- 2 Peter 3:7-12
- 2 Pet 3:7 (KJB)
- But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are
kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and
perdition of ungodly men.
- Kept in store - Gathered or treasured up
- Reserved - Guarded or kept
- Perdition - Destruction or ruin
- Peter now contrasts the earth with the flood of time past. He now states
that the present earth and heavens by the same word of God are being kept in
store. It is akin to the prophecy God gave to Abraham.
(Gen 15:16 KJV) But in the fourth generation
they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not
yet full. God told Abraham that his people would
be servants in a strange land, which was Egypt, and they would come out in
the fourth generation, in God’s timing, to deal with the Amorites. For the
Amorites had not yet committed sin to the fullness which would bring the
judgment of God upon them. The earth, as it is today, is being readied for
the final judgment day when all the unsaved will stand before the Lord and
be judged for their sins. When the last day comes, that will be the fullness
of the sins of all unsaved mankind. This is why today we see sin having an
easy time and why it seems that the sins of mankind are going unbridled.
This is not true but when the sins of mankind are full, then comes the final
judgment. The first world was destroyed by water but the second and final
judgment will be by fire when God will cleanse the universe and the earth
from every vestige of sin.
- 2 Pet 3:8 (KJB)
- But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day
is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
- Ignorant - Something that lies hidden, be hidden, or unaware
- (Psa 90:4 KJV) For a thousand years in thy
sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in
the night. Peter wants his readers to know that
God’s timetable is much different than that of the earth. God is in eternity
where there is no time keeping but what Peter wants to convey is that the
Lord’s return and final judgment could be close or it could be way off in
the distance. As Psalm 90:4 states that a thousand years to God, is like
yesterday or a watch in the night to us. The scoffers would complain about
this because they look at the timing of the Lord’s return from the vantage
point of their short life span. Peter was not troubled when he knew that he
would die before the Lord would return instead he still rejoiced knowing
that a promise of the Lord’s return was as good as if it happened already.
(Acts 17:31 KJV) Because he hath
appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by
that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance
unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
God is not constrained by time as man is with his short
lifespan. God is eternal and if His plan is for the Lord to return in ten
thousand years, then so be it.
- 2 Pet 3:9 (KJB)
- The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count
slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should
perish, but that all should come to repentance.
- This scripture verse has been one of the most misused in the entire
Bible. Unfortunately, this verse is left to stand alone and in its isolated
state, seems to be the source for a wide teaching, that God wants everyone
to be saved. The problem with that theory is that not everyone is becoming
saved. The word “willing” is the Greek word “Boulomai” (boulomai)
which carries with it the meaning of “willing desire, intention, or
inclination” and it is from the Greek root word “boul” (boul)
which indicates a “planned desire.”
- Now if it is God’s plan that everyone become saved, then we have a
problem with God’s plan, it is simply not working. If God plans something,
then it will come to pass as we have many examples in Scripture. The
universal flood, the destruction of Egypt, the destruction of Jericho. All
these events happened and no human intervention could stop them. Even
Abraham could not prevent the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and
- Now let us go back to our Scripture above. When it speaks of the long
suffering of God, it does not mean that he is waiting for people to accept
Him. This would never happen because of the following Scriptures.
- (Rom 3:11 KJV) There is none that
understandeth, there is none that
seeketh after God.
- (Eph 2:1 KJV) And you hath he quickened,
who were dead in trespasses
- (Eph 2:5 KJV) Even when we were dead
in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are
- The reigning condition of unsaved mankind is that they are spiritually
dead and that condition will disallow them from seeking God. The dead can do
nothing but remain dead, unless they are raised to life from an outside
source. This means that unless God raises a person, they remain dead. Did
Lazarus raise himself or did the Lord Jesus Christ give him back his life?
We know it was Christ who did it. Lazarus was a rotting corpse which is
representative of people being spiritually dead corpses. This disallows
anyone from giving themselves spiritual life by raising themselves. Dead is
dead and that is it.
- The longsuffering of God that we see in this verse, has nothing to do
with God waiting for an individual “to accept Him” simply because it is
impossible for the spiritually dead to make themselves alive. What the Bible
is telling us here is that God has a timetable when He is going to end the
world. The long suffering or patience of God is that when the Bible was
written, there were many hundreds of years left for Earths existence. God’s
patience is that He is waiting for the last one to become saved and then He
will end it all up. The same principle of time is found in the following
- (1 Pet 3:20 KJV) Which sometime were
disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah,
while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved
- What does this verse above teach about the longsuffering of God? He
wasn’t waiting for people to accept Him or turn to Him, He was waiting for
the completion of the Ark.
- Let me give a quick analogy. If we were to understand the longsuffering
of God to mean that He sits in Heaven waiting for some dead sinner to accept
Him, then we can liken that to a person who loses a friend or loved one in
death. Instead of them burying that person, they take the coffin and the
body to their home and then sit by it day and night waiting for the deceased
person to come alive. Now how long do you think it will be before the
deceased comes to life by themselves? NEVER! Unless God raises up a person
spiritually to newness of life, they too will just remain dead.
- So the long suffering of God means He patiently waits for the redemption
of all those who were named in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation
of the world and have yet come into physical existence according to His time
- (Rev 13:8 KJV) And all that dwell upon the
earth shall worship him, whose
names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the
foundation of the world.
- This verse is speaking of the “planned desire” of God to save all His
Elect. Now when we leave 2 Peter 3:9 alone, it doesn’t seem to be saying
this, therefore, we look for other corroborating verses to see if we are on
the right path.
- (John 6:39 KJV) And this is the Father's
will which hath sent me, that of
all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up
again at the last day.
- We did not have to look far for the biblical evidence. When we read John
6:39 and compare it with 2 Peter 3:9, we see that God is giving the Elect to
the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Lord Jesus Christ will not lose one or “not
willing that any should perish.” The ones who will not perish are those whom
God gives to the Lord Jesus or otherwise known as “The Elect.”
- To isolate 2 Peter 3:9 and then try to create some mythical free will
theology on it, makes one guilty of eisegesis which means “placing meaning
where it does not belong.” The biblical rule of hermeneutics is to compare
Scripture with Scripture. (1 Cor 2:13
KJV) Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with
spiritual. The most dangerous Bible interpretation
method is to interpret something though emotion or human desire without
doing a study in Scripture. 90% of the time we will find that Scripture will
always discredit what we want to believe. Remember it is God’s Bible and
God’s message to us, not ours to Him!
- 2 Pet 3:10 (KJV)
- But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which
the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and
the works that are therein shall be burned up.
- Shall pass away - Perish, come to an end, or elapse
- Great noise - Loud rushing sound or motion
- Elements - Heavenly bodies or rudiments
- Shall melt - Destroy, break up, or abolished
- With fervent heat - To be consumed by heat or set on fire
- Shall be burned up - Consumed by fire
- Here is a complete description of how God is going to destroy the earth
and the universe on the last day. He will be cleansing it by fire which
means He is going to purge every last nook and cranny of the universe and
earth of sin. When God recreates the earth, and the heavens, they will be
totally clean and only fit for the righteous, that is, the saved, to
inhabit. First the day of the Lord is going to come like a thief in the
night which means it is going to come as a surprise.
(Luke 12:40 KJV) Be ye therefore ready also:
for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
- If you are truly saved, then you are ready and you will not be caught
off guard. Do not be deluded by people who think they can know the date of
the Lord’s return because that information has not been given to us. God
expects us to continue sending forth the gospel in this world until the last
one He predestined becomes saved then the end shall come.
- He describes the end as a great conflagration which will signal an end
to the present heaven and earth. It will be burned up right down to the
smallest particles which will be total destruction. It will be done with
great heat which will consume the earth and universe. The words “shall be
burned up” is in the future tense and passive voice. This means that the
universe and the earth will be burned up from an outside source, which will
be God Himself. Some try to take this passage and make it say nuclear war
but there is no way an atom bomb on earth could melt the Horse head or Crab
nebulae in deep space. All the universe and the earth will be subjected to
the final purging by fire on the last day and it will not be anything that
man does, but that God does, as He promised to remake the New Heavens and
the New Earth.
- 2 Pet 3:11 (KJB)
- Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved,
what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy
conversation and godliness,
- Dissolved - Destroyed or abolished
- Conversation - Conduct or life style
- Even though Peter is telling them that the end of all sin is in God’s
plan and that the purging of the universe and earth is also in God’s plan,
he now returns to the subject of the conduct of the believers. If God is
going to destroy the present order of things, then in light of this
destruction, how are the believers to act in their lives? He uses one word
in this verse to bring it all home, “holy.” This means no matter if God is
going to destroy the present order of things or if He did not plan to, the
believer is to live a holy life consistent with the transformation which
took place inside them when they became saved. No matter what God’s plans
are and no matter how close or how distant in time they may be, the
Christian is to act like a Christian because we represent the Kingdom of God
on this earth, in fact, we are the Kingdom of God on this earth.
- 2 Pet 3:12 (KJB)
- Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
- Looking - Wait for, anticipate or expect
- Hasting - Desire earnestly, strive, hasten, or having respect simply to
- Dissolved - Destroy or break up
- With fervent heat - Consumed by heat, burned up, or set on fire
- The believer’s godly lifestyle will cause them to earnestly anticipate
the coming of the Day of God, which is the final deliverance day for all
believers. We are to earnestly desire this day and we do that by continuing
to work diligently in getting out the gospel to the world. When the last one
is saved on the day the Lord has chosen, then comes the end and as Peter has
already given the details, he repeats them here because he wants to make
sure the believers understand that there is going to be a literal
destruction of the present universe and earth and that everything is going
to be destroyed by God Himself. The flood only destroyed the earth but here
the scoffers will be in for a big surprise as the final judgment also
includes the complete destruction of the earth and heavens. The word
"hasting" does not mean to hurry up or hasten in this verse, but means that
the believer is to desire the Lord's return.
(Acts 17:31 KJV) Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge
the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained;
whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath
raised him from the dead.
No work that any Christian does can ever speed up the day of the Lord's
return. God has set the date and it is firm.