In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark; They, and every beast after his kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind, and every fowl after his kind, every bird of every sort. And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life. And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. (Gen 7:11-16)
GOD had tempered his judgement with mercy and grace, He gave them 120 years to repent. He had Noah prepare an ark to preserve life. Noah preached righteousness until the day that GOD shut him in. Yet, only eight souls, Noah, his sons, and their wives, were saved. All the rest rejected the Word of GOD, and refused to surrender to Him on His terms and be saved and so they perished in the waters of the flood.
Today, many reject the Word of GOD that we proclaim. They deny He exists, or worship other gods that cannot save. They refuse to acknowledge their sIn, repent and turn to a Holy GOD, and receive Jesus Christ by faith in His finished and perfect work on the Cross of Calvary. When judgment comes again, this time by fire, they will also perish. Not because GOD wouldn't save them, but because they rejected the only Way of Salvation, Jesus Christ, the Son of GOD who is GOD the Son. We must go, and as we go, warn them of the judgment and proclaim the Good News of Salvation that they may hear and trust in Him.
For GOD is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance and the knowledge of the Truth. Jesus loves you and wants to establish a covenant relationship with you that is real and personal. Believe His Word and trust His grace is sufficient to pay for your sIn, surrendering to Him on His terms, and He will give you a brand new life of discipleship and fellowship with Him that is abundant and everlasting. Receive Him by faith in what He has already done on that cruel Roman cross to provide forgiveness, and like Noah you too can partake of the Salvation of GOD.