The last part of the story of Noah contains God’s promise symbolized in a rainbow. Whenever the skies turn dark and rains fall, a rainbow appears to remind us 30 noahs dayall that God has promised never to destroy the earth again – – that is never to destroy the earth again by a flood. Yet we know that there is another day coming. It’s called the “day of the Lord.” 2 Peter 3:10 teaches us, “…the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” Although the earth will never be flooded again, it will be burned.

When Jesus taught us that truth, He related it to the story of Noah. In Matthew 24:37-41 Jesus said, “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. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.”

I like the way James Montgomery Boice explains this verse: He writes, “That judgment came once, and it will come again. But we note that even as Christ speaks of judgment, he speaks also of those who will belong to him in that day and will be spared. Like those in the ark—Noah and his wife, his three sons and their wives—those who are united to Christ by saving faith shall be borne up above the waters of that final judgment and shall be kept safe. As in Noah’s day, the judgment that sweeps down on the world will bring eternal loss to those who have rejected the way of salvation but eternal bliss and security to those who are in Christ. In the ark Noah was surrounded by the evidence of judgment, but he was safe. So may you be, if you are in Christ. If you are not, now is the time to renounce your sinful way of life and come to him.”