Peter describes the coming of the Day of the Lord as “a thief in the night” (2Peter 3:10)! However, the context of the sudden coming of that day would be in the light of the fact that Peter mentioned that he was merely reminding his readers of what he had already told them in his first epistle (2Peter 3:1). In other words, the Day of the Lord, which would come as a thief, would occur in Peter’s reader’s generation (1Peter 1:9-13), and they were living in what is known as the last days (1Peter 1:5), and those days would be complete “in a little while” (1Peter 1:6), because Jesus was at that time ready to judge the living and the dead (1Peter 4:5, 17), since the end of all things was at hand (1Peter 4:7), and the Kingdom of God was about to be revealed (1Peter 5:1). Read the rest of this entry »
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Many modern teachers of eschatology (study of last things) will tell us that the “great and terrible day of the Lord” (Joel 2:31; Malachi 4:1) is yet in our future. However, if we take the New Testament writers at their word, the great and terrible day of the Lord has already past. It is not in our future. The book of Malachi has had tremendous influence over the eschatology of the New Testament writers. For example, in the day when the Messiah suddenly comes to his Temple and purifies the sons of Levi that they may offer offerings acceptable to the Lord, the question is asked: “Who will be able to stand?” (Malachi 3:1-3). Read the rest of this entry »
The Lord tells us in Isaiah 42:8 and 48:11 that he will not give his glory to another. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:27 that he will come in the glory of the Father. Paul says in Philippians 2:6 that, before he became man, Jesus was in the form of God and was equal with God. Late in his earthly ministry Jesus prayed to his Father, asking that he would glorify him with himself—i.e. with the person of the Father, which was the glory he enjoyed before creation (John 17:5). In other words before he became man, Jesus was God and with God (John 1:1). Therefore, for Jesus to say he would come in the glory of the Father (Matthew 16:27), he was saying he would come in the glory not of man but of God. He would come again (i.e. his Second Coming) as the Lord had come in the past—i.e. in the Old Testament. What would that look like in the context of the New Testament? Read the rest of this entry »
Probably some of the greatest errors in Biblical understanding occur because folks take literally what should be understood spiritually. Jesus told those to whom he preached that they erred because they didn’t take into consideration that the words he spoke were spiritual (John 6:61-63), and they kept trying to make sense of them literally (John 6:60). We can avoid this type of misunderstanding, if we use the word of God to interpret itself for us, by comparing one part of Scripture with another part (1Corinthians 2:13). Read the rest of this entry »
Most folks, today, who believe the Bible look for the Day of the Lord to arrive soon, but given the geocentric information offered in the New Testament, what would such an event look like today? What do the Scriptures say about this day, and should we understand them literally or is there another way to see them that fulfills what we are told, but doesn’t destroy everything God created? Peter writes about the “world that then was” as he speaks of the judgment of the Flood, implying that ‘the heavens and earth’ existing in Peter’s day were different from what we would have found before the Flood. Yet, not only did Noah’s ‘heavens and earth’ pass away to make room for that which Peter knew, but Peter tells us to look for yet ‘newer heavens and a newer earth,’ different from what existed in his day. In other words, the scriptures speak at least twice of God making new heavens and a new earth, the final one coming with the Day of the Lord in which Christ would come. What does all this mean, and can we know?
In 2Peter 1:19 Peter claims the prophecies about Christ are more certain and clearer from the standpoint of the Gospel (cf. 1Peter 1:12-13 Romans 15:8). In the same way that the hope of our resurrection is made more certain in Jesus’ resurrection (cf. 1Peter 1:3-4), so the Transfiguration of Christ had made his coming more certain in the minds and hearts of those who were eyewitnesses of it, and for us who believe their word. It is fitting that Peter should be the only New Testament writer to point to the Transfiguration, because it seems he was especially moved by the experience (cf. Mark 9:5-6; Luke 9:33-34). So, what occurred to Jesus on the mount strengthens the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah, causing those who believed them to be expectant. Read the rest of this entry »
Revelation 20:4, 6 says the faithful will “reign with Christ for 1000 years.” How does this configure with what we are told in Revelation 22:5, namely that we shall reign forever and ever? If our reign is but for 1000 years, how can that be construed to be forever? This is but another way in which we deny the word of God when we change the words of Scripture to make them sound better or more sophisticated. Let God be God, and we’ll have no trouble understanding what he tells us. Read the rest of this entry »