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As in the days of Noah....

Updated on December 16, 2009

Everyone has been affected by the latest banking crisis.

I call it a banking crisis because it's just that; not a credit crunch, but a banking crunch as lame ducks come home to roost with banks, now devoid of the greedy bankers who have made their money and run away to places where they can now sit back and enjoy watching the world fall apart.

Values drop, folks futures expire and people despair.

Like vultures in their Caribean hideaways, they hide and watch their money, ready to decend once again to pick the prize portions from the carcases of bankrupt people, as these sleaze bags acquire fire sale assets at knock down prices.

Do I sound bitter?

No not really bitter, more just plain cynical and a little more wise to the ways of this world.

I started life poor and have been rich twice... but poor three times!

Will I get rich again? - Who knows, probably not from writing on hub pages, but then again this is therapy for me not a job.

My last return to normality (because most people are not rich) was brought about by the wrong advice of my professional advisers, advisor's who charged $750 per hour to give the wrong advice, then pick up your assets once you are ground down on the floor.

I could sue them, but they have my assets now and they can afford better lawyers than I could now hope for, so I am stuffed in any case.

This is the way of the world.

But I am a bible believing Christian so surely God will protect me, provide for me, give me abundance pressed down and overflowing?

Obviously not, because this has been my lot since April 2008, when I drew my last salary from the company and gave up all hope of restoring the situation for myself and my shareholders.

So what had I done to qualify for this situation?

I had carried on as normal, grown to accept that the large amount of fees that I drew monthly were 'normal' even my due to receive. I believed the lie that the company needed my special skills, that I was actually worth what I paid myself, that I was truly special.

To a degree I was right, if you consider being in the top 2% of income earners to be a special event or gifted circumstance, then I was special, as you are special.

For if, by accident of birth, we are born in the northern hemisphere of planet earth, then we will be part of the 5% of humanity who consume 95% of the worlds resources.

Selah.... (think about that)

Our poorest member of our society is better provided for than most of the rest of the world are on their best day.

So in my 'normality' I had committed a great sin, I had committed the sin of thinking that my 'sacrifices' on the altar of 'doing good deeds and helping the poor' were sufficient to appease God and ensure my personal long term security and comfort.

Not content with having been forgiven all my sin, nor with being well provided for, protected from evil and gifted with good health and Gods Holy Spirit, I expected that God would wink at my laxity in observance to Him.

Psalm 51:16-18

For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it;

You do not delight in burnt offering.

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, a broken and a contrite heart.

These, O God, You will not despise.

My heart had not been contrite for a long while and my spirit was anything but broken.

There had been a time (as Leonard Cohen sings) when God above would let me know what was happening below, but not any more.

I had grown cold in my love of God in direct proportion to how much I had absorbed the lies of this world. We all like to be told and feel we are special, and the world knows full well that fawning flattery will overpower most minds, especially when the mind being flattered covets power and has pride working against it.

I joined a long list of biblical characters who had succumbed to the same temptations.

Fortunately our God is a God of the second chance, indeed He often cannot get what He requires from someone until they have been broken on the altar of self and restored to a position of having that "broken spirit, and a contrite heart".

All around I see bewildered Christians wondering what happened to their lives.

The security they thought they had disappeared in the puff of smoke that it was based upon, the world offers a transient ownership of assets and most people can fall foul of the world system.

We have all seen films where with one keystroke a person ceases to exist, well it's not simply fiction, it's fact, and a banker you have never met in a bank you have never banked with had the power to give away your wealth and assets without reference to yourself.

It's happened and there is nothing you can do about it.

But Why?

  • Does our God have a perverse sense of humour?
  • Does He delight in tearing the wings of our little plans to watch us squirm?

I think not, indeed I know not, for God has told us:

Romans 8:28-30

...we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

No. God has a plan, and a better plan and part of that plan requires bringing His people to a better relationship with Him, and unfortunately like all His people have done throughout history, we have been blinded by the riches of this world.

God needs us with "broken and a contrite hearts"

Now I know many Christians who will not like this message, who live in the 'pressed down and overflowing' world of prosperity and believe that it's their duty and obligation to stay there until the wonderful day when Christ appears in the sky to take them home to glory.

Don't get me wrong, I believe Christ will return for His flock, I just think we may have misunderstood the 'as in the days of Noah' concept a little, you see when Noah walked the earth, and God commanded him to build an Ark, he had to leave the corrupt society that was the main reason he needed to build an ark, and he got a lot of flak for doing that.

Imagine, here you are commanded to build an Ark on the top of a mountain, it's a logistical nightmare in a world where the wood grows in the valleys, and in any case everyone else is convinced you are a complete idiot and crazy into the bargain.

Add to that the fact that you are building this Ark for nearly 100 years, and all the time folk are sniggering, 'Wens the world gonna end Noah?, yur god tol you yet?" (sorry to put that bit in gibberish, but scoffers always seem to have difficulty with their vocabulary, and I seek authenticity.... anyhow you get the picture.

The one definite fact was (and will be) that NONE of those who were "eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage" was/will be saved from what is to come.

So where are you in all this?

My belief is that God is calling out a generation of Noah's now, to build 'Arks' to carry those who will be saved to the dry ground of Gods word and scriptural living.

Noah did not get in the Ark because he built it, he built it because he was qualified by God to be the man of the moment (and 100 years is a long moment to be man of), and Noah had obviously trained his children and their spouses well as they were saved also.

No church member wants to have a place in the tribulation, it would be the ultimate failure if having lived all your life as a church member you found that you were not taken, that you had somehow 'missed the mark' for being captured up with Christ when he came for his church.

Missed the mark is the real meaning of sin, which was a term used to describe when an archer missed the target.

We do not want to miss the mark when Christ returns.


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    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Amen MagicStarER.

    • MagicStarER profile image


      11 years ago from Western Kentucky

      Clear-headed thinking here on your part. "As in the days of Noah..." - The Lord may well be positioning us where we need to be for His Second Coming. Something I think about constantly! Thanks to God for giving you the understanding - One that helps me to remember: "The work God has started in you, He will finish it".

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      BL Tween 

      11 years ago

      God has a plan, He loves us and cares for us. The things we must walk through are sometimes hard, but, He has promised to never leave us. Peace, who can put a price on that?

      Thank you for your Hub.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi skye2day, That's true, no one can rob us of the fruits of the spirit, but we can rob ourselves, we can defraud ourselves, when we linger with Satan's temptations.

      Like you I lost all material wealth, but regained my peace and have more contentment than ever before in my life.

      My life had always been seeking 'the big one' and that kept me driving forward, ever searching, ever optimistic, ever seeking.

      My last 'big one' the one that folded, was a $300 million dollar hotel project. How much longer do I want to tilt at windmills?

      In Genesis God tells us of the 'restless wanderers' who can never settle.

      Until I came to faith that was me, ever wandering, never arriving, never staying still.

      God has taught me to stay still finally, to contemplate not plan, to wait with quiet expectation rather than hover on the edge of my seat awaiting the 'off'.

      I love what God does to our lives, which is fortunate, for we have no real choice, for a life without God is not one I would want to contemplate any more.

      Thanks for visiting, I will visit your site, but it's late now so tomorrow!

    • skye2day profile image


      11 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Awesome Hub. Nice to meet you. I saw a comment and noticed your widget. Very interesting, I like. One thing aquasilver

      NO ONE can rob of us of our joy, meekness, kindness,love gentleness, self control, peace or understanding unless we hand it over. We will never run out. We will always have more then enough. That is abundance. Seek ye first the Kingdom. I lost most everything material that I thought counted. Not, I would not trade in the growing pains for the knowledge I have in him today. I have abundance. I do not lack. God loves to Bless his kids, in his time. He is full of suprises, like a loving father. He is so cool. I do not like the term follow either because I follow Jesus. I have joined your club. Please stop by to visit my club. Hugs+ + + +

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Aguasilver--was hoping to hear your answers to my questions--you seem to understand much about many things that I don't.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Ghost whisperer,

      I'll write you through your profile email later.


    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Aqua-other than these demonic experiences in the last year, and of course 20 years ago-I know very little of the 'darkside' as my friend Twig did. I have some questions for you to answer--if you can?

      These assaults were so extreme-so powerful-so unbelievable! The questions?

      If someone is conjuring/performing black rituals of such upon another, another being me and I KNOW I am a true believer in God, are these same type of people able to keep spirits around them for protection?

      Are they able to bind(as Twig says)keep lingering spirits who are neither bad nor good but confused around them also?

      This may sound like strange questions but it has something to do with 30 tiny mason jars with silver lids on them, sitting on a cupboard filled with brown filth (which was not broth. I had bad feelings about these things but have no idea why or what they were and still don't.)

      A Cherokee Native(supposed Shaman) came to this home and went biserk! She was there as a friend and all of a sudden went nutzo...pulled my closet open and started singing in Jewish, a Jewish song and spoke of climbing into a tunnel, uniforms and then death of a teenager but she spoke as if she was the boy dying..."pain in my is going through my body...and I am no more...I am no more...I am no more." This poor friend of mine cried horribly!

      She also was saying that souls were bound in lids-lots of lids?? She mentioned something about soul-eaters? I dunno. She kept telling Twig, "you got to get her out of here!" All I know is that this was so strange.

      I know nothing about any of this. She would never come back to this home and refused to look at the picture of the spirit boy in the window. She said "I already know what he looks like and I can not bare to see him again--he is gone--soul eaters?"

      What is all this about? Seems so strange to me.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain


      I think God awakens us when the spirits come to check us out, and that's what they seem to be doing.

      My wife was frightened at first, wondered who she had married, but now she is a warrior herself! (after she was visited by a large Lion....)

      Listen anyone reading these comments, we are kinda swapping notes here, so if you don't understand either change channels or ask us! :o)

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Aqua-thanks for the response. I read some of your comments and truly get much out of them! Yes, I give no worry about when I am to leave this body,it is known only by God and I feel at ease over this;a resolve quite awhile ago in regards to this issue,due to evil and threats here on earth.

      I am happy to see that others know the command of Jesus Christ and yes, mostly it has worked for me. When you know God, it is amazing how you can be fast asleep and still know spiritually when you are coming under attack...isn't it? It is just 'automatic' when they come to bother me. I feel safe, loved and protected by God!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Ghost Whisper, it was not eight years full time, but I got the occasional visit during those years,normally just a night visit that scuttled away once I became aware of it and started commanding it to...."go in the name of Jesus Christ to whom ALL authority and power has been given..." .... and straight back to sleep.

      My first deliverance that worked was personal, just me, Satans crew and Christ, and it took place during a longish night when my fate hung in the balance, I think it's in one of my hubs, but it may not be in any detail, for obvious reasons.

      Anyhow after that I KNEW 1000% that I belonged to Christ and that Satan had lost ALL authority over me... you still need to be careful, especially careful if you do what we seem to be doing, but your soul is secured and your eternity is resolved, and as you know life is sweet, but not worth second dying for! (if you get my drift) so I'm not too fussed if I live or die.

      My constant proclamation is that God knows the exact second of my death, and I declare that I wish to die exactly when God has decide, not one second earlier, not one second later.

      A good part of walking free yet still working in the spirit is to cut out the areas where the enemy has authority over any part of your life.

      But that's a whole hub.... coming soon?

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Aquasilver--8 years would be horrid to me..can't even imagine it nor do I want to! Stirring up is an understatement to why this happened. They have ended and I am peaceful from at least the spiritual realm.(I have an urge to put my head down on my desk and cry out of pure frustration--God does not make mistakes-so I won't and wait for Gods reasons for this all.)

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks Ghostwhisperer, I'm pretty much enamoured with your hubs too!

      To date I am on 13 and still reading as and when I can get a few moments. You have obviously been stirring up the proverbial in the spirit realm and have the enemy forcefully attacking you.

      I was more fortunate in that I came from the enemy and it seems that I was able to use the name of Christ effectively from the start and stop the worse attacks, but having said that I was bothered for about 8 years, though not to the intensity and with the frequency that you have experienced.

      You must be doing something right!

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      Yes, understand your words. All I know is that I love God and have faith that he knows the hearts of his people. My eyes is on the target-God-and continuing to stay this way when it all hits the fan. That will be the true test to the believers-to stay with God and never against-no matter what! I love your hubs!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Ghostewriter, Watch and pray... to be accounted worthy to escape ALL these things.... is all I can find on that issue!

      So (in archery terms) not missing the mark means keeping our eye on the target and staying perfectly still whilst we complete the action.

      Any wavering will make the arrow fly wide.

    • Ghost Whisper 77 profile image

      JG the IGNITER 

      11 years ago from The U.S. Government protects Nazi War Criminals

      I don't want to miss the mark when Christ returns!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Morning 50C, Glad to see you back from the hunt! - I'll write you later on delta... maybe you have a hub about the hunt, a whole lot of folk (me included) have never hunted, killed and dressed our own food.. just a though!

      godpreacher, so true my bro, I'm working my way through your hubs as and when I have time. Good work

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      11 years ago from Atlanta,Ga.

      As in the days of Noah, and as in the days of Sodom. Many of us are like the people who got shut out, and many are like Lot's wife, looking back, and turning into pillars of salt.

      Great Hub my bro.

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      50 Caliber 

      11 years ago from Arizona

      Very good Hub with a very significant message to one and all who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

      Even bought and paid for living in a hole in the ground that seems indestructible and degrading my life style to one of the leanest I can fathom and cannot figure anything that could change where, I in my ark could suffer a destructive blow, I know that there is one right around the corner I have over looked. I admit I don't spend much time pondering it but I know it is there. It could be like a flash, a heart attack or a meteor falling on my head. So I know it has happened before and can come again. So I'm lacking I'm sure in my endeavors of doing all I should, being out of touch with the world I have come out of, I have this thought that liberally coming out of the world and living a life with little human contact may have been taking it a little to far as I cannot bring anyone to the Lord if I don't have contact with people. So I'm not sure that this isn't selfishness on my part?

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Hi heart4theword and RevLady, thanks for commenting, it's good to get confirmation and helps when we have to deal with all these scoffers who frequent our days...

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      11 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I agree and I think there are many Noahs today expounding the message of God on deaf ears as in His day. Great hub!

    • heart4theword profile image


      11 years ago from hub

      Yes, we do not want to miss the Ark. There will be those left who will take the mark, to much sadness:( Time is running out....we have to be in tune, and on the right track, to get to our targeted destination! Thank you for this message in your hub:)

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Come out of her my people has been a verse that stays in my mind and spirit these last three years, and I truly believe that God is 'conditioning' His 'remnant' to be ready for when He 'pulls the plug' on Babylon and millions of 'Christians' will find that they have NOTHING EXCEPT God to rely upon.

      The world will give us many pleasures to keep us from our first love, sometimes the only way we rekindle our flame is with adversity.

      Thanks for the comment, I love comments, they tell us when we are on or off target, when we miss the mark!

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      Judah's Daughter 

      11 years ago from Roseville, CA

      Amen. Excellent hub. I often wonder how many of we who've lost our jobs and are at risk of losing our homes are Christians...kind of like God calling us out of Babylon. I wonder if we're not all busy about the Lord's work in the interim ~ glorifying God and ministering to all who will hear...perhaps this is the Sabbath rest before He comes? May God keep us in His loving care and direct our steps to do all that He predestined us to do!!


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