We’re back in Jesus’ end-times classroom atop the Mount of Olives. Our Lord has just revealed an incredible event that happens long after the end of this age (a.k.a. the Age of Man, the Age of the Gentiles, the Church Age). As Levelers, we know the Eternal, Unknown Day happens even after Christ’s millennial reign, sometime after He presents the Kingdom to the Father. Our minds can barely grasp the enormity of that glorious moment!
We dare not linger in our imagination for too long because we have to pay attention to Jesus’ next point in this time-stamped teaching. He compares the end of this age to Noah’s time. It seems odd at first, but as He explains, Noah knew the timing of the great flood. He knew it would come after his grandfather, Methuselah, died (it was what his name meant in Hebrew). Then, as the time drew nearer, God alerted the ark builder to the exact timing—in seven days. Noah understood the times.
The two events are similar in another important way that helps shed light on our journey of knowing if we can know. Jesus reminds His students that almost all the people in ancient times were caught by surprise. The flood burst upon them like a thief in the night. This in itself is surprising because Noah had been preaching to them and building the floating monstrosity in the middle of a dry landscape! It’s not that they couldn’t know about it—it’s that they refused to accept it. Noah and his crew accepted it, which is why they were “in the know.”
This brings us to our third and final question we can use to reveal the truth of God’s Word. Why did Jesus bother to compare our time with Noah’s time if we were not meant to know as Noah knew? The Bible gives us a principle for establishing the validity of a certain truth in Deuteronomy: let it be confirmed by two or three witnesses. Our “witnesses” speak loud and clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:2 and 2 Peter 3:10. Be sure to hear them out and see for yourselves. They are essential nuggets for any Leveler. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32).
Are you ready to respond when you hear the parrot squawk again about not knowing? If not, what still concerns you? Remember, we’re in this together.