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What did Noah really preach about for 120 years?

Posted on December 14th, by Present Truth in Archives. 8 comments

Have you ever wondered what types of messages Noah might have preached for over 120 years? Are there any parallels to today? Let’s refresh on how the story unfolds:

The Facts:

1. God is saddened by the amount of evil on the earth and He regrets making man. He declares He will destroy the earth in 120 years. Gen 6:3,5,6

2. Noah finds Grace in the Lord’s eyes and the Lord states that He will save Noah and his household due to Noah’s Righteous life. Gen 6:18, Gen 7:1

3. Noah and His family are saved from the flood that destroyed the earth. They are on the ark for over a year until the waters subside and they exit the ark. They are greeted by a rainbow a little while later and it is a sign that God will never again destroy the earth by a flood.

Ok, so what about all of that time while Noah was building the ark? Do we know any details there? Here are a few:

Amid the prevailing corruption, Methuselah, Noah, and many others labored to keep alive the knowledge of the true God and to stay the tide of moral evil. A hundred and twenty years before the Flood, the Lord by a holy angel declared to Noah His purpose, and directed him to build an ark. While building the ark he was to preach that God would bring a flood of water upon the earth to destroy the wicked. Those who would believe the message, and would prepare for that event by repentance and reformation, should find pardon and be saved. Enoch had repeated to his children what God had shown him in regard to the Flood, and Methuselah and his sons, who lived to hear the preaching of Noah, assisted in building the ark. {PP 92.2}

The building of this immense structure was a slow and laborious process. On account of the great size of the trees and the nature of the wood, much more labor was required then than now to prepare timber, even with the greater strength which men then possessed. All that man could do was done to render the work perfect, yet the ark could not of itself have withstood the storm which was to come upon the earth. God alone could preserve His servants upon the tempestuous waters. {PP 92.3}

“By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7. While Noah was giving his warning message to the world, his works testified of his sincerity. It was thus that his faith was perfected and made evident. He gave the world an example of believing just what God says. All that he possessed, he invested in the ark. As he began to construct that immense boat on dry ground, multitudes came from every direction to see the strange sight and to hear the earnest, fervent words of the singular preacher. Every blow struck upon the ark was a witness to the people. {PP 95.1}

Many at first appeared to receive the warning; yet they did not turn to God with true repentance. They were unwilling to renounce their sins. During the time that elapsed before the coming of the Flood, their faith was tested, and they failed to endure the trial. Overcome by the prevailing unbelief, they finally joined their former associates in rejecting the solemn message. Some were deeply convicted, and would have heeded the words of warning; but there were so many to jest and ridicule, that they partook of the same spirit, resisted the invitations of mercy, and were soon among the boldest and most defiant scoffers; for none are so reckless and go to such lengths in sin as do those who have once had light, but have resisted the convicting Spirit of God. {PP 95.2}

As sin became general, it appeared less and less sinful, and they finally declared that the divine law was no longer in force; that it was contrary to the character of God to punish transgression; and they denied that His judgments were to be visited upon the earth. Had the men of that generation obeyed the divine law, they would have recognized the voice of God in the warning of His servant; but their minds had become so blinded by rejection of light that they really believed Noah’s message to be a delusion. {PP 95.3}

But Noah stood like a rock amid the tempest. Surrounded by popular contempt and ridicule, he distinguished himself by his holy integrity and unwavering faithfulness. A power attended his words, for it was the voice of God to man through His servant. Connection with God made him strong in the strength of infinite power, while for one hundred and twenty years his solemn voice fell upon the ears of that generation in regard to events, which, so far as human wisdom could judge, were impossible. {PP 96.2}

Had the antediluvians believed the warning, and repented of their evil deeds, the Lord would have turned aside His wrath, as He afterward did from Nineveh. But by their obstinate resistance to the reproofs of conscience and the warnings of God’s prophet, that generation filled up the measure of their iniquity, and became ripe for destruction. {PP 97.2}

The period of their probation was about to expire. Noah had faithfully followed the instructions which he had received from God. The ark was finished in every part as the Lord had directed, and was stored with food for man and beast. And now the servant of God made his last solemn appeal to the people. With an agony of desire that words cannot express, he entreated them to seek a refuge while it might be found. Again they rejected his words, and raised their voices in jest and scoffing. Suddenly a silence fell upon the mocking throng. Beasts of every description, the fiercest as well as the most gentle, were seen coming from mountain and forest and quietly making their way toward the ark. A noise as of a rushing wind was heard, and lo, birds were flocking from all [BEGIN P.98] directions, their numbers darkening the heavens, and in perfect order they passed to the ark. Animals obeyed the command of God, while men were disobedient.

–There is much more but I think those summarize that Noah was faithful to His calling.

I see a parallel today with the world we live in. There are many that do not wish to speak of a coming crisis. They say that it does not do any good. I wonder if there are elements in this story that God has shown us that we could adapt for today. I believe there is a balance and that we need to be balanced. Noah testified of His belief through not only preaching but building.

May the God who saved Noah, save each one of us who are diligently seeking Him today. -Jared

8 responses to “What did Noah really preach about for 120 years?”

  1. Janet says:

    I liked this!!!!

    Let us be found faithful!

  2. Amy Jo says:

    Amen, may we all stay faithful to Him and warn others of the impending final crisis and ultimate victory in Jesus for the ones who have made Him their strength and stronghold.

  3. Mike says:

    Jared, you write great articles. But as you write, you miss the obvious (to me) correlations. This story illustrates just how VERY important the call to get out of Babylon is for us today. And as I write this response, I can already anticipate the negative reactions from people that are “TIRED” of that message. The answer to the story about Germany passing sunday laws (that you asked “Someone please show me why this should matter”) is shown here in this story. As we close in on the final act of our struggle against the adversary, there are good Christians that are setting this idea aside in favor of a low profile, dont rock the boat, we want to be popular, lets be more like others approach. If Noah had done the same, (in the face of TOTAL opposition) how would HIS story have ended?

  4. abede mack says:

    mike great post i agree with you we need to lift the trumpet. God says he will need seal those that dont weep and sigh EZEKIEL 9 even tough christ would not come until he has a perfect people with his fathers name in their heads we have a obligation to tell the church , the world what is soon to break loose upon the world. Our preaching needs to be balance. We must seek tro develop character thru prayer and study but at the same time we must warn the world he is what EGW says test vol 5 pg 211 Thus “Peace and safety” is the cry from men who will never again lift up their voice like a trumpet to show God’s people their transgressions and the house of Jacob their sins. These dumb dogs that would not bark are the ones who feel the just vengeance of an offended God. Men, maidens, and little children all perish together. powerful statemnts. We must not get all alarm with sundays laws i agree we must not scare folk about sunday laws but we must not speak peace and safety like the dumb dogs bye God bless.

  5. Angelic Angel says:

    I read Genesis 6:3 (120 years…yet his days shall be 120 years). When

    Noah’s three sons were born, he was age 500 (Genesis 5:32).

    (500+120 = 620 years of age) OK.

    When Noah and the others entered into the ark, Noah was 600 years of age (Genesis 7:11).

    Noah, was in the ark from the second month Zip 17, 600 (Genesis 7:11) up to Zip 27, 601 (Genesis 8:14-16), the eight and the two-of-each kind came out of the ark.

    (620+1=621 years of age) OK.

    After the flood, Noah lived 350 years (Genesis 9:28).

    621+350=970 years of age is off by 20 years according to Genesis 9:29

    Help me understand: Was Noah preaching from the start of Genesis 5:29, because Noah’s father Lamech was 182 when Noah was born, and after Genesis 5:29, Lamech was 595 years of age. So Noah’s birth between Genesis 5:28-30, Noah was 413 years of age. Right? OK.

    413 years of age=Noah

    Noah was 500, when he three sons were born…Genesis 5:32


    Back to the 120 years preaching…were those 120 years of preaching by Noah from Genesis 6:1-8?

    I have people speak from the pulpit about the 120 years and not one ever mentioned that Noah preached for 120 years.

    He was 600 when the flood waters came upon the earth. Genesis 7:6.

    I read Genesis 7:1 and Hebrews 11:7 and I can’t locate the scripture that called Noah a preacher. I would like to locate the scripture. If anyone can help me-I thank you.

  6. Mark says:

    In 2 Peter 2:5, Noah is called a “preacher of righteousness”.

  7. Anthony says:

    To Angelic Angel,

    Thw answer is found in 2 Peter 2:5, “And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness….”

  8. David says:

    I have gone over the scriptures and I cannot find any scripture that states that Noah preached for 120 years, nor can I find any scripture that states when Noah began this ‘120’ years of preaching. I read this article and I find that it is greatly lacking in scriptural evidence. The writings of E. G. White are not the Bible, nor are they even equal to the Bible. So please where are the scriptures to support this teaching.

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