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MYSTERY OF THE AGES
(Gen. 4:21) and another, an artificer in brass and
iron.
Mankind was making progress in material develop–
ment, even though growing further from God spiritually.
But remember at this point, that "except the Lord build
the house, they labour in vain that build it" (Ps. 127:1).
Also in Matthew 7:24-27, a house built on a faulty
foundation is bound to fall. Civilization as we know it
was built, not on the foundation of God and his
direction, but on man's self-reliance under the
deception and sway of Satan.
The Bible tells us little of human development
prior to Noah, but after 1,500 to 1,600 years human
civilization had become so evil that only one man, Noah,
remained righteous. There was a population explosion,
but humanity had turned to evil continually. After 100
years of warning by Noah, God sent the Flood to drown
all living except Noah, his wife, three sons and their
wives-eight people.
The Extent of Evil
Notice to what extent humanity had been turned by
Satan to evil. In Genesis 6:5, "God saw that the
wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every
imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil
continually." The earth was filled with violence. Man's
thoughts, contemplations and plans were continually on
self-centered, lustful and evil objectives.
This violence had become so universal that God
determined to spare humanity from suffering longer in
mounting misery and anguish.
God took away their miserable lives, by the
earthwide Flood,
to be resurrected in the next second of
their consciousness
in the "Great White Throne"
resurrection (Rev. 20:11-12). They will be brought back
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