As in the Days of Noach, so in the Days of Messiah
“As in the days of Noach” is probably the most obscured sign of all signs of the coming of the Messiah in Matthew 24. We should recall that the Messiah has also given us two more signs of Him: the sign of Jonah the Prophet and “as in the days of Lot“.
Why would Yeshua give Israel the only sign, the sign of Jonah, to prove that He was the Anointed One, the Messiah of Israel? And should we think that it was accidental for the Messiah to link both “as in the days of Noach” and “as in the days of Lot” in such a way as to explicitly say concerning His return, “And as it came to be in the days of Noach so also shall it be in the days of the Son of man. … And likewise, as it came to be in the days of Lot.”
And since this is how the Messiah taught His disciples, it would be natural for us to study them together: “as in the days of Noach” and “as in the days of Lot”?
Yeshua said of Himself,
And as the days of Noach so also shall the coming of the Son of man[kind] be. For as they were in the days before the flood, eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noach entered into the ark, and they did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also shall the coming of the Son of man[kind] be. (Mat 24:37-39)
As in the days of Noach in the flood story
Let us again recall the Flood story. According to the Book of Yasher 5:8-10, Noach and Methuselah preached repentance for 120 years. For this what the Creator said, “Behold I give you a period of one hundred and twenty years; if you will turn to me and forsake your evil ways, then will I also turn away from the evil which I told you, and it shall not exist, saith the Lord”. And Noach and Methuselah spoke all the words of the Lord to the people, day after day, but they did hearken to them, for they were stiff-necked.
And Noach brought into the ark from all living creatures that were upon earth, so that there was none left. And the rain had not descended till seven days after. And on that day, the Lord caused the whole earth to shake, the sun darkened, the foundations of the world raged, the whole earth was moved violently. And the lightning flashed, the thunder roared, and all the fountains in the earth were broken up, such as was not known before, in order that there might be no more evil on earth. And at the end of seven days, in the six hundredth year of the life of Noach, the waters of the flood were upon the earth. (Yasher 6:8-14)
And in Yasher 6:17-19, we read that the sons of men assembled together, about seven hundred thousand men and women, and came to the ark and said to him to open the door. And Noach answered, “Have you not all rebelled against the Lord, and said that he does not exist? And therefore, the Lord brought upon you this evil, to destroy and cut you off from the face of the earth”.
And YHVH said to Noach,
Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation. … Because for seven more days I am sending rain on the earth, forty days and forty nights, and shall wipe from the face of the earth all that stand that I created. (Gen 7:1-4)
Seven days of light to end darkness
According to the Rabbinical tradition, the day the Creator said to Noach in Gen 7:4, “Because for seven days, I am sending rain on the earth“ his grandfather Methushelach died. It is not explained in Gen 7:4 after seven days of what. But the tradition relates that for seven days before the Flood “the people heard a great commotion in the heaven” that signified “the end of the age”:
And it came to pass, after seven days, that the waters of the flood were upon the earth. What was the nature of these seven days — Rav said: These were the days of mourning for Methuselah, thus teaching that the lamenting for the righteous postpones retribution. Another meaning is: After the seven days during which the Holy One, blessed be He, reversed the order of beginning of the sun rising in the west and setting in the east… (Sanhedrin 108b)
Note: This implies a reversal of the Earth’s rotation, or most likely a reversal of its poles whose magnitude would almost certainly bring drastic changes in the Earth’s motion and cataclysms.
So, in seven days of calm on the earth before its fountains were broken up, the Creator brought the rain and all the cataclysms that lasted forty days and forty nights.
A memory of seven days of “flaming torches, lighting up the land with their brightness” just prior to the arrival of the waters of the Flood is preserved in the Babylonian account, The Epic of Gilgamesh, translated by A. Heidel, tablet XI.
If that was what happened in the days of Noach, the world must have been in a dazzling light so strong and so brilliant day and night that in the days of Isaiah the memory of the light of the seven days was still alive in the tradition. So, that when the prophet wrote down the last days prophecy concerning sevenfold light of the sun, as the light of seven days, this must have evoked the memory of seven days of light prior to the Flood. We read the prophecy thus,
Moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days… (Isa 30:26)
These seven days of intense light in Isa 30:26, with which the corruption of the world will come to an end, could be generated by a supernatural event that would allude to the seven days of light preceding the Flood, when the corrupted world came to an end.
If so, could it be possible that the seven days of mourning for Methuselah and the seven days of light are somehow related and they point out to the same miracle of a sevenfold light, as the light of seven days in the last days?
The prophecy in Isa 60:19-20 speaks of another days of mourning that would be ended, when YHVH will be an everlasting light of New Jerusalem alluding to a dazzling light of YHVH:
No longer is the sun your light by day, nor does the moon give light to you for brightness, but YHVH shall be to you an everlasting light, and your Elohim your comeliness. No longer does your sun go down, nor your moon withdraw itself, for YHVH shall be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. (Isa 60:19-20)
And indeed, the heaven and earth will come to their Sabbath of rest, the seventh day in the world’s week — the seventh millennium. The light of the seven days of the world’s week will be for mourning, because the beginning of creation was light and its close will be light, as well. And the darkness was between them. And as the end of the corrupted world came with seven days of light and mourning, so the end of this world will come with light and mourning.
And indeed, Sanhedrin 97a-b says,
For six thousand years the world will exist: [there will be] two thousand years of Tohu [“void”], two thousand years of Torah, and two thousand years of the Messiah. But because of our sins, which are many, several of these [Messianic years] have already passed….the Holy One, blessed be He, will renew His world only after seven thousand years.
Comet in the sly before the Flood
Abraham Rockenbach was a scholar of the late Renaissance who probably first wrote about a comet in the sky before the Flood. In 1602, he published a short treatise in Latin, De cometis tractatus novus methodicus, in which he had the following entry concerning the Flood:
In the year of the creation of the world 1656, after Noach had attained the age of 600 years, three days before the death of Methusalem, a comet appeared in the constellation Pisces, was seen by the entire world as it traversed the twelve signs of the zodiac in the space of a month; on the sixteenth of April it again disappeared. After this the Deluge immediately followed, in which all creatures which live on earth and creep on the ground were drowned, with the exception of Noach and the rest of the creatures that had gone with him into the ark. About these things is written in Genesis, chapter 7. De quibus Genesism cap. 7 scriptum est.
Rockenbach claimed in his treatise that it was based on information “from the most trustworthy and the most ancient of the early writers” with which he might have referred to the great medieval Rabbinical authority Rashi.
Rashi wrote concerning Pleiades, כִּימָה kimah, a celestial body mentioned in Job 9:9, Job 38:31, and in Amo 5:8, that it is “a star with a tail” or a comet, which is associated with the Flood in the Talmud.
And if there was any a supernatural event seven days before the Flood and if the prophecy in Isaiah alludes to it, then we may expect another celestial event in the sky that will herald the coming of the Messiah that will end the corrupted world, but this time it will not be with water.
We should recall the Creator promised the mankind in the presence of its representative, Noach, that He would not destroy the earth with water. But He said nothing about fire.
While water was able to only cover the sin and not remove it completely, fire is a quite bit different instrument in the hand of the Creator. And perhaps, that is why Yeshua linked both prophecy “as in the days of Noach” and “as in the days of Lot”.
And as it came to be in the days of Noach so also shall it be in the days of the Son of man. … And likewise, as it came to be in the days of Lot: They were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building, but on the day, Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and sulphur from heaven and destroyed all. It shall be the same in the day the Son of man is revealed. In that day, he who shall be on the house-top, and his goods in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember the wife of Lot! Whoever seeks to save his life shall lose it, and whoever loses his life shall preserve it. (Luk 17:26-33)
Fire is able to not only destroy the corrupted world, but also to purify it as silver and gold are purified. But this we studied in the series of articles concerning the last days, The Revelation from YHVH.
The key to understanding the days of Noach
It is not so difficult for a Bible scholar to see what Yeshua the Messiah meant when He said, “As the days of Noach so also shall the coming of the Son of man[kind] be.“
As the seven days of an intense light before the Flood signified the destruction of the wicked generation, so it is possible that there will be seven days of an intense light before the destruction of last wicked generation on the earth, as the Messiah seems to make a correlation between His coming and Noach’s time. Otherwise, why should He have said it in the first place?
Therefore, we may expect and hope that as the righteous Noach was given time for preparation and the specific day for the judgment on the wicked generation of his time, so too the righteous in the last days will be given a forewarning of the impending judgment at Yeshua’s return.
The day and the hour of His return will be known, despite the misinterpretation of Yeshua’s words concerning His return, which comes from the lack of knowledge of the Torah of YHVH. But this we studied in the article The Appointed Times of YHVH—the Day of Trumpet and the Messiah from the series The Appointed Times of YHVH, and in the article What Time Is It Now on the Creator’s Clock?
The key to understanding Noach is his having planted a vineyard when he left the ark.
At the end of a year of floating on the surface of the waters of the Flood, the ark came to rest on the peak of the mountain. Noach opened the door and saw before him a world devoid of everything. The earth was empty of any living souls. He and his family were the mankind at that time. Silence was on the face of the earth and waters. No one survived the waters of the Flood.
One of the first thing Noach did was to plant a vineyard and grow the fruits of the vine. Then, he got drunk. Why?
Perhaps, the righteous Noach struggled with his feeling of guilt for not having done enough to convince the people to repent, and the only path before him was to escape from the harsh reality through drunkenness.
The feeling of guilt for not having done enough to save the people.
Perhaps, Yeshua meant that for us as well, when He said, “And as the days of Noach so also shall the coming of the Son of mankind be.”
May we merit seeing the coming of our Mashiach speedily in our days.