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Luke 17:26

And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man:
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Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Antediluvians;   Confidence;   Flood;   Jerusalem;   Jesus, the Christ;   Jesus Continued;   Worldliness;   Scofield Reference Index - Inspiration;   The Topic Concordance - Coming of the Lord Jesus Christ;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Deluge, the;  
Dictionaries:
Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Flood, the;   Hell;   CARM Theological Dictionary - Eschatology;   Tribulation, the;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Deluge;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Cain (1);   Noah;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Luke, Gospel of;   Son of Man;   Spirits in Prison;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Matthew, Gospel According to;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Day of Judgment;   Discourse;   Luke, Gospel According to;   Names and Titles of Christ;   Noah;   Old Testament (Ii. Christ as Student and Interpreter of).;   Parousia (2);   Quotations (2);   Sodom;   Son of Man;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Noe ;   Type;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Noe;   Parousia;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

As it was in the days of Noe - See on Matthew 24:38; (note).

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Coffman Commentaries on the Bible

And as it came to pass in the days of Noah, even so shall it also be in the days of the Son of man. They ate, they drank, they married, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise, even as it came to pass in the days of Lot; they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Significantly, these were cataclysmic physical disasters. The Dead Sea today lies on the site of the cities of the plain which were destroyed by the cataclysm mentioned here. The ravages of the flood were genuine, worldwide, and attested not merely in the word of God, but by the legends of fabled Atlantis and many others. Moreover, there is hardly a hill on earth that does not show signs of once having been beneath the sea.

The fact that Jesus selected these two great physical phenomena from the Old Testament, making them comparable to the Second Advent, is a clear word that the Second Advent will also be such a physical thing; a cataclysm of unbelievable and unprecedented destruction; and that in the midst of the Great Disaster, the Son of man will appear to redeem the faithful from the earth, who shall be caught up with the "Lord in the air" (see 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). Men either believe this or they don't; and this writer, striving to read the word of the Lord aright, BELIEVES it, with no pretensions whatever of being able to EXPLAIN it.

We shall not detail all of the incidents relative to Noah and Lot; those Old Testament narratives should be well known to every Christian; and the lesson here is not what happened to those generations, but what is going to happen to all the world and the generation that abides when the Lord shall come.

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Coffman, James Burton. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "Coffman Commentaries on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/luke-17.html. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1983-1999.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And as it was in the days of Noe,.... Whilst he was building the ark, and before he went into it; for this respects the days of Noah before the flood, and not after it; for he lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years, Genesis 9:28

so shall it be also in the days of the son of man; some time before, and at his coming in power, and great glory, to destroy the Jews, their nation, city, and temple; and as then, so it will be when he shall come in person, at the last day, to destroy the world: the times of Noah's flood, of Jerusalem's destruction, and of the end of the world, bear a great resemblance to each other: and when the son of man comes in either of these senses, then will the kingdom of God come; or then will it appear that the Messiah is come, and has took to himself his great power, and reigns.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/luke-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

10 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

(10) The world will be taken by surprise with the sudden judgment of God, and therefore the faithful ought to continually watch.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/luke-17.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

The days of the Son of man — Those which immediately follow that which is eminently styled his day. Matthew 24:37.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/luke-17.html. 1765.

The Fourfold Gospel

And as it came to pass in the days of Noah1, even so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
    Luke 17:26-30

  1. As it came to pass in the days of Noah. See Genesis 7:11-23. Our Lord here gives us two historical incidents of the false security of the ungodly, and in doing so he endorses them as real history.

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J. W. McGarvey and Philip Y. Pendleton. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "The Fourfold Gospel". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/luke-17.html. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. 1914.

Scofield's Reference Notes

Son of man

(See Scofield "Matthew 8:20").

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Luke 17:26". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/luke-17.html. 1917.

James Nisbet's Church Pulpit Commentary

THREE CRITICAL DAYS

‘And as it was in the days of Noe … when the Son of Man is revealed.’

Luke 17:26; Luke 17:28; Luke 17:30

The subject is the Kingdom of God. A number of Pharisees had forced themselves upon our Lord with the question, ‘when the Kingdom of God should come?’ And our Lord answered them. ‘The Kingdom of God,’ He said, ‘cometh not with observation’ or outward show. It is a spiritual kingdom in the hearts and consciences of men. To the inquiring Pharisees He said no more. But to His disciples He gives the further teaching contained in the passage in which our text occurs.

There can be no doubt that our Lord chose out from Old Testament history these two days, as being above all others typical of the day when the Son of Man should be revealed.

I. Days of Noah.—These, as we gather from the early chapters of Genesis, were—

(1) Days of astounding and widespread wickedness.

(2) Days of unbelief and careless ease.

(3) Days in which the mercy of God was especially manifested.

(4) Days of a long probation.

II. Days of Lot.—When we consider the days of Lot we find much the same characteristics as those which marked the days of Noah. A difference between the days of Noah and Lot is remarkable when we contrast the characters of these two men. Noah was a sincere man, walking with God, wholly consecrated to His service, separated from the evil world. With Lot it was different. He was a just man, vexed at the sinfulness around him, but this is almost all that can be said. There is nothing very lovely in his character. He was weak and selfish, a moral coward.

III. The day of the Son of Man.—And Christ says, As it was of Noah and Lot, ‘even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.’ Thus—following our line of thought—we may expect that that day will be marked by abounding and widespread wickedness. There will be less sanctity surrounding the marriage state and family life; lawlessness will abound; unbelief will increase and men will scoff at the threatenings of judgments. And as it was in the days of Noah and Lot, so in that coming day it will be seen that the love and mercy of God have been fully manifested, yea, more fully than in the former days. Deliverance has been brought within the reach of man, not by a material ark or an angel, but by the eternal Son of God, incarnate for man.

Rev. Dr. Noyes.

Illustration

‘The ark itself was a token of God’s mercy, telling of a place of deliverance. Every plank added to the ark was a call to men to repentance and faith in God. Its extraordinary size, the length of time in which it was building—these were God’s warnings given in mercy to a guilty world that a day of judgment must come. Some during the one hundred and twenty years may have believed and died in faith; but it would seem at the time of the Flood there were none found faithful but Noah and those who entered with him into the ark. And so if the world was to be saved the corrupt must be destroyed. ‘The cause of righteousness had at length but one efficient representative in the person of Noah, and he, much like “a lodge in a garden of cucumbers—like a besieged city’—the object of profane mockery and scorn, taunted, reviled, plied with every weapon fitted to overcome his constancy, and if not in himself, at least in his family, in danger of suffering shipwreck amid the swelling wave of wickedness around him. It was to save him, and with him the cause of God, from this source of imminent danger and perdition that the Flood was sent; and it could only do so by effectually separating between him and the seed of evildoers, engulphing them in ruin, and sustaining him in his temporary home.’

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Nisbet, James. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". Church Pulpit Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cpc/luke-17.html. 1876.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

Ver. 26. {See Trapp on "Matthew 24:27"} {See Trapp on "1 Peter 3:20"}

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/luke-17.html. 1865-1868.

Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament

In these verses our Saviour declares, that Jerusalem's destruction, and the world's final desolation at the great day, would be like the destruction of the old world in the days of Noah, and like the destruction of Sodom in the days of Lot, and that both in regard of unexpectedness, and in regard of sensuality and security, as they before the flood were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage; that is, wholly given up to sensuality and debauchery; and did not know, that is, did not consider, the floods coming, until it swept them away; thus was it before the destruction of Jerusalem, and will be before the end of the world.

Hence we learn, that as the old world perished by infidelity, security, and sensuality, so will the same sins be prevailing before the destruction of this present world. As it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in the days of the Son of man.

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Burkitt, William. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wbc/luke-17.html. 1700-1703.

Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament

Luke 17:26. καθὼς, even as) The last times of all correspond with the deluge, in respect to the universality of the catastrophe; and with the destruction of Sodom, in respect to the fact of fire being the agency employed.— καὶ ἐν ταῖς ἡμέραις, also in the days) In the first instance, the actual day of the revelation of the Son of man in Luke 17:30 is called “the Day of the Son of man;” then afterwards also those days, which precede it, receive that appellation: the last days of [His] expectation: Hebrews 10:13 [From henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool]. Comp. the phrase, Psalms 119(118):84, πόσαι εἰσὶν αἱ ἡμέραι τοῦ δούλου σου, “How many are the days of thy servant?” So also, before His coronation or nuptials, some time is assigned to the King or Bridegroom. A similar plural occurs, ch. Luke 9:51 [ ἐν τῷ συμπληροῦσθαι τὰς ἡμέρας τῆς ἀναλήψεως αὐτοῦ], where see the note. [Though the day of His assumption or ascension was one day, yet the forty days before it and after His resurrection were equivalent to a παρασκευή, or Preparation for it.]

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Bengel, Johann Albrecht. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jab/luke-17.html. 1897.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Ver. 26-30. See Poole on "Matthew 24:37", and following verse to Matthew 24:39. Our blessed Lord in these verses doth both declare the surprisal of the Jews with that judgment which was coming upon them, and of the world with his coming in the day of judgment, (of which the destruction of Jerusalem was a type), and also forewarns them to take heed that they might not be surprised; he tells them, that

in the days of the Son of man, ( so that he speaketh of more than one day), the day of his power in the destruction of the Jews, and in the day of judgment, the antitype to the former, it shall be as in the days of Noah and of Lot. In the days of those men, neither the men of the old world, nor the men of Sodom, would hearken either to Noah or Lot, who were preachers of righteousness to them, and gave them examples of sober and holy lives; but gave up themselves to luxury, and lived in a careless regard of any thing God was doing, until the very day that Noah went into the ark, with his family, and the flood destroyed all the rest; and till the day that Lot went out of Sodom, and fire and brimstone came down and destroyed all those who were left in Sodom. So it would be before the final ruin of the world. Till the very days came, and men felt it, the generality of men would not believe it, nor make any preparation for it. But in our Lord’s propounding these two great examples to them, he also lets them know their duty and wisdom, viz. to watch, and be upon their guard, with Lot to get ready to go out of Sodom, with Noah to prepare an ark upon this admonition which he gave them. There are no such signs of approaching ruin to persons or nations, as security, and the abounding of sin and wickedness, notwithstanding the warnings which God giveth them by his messengers.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Luke 17:26". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/luke-17.html. 1685.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

“And as it happened in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of man.”

Here the ‘days of Noah’ undoubtedly refer to the days prior to the day that Noah left the world and entered the Ark as the next verse makes clear. We would therefore expect the parallel phrase ‘the days of the Son of Man’ to signify the days prior to the climactic events that happened to Him, the days that led up to Him too leaving the world. The future tense in the latter case need indicate no more than that the days of the Son of Man are not yet complete, and the climax is yet to come. It is especially that climax that is in the future.

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Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

26.The days of the Son of man—The days preceding his second advent, just as the days of Noah were the days preceding the flood.

 

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/luke-17.html. 1874-1909.

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable

When Jesus said the days of the Son of Man would be similar to the days of Noah He meant the days just before the Son of Man"s reign. This is clear from the comparison with the beginning of the Flood. In Noah"s days and toward the end of the Tribulation, just before Jesus returns, people were and will be unresponsive to preached warnings of coming judgment (cf. Matthew 24:37-39; 2 Peter 2:5). In Noah"s day, "The wickedness of man was great on the earth, and every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually" ( Genesis 6:5). "Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence" ( Genesis 6:11).

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Constable, Thomas. DD. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/luke-17.html. 2012.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

was = came to pass, as in Luke 17:11, Luke 17:14.

the days of Noe. See Genesis 6:4-7, Genesis 6:11-13. App-117.

Noe = Noah.

also in the days = in the days also.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/luke-17.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/luke-17.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(26) As it was in the days of Noe.—See Notes on Matthew 24:26-27. Here, also, the “days” of the Son of Man take the place of the parousia.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
as
Genesis 7:7-23
Noah
Job 22:15-18; Matthew 24:37-39; Hebrews 11:7; 1 Peter 3:19,20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:6
the days of the Son
22,24; 18:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 5:29 - he called;  Genesis 7:1 - Come;  Genesis 7:23 - every living substance;  Joshua 8:22 - let none;  Judges 9:27 - did eat;  1 Kings 1:41 - as they;  1 Chronicles 1:4 - Noah;  Job 34:20 - troubled;  Ecclesiastes 1:10 - it hath;  Ecclesiastes 8:6 - therefore;  Ecclesiastes 9:12 - the sons;  Isaiah 22:13 - behold;  Matthew 22:5 - one;  Matthew 24:38 - they;  Luke 8:14 - and are;  Luke 14:18 - I have;  Acts 24:25 - when;  1 Thessalonians 5:3 - Peace

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Luke 17:26". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/luke-17.html.