2 Peter 3
The Day of the Lord
3 Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. 2 I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
3 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. 4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” 5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. 15 Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 16 He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
17 Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of the lawless and fall from your secure position. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.
This passage is so full of information I could write volumes ~ but I won’t. This is so exciting to me. I’ve written previously about how incredible it is that we are living in the Bible times. This passage is talking about today. The “gotcha” people that always try to trip up Christians and prove them wrong like to bring up the fact that we’ve been talking about Jesus’ return for centuries. Well, where is he? God is taking his time. He wants as many people as possible to come to him before he sends his Son, Jesus, to come get his people. He loves us so much, he wants us all to come home. People often bitterly speak about how terrible God is because he sends people to hell and they don’t want any part of him. First of all, if they’re mad that God sends people to hell, how are they punishing God by sending themselves to hell…? Second, God doesn’t send people to hell ~ God lovingly waits on us to turn to him. God won’t force us. He wants true love ~ not forced love.
As much as God loves us, his wrath is beyond our comprehension. I recently spent some alone time with God asking him how I describe the magnitude of his POWER with mere words. There are no words. When I consider the happenings around the earth, the hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, tsunamis, floods, fires, drought, famine, and many, many disasters we have not yet heard about, this is just the very tip of God’s power. God has so much more in store for the world that rejects him.
God knew that these last days would be days of lawlessness. He knew satan would be working hard to crush our faith. He new the temptations to go the way of the world would be great. There will come a day, very very soon, that we all will stand in judgment before God Almighty. Not one of us will be overlooked. There will be no place to hide. Being a good person won’t be enough to get us into heaven. We need to repent, turn from our sin, and follow Jesus. To a lot of people, that just doesn’t sound like fun. Let me assure you, the joy and peace that Jesus brings will outshine ANYthing you can ever find here on earth. And I can also assure you that if you die without Jesus, or if Judgment Day comes before you die (which it most likely will) and you don’t have Jesus, you will endure eternal torture and suffering. God does not want that for you. He doesn’t want that for anyone. That’s why he’s waiting. But he won’t wait forever. Come to God while you still can.