Did you know that around 20% of Americans surveyed believe that the Apollo moon landings were a hoax? Yep, I worry about these folks, as well…and hello - don’t they ever watch Mythbusters???
Then there are those who believe that there is more to the story than just landing on the big rock in space, because maybe we weren’t the first to make contact with that dust ball!
No, not really, but it’s fun to imagine the scenario portrayed in Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon. The idea here is that the Apollo mission was a secret investigation of something that crash landed, of course, where we can never view it from earth.
Get ready for the cinematic equivalent of a hard rock concert in 3-D. New Transformers are introduced, Chicago is pretty much leveled, and Megan Fox is gone. I know that you will miss her Academy Award caliber acting proficiency, but I’m sure in the midst of the “whoa!” factor in this movie from the special effects, you will survive.
And didja know that the Autobot ship that crashed into our moon is the Ark? Apparently it was launched in an attempt to save the Autobot’s civilization. So where would one come up with the concept of building a craft that would contain the essential elements of life in case of a huge disaster?
I may be way off here, but my guess is the idea of the Ark in the movie came from…the Ark in the Bible. You know, the one built by Noah per God’s instructions to save humanity from the worldwide flood.
Of course, there are some who believe that the record of Noah and the Great Flood are a myth like the moon landings. But could someone explain to me why there is a crash landed vessel on top of a mountain in Turkey, and why there are over 500 separate ancient accounts of a worldwide deluge from every corner of the planet?
And beside that fact, we have this certain and concerning warning from Jesus Christ Himself:
“When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes” (Matthew 24:37-39).
There’s a reason that our Savior specifically referenced Noah when painting a picture of His return for us. Noah lived in a time when everyone turned their backs on God and decided that the summation of existence could be found in pleasure and violence. Jesus also lived in a time like that, and *shocker* - so do we.
And as well, the people in Noah’s day went from denial to destruction in no time flat…and it will be the same when Jesus returns to claim back this planet from the ultimate Decepticons - Satan and his army of demons.
So how should we respond to Jesus’ forewarning? He tells us in no uncertain terms:
“So you, too, must keep watch! For you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. You also must be ready all the time, for the Son of Man will come when least expected” (Matthew 24:42; 44).
I know that the Bible clearly teaches that no one will know exactly when Jesus will return, but don’t let that fact lull you into a season of complacency when it comes to living your faith out loud! The gospel message is the “Ark” in our day and age. When people respond to Jesus’ offer of forgiveness and salvation, it is as though they are stepping into a place of refuge from the coming judgment and preserving God’s civilization for the new heaven and new earth.
Noah was ridiculed and laughed at for living THE Cause in his day, but I’m sure thankful that he didn’t waver one inch from his calling - aren’t you? Otherwise we definitely wouldn’t be here.
And there will be those who are grateful to you in the future because you stayed the course in a wicked and cynical generation. Like Noah, you are God’s rescue plan in your corner of the world, but instead of constructing an Ark with hammer and nails, you are using THE Cause circle of praying, pursuing and persuading to liberate your friends.
Noah was an amazing “transformer” back in his day…what kind will you be?
Flashpoint: Ignite Into Action
No doubt about it, you are the Noah of this generation, and so am I. THE Cause is very much like the mission that was given to Noah to warn our culture about God’s plans for the world and how we can escape His rightful judgment. If you are ridiculed or dismissed as a joke, think about what Noah withstood and yet remained faithful.
Accelerant: Fuel for THE Cause
Pray: Jesus, thank you for the example of Noah and his faithfulness. Help me to fulfill the role and calling you’ve placed on my life to literally be a rescuer of those who don’t know about or don’t believe in your soon return.
Read: Hebrews 11:7. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
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