You are the One. Get Ready Just like the days of Noah (Part 1)
The life of Noah and how his "preparedness journey" went... (Shared On Ldsavow site)
1) Noah prophesies and teaches the people the things of God. (Moses 8:16)
2) They seek to take away his life (Moses 8:1, the power of the priesthood (foot notes, Moses 8:1 preserves him and frustrates their plans.
3) Noah calls the people to repentance but the people are disobedient. (Moses 8:21)
and then it comes to the point that
"... God saw that the wickedness of men had become great in the earth; and every man was lifted up in the imagination of the thoughts of his heart, being only evil continually." (Moses 8:22) The people do not repent. The record explains, "The earth was corrupt before God, and it was filled with violence." (Moses 8:2
"Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord; for Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generation; and he walked with [or was guided by] God."
This is where it gets interesting. Note however, that we have to be in the place Noah was in (just, clean, obedient) to have the rest of the story occur in our own lives.
(Moses 8:30) "And God said unto Noah: the end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence, and behold I will destroy all flesh from off the earth."
And this is the point when Noah was told to build the ark. (Or for us, when we are warned by the Lord that we need to prepare for our own families.)
The Lord had declared to Noah that these people were so wicked, filling the earth with such violence, that there needed to be a cleansing. At this point it appears that Noah moves from focusing on saving the people (who aren't listening) to "saving his house". This isn't to say that we stop trying to teach and help others (quite the contrary) but instead we *PUT FIRST* the priorities we're given to do.
"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."
Preparing an Ark became a priority moved to the top of his list because of the fact that he'd been "warned of God". What specifically have we been "warned of God" that we need to move to the top of our lists? We can find this answer by looking to the counsel we've been given from the church as well as our own specific personal revelation.
Many times I think we look "beyond the mark" in our anxiousness to be prepared, many times out of fear of the unknown. The Lord will supply us in our other needs if we've first done all he's originally asked of us.
The Lord Stays His Destructions so that the Righteous Can Prepare...
To me it's interesting to read 1 Peter 3:20, speaking of the Savior's ministry to the spirits in Spirit Prison, which refers to a few who were disobedient during the days of Noah. It gives an insight to the viewpoint of the Lord during the time that Noah was preparing the Ark.
Joseph Smith Translation added, it reads...
"Some of whom were disobedient in the days of Noah, while the long-suffering of God waited, while the ark was preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
This scripture makes clear that these spirits were "disobedient in the days of Noah". They had had their opportunity to repent but did not. And at the same time that they were being stubbornly disobedient the Lord's focus, even his long-suffering of their wickedness, holding back the prophesied destruction was for Noah, to allow him the time he needed to prepare the Ark.
If we are following the guidance of the Spirit in our preparations we have no need to fear. The Lord's timing is always perfect.
Going over to Matthew chapter 24 the Lord compares the events leading up to the Second Coming with Noah's exit from the wicked. The Lord waits until the righteous have been lead away and have been made safe.
It's revealing to me of the Lord's mercy that he would wait for the few (only eight souls). Likewise, if we are righteous, obedient and clean **we are his and he knows us** and will wait for "the few" of us too before unloosing the great destruction of the wicked.
Matt. 24: 37-39
37) But as the days of Noe were, so shall be the coming of the Son of man be.
3 For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark.
39) And knew not until the flood came (the very physical proof appeared), and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.
The wicked were caught unaware and for them the destruction came suddenly. Noah, who had been "moved with fear" was not caught by surprise. He'd worked in diligence those things he was given, step by step, line upon line, and was saved.
We need not fear if we are availing ourselves to "walk with God" as Noah did (Moses 8:27), allowing Him to guide our preparedness. I think it's interesting that the scripture notes that it wasn't Noah only who "walked with God" (as it's easy to say, "well he was the prophet, of course he walked with God.") but it goes on..."as did also his three sons" (Moses 8:27).
You know who else is noted to have "walked with God"? Enoch and ALL his people (Moses 7:69)...and they, because they abandoned worldliness as a city were lifted up. Any of us can choose that path for ourselves and the Lord hopes we will. It's our choice.
My advice to people preparing is to turn off the FEAR of the world, even though many things lie ahead which are unknown and completely foreign to the way we're used to living. Have FAITH. The Lord knows what he's doing and he knows how to lead YOU where he wants you to be.