Mankind is rebellious by nature: Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the Garden of Eden; the children of Israel rebelled against God in the wilderness, and they continue to rebel to this very day. It is this rebellion against God and his ways that has caused the world’s great ills. See Ezk.20:12-13; Isa.30:9-10; 66:3.
"But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of stress. For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, inhuman, implacable, slanderers, profligates, fierce, haters of good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding the form of religion but denying the power of it" (2.Tim.3:1-5 RSV).
"For as they were in the days before the flood: eating and drinking, merry making, and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah went into the ark, And they did not know until the flood came,and took them all away—so also will be the coming of the Son of man” (Matt.24:38-39 Para.).
It is important to remember that in Noah’s generation, people were so evil that God decided to eliminate the entire human race, except for Noah and his family. Noah was found to be the only righteous individual in all of humanity. Jesus said that this same condition would prevail at the end of the age. Just as the people in Noah’s day did not listen to the call to repentance and the warnings of God’s wrath, neither will the vast majority of people listen to God’s servants in the end of this age. See Gen.6:5-13.
Rebellion comes in many forms and always separates the rebellious from God the Father and Jesus Christ. Today’s multitude of religions, philosophies, and political/governmental systems are examples of people’s desire to obey their own self-will rather than the will of God.