Then the LORD said to Noah, “Go into the ark, you and all your household, for I have seen that you are righteous before me in this generation."
I recently read a summary of Genesis 6:5-14 and Genesis 7:1-16 that goes something like this: Noah could build, he could preach, he could bear the ridicule and mocking of the people. But, as strong as he was there was one thing he could not do. He could not shut the door. Only God could shut the door, in His instructions for building the Ark, God told Noah to "set the door of the Ark in its side." Genesis 6:16 The Ark had only one door to pass through to escape God's judgment, much like Christ is the only door to pass through from the present-day judgment that is to come.
When God closed the door of the Ark, it was too late, the mockers were then closed off from protection and were consumed by the flood that covered the earth. Did you know that every man was given the chance to enter the ark, however, they only mocked Noah and when they saw the rain, it was too late.
In Genesis 6:5, God's Word tells us that God had had enough, "Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." The story of Noah is written for us to know that God will someday, most likely very soon, come and close the door on this generation and it will be too late.
The good news is that there is still time, Jesus Christ is our present-day "Ark" who is calling us all to come in. Jesus said, "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9 The point of Jesus' statement "I am the door" is that the Pharisees were rejecting their only access to God. Jesus put it another way when He said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but by Me." John 14:6
Just as God prepared a way of escape from His wrath during Noah's time, He is warning us to repent and enter into safety from His wrath to come. It's hard to believe that our God who is love is capable of destroying His creation and all that is in it, however, it is written in the Apostle's Creed, that He will come again to judge the living and the dead. Those who are living in Christ shall have eternal life, and those who are living outside of Christ shall perish into darkness, absent from God.
Let us not be scoffers and let us not think that everything will continue on as it always has, let us not reject Jesus as the true God who will come to be our Judge.
"Yes, I am coming quickly."