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Saturday, January 9, 2010

Genesis 9:6

Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

For further study - Genesis 9:1-29

Genesis 9:1
is the record of God's meeting with Noah after the worldwide flood, as recorded in
Genesis 6, 7 and 8. In this meeting the Lord gave Noah instructions.

God told Noah that he and his family were to be fruitful and multiply and thus "re-people" the earth. At this time in history, right after the flood, there were only eight people on the earth.

There was Noah and his three sons; Shem, Ham and Japheth and their four wives. God wanted to start “humankind” all over with the survivors of the flood.
Genesis 10 is the record of at least the beginning obedience to God's command to "re-people" the Earth.

Verse 6 of Genesis 9 is where God established the institution of "human government". God established the institution of "marriage", Genesis 2, and the institution of the "local church" in Acts 2.

Here in
Genesis 9:6 the Lord sets in place what we call today "capital punishment". Within this command is the foundation for "human government". The highest function of "human government" is the judicial taking of life. All other governmental powers are implied in that.

God sets man on earth to govern the world for Him. "Human government" played a key role then, 4,500 years ago, and it will play a major role in the future,
Revelation 17:17.

However, "human government" plays a key role today as the Lord uses "human government" to set the world stage and place the “actors on that stage” to make ready for the "final drama" to be played out.

verse 13 we see where the Lord places His "rainbow" in the clouds. Every time you see a "rainbow "in the sky it is a tangible promise from God that He will never judge the earth again with water. God once again used nature to communicate to man and the "rainbow" continues to speak to us, even today, a message from God.

Please notice one more thing with me. The Lord revealed to Moses, the author of the book of Genesis, that Noah lived 350 years after the flood. Remember, Noah was 600 years old when the waters covered the earth, all of the earth,
Genesis 7:6.

Therefore, Noah lived a total of 950 years, all of them serving the Lord. Noah lived the last several hundred years with his great-grandson, Nimrod, who was the King of Babylon,
Genesis 10:10 .

Noah's great-grandson was disobedient to the Lord's command. Instead of multiplying and "re-peopling" the earth, Nimrod went to Babel, on the Euphrates River, and built a great city, lest they be scattered upon the face of the earth,
Genesis 11:4.

All of humankind lived in Babylon with Nimrod and his great-grandfather, Noah. The significance of this information comes from what Jesus said in His "Olivet Discourse",
Matthew 24:37.

This verse tells us, "As it was in the days of Noah so shall it also be in the days of the coming of the Lord." In the "last days" of Noah, the world was focused on Babylon, which is modern-day Iraq, thus the significance of the Lord's statement in
Matthew 24:37.

In Noah's day the focus of the world was on Babylon as is the case today, the focus of the world is on Iraq, Biblical Babylon. It is in these days that Jesus comes back to the Earth. That seems to be indicating that the Lord will come in our day.

Remember, before Christ comes back to the Earth, the Lord shouts to call all of us into the heavenlies at the Rapture of the Church, and that could happen today.

PRAYER THOT: Thank you Lord for the prophecy that allows me to know the time of Your return. Help me to live in light of this information and Your soon coming.