Lots of folks today want to preach fantasy eschatology, saying the sky is falling, namely, the universe is falling apart, or soon will in the not too distant future. Some try to support their worldview by pointing to 2Peter 3:7-12, saying that the heavens and the earth are destined to be destroyed by fire, wherein the elements will melt with fervent heat. I may not be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but they seem to be trying to get me to believe that Peter was a scientist who knew of and used a scientific table of elements of sorts way back in the first century AD. I’m not certain how much science was understood back then, but I do know that Peter was a fisherman, and something seems fishy with the fantasy modern teachers want to pass off as the Biblical truth. Read the rest of this entry »
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Jesus said he didn’t come to send peace upon the earth, but, rather, a sword (Matthew 10:34). In Luke Jesus says he came to send a fire upon the earth (Luke 12:49), something to which Peter refers in 2Peter 3:7, 12. He says the heavens will pass away with a great noise (2Peter 3:10), but what does that mean? Paul, speaking of the same time, says this would be the time of the dead rising (1Thessalonians 4:16; cf. Matthew 27:52-53). Both Peter and Paul speak of a time of great spiritual conflict, a time of judgment upon the wicked and a time of raising the dead. 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?