It's interesting to me that as soon as the "son's of God" (those who worship God) began to take wives of the "daughter's of men" (the wicked) in Genesis 6:2, God immediately says "My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years." in Genesis 6:3.
God obviously knew ahead of time what would be the result of God's church intermarrying with unbelievers, namely "that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually." - Genesis 6:5.
It seems a powerful lesson for our church today..."Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness?" - 2 Corinthians 6:14
From what I observe, it seems that the world is changing the church instead of the church changing the world. This shouldn't be so "because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world." - 1 John 4:4
I digress. So God had no choice but to destroy the world with a flood because of its great wickedness. Yet His Spirit strove with man for 120 years while Noah was building the ark (1 Peter 3:18-20). We know from the 2,300 day prophecy in chapter 8 of the book of Daniel that the time of the end began in 1844, and it has been a little over 160 years since that message went out. We've already been given over 40 years more than Noah's generation was given...but how long will God tarry? The Gospel is being preached to all the world. God is going to destroy this present age with fire, just as He destroyed Noah's generation with a flood. We should always be ready.
Genesis 6:8-9, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God."
So far we've seen two men who "walked with God", one was Enoch (Genesis 5:22) whom God translated, and now Noah.
God told Noah to go into the ark, but that it would be 7 days before the rain came down. Just like in the last days, there was a short period of time when every one's fate was sealed, yet judgement had not come. Everyone who was on the ark was saved, everyone outside the ark was condemned. Just prior to His second coming, Jesus will say "He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still. And behold I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work." And every one's fate will be sealed. Let's pray we're on the inside of the ark.
7 days prior to the rain, 40 days and 40 nights of rain coming down from heaven and up from the earth, then 150 days of nothing but water covering the earth, 40 days of water receding...it's hard to keep track of how long Noah and his family were stuck in this ark. But it does say in 7:11 that he was 600 years old, in the 2nd month, the 17th day of the month when the waters came down. Then in 8:13 that Noah was now 601 years old, in the 1st month, the 1st day of the month, when the waters dried up, then in verse 14 that in the 2nd month on the 27th day of the month, that the earth was dried and God told Noah he could come out of the ark. So, Noah and his family were apparently in the ark for 1 year, 2 months and 27 days. Wow. I'm not really sure that there is any spiritual relevance to this, but I felt like trying to figure it out.
Well, I only got 4 hours sleep last night so I'm going to stop right here. A well-rested mind is a spiritually receptive mind. :-)
God bless you and keep you.