:
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after. Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
Mankind is in rebellion toward Yahweh and as each day comes it seems like the rebellion grows larger; willful rebellion with intent that is hell-bent on perverting each and every thing that Yahweh gave to mankind. The Apostles talked about these things in their writings. Before we cite some of their prophecies, let me state one thing. If we can read the words that Yahweh gave to us in the way of commandments and life's lessons of what not to do, we can pretty well assume that the things that he warns us not to do were committed in the antediluvian world and if so, then when Yeshua told us that at His return the world would resemble the days just before the flood we can get a good picture of the days to come, and even our current day:
1. This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3. Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4. Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7. Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
8. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
9. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as their's also was. 2 Timothy 3:1-9
And of course, Romans chapter one talks about rebellion. Read it, remembering that there is nothing new under the sun; and all things that are done were done before:
18. For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21. Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23. And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27. And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29. Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30. Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31. Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Romans 1:18-32
The last verse of Romans says something interesting and so truthful when it comes to rebellion. It states that those who are rebellions know that there is a penalty yet they mock Yahweh by continuing to sin and they even have pleasure when other people rebel in like manner. This was the society before the flood, in Noah's time and it the state of our society today.
Preaching And Revival In Both Epoch's:
Yahweh is always faithful to never leave us hanging without help or hope of redemption. In every society, in every city, every nation and all around the world; wherever there is oppressive darkness there is an individual, or a group of people who shed light in that darkness. Today we see that in so many ways. Churches are alive in all nations on earth. Even when we're not able to gather lawfully, believers in Yeshua meet to uphold each other and pray for Yahweh's will to be accomplished. There is always one voice crying out in the wilderness; whether it be in a prison, on a street corner or on the television or radio.
Many people are surprised to find out that there was an evangelist that preached during the antediluvian times. This man was Noah's great-grandfather, Enoch. Here is an account from the Book of Jubilees that talks about the ministry of Enoch:
And Adam knew Eve his wife and she bare yet nine sons.
And in the fifth week of the fifth jubilee [225-31 A.M.] Seth took AzŻr‚ his sister to be his wife, and in the fourth (year of the sixth week) [235 A.M.] she bare him Enos.
He began to call on the name of the Lord on the earth. (profane the name of the Lord)
And in the seventh jubilee in the third week [309-15 A.M.] Enos took NŰ‚m his sister to be his wife, and she bare him a son in the third year of the fifth week, and he called his name Kenan.
And at the close of the eighth jubilee [325, 386-3992 A.M.] Kenan took MŻalÍlÍth his sister to be his wife, and she bare him a son in the ninth jubilee, in the first week in the third year of this week, [395 A.M] and he called his name Mahalalel.
And in the second week of the tenth jubilee [449-55 A.M.] Mahalalel took unto him to wife Dinah, the daughter of Barakiel the daughter of his father's brother, and she bare him a son in the third week in the sixth year, [461 A.M.] and he called his name Jared, for in his days the angels of the Lord descended on the earth, those who are named the Watchers, that they should instruct the children of men, and that they should do judgment and uprightness on the earth.
And in the eleventh jubilee [512-18 A.M.] Jared took to himself a wife, and her name was Baraka, the daughter of R‚sŻj‚l, a daughter of his father's brother, in the fourth week of this jubilee, [522 A.M.] and she bare him a son in the fifth week, in the fourth year of the jubilee, and he called his name Enoch.
And he was the first among men that are born on earth who learnt writing and knowledge and wisdom and who wrote down the signs of heaven according to the order of their months in a book, that men might know the seasons of the years according to the order of their separate months.
And he was the first to write a testimony and he testified to the sons of men among the generations of the earth, and recounted the weeks of the jubilees, and made known to them the days of the years, and set in order the months and recounted the Sabbaths of the years as we made (them), known to him.
And what was and what will be he saw in a vision of his sleep, as it will happen to the children of men throughout their generations until the day of judgment; he saw and understood everything, and wrote his testimony, and placed the testimony on earth for all the children of men and for their generations.
And in the twelfth jubilee, [582-88] in the seventh week thereof, he took to himself a wife, and her name was Edna, the daughter of Danel, the daughter of his father's brother, and in the sixth year in this week [587 A.M.] she bare him a son and he called his name Methuselah.
And he was moreover with the angels of God these six jubilees of years, and they showed him everything which is on earth and in the heavens, the rule of the sun, and he wrote down everything.
And he testified to the Watchers, who had sinned with the daughters of men; for these had begun to unite themselves, so as to be defiled, with the daughters of men, and Enoch testified against (them) all. Jubilees 4:1-13
A good read of the book Enoch 1 shows that Enoch was responsible for at least two revivals upon the earth during his ministry years. At one point the book states that he won over almost all of the people (humans) on earth for Yahweh; however they would soon lapse back into sin and rebellion. Enoch was so popular, and he had such a wonderful relationship with Yahweh that the fallen angels asked him to intercede for them before Yahweh. Yahweh's answer was not favorable in their behalf and he condemned them to Tartarus.
So we have seen that when Yeshua told us in his discourse in Matthew 24; that when He will return, the state of affairs on earth will be just like in The Days of Noah. We have seen in other articles how this applies to things like the Return of The Nephilim; Gene manipulation; same sex marriage and homosexuality; planned parenthood; global warming and drug abuse. In this article we have seen how rebellion toward Yahweh reigned before the Flood of Noah's Time and how it is reigning now and it will get much worse before it gets better.
Yeshua told us these things so that we could see the signs of the times. While the events and the condition of society are not easily knowable through study of Biblical Canon, they are quite understandable if we use the extrabiblical books that the Jews revered during the time of Yeshua. While they are extrabiblical now there is good evidence to believe that they were held to be scripture during the time of Yeshua. They have all been found to some degree in the Dead Sea Scrolls; so if the Essenes thought it worthwhile to study them then perhaps we should use them to fill in some of the gaps where Biblical knowledge is concerned.
The understanding of Scripture can only be accomplished with the aid of the Ruach Ha Kodesh (Holy Spirit) and I want to thank Him with all of my heart for giving me knowledge and understanding and allowing me to be able to put these things into a written format for many to understand. To El Elyon be the Glory!
David Ben Yakov