We are in the end times.  Peter advises his people to remember what God has to say about the end of the world 

  1. 1This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder,

    • these are not things they had not heard before - he is REMINDING THEM
    • eschatology seemed to be a point of great importance in the teaching of the early church - both Paul (in both books to the Thessalonians) and Peter made the teaching of the end times a priority when planting a church - when converting a person
    • He would remind them of this teaching - among others
  2. 2that you should remember the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior[spoken] by your apostles.
    • The last days were spoken of by the prophets in the OT, by Christ himself, and by the apostles - this teaching should be known and understood by the church of all ages and generations
  3. 3Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with [their] mocking, following after their own lusts,
  4. 4and saying,"Where is the promise of His coming? For [ever] since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."

    • where is the promise of his coming? - dont we hear this?  even in the church!  
    • since the Fathers fell asleep - the old men died believing this would come even in their time!  They were waiting for something that never came!
    • all continues just as it was from the beginning - this is the argument of the evolutionary theory - Im not saying that he was prophesying evolution but this is the philosophy BEHIND the evolutionary theory AND the spirit behind it as well
    • Its never rained before! - I hear Misty edwards singing lol
    • nothing is ever going to change - we will not be held accountable - I hear the foolish ones from Psalm 94 - "The God of Jacob does not see"
  5. 5For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God [the] heavens existed long ago and [the] earth was formed out of water and by water,

    • it escapes their notice - i love this jab.  Oh you are so smart?  you are oblivious to the obvious truth!  It was BY the WORD of GOD that all things were formed.
    • waters Peter is referring to the waters talked about in Genesis 1 - "the spirit was hovering over the face of the deep  God called the land out of the waters. 
    • He uses the term poetically - this isn’t a science lesson - because it was then water that destroyed it all.
  6. 6through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water.

    • we understand what he is talking about here - God did it before and he will do it again!
    • there was apparently a new discovery of a layer in the earths core that contains enough water to fill the oceans 3 times over - fascinating!
  7. 7But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.

    • I find this language interesting - reserved for fire - God has promised that he would not flood the earth again - he did NOT promise that he would not destroy the earth again.
    • be careful of people that will tell you the earth is not going to be destroyed - there are a lot of people saying that right now - God is too GOOD to destroy the world - or to see people go to Hell” - they do not understand the ugliness of sin nor the holiness of God and they are holding the worth of men as higher than the worth of God which is above all!
  8. 8But do not let this one [fact] escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.

    • in other words - do not pretend you know when the end is going to come!!!  
    • This thing is running on Gods clock not ours!
  9. 9The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

    • The patience of God is being manifested in this present hour but it will run out eventually - Gen 6:3 - "my Spirit shall not strive with man forever"

    • there is a day coming and sooner than we expect when God will call the time - and the unfolding of judgement will begin.

    1. Gods purpose in the end times
      1. to reveal his glory - this is the reason behind all the others
      2. to reveal the ugliness of sin
      3. to show that man cannot rule himself completely outside of God and succeed

 

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