How is the parousia like the days of Noah?

//How is the parousia like the days of Noah?

In the Reasoning from the Scriptures book, page 341, a question is asked: – Do the events associated with Christ’s presence take place in a very brief time or over a period of years? But the answers given in that book are not quite satisfactory. And after reading the articles from your website I understand the parousia is a short period of time.  Which is correct? However, when I explained it to one of my fellow congregants, he gave a new explanation, which I think is his own theory, as I don’t see that it appears in any Watchtower. He says Jesus became king in 1914, but the world-wide preaching work stated only from 1931. So just as in the days of Noah means: How many years did Noah preach? 120 years. So if you calculate 120 years from 1931, it will end at 2051. So, he says it will be a long period. I am little bit confused with this. Please correct my understanding whether  events associated with Christ’s presence take place in a very brief time or over the period of years?

In order to understand what Jesus really meant it is necessary to consider what he said in the 17th chapter of Luke. Jesus actually spoke about his presence being like the days of Noah on more than one occasion, using slightly different phrasing, which allows us to compare and get a better understanding.

At Luke 17:26-30 Jesus compared his presence, not only to the days of Noah, but also to the day that Lot fled Sodom. Here is what the Lord stated: “Moreover, just as it occurred in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of man: they were eating, they were drinking, men were marrying, women were being given in marriage until that day when Noah entered into the ark, and the Flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, just as it occurred 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 that Lot went out of Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be the same on that day when the Son of man is revealed.”

Please take note of the very last phrase in the span of verses above and that Jesus refers to the revelation of the Son of man. Whereas, the more frequently cited text in Matthew uses the Greek word “parousia,” translated as “presence,” the passage in Luke does not. Instead Jesus referred to “the days of the Son of man” and the “day when the Son of man is revealed.”

The question is, was the Son of man revealed in 1914? How about in 1931? Or has the Son of man been revealed at any time since 1914? The only truthful answer is no.

The problem lies in the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses have been deluded with the notion of an invisible presence, which allows for quite a bit of interpretive mischief. And it is also completely detached from the revealing and manifestation of Christ. In reality, the various terms, presence, manifestation and revealing are used virtually interchangeably, as demonstrated in the chapter of Jehovah Himself Has Become King entitled: Parousia.

Recognizing the simple truth that Jesus has not been unveiled may help us to rethink what the passage actually means. Instead of likening the days of the Son of man, or the presence of the Son of man, to the years Noah worked on the ark and preached, Jesus was more probably likening his unexpected return to the day that Noah entered into the ark and the day Lot left Sodom.

Sure, people were preoccupied before, doing all the things people do, but when Noah entered the ark the hand of God closed the vessel’s massive door – that was it.

Although, it is noteworthy that the downpour did not commence for a week after the door was closed, the point is, there was no salvation possible for anyone outside the ark when the door was closed.

What I have been trying to get across – with little success – is that, the coming of Christ simultaneously begins the time of the end and concludes the gospel era. And if a person has not come into an approved relationship with Christ at that time then there is no further opportunity to do so. 

That the presence of the Son of man closes the door of salvation is plain by what Jesus said next: “On that day let the person who is on the housetop but whose belongings are in the house not come down to pick these up, and likewise, the person out in the field must not return to the things behind. Remember the wife of Lot. Whoever seeks to keep his life safe will lose it, but whoever loses it will preserve it alive. I tell you, in that night two people will be in one bed; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned. There will be two women grinding at the same mill; the one will be taken along, but the other will be abandoned.” 

Being “abandoned” does not denote immediate destruction, simply that a person has been abandoned by God as unworthy of any future blessing. 

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2016-12-08T15:11:53+00:00 March 1st, 2014|Mailbag|10 Comments
  • Luis Meriño Vásquez

    So if someone repents when the war and chaos happen, it means that he or she will not have forgiveness?

    • e.v.g

      Those who give their support to the eighth king during the time of the end, they will have no hope of inheriting the kingdom of God, Jesus called to be alert when the wild beast take control of what belonged to God, put it that way. Before these events probably there might be some hope.

    • The end it will be an open book test with a pass/fail.
      You either get an A or an F depending on which camp you choose!

      • Huldah

        Just remember there are no super geniuses in the school of salvation. We all have study and do our homework beforehand in order to pass the test. No amount of wishful thinking, cheating or flying by the seat of our pants will get us through.

        • Joseph

          All I’m saying is that during the “hour of test”
          When there are two camps,
          Satan’s world government or Jesus Christ heavenly government!

          Your salvation will depend on the one that you choose.

          So we all need to work on our suit of armor!

          Sincerely
          Joe Schmo

          • Huldah

            Guess I should have used John Doe
            ’cause Joe the plumber wouldn’t work either.
            How about “any old Tom, Dick or Harry”?

            Lol

            Point taken.

            Actually, it’s comforting to me to know that what we do now to prepare is more important than what the test is or even how hard it is. He won’t let anyone who has taken him seriously in this time fail the test.
            To me that’s true justice.

          • Huldah

            2Peter 2:9
            GW Since the Lord did all this, he knows how to rescue godly people when they are tested. He also knows how to hold immoral people for punishment on the day of judgment.

        • Burt Reynolds

          I’m going to cheat! I’m taking the instruction manual with me into the exam, and not only that, I’m going to be praying for answers and copying good examples. ?

  • Luis Meriño Vásquez

    What about those who go to Hades when the seals are broken? They will receive a resurrection, dont they?

  • Huldah

    Having a change of heart is much different from developing a right heart condition. The latter takes real time. The former can come from a superficial level. To say that anyone can just repent and be saved at that time is like saying Joe Shmo can just walk in off the street, put on a pair of boxing gloves and go head to head with Muhammed Ali and expect he has a chance of not getting pounded to a pulp. That’s just not how reality works, maybe movies and the rapture but not reality.

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