26 ‘Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
9 ‘To me this is like the days of Noah,
when I swore that the waters of Noah would never again cover the earth.
So now I have sworn not to be angry with you, never to rebuke you again.
2 Peter 2:5
5 if he did not spare the ancient world when he brought the flood on its ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness, and seven others;
1 Peter 3:20-21
20 to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also–not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
I now look at the tribulation in AD70 like the flood. Noah was elected to bring about the transition between the world before the flood and the world after. So he preached and warn those whom God will judge. Through the ark Noah transitioned from the old to the new. He then repopulated the earth with the elected.
Jesus said the “last days” will be like the days of Noah. I have understood it to mean this way. Jesus will bring about the transition between the old and the new earth. By that he meant “Israel, Jerusalem and the law” will be changed into “the true sons of Abraham, new Jerusalem and the law of Christ which is written into the hearts”.
So God preserved himself 144,000 and numerous Gentiles and got them out of Jerusalem. These were called the elect. See Revelation 7.
They were to repopulate the new earth with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
So as God flooded the earth and brought an end to Noah’s former earth, God burned down the “old earth” i. e. Jerusalem to bring about a new Jerusalem.
He also burned the “old heaven” down. That was the temple. So that after the “fires”, God lives in a new temple. We are that temple.
Today we have transitioned from the old “heaven and earth”. We have crossed over. It is important for is to note that the term “heaven and earth” is a term that meant where heaven mets earth.
Think of it this way. Heaven is God’s home and earth is ours. Both separated because of sin. God in his mercy thereafter made it possible to have the two spheres meet. He did it via the temple. Where “heaven” meets “earth” through the blood of a lamb. That was the old “heaven and earth”. That was how God met men.
When John says Jesus was the Word became flesh, he used this word, he “tabernacled” among us. The temple suddenly was no longer the “heaven and earth”. Jesus became the place where God met men. After all, he is both God and man. Jesus became the temple. That’s why he said “I will destroy this temple and build in up in 3 days”. He was speaking of himself as the new temple.
When Jesus died he sent his spirit to his Father who then returned on Pentecost and filled the apostles. Paul calls our bodies the sanctuary or the temple of the Holy Spirit.
In AD70 that temple was totally destroyed. God no longer meets men in that Temple. No more in that “heaven and earth”. Jesus has come and infused his Spirit into us. He made us the “living stones”. These things tells us that now God lives in a building that consists of us as the “living stones”.
So now God meets us where we are. “Heaven and earth” is no longer a temple build by human hands but one that is built on a cornerstone Jesus. We are now the Temple where God dwells. We are the new “heaven and earth”.
That’s what God did. He took you out of the old earth and placed you in Christ. Just like he took Noah out of the old earth through the ark, he did it for you through Jesus, our ark.
Don’t look to the skies anymore for God. He is not there. He is here with you. You are the temple. Like Jesus you too are the place where God and man meet. You are the new “heaven and earth”.
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