Q: In Chapter 7 of Genesis verse 1, the Bible says: “Then the Lord said to Noah, Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.” Then in verse 4 it says: “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.” Then in verse 10 it says: “And it came to pass after seven days that the waters of the flood were on the earth.”
My question is: Was Noah in the ark with his family and all the animals with the door shut by the Lord seven days before the flood came?
I am confused in trying to understand this scripture and also very excited about it, because if Noah and his family and the animals were in the ark with the door shut by the Lord seven days prior to the flood then, to me, that is a perfect picture of the “rapture” of the church. Noah was taken to safety seven days (7 year tribulation) prior to the flood (the destruction of Armageddon) by the Lord with the door shut (Jesus shuts the door) protecting Noah from all harm (wrath of God) outside of the ark. Am I correct in my understanding?
A: Yes, the meaning of the text is that Noah and his family were shut-up in the ark for seven days before the first raindrops began to fall. In the comparison made between Noah and the Rapture, it does show at least there could be a period of time between the Rapture and the start of the Tribulation, but we must be careful not to try to prove too much by analogy. The analogy you are presenting is OK to use as long as it is known to be an analogy and not direct evidence. But the picture of Noah sealed into the ark before the rains came is definitely a good picture of the Pretribulational Rapture.