Dr. L. Shanthakumari Sunder is a retired IAS (Indian Administrative Service) Officer, having retired in 2009, as Additional Chief Secretary in the Government of Karnataka. She is a born again Christian, who came to the Lord during an intense period of personal suffering, mostly emotional, due to having had to walk away from an unhappy marriage and to bringing up her only son, who was just 7 years at that time. Dr. Shanthakumari says, it was and is Gods hands that supported me and support me still. I am ever grateful to the Lord. Her son now lives and works in USA. She was born in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, brought up in the then Madras, now settled in Bangalore. She presently does Counselling too, having trained herself for the purpose. She has now dedicated herself to address through her writing a variety of topics such as social problems in India, caste system, Karma theory, womens position and status in India and marriage problems- all from a Biblical perspective.
Noah’s Time and Our Time
In the previous blog, I dealt with Nephilim and the implications of their presence to humans and the descendants of Noah. The giants and the wicked and most corrupted flesh were all destroyed in the Flood.
God saved Noah as pure and perfect for it was necessary for a Messiah to come to redeem humankind and for that purpose the line to be kept pure. Israel under Joshua, and Saul were given commands by God to exterminate completely the Canaanites, men, women, children, and sometimes the animals also. The last of the giants were killed by David and his brave men.
So, how does all these concern us in the 21st century? Noah is gone, the Flood is a bygone story, giants are dead, and the Old Testament, where all these are recorded, itself has been superseded by the New Testament. So, what is its relevance to us today?
Well, there seems to be a great connection. When his disciples asked him to tell them about the signs of end-times, preceding judgment by God, Jesus gave many indications. He said there will be wars and famines and earthquakes but these are all only the beginning of birth pangs.
Believers in Christ will be persecuted; the gospel of the kingdom of God will be preached in the whole world to all nations; false prophets claiming to be the Christ will perform great signs and miracles and deceive people. Though no one except the Father in heaven knows the day and the time of the end of the world, these are the signs to point out that end is fast approaching.
Jesus further said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.” “Therefore keep watch,” said Jesus. Matthew 24: 4-9, 14, 24, 36-39, 42
There have been wars ever since man started to have kingdoms and kingships on earth. The first well known and world-wide war occurred in 303 BC, when Alexander the Great marched on the nations of the then world starting from Persia ending in India. That was a long time back.
In twentieth century, a corollary occurred twice, in the two World Wars engulfing the whole globe in deadly wars. In between there have been many wars. Now we witness on-going wars in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere. So, war alone cannot be a sufficient indicator of end-times.
There have been famines again in many parts of the world from time immemorial. India has seen famines and death many times before and during the British Raj. People died like fleas on the road side. Famine has struck Sudan and many parts of Africa. So, famine again is not a firm indicator of end times.
What about earthquakes? Aren’t there many reported from various parts of our world in the recent times? What about tsunami that engulfed all the world in 2004 resulting in many deaths? But, haven’t earthquakes been reported since the eruption of Vesuvius, which buried the whole city of Pompeii in AD 79?
A recent report mentioned that there has been no significant increase in the number or intensity of the earthquakes in the world, but the number of reporting stations have increased and hence we come to know of every minor or major tremors in the world. More number of deaths are reported because of the increased population living on the face of the earth. So, earthquake also fails the test of a correct indicator of the end-times.
Then what do we look for? There will be increase in wickedness, Jesus said. Yes, there is no end to human wickedness, one can say. In the Old Testament God found that “every inclination of the thoughts of his (man’s) heart was only evil all the time.” Genesis 6:5. Could this be the apt description of man’s tendency today?
Jesus said “As in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man (Jesus Christ).” Are there similarities between Noah’s time and our time? Could these be the indicator of the last times?
One major evil of Noah’s days, prompting God to destroy ‘all flesh’ was hybridisation of humans with fallen angels and even animals, producing giants and human-animal hybrids like centaurs and minotaur.
Today Physicists and scientists talk about producing enhanced human beings by a process of Transhumanism, of blending distinctive and better animal traits in human genomes, to enhance our potential. For example, radar sensory of a bat is injected into a man.
Hybrid embryos to bring cure to incurable diseases of humans are being produced, by engineering cytoplasm of an embryo. Cows have been injected with human eggs to extract antibodies from their blood. Stem cell research, cloning, involving genetic engineering all are already facts and not fiction.
Efforts are already afloat to create smarter-than-human intelligence by merging human mind with artificial intelligence, to produce a ‘superhuman race,’ who could become like God. Doesn’t that sound familiar? The same incitement which the Serpent gave Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden?
These are the real signs of the end time – the increased wickedness of man as in the times of Noah – hybridisation, transhumanism, State approved homosexual and same-sex marriages, embedding of the microchip, increased activity of the UFOs, and research in the scientific labs to make humans immortal by 2043.
Propaganda by atheists like Richard Dawkins that earth was ‘seeded’ by aliens from the outer space and that that microorganism evolved into the various living forms, including that of human beings, and so on and so forth. There seems to be literally no end to the evil in human mind and activities.
Jesus says, fear not. Those who stand firm unto the last in faith in Him will be saved and such people will rejoice when the Son of Man comes on clouds with loud acclamation.
As we wait in eager anticipation for the Lord Jesus Christ to come as the real ruler of this earth, which was created by Him, let us be watchful so that we do not get fooled by all these activities of Satan through his minions and humans, who obey them.
Let us stay clean and pure devoted fully to the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour so that we can meet up with Him in the clouds on the day He will make His victorious and glorious appearance with His angels and archangels.
I had rather believe what Jesus Christ has said and what is written in the Bible than the boastings of some ‘smart’ scientist or physicist or political leader or a religious leader, who really do not seem to know what they are doing under the influence of the evil one.
Let us be watchful and be careful and be ready for the coming of our Lord is almost there.