Matthew 24:37. “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 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, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away: so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”
Noah faithfully built and preached for a very long time before God turned loose the faucets of the sky and the earth. Rain? What was rain? Flood? Really?
“Riiiiiight, Noah. You preach it, fella. We’re just going to keep on partying and having a good time, and you go ahead with your weird little sons and their weird little wives. You gather up all the livestock and you just toddle right on into your funny-looking tub.
“What’s that? If we repent and enter the ark with you, we’ll be saved? Hey, guys! The END OF THE WORLD is coming. Y’all want to be SAVED, just repent of your ‘sin’ and climb into the ark with Noah and his nerdy little family. HA! Hahahahahah! What a joke!”
They were given plenty, more then plenty, of warning. They were told exactly what was about to happen, but they weren’t listening. They weren’t concerned. They were having a great time, and they didn’t figure they were doing a single thing wrong. After all, they had good hearts, right? They meant well. And God would understand. He was supposed to be merciful, right? So how could a merciful God allow a “flood” to destroy the whole earth? Come on! Let the doom-sayers go live in their ark with all the smelly animals. I’m staying here.