In John’s vision, he saw that God placed a symbolic five month limit upon the torments of the locust hoard. What is the significance of this symbolic five month period of time? To answer this question we need to remember that the worldwide flood of Noah’s day lasted exactly a literal five month period…
The flood began in “the second month, the seventeenth day of the month” (Gen 7:11)
The flood ended in “the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month” (Gen 8:4)
Folks, this is a very important point for us to remember. Through the usage of the symbolic five months, the wrath that is to fall at Christ’s second coming is linked to the wrath that fell in Noah’s day.
There are two other scriptures link these two events together. They teach us five basic principles concerning the Lord’s final Day of Wrath…
- Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath was, and will be, preceded by scoffers
- Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath involves destruction of the entire world.
- The world was destroyed in Noah’s day by water, the final Day of Wrath it will be by fire.
“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.” (2Pe 3:3-7 KJV)
- Both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath was and will come unexpectedly
- In both Noah’s flood and the final Day of Wrath God’s people will be protected, the lost will face His wrath.
“But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” (Mat 24:36-41 KJV)
Folks, let us not be like lost mankind that ignores, and even mocks, the second coming of Christ and its accompanying wrath. May we all be vigilant and ready when our Lord returns. How do we do this? By trusting in Him as our Savior and Lord, and then, as Christians, being active in His service, taking advantage of the opportunities to minister that He opens to us!
“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:
Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.
And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.” (Mar 13:32-37 KJV)
May we all think on these things today and find encouragement and comfort for our hearts!
For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation