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A Thousand Years Is AS a Day

Thousand years - 2

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I have heard 2Peter 3:8 argued by futurists that a day with the Lord is a thousand years, and a thousand years is a day. Therefore, the Day of the Lord is still at hand after two thousand years, because it has been only two days with the Lord. I know the person who said this meant well, and thought to defend the Lord’s tardiness from man’s point of view, but this is NOT what Peter said. Peter never said a thousand years is a day with the Lord. He said a thousand years is **AS** a day, and a day is **AS** a thousand years. That’s a simile, not to be taken literally. The use of the words like and as in such phrases make the phrase a figure of speech, such as “crazy like a fox” or ”sturdy as an oak”. It does not follow that people who are described this way are literal foxes or literal oaks or even having the literal strength of an oak. It is unbelievable how even educated people will try to use this phrase in 2Peter 3:8 literally. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on December 29, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Reserved for Fire

Last Days

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Jesus called the generation of Jews living during the days of his earthly ministry a generation of vipers (Matthew 23:33), and he told them to fill up the cup of their fathers who had killed the prophets of God (Matthew 23:29-32). Moreover, Jesus told the Jewish authorities there in Jerusalem that he would send to them wise men and scribes whom they would kill, beat and persecute from city to city, and in the process of the wickedness they would bring upon their own heads the bloodguilt for all the righteous who were ever slain and persecuted. They, that faithless generation to whom Jesus spoke, would be held accountable and judged for it all (Matthew 23:34-36). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 27, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Stored Up and Reserved for Judgment

End of the Age

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I have been commenting on the meaning of Peter’s words in 2Peter 3:7 for the past several studies, and I intend to continue to do so in this one. Peter uses two words in order to support the idea that ‘heaven and earth’ refer to the Jewish or the Old Covenant age. Notice that he says “…the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men” (emphasis mine). I want to consider the words stored up and reserved in order to understand more accurately what Peter is telling us. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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My Word Will Not Pass Away

Word of God is Forever 2

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In 2Peter 3:7 Peter tells his readers in the first century AD that “the heavens and the earth” were at that time held in store for the fiery judgment and destruction of ungodly men. Modern, futurist commentators of the Bible have repeatedly understand Peter’s words to mean the literal destruction of **our** heavens and earth. However, I have been demonstrating in a number of recent studies on 2Peter chapter 3 that such an understanding is completely false and illogical. Neither does such an interpretation take first century AD audience relevance into consideration. Rather, they presume to read a modern literal meaning onto the text, which is completely unwarranted. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Heaven and Earth Will Pass Away

Heaven and Earth Pass Away

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In his second epistle Peter told his readers that he was reminding them of what he had already told them in his first epistle (2Peter 3:1). In other words, Peter’s second epistle is all about what he wrote in his first one. However, Peter’s first epistle was worded differently, and in it he used very simple and direct language. So, the reader simply isn’t impacted in the same way in 2Peter 3, as he was when he read 1Peter 1. 2Peter chapter three uses very picturesque and apocalyptic language, while 1Peter chapter one does not. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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As in the Days of Noah

Days of Noah

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Peter mentions the days of Noah in 2Peter 2:3-6 and then again in 2Peter 3:5-7. In the latter, however, he doesn’t speak of Noah per se, but, instead, refers to the world that then was, meaning the world of the ungodly, that was judged and overflowed with water, but Peter first points to Noah in his first epistle, saying he and his family were saved out of that judgment (1Peter 3:20; cf. 2Peter 2:5). The days immediately preceding the Genesis Flood are likened by Jesus to the days immediately preceding his Second Coming (Matthew 24:37), but most folks, today, believe this time is yet future, because, as it pertains to the Flood and the coming of Jesus, no one knew the day or the hour (Matthew 24:36). How accurate is this understanding? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 18, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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The End of the World

End of the Age

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Peter told his readers in 2Peter 3:1 that he was reminding them of what he had already told them in his first epistle. It seems the scoffers (2Peter 3:3) had arisen and were mocking Peter’s claims that the end was near. That is, Jesus was manifest in the last days (1Peter 1:20) and was then at the time of Peter’s writing ready to be revealed from heaven in what he termed “a little while” (1Peter 1:5-7). Moreover, Peter claimed that it was revealed to the prophets of old that they didn’t minister to their own day but, rather, to the days of those who lived in the first century AD (1Peter 1:10-12). In other words the end of all things was at hand (1Peter 4:7), and Christ was, at the time of Peter’s writing, ready to judge the living and the dead (1Peter 4:5, 17). So the end of the world was at that time coming upon the folks who lived in the first century AD. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy