Following the flood, the Bible tells of a covenant between God and Noah, which goes as follows:
11 I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”
I have always assumed this means that God would never extinguish humans as a species due to the acceptance of sin as something inevitable that must be forgiven and not taken as reason to destroy sinners.
Is there another interpretation possible, though, which is simply that by learning to use an ark or other floating boat to survive a flood, humans would never again be vulnerable to flooding? In short, could this just be a statement about human technological evolution beyond flooding as a specific threat?
In that sense, the story of Noah could just a precursor for other stories in which humans develop various technologies for protecting themselves against various natural and artificial threats/disasters.
So, a contemporary parallel might be that CO2 levels are rising and fossil-fuels depleting and in order to overcome the threat of that, humans develop sustainable technologies and lifestyles that ensure a future of permanent sustainability, and as such the covenant of God with Noah is re-affirmed.
If not, at least we have Jesus to forgive us and save our souls as the rapture takes the world down in a great orgy of social-economic and environmental destruction. People usually assume that the rapture is (or rather it will be) a fast-occurring event, but what if it actually occurs over the course of several generations or even millennia?
Could it be the gradually-changing climate due to slow progress of industrial-consumerism and spiritually/morally impoverished materialism and secularism is the rapture that will eventually leave future generations without a future and thus send all the souls of Earth off to God for whatever comes next?
Maybe the flood of Noah was just a simplified disaster to forewarn us of the kind of multigenerational disaster we can cause if we fail to realize the unsustainability of our ingenuity and industrialism before it's too late.
Don't get me wrong, I am not a Luddite but I do think that all forms of power must be tempered by wisdom and self-discipline for them to be used responsibly and thus without harmful side-effects in either the short term or long term. Mostly we have become short-sighted because we are lost in the complexities of our mediated distractions, and as a result we have difficulties seeing how short-term gains aren't ultimately worth the long-term detriment they contribute to.
In this way, we may be in a long-term process of flooding ourselves with unsustainabilities that will gradually add up to large-scale destruction; and the rapture may occur as some kind of deus ex machina that saves us from the ensuing malaise, either spiritually or physically (or both) in some way.