It is evident that wickedness of all kinds is on the increase. One would have to be blind and deaf or devoid of proper mentality in order not to be aware of world conditions. The world is fast becoming comparable to the prevalent conditions in the time of Noah just before the flood.
1. What conditions prevailed in the time of Noah?
“Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually….The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” Genesis 6:5, 11.
2. Prior to Christ’s return what conditions can we expect to see?
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate,they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, theydrank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.” Luke 17:26-30.
3. Is the world destined to get better or worse?
“But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and beingdeceived.” 2 Timothy 3:13.
4. What will be the attitude towards truth?
“Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now asJannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth:men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith.” 2 Timothy3:7, 8. “For the time will come when they will not endure sounddoctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers;and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables.” 2 Timothy 4:3, 4.
5. How did Jesus indicate there would be no time prior to Christ’s return when the world would be converted?
Read Matthew 24:30; Revelation 6:14-17
NOTE: The preaching of the gospel is not destined to bring about world conversion. The gospel is preached “for a witness.” After the proclamation of truth then Christ returns. Read Matthew 24:14.
The inhabitants of earth in these last days may be divided into two groups. There are those who look for the second advent but they do not expect Christ to put an end to this present world, but to rule it, offering a second chance to the nations. There are those who are looking for the day of the Lord. This is the end of the world, the coming of Christ, a day of destruction. “The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.” Zephaniah 1:14. God help us to be ready for His appearing.