Noah had great faith. He built the ark before one drop of rain ever fell.
It’s easy to follow God’s instruction when we understand what is going on. But it is much different to “trust God” when we don’t understand what is going on. Imagine, Noah had never seen rain, much less a rainstorm.
Now no shrub of the field was yet in the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the LORD God had not sent rain upon the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist used to rise from the earth and water the whole surface of the ground. —Genesis 2:5-6
Yet he built a huge boat for a flood. He spent decades and all his resources, faithfully following God’s instructions.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. —Hebrews 11:1
He was probably ridiculed unmercifully. But by faith, he trusted God and not those around him, not the wisdom of the world.
. . . your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God. —1 Corinthians 2:5
Would you please address the question of reincarnation? It is linked with the New Age and evolution versus Creation and the sovereignty of God. Is there a good verse to use to refute this?
The lie of reincarnation began back in the Garden of Eden when Satan told Eve that she wouldn’t die if she ate the forbidden fruit.
The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die!” —Genesis 3:4
Satan’s been repeating that lie for 6,000 years because there’s an obvious, fleshly appeal to the “not having to die” idea. If we could come back and try to “get it right” time after time, that would mean we would always have another chance. But the Bible says that everyone must die once (Rapture excepted).
. . . it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment. —Hebrews 9:27
There have been three people who the Bible says did not die.
- Elijah, who was taken up in the world’s first UFO.
As they were going along and talking, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire and horses of fire which separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind to heaven. —2 Kings 2:11
Elijah is to reappear as one of the two witnesses who show up in Revelation 11 and will die after 3 1/2 years of work (Revelation 11).
Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. —Malachi 4:5
- There is no record of John’s death, only speculation. Jesus said that he wouldn’t die until He came again.
So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” —John 21:21-23
John himself said he must prophesy again to many “peoples, nations, tongues and kings.”
And they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.” —Revelation 10:11
This is an unfulfilled prophecy. This makes him logically a good possibility to be the other witness in Revelation 11.
- Enoch, who walked with God, did not die.
Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. —Genesis 5:24
We can only speculate that, since he was “taken/transported” to heaven, he may be counted like those who are Raptured in the future. He is unlikely to be the second witness since he’s not Jewish (lived prior to Abraham).
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