Jesus likens His second coming to the Flood of Noah
|Matthew 24: 37-39
But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 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,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
- Before the Flood, people debated whether the Flood would ever come as Noah was predicting.
- During the Flood, there was no debate about it because everyone alive was busy experiencing it together. (The unbelievers were taken by the Flood but believers were left.)
- After the Flood, people have debated whether or not the Flood ever happened. The only people capable of leaving behind a record that the Flood ever occurred were the survivors who had believed Noah and were left behind when the Flood was done taking everyone else away.
Jesus was saying that the coming of the Son of Man would be the same way as the Flood:
- Before His Second Coming people would debate whether or no He would ever come as Jesus was predicting.
- During His Second Coming there was no debate about it because everyone alive was experiencing it together. (The unbelievers, Christ's enemies, would be destroyed by His coming but believers would survive. For this reason, for the Elects' sake, those days were shortened otherwise none would survive).
- After His coming, people would debate whether or not HIs coming ever happened. The only people capable of leaving behind a record that the Coming of the Son of Man ever occurred were the survivors who had faithfully served Christ but they were to be Raptured according to 1 Thessalonians 4:16. So, the faithful witnesses, the Elect, were not in a position to leave behind a written record for mortals of the coming of the Son of Man.