In Floodgates, I conclude that Jesus – along with the Apostles Peter and Jude – draw a direct link between the “Days of Noah” and the coming wrath at the “End of Days” because they found Flood allusions and Flood motifs throughout the Hebrews prophets in connection with the end-time judgment of the world. In chapter six of my book, I identify Isaiah chapter 24 as containing the clearest and most comprehensive example of such Flood imagery. Here, we find that the earth will be distorted and laid waste, with its inhabitants burned and “few men left”, as the “windows on high” and foundations beneath open up again to let in the wrath of God. These are the same portals which let in the floodwaters in Genesis 7, but this time the earth “splits open” to let in divine judgment by fire. There are additional Flood motifs in this key passage, such as a righteous remnant glorifying God in the “dawning light” (v.14-15), as well as wayward angels imprisoned once more (Isaiah 24:21-22), which is where John in Revelation gets the idea of Satan being bound for a thousand years. But the chapter ends well, with the Lord reigning gloriously on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. Thus, Jesus was able to say, “as in the Days of Noah, so will the coming of the Son of Man be.” Isaiah says all these things will be happening because mankind has “broken the everlasting covenant” (Isaiah 24:5). This is a reference to God’s covenant with Noah (see Genesis 9:16) and the one rule or command of that covenant contained in Genesis 9, verses 3-6.
I would now like to issue a challenge to all students of Bible prophecy out there. Please send me other examples of Flood allusions and imagery in the Hebrew Prophets which are connected to the divine judgment at the end of this age. Read through the Flood story in Genesis chapters six to nine, especially in the original Hebrew, and then find references in the Prophets to similar elements and concepts in relation to the global calamity prophesied in the “Day of the Lord.” Then send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post them in a running list on this Blog. Look, for instance, to find references to judgment by “fire” on the nations, similar to what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah. Or look for verses that speak of God preserving a righteous remnant in Israel and/or the nations through the last-days judgment. I am looking forward to hearing from you!