The Ark Of Today
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 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 Noah entered into the ark.
What is significant about Noah entering into the ark? When he entered, destruction came—the flood came— and all hell broke loose on earth. But God’s people, being in a place of safety, rose above the powers of destruction, enjoyed life, and started a new dispensation. And that is what is beginning to happen today.
The Lord spoke to me a while ago and said, “like the ark was to Noah, so is Life in the Spirit to the believer today.
WHEN THE WORLD FALLS APART.
Although destruction is coming, we can’t concentrate on it. Many people argue, “Well, things are going to get better.” I don’t quite agree. Yes, the Church is going to get better, but the world is going to fall apart. We are going to have the wars, famines, and destruction Jesus spoke of in Matthew 24—we already know that—but we must not get heavy in the spirit about it. If we do, we will get in the flesh. Run from heaviness and stay full of life and joy, for if you lose your joy, you’re bound.
Today we’re living in the midst of confusion and destruction. Evil spirits are terrorizing and destroying people. And in the midst of this, some ministers aren’t building a spiritual ark of safety to help people; they’re building an empire. When people begin to rely on the things of the flesh, they begin to fall apart. They begin to die.
They begin not to have the miracles. They begin not to have the satisfaction, so they go from the Spirit to the intellect, and they start controlling things emotionally. They do things through their mind: Their mind begins to manufacture false signs and wonders. It begins to produce false words and false visions.
We must understand that those things are false boats—boats constructed with wrong nails and wrong hammers.
That’s where some of you stand right now: You’re going the wrong way: You’re building the wrong kind of ark. Some are building rafts, and some are blowing up plastic boats that won’t make it through a storm!
Most people like to build quickly, slapping something together, and asking God to bless it. It doesn’t work. That attitude is what causes preachers, churches, and ministries to fail. They suddenly zoom into prominence, only to explode and fizzle out. Then we wonder, “What’s wrong with them? Why are they getting messed up?”
It’s because they blew up a rubber raft, or they built some other kind of boat, perhaps a prestigious boat, instead of an ark that can survive the storm, with its clouds, rain, waves, forces, darkness, and pounding. You see, some have built a boat that is so shabby, a person who didn’t pay the price can hit it, knock a hole in it, get inside, and destroy the whole thing.
You must build an ark that no amount of pounding from the flesh, mental stress, or devils can get through. Learn to put down the natural hammer and nails and pick up the spiritual hammer and nails, and start building the way Noah did after the Lord told him to build.
To build an ark, you need gopher wood, nails, and a hammer. Build it to the right size, the right way, so it will last. This means you build line upon line and precept upon precept. You don’t nail three boards down at once; you take one at a time, pound the nails in, and make sure that board is secure. When it is, you put the next board in place. You build one board at a time, so that when you get in the boat, God will shut the door and you’ll sail off safely.
Otherwise, if you don’t build it right, God can’t shut the door, because it was made of flesh, according to the rules of flesh. He’ll say, “If it’s of the flesh, it stays flesh. I will not have anything to do with flesh.” No excuse will work in this hour. Whatever excuse you present to God shall be cast down.
We’ve got to build an ark. And that ark for us today is Life in the Spirit. As the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.