And just as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the time of [the second coming of] the Son of Man: the people were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, [they were indifferent to God] until the day that Noah went into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. It was the same as it was in the days of Lot. People were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building [carrying on business as usual, without regard for their sins]; but on the [very] day that Lot left Sodom it rained fire and brimstone (burning sulfur) from heaven and destroyed them all.
Luke 17: 26-29
The Lord started talking to me end of last year about an ark. More specifically, He said to this to me, “Build me an ark.” I didn’t really know what He meant by that, I think I still don’t have the whole picture but increasing revelation is being given.
When I think about Noah’s ark, what comes to mind is that the ark was a refuge for the righteous. Noah found favour with God because of his righteousness. Lot also found favour with God because of his righteousness and therefore was not destroyed with everybody else in Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot was allowed to escape with his family, just as Noah was.
Since God told me to build an ark, I have had many encounters in the spirit which relate to this specific story in the Bible. It’s like, when God spoke it, He released signs to confirm it in my life. For Christmas a good friend of mine gave me a new journal with a wood design on the cover. I also remember standing outside of church and a young man walked by wearing T-shirt with a picture of a mountain and the words, “Mount Ararat” were written over it. I even had visons where I was interacting with Noah next to an altar. There were other signs that I will not name here.
Last weekend (07-05 July 19), I cannot remember the exact day, I had a vision where I saw a city that was up for judgement. In the vision, God instructed me to go and look for the remnant in the city, those who had not defiled themselves with the sin of the city. He said that the ones loyal to Him were hidden. When He said that, I received supernatural vision, and I saw many people in their cellars or attics, in hidden places throughout the city, praying to God and even interceding for the city. With angelic help, I went through the city and we gathered up the remnant. We could see through the walls of the homes to see if there was anyone in there who was faithful to God. Then we would enter the house and take them with us and place them at a gathering spot on a mountain top outside the city. We must’ve scanned and collected people in the whole city within minutes. I can only describe the speed at which we moved as super-power speed, or even angelic speed. Then, once the number of the remnant was complete, we took them up into heaven with us. I guess you can call that angelic translocation.
Once we stood as a group before God, God gathered the remnant into Himself. Judgment was going to fall on the rest of the city, but the righteous ones would be safe. This got me thinking, wow God IS the ark.
I love Psalm 91 because it is such a beautiful picture of God being a place of shelter and protection when we are surrounded by wickedness, as Lot and Noah were in their time.
Psalm 91 NKJV
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”
Fortress: A military stronghold, especially a strongly fortified town. (Oxford dictionary). Similar to fortress is the word Stronghold: A place that has been fortified so as to protect it against attack. (Oxford Dictionary).
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. 4 He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
Refuge: The state of being safe or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or difficulty (Oxford Dictionary).
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday. 7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand; But it shall not come near you. 8 Only with your eyes shall you look, and see the reward of the wicked.
Just as it was in the days of Noah, and just as it was in the days of Lot, the wicked shall be judged and the righteous shall be saved. We see this very clearly in the book of Revelation.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place, 10 No evil shall befall you, nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
When we enter into God and He becomes our dwelling place, and we abide in Him, then we are surrounded by Him, even in the battle.
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. 12 In their hands they shall bear you up, Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
In my vision I was working together with the angels of God to gather His remnant. We can pray to God to send angelic help anytime, God will not hesitate to protect His beloved ones.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra, the young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot. 14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. 15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. 16 With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”
There is an intimacy that God calls us to, a love relationship where there are no walls between us and Him. King David is an excellent example of this kind of love relationship, and we know that because of it, he was always successful in battle. God is so amazing in that He is passionate about lavishing His love on us, and part of that love is strength and protection.
I don’t know what enemy surrounds you right now, or what kind of situation you are dealing with. All I know, in the very midst of that, God is your ark. You can enter in Him wherever you are to find rest and shelter whenever you like. As the time draws near, persecution of Christians will be on the rise. Our business, our homes and our worship places will be targets for the enemy. Like Lot and like Noah, we will not fit in with the majority, and know this, our righteousness will be a stench in the noses of them who serve the god of this world. There really is coming a time when we have to be so dependent on heaven for our supply, which we will only receive if we abide in Him, i.e. stay in the ark. I just want to encourage you to draw closer to God even now, so that He can strengthen you in the inner man for the times that are coming upon us. I hope the following Psalm encourages you. Note that there are 40 verses to the Psalm. The Bible tells us that it rained 40 days and 40 nights when God judged the earth to Noah’s time. Coincidence?
Psalm 37 (NKJV): The Heritage of the Righteous and the Calamity of the Wicked
A Psalm of David.
1 Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
3 Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord, trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass.
6 He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
8 Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not fret—it only causes harm.
9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.
10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, but it shall be no more.
11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
12 The wicked plots against the just, And gnashes at him with his teeth.
13 The Lord laughs at him, For He sees that his day is coming.
14 The wicked have drawn the sword and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, to slay those who are of upright conduct.
15 Their sword shall enter their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.
16 A little that a righteous man has is better than the riches of many wicked.
17 For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.
18 The Lord knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever.
19 They shall not be ashamed in the evil time, and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied.
20 But the wicked shall perish; And the enemies of the Lord, like the splendor of the meadows, shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away.
21 The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives.
22 For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.
23 The steps of a good man are [d]ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.
24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the Lord upholds him with His hand.
25 I have been young, and now am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.
26 He is ever merciful, and lends; And his descendants are blessed.
27 Depart from evil, and do good; And dwell forevermore.
28 For the Lord loves justice, And does not forsake His saints; They are preserved forever, But the descendants of the wicked shall be cut off.
29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell in it forever.
30 The mouth of the righteous speaks wisdom, and his tongue talks of justice.
31 The law of his God is in his heart; None of his steps shall slide.
32 The wicked watches the righteous, and seeks to slay him.
33 The Lord will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
34 Wait on the Lord, And keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it.
35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree.
36 Yet he passed away, and behold, he was no more; Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.
37 Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; For the future of that man is peace.
38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together; The future of the wicked shall be cut off.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the Lord; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
40 And the Lord shall help them and deliver them; He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him.
Be blessed and strengthened to edure until the end.