As it was in the Days of Noah


One of the challenges of scriptures about the tribulation and Second Coming, is that they are not sequential. They will speak of one event, then remind us of something that must happen before “those days” and then jump to an unknown timeframe to speak of another event. This leaves us without a sequential calendar of events.

However, the Prophet Joseph left us half of the key to preparing for the Second Coming in JS Matthew 1:41-43:

But as it was in the days of Noah, so it shall be also at the coming of the Son of Man; For it shall be with them, as it was in the days which were before the flood; for until the day that Noah entered into the ark they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.”

The other half of the key is found in D&C 115:5-6:

“Verily I say unto you all: Arise and shine forth, that thy light may be a standard for the nations; And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes, may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm, and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth.”

In other words, Zion is to be our ark. Just as the people of Noah’s time who stupidly married and gave in marriage were unaware of the coming flood and were not even aware of the true power of the ark, we of this dispensation will only be in the latter-day ark if we are inside the safety of Zion.

Joseph Smith said:

“Without Zion, and a place of deliverance, we must fall: because the time is near when the sun will be darkened, and the moon turn to blood, and the stars fall from heaven, and the earth reel to and fro. Then, if this is the case, and if we are not sanctified and gathered to the places God hath appointed, with all our former professions and our great love for the Bible, we must fall; we cannot stand; we cannot be saved; for God will gather out His Saints from the Gentiles, and then comes desolation and destruction, and none can escape except the pure in heart who are gathered.” (DHC 2:52)

Notice that Joseph gives two steps to be gathered to Zion. First, we must be sanctified, and second, we will be gathered. It must happen in that order; sanctification first, then physical safety. He says we must be the “pure in heart” to be gathered. Why? Because only “the pure in heart shall see God”.

The reason sanctification must proceed gathering is because Jesus Christ will dwell in Zion just prior to the Second Coming. This means that each of us must have qualified to be in His presence before we will be admitted.

The process of sanctification is the very process of the gospel. It is the same process we have been pursuing all of our gospel lives. The difference may only be that we may not have had our eye upon the ark of Zion. If we are only trying to qualify our lives for church callings and temple service, then we may find that the door of the ark will be closing when we arrive to pound upon it.

The reason is the same as it was in the days of Noah. If someone was not preparing for the ark, helping build the ark and with Noah, gathering the animals two-by-two, then they were oblivious of the true purpose of the ark and had not qualified to enter.

With an eye upon the Zion-Ark, and the supreme blessings promised in the Temple, we can seek the face of God and qualify ourselves for the promise and safety of Zion.

Right now, today, we can fill our lives with His voice, and become his sheep and take Him as our Shepherd. We can qualify ourselves for a berth in Zion long before a single brick or stone is laid in the actual real estate of Zion. Then, when the call comes by the living prophet, or by the voice of God we have learned to obey, we will be involved, sanctified, pure in heart, and welcome in the ark.

Brother John

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10 Responses to As it was in the Days of Noah

  1. ken h says:

    Dear Elder Stroud,
    Thank you for your comments. If I could shed some light on your inquiry. God always sends a messenger. Adam and Eve are great examples of this. Adam was offering sacrifice not knowing why. Yes, the Holy Ghost could have spoken to Adam and explained the very same things that the angel ultimately did. But there is a law of witnesses. Out of the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. It is an eternal principle. The scriptures are one form of a witness. The Holy Ghost bears testimony of their truthfulness, yet another witness. The living prophet as an example is another witness. Angels come when further light and knowledge are needed that the prophet may not be able say from the pulpit. The scriptures teach many wonderful things. But some things are too sacred to be available to the whole world. That is why the things that the Brother of Jared saw could not yet be translated and published. God being not a respecter of persons, sends angels show us things that are for us personally and go beyond what the scriptures contain or the prophet is allowed to proclaim from the pulpit. I hope this helps.

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    • Elder Stroud says:

      Thanks John and Ken for your informative replies. That clears up my question as well as gives me more to ponder and look forward to. Elder Stroud

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  2. Elder Stroud says:

    Brother John:
    If angels speak by the power of the Holy Ghost (2 Nephi 32:3), then what information can they bring that can’t be acquired by the revelations of the Holy Ghost. How do they fulfill and do the work of the covenants of the Father (Moroni 7:31) If we live by the Spirit, and receive revelations from the Holy Ghost, what kinds of things can a person expect when these messengers step through the veil and we entertain them? Thanks brother.

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    • I typed a reply, then failed to send it. I can give you my opinion on angels. We don’t have a full description of their ministry and work, so chalk this up to being my opinion. First, Father’s house is a house of order. Nothing falls through the cracks. Nothing is missed. There are not multiple ways Father reveals things. The angels work within His house and under the direction of the Godhead. It is my opinion that when we do not see angels, that they are delivering the words of the Holy Ghost, speaking to us and guiding us. I also view angels as divine beings who love us, who act on the divine command, but who have a vested interest in our lives. I also think they are mostly related to us. when they speak, they are speaking the words the Father sends, via the Holy Ghost, to their beloved children on earth. It is a beautiful system, and it never fails.

      When we are of a strong mind and sound understanding, it can become possible for us to see them. When they step through the veil they deliver the same messages as before, but now we can see them. The work is the same because Father is always the same.

      The work of the covenants of the Father encompass all of the gospel processes from obtaining faith in Christ, to having the Second Comforter. All covenants are “worked” by the angels. We don’t just participate in an ordinance, then the heavens sit back and watch to see if we’ll keep them. Father sends angels to work with us, to whisper to us, to protect us from evil, to battle for our spiritual survival in some cases. They are working very hard – battling for us. There is a real war going on, and we are the prize – but we are also very ignorant of what is going on in the spiritul realm in our behalf.

      Like I said, this is my opinion. I wish we had some very good doctrine on the subject. Mostly we have some hints in the scriptures. When I publish “Spencer’s Journey” there is quite a bit in that book on the ministry of angels that meshes very beautifully with what we presently know.

      God bless,

      Brother John

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  3. Sheena says:

    I really like the suggestion of “Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory” as the title of “Spencer’s Journey.” It certainly captures my imagination and makes me even more excited to read this book. I can hardly wait until December 1.

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  4. Jared says:

    Speaking of sanctification, yesterday I was visiting the Gospel Essentials Class, which is taught by my First Assistant in the High Priest Group Leadership. The lesson was on faith. In a comment, I defined faith as the act of following the Spirit and Light of Christ, which is not seen, but is true—even the Spirit of Truth.

    We then talked of baptism and what it means to take upon ourselves the name of Christ. I explained that there is a difference between covenanting to take upon us His name, versus actually doing so. We actually do so as we become fully converted and become sanctified.

    The instructor then carefully explained that this life is the time for us to demonstrate faith and not to gain a perfect knowledge. He said that for 99.999% of Latter Day Saints, this sanctification, calling and election, and Second Comforter is not received until in the next life. He said this is as it should be. He said much more along the same lines.

    This is not the first time he has done this. In my mind, he is preaching against the atonement, he is denying the power of godliness, and leading these people astray. He is saying the gospel doesn’t work. I think he knows my position on this and is speaking in opposition to the testimony I have previously shared.

    I am at a complete loss as to what I should do. Should I do anything? I could really use some counsel and guidance here. Does anyone have some wisdom or inspired counsel they could offer me?

    Jared

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    • Jared, your experience is not unique. It can be hard to sit and listen to people speak from an empty bucket. But, our only response is to keep our mouths closed until the Spirit moves us, then say only those things, and then shut it again. We have to remember that unless we are the Bishop in a ward, it is not our responsibility or privilege to set things right. All truth is gained by the Spirit, and all truth is sequential. When someone is on square 4 they just don’t understand prinicples from square 6. You have to let them find their own way as they let the Lord lead them. It is only of value for us to become involved when the Spirit opens your mouth. I know you already know this, it’s just frustrating.
      JMP

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  5. Brent says:

    While we are plagued in these days by moral uncleanliness, take your pick of sins associated with that, let’s not forget the last verse in the book of Moses. The Lord said the earth was filled with violence, and that was cause to destroy all flesh. This sheds light on how I filter my input, especially from different sources of media. Violence must be added front and center to the signs of the times.

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  6. vjbang says:

    thank you for this blog. I worry continually that I may not be prepared to enter Zion.

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  7. ken h says:

    I see the ark of Noah as a symbolic image of the temple. Male and female entered in two by two to be preserved physically from the effects of the flood. And as we are spiritually worthy and enter in the temple, make the covenants therein and live those covenants daily then we will be preserved from the flood of judgement that the Lord will “rain” down upon the wicked before He comes in glory. The people of Noah’s day did not listen to the voice of God through his servant, Noah, so we take the voice of God in our day to listen and follow God’s counsel in our day or we cannot stand. 3rd Nephi chapters 1-10 will be in many ways repeated per President Benson prior to Christ coming as well. Those that listened to Nephi then were, for the most part, the ones that survived the cleansing of the western hemisphere before Christ came to the Nephites. I pray that we will be wiser than the other Nephites were and learn from their mistakes and avoid been swept away to clear the way for us to be numbered among the survivors when the Savior cleanses the western hemisphere again, this time to establish Zion in the near future. May it be so. Thanks again John for another great post.

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