The Coming of the Lord-2 Peter 3:3-9

2 Peter 3:3-9 “First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
2 Pietro 3:3-9 “Sappiate questo, prima di tutto: che negli ultimi giorni verranno schernitori beffardi, i quali si comporteranno secondo i propri desideri peccaminosi e diranno: «Dov’è la promessa della sua venuta? Perché dal giorno in cui i padri si sono addormentati, tutte le cose continuano come dal principio della creazione». Ma costoro dimenticano volontariamente che nel passato, per effetto della parola di Dio, esistettero dei cieli e una terra tratta dall’acqua e sussistente in mezzo all’acqua; e che, per queste stesse cause, il mondo di allora, sommerso dall’acqua, perì; mentre i cieli e la terra attuali sono conservati dalla medesima parola, riservati al fuoco per il giorno del giudizio e della perdizione degli empi. Ma voi, carissimi, non dimenticate quest’unica cosa: per il Signore un giorno è come mille anni, e mille anni sono come un giorno. Il Signore non ritarda l’adempimento della sua promessa, come pretendono alcuni; ma è paziente verso di voi, non volendo che qualcuno perisca, ma che tutti giungano al ravvedimento.” 
     Are we living in the last days? Peter answers the question that was posed to him. Everyone wanted to know the timetable between the first and second coming of Jesus Christ. The Scriptures give us the answers in signs. Jesus cited the events in Matthew 24, Paul in 2 Timothy 3:1-9 and here Peter reaffirms this certain truth of the coming of the Lord. With so much written about it in Scripture, one would think that we would hear more sermons on it; but instead it seems we are hearing less.
     What are the telltale signs of the nearness of the coming of the Lord? Peter mentions scoffers. The word here describes the idea of making sport or mocking a person or thing. What is laughable to them is the thought of the return of Jesus. Peter’s answer is a message and a warning not to fall for the flawed logic of the scoffer’s understanding. They view the world in the cosmic process of the past and present causing them to miss the point of the intervention of God in creation and throughout history. But it is precisely that which gives us sufficient evidence of God’s promise of His return. His second point is crucial for every generation: God counts time differently than we do. People see time as passing but God sees time as progressing. What may seem like slowness to scoffers is really a patient God who is “not wanting anyone to perish.” Because of His great love, God is extremely patient.     
     Don’t be misled by the loud voices that ridicule the cardinal truth of the coming of the Lord. Let us be forward-thinking believers: God’s plan is right on schedule!
Pray with me: Lord, I have heard the thoughts of those who consider the coming of the Lord as foolish and illogical. Keep me centered on Your timing and patient as You fulfill Your promises.

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