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As It Was In The Days of Noah

John Collins01/12/2013Cult leaders who divide the body of Christ to make their concept of the 'little bride' often reference the scriptures comparing the days of Noah to the End of Days.  By separating the body of Christ with these doctrines, not only are they implementing fear tactics to hold their cult following, they are disregarding God's Eternal Covenant of Peace.  

The two scriptures most commonly used by these cult leaders and false prophets are found in Matthew and Luke:

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  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, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.  Matthew 24:37

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.  They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.  Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;  Luke 17:26-28

William Branham advanced this doctrine by combining these two scriptures with 1 Peter 3:20, and making them into one.  These were often quoted as though they were read directly from the Bible as one scripture.  1 Peter 3:20 says:

Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.  1 Peter 3:20

When we read the first two scriptures in context, we find that the message given was that the second coming of Christ will come as a surprise to many.  There will be those who have not surrendered their souls to Christ, and will be living their lives as usual when the sudden end will come.  

After combining the third scripture, however, there is a significant change.  1 Peter 3:20, which is describing the patience of God when Noah and his family were saved from the flood, gives a number of the people saved from the waters that covered the face of the earth.  That number was eight, a very small number compared to the millions of people throughout the earth.  

Combining these scriptures into one, William Branham would preach sermons with titles like "One in a Million," planting fear that even those sitting in his sermons might not make it into his version of "The Rapture."  This even fooled the editors of the text translated from the recorded sermons.  Not knowing the scriptures themselves, they placed quotes around them as though these were taken directly from the Bible:

'"As it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the coming of the Son of man, wherein eight souls was saved by water."' --Branham 65-0418E

For those who are now realizing that William Branham's many prophecies did not come to pass and that many of his Bible 'revelations' either did not match scripture or were taken from books of men with Freemason background, it is important that we realize that twisting scriptures to change their meaning is an abomination before the Lord.  We do not need be afraid of this false doctrine.

Isaiah 54 gives us the description of the Eternal Covenant of Peace, directly from the mouth of God Himself.

Through Isaiah, God says that we should rejoice.  We will not be a small body of Christ, eight souls as these false prophets describe.  God says that though there were few, there would one day be many.  The children of the 'desolate one' will be more than the children of the married one.'  He says that we need to enlarge our tents, and stretch out our habitations to hold them all!  Christians will be spread far and wide, and there will be Christians in high places.

God says that we no longer need to be in shame.  We are made righteous, and will not be disgraced.  We are The Bride, and our Maker is our Husband.  The Lord of Hosts is His Name!  The Holy One of Israel is our Redeemer, and He is the God of the whole earth!

God says that though we were deserted for a brief moment, during the times of the Mosaic Law, He came back with great and everlasting love and compassion.  We are now His people!
God reminds us of the days of Noah, when He swore that the waters would no more cover the earth.  He said that He would not be angry with us, and will not rebuke us.  Though the mountains and hills be removed, His steadfast love will never depart from us!  

This Eternal Covenant of Peace is not for a short time.  God says that His Covenant of Peace will never be removed!

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we been taught a message of fear?  Have we let a false prophet twist scriptures to his own advantage, and in doing so caused us to learn bible verses that were not written by the men of God?  Have we let twisted scriptures make us forget the Eternal Covenant of Peace?  Are we afraid of the return of Christ, when he will tread down the wicked?  Do we think that the blood of Christ is not sufficient for more than eight souls?