“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and it grieved Him at His heart. And He said, I will destroy man whom I have created for it repenteth me that I have made them.” (Gen 6:5-7)
Noah was given the instructions for building an ark to preserve a remnant of animal life and the members of his family.
It had been approximately 1,650 years since creation. Noah was the 10th generation from Adam. If the offspring of each generation produced only 2 male children, then there would have been over 1,000 members of the human race plus all the daughters who would have been their wives. As man lived to be nearly a thousand years of age, most would still be living. Adam, for example, did not die until the time of Lamech, Noah’s father.
And so, 8 persons were saved from the Great Flood of Noah’s day—far less than 1%.
During the time of Abraham, God sent 2 angels to warn Lot that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and all the cities of the plain totaling five would be destroyed for their wickedness. One, a small village by the name of Zoar, was saved at Lot’s request. On the day specified, fire and brimstone, similar to volcanic activity, rained down upon these cities of the plain which area is now believed to be beneath the south end of the Salt Sea.
Four cities, with all inhabitants were covered with this very flammable material. There was no escape! Lot and his family were rescued earlier in the day with the instructions to not look back. Mrs Lot in her disobedience to this command was turned into a pillar of salt, probably covered with this hot sulfur-like material where she stood behind Lot.
Three persons survived this catastrophe, less than 1%.
Moses had led the Israelites from Egypt, the land that had enslaved them for many years. God had promised to take them to a land flowing with milk and honey. A land where they would inhabit cities they did not build and enjoy harvests they did not plant.
(Jos 24:13) Many signs and great wonders finally persuaded Pharaoh to let them go. In their journey through the wilderness God provided water to drink and manna to eat. Neither did their clothing or shoes wear out, nor did their feet swell or blister. (Deut 8:34) A God who loved them cared for an estimate of 3 million people. Yet many references record their complaints, their murmuring and their doubts. And so Jehovah caused them all to die before reaching the Promised Land. Only two that began the journey crossed the Jordan, Caleb and Joshua, less than 1%.
Peter tells us that on a day even now known only to God (Matt 24:36) the heavens shall pass away with a great noise and the elements will melt with a fervent heat. (2 Pet 3:10)
A brief search will reveal that the element with the highest melting point is Tungsten at 6116 degrees F. It does not boil until 8,540 degrees F. This then is the minimal temperature the entire universe: planets, sun, moon and stars, will sustain at its final destruction. Sodom and Gomorrah on an ultimate scale.
Trillions of mortals have walked through this realm of existence. God has provided many good things to sustain our need and beyond. He created us for a purpose. To serve Him is the whole duty of man, (Ecc 12:13) and for His glory, (Isa 43:8). Those who do so according to His plan will be rescued on that last great day.
The path to Heaven is very narrow, pent up, difficult. (Matt 7:14) It is not crowded! And Peter tells us that the righteous shall scarcely be saved. (1 Pet 4:18)
Working out our salvation is an active profession. If it were easy, then everyone would be victorious. No one will wake up in Paradise surprised to be there. It will be those who planned for it and made it the priority in their lives.
“And few there be that find it!” (Matt 7:14) Less than 1%? Something to think about.
And that’s the Amazing Truth!
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