"And Knew Not" -- What did they not know?

JeffLogan's picture

The scripture reads --

Matthew 24 (cf. Genesis 6:1-7; Mark 13:32-37; Luke 12:35-48)

36 But of that day and hour knoweth no [man], no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
37 But as the days of Noe [were], so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark,
39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

I am most interested in verse 39 which read, "And knew not until the flood came..." What was it that the antediluvians knew not?

I think with a few Biblical parallels this can be answered fairly. But I'd like to hear your thoughts before I influence them with my thoughts. You may have a better answer.

JeffLogan's picture

They knew not...so shall it be in our time is what we're hearing

I believe the story of Noah has him preaching for 120 years as he builds this huge ark. Then, days before the flood that he has been warning about arrives, animals appear in pairs, ascend the plank, and enter into the ark. Then Noah and his family of 8 souls enters the ark and then this huge door that supported the weight of elephants in pairs is now mysteriously closed. For seven days they are inside the ark and the door is closed but there is no rain. Then on the 7th day it begins to rain. But seven days earlier the probation of the antediluvians closed when the door to the ark was closed. But they did not realize the significance of the event.

In like manner Revelation speaks of a door that God shuts and no man can open. And another door which God opens and no man can shut. This must consider that this refers to an event of great importance because God has placed it in scripture. It is related to the church of Philadelphia in that area of Revelation which addresses letters to the seven churches. Adventism believes the 7 churches represent 7 dispensation of the earthly church. And that the closed door represents the end of Christ's ministration as our Priest and the open door the beginning of His work as our High Priest.

You may recall, the work of the High Priest on earth occurred once a year when he entered into the Most Holy Place on Yom Kippur or, The Day of Atonement. Since all of the earthly festivals, and the temple itself, were merely a shadow of the heavenly events and tabernacle (cf Hebrews 8-10)-- and all of the events represented by the Jewish temple economy were but a shadow of the various dispensations of Christ's ministry (remember Passover, Pentecost, etc...) --then we must also consider that the Day of Atonement also had an anti-typical fulfillment in Christ's ministry. And in the book of Hebrews we find this to be true. "1Now the main point of what we are saying is this: We do have such a high priest, who sat down at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in heaven, 2and who serves in the sanctuary, the true tabernacle set up by the Lord, not by a mere human being." -- Hebrews 8 (NIV).

In Hebrews 9 we learn that by example of the earthly priestly ministry the Holy Spirit was teaching us that the way into the Most Holy Place in heaven was not opened to us until the earthly tabernacle was taken away. "6...the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning." --Hebrews 9 (NIV). It is this door, this veil to the Most Holy Place in heaven which God opened while closing the door to the Holy Place. And the veil we enter through is none other than the flesh of Jesus who opened that door at Calvary. "19Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water." --Hebrews 10 (NIV).

Jesus is our "Great High Priest" and His daily intercession for us occurs in the heavenly tabernacle that God built, not man (cf Hebrews 8:2). It is this door, into the Most Holy Place in heaven where Christ intercedes for us, that God opened and no man shutteth. Only God can decide when the door of mercy will close and Christ's intercession for mankind will end in preparation for His return to earth to redeem His faithful. And since this event will be like it was in the days of Noah men will be carrying on their business as usual and will know when their probation closes. God will close the door of mercy and no man will no it until they see the Son of Man appear in the clouds. In this respect His coming will be like a thief. But if you study the book of Hebrews you will learn more about the open door and the closed door and therefore you will not be taken unaware.

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