The 2nd Epistle of Peter
We come to one of my most favorite chapters in the Word of our Father because it gives us an explanation of the three world ages. Without this understanding, many things that are written in the Scriptures will be difficult, if not impossible, to comprehend.
How else could anyone understand it when our Father said that He loved Jacob and hated Esau before they were even born?
Ref: Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
Ref: Romans 9:14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. KJV
We know how this all works, don’t we? All our souls come from heaven when they’re placed in that little embryo residing in the womb. So, something must have happened up there in heaven for Father to hate one of those souls before placing it in the womb.
“But I thought everything up in heaven was happy and serene? That’s why we want to go there, isn’t it?”
Second Peter, chapter three…..
2nd Peter 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
Paul is essentially writing to the same people as he did in his first epistle and he’s going to remind them of some things that they already knew but seem to have forgotten about. He’s going to stir up their memory just a bit.
Jude reminded us of some things that we once knew about in his book as well:
Ref: Jude 5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. KJV
I really like this word pure:
✡ Pure_NT:1506 eilikrines (i-lik-ree-nace'); from heile (the sun's ray) and NT:2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (figuratively): KJV - pure, sincere.
Judged by sunlight. Nothing hides from sunlight. Nothing. It exposes everything. Take a can of Pledge and a clean dust cloth and dust everything in the living room and then let the setting sunshine through the window in the late afternoon and see how much dust the rays expose. Dust is everywhere!
Our minds are to be clean, not of dust, but of things that are meant to deceive. Not lying thoughts but sincere thoughts. We’ve covered a lot of territory in these two epistles so far, much of it in the darkness of sin against our Father.
2nd Peter 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
These things that are forgotten were told to us, not just by the prophets of the Old Testament, but by the apostles of the New as well.
2nd Peter 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
This word scoffers doesn’t just mean unbelievers but supposedly holy men of our Father:
✡ Scoffers_NT:1703 empaiktes (emp-aheek-tace'); from NT:1702; a derider, i.e. (by implication) a false teacher: KJV - mocker, scoffer.
False teachers! And where do we find them? You know where we find them. Standing up there behind the pulpit, in most cases.
Walking after their own lusts. In these last days, there’s going to be some preachers that are going to lie to you, for their own purposes, not having any reverence or respect for our Father. I mean, what does it take for some preacher to try to negate the sincere prophecies of God and put their own words out instead of them?
What would be their purpose? Money. A job. Spewing the lies of some church system and doing the work of Satan at the same time.
Lust doesn’t mean for flesh but putting themselves out in front, having the air of superiority about themselves, knowing more than the words given by the Holy Spirit.
This parallels the book of Jude quite well, in some respects:
Ref: Jude 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. KJV
In Jude they walked after the lust of sexual depravity while here in 2nd Peter, the lust is after themselves and their haughtiness.
2nd Peter 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
It’s not that they don’t believe in the Father, because they do, it’s just that the promise of the Redeemer will never come to pass. They are mocking the validity of the prophecy. Fell asleep means that they've died.
So, why should they worry about the judgments brought against them by the coming Redeemer when they don’t believe that He will ever come in the first place. They’ve been hearing this their entire lives and STILL, it hasn’t happened.
And when the Redeemer did come, they STILL didn’t believe that He was the True Messiah because He didn’t fulfill the prophecy of His setting up the eternal kingdom right then but instead allowed Himself to be killed by the hands of other human beings.
They didn’t think that the true Messiah would allow that to happen.
2nd Peter 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
They want to be ignorant, they don’t want to be reminded of this change. They like the way things are going right now.
Father, Himself told us that what we see above us, the heavens, were old and we know from further study, that they were very old.
What does the earth standing out of the water and in the water mean? It means that there were mountains, a landmass that stood higher than the surface of the water and naturally, landmass below the surface of the water.
2nd Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
This world, the one that we live on right now, was not covered with water in the first earth age, but something happened and it was now overflowed or covered with water and every living thing on it perished. Died. Nothing lived after that flood that covered the entire earth.
Some will try to tell you that this is the flood of Noah’s time but they’re wrong. The flood of Noah’s time had a very specific purpose: it was to kill off the Geber, the offspring produced by the sexual encounters of the fallen angels with the earthly women of Adam’s genetic timeline, which means that is was a localized flood.
But, even at that, it no doubt covered the inhabited part of the world at that time. Something else that makes me believe that the flood was local was when Noah sent out a dove to see if there was an abatement of the water somewhere and it returned with an olive leaf in her mouth:
Ref: Genesis 8:11 And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. KJV
The waters didn't begin to abate until after 150 days, that's five biblical months. Any tree or plant, being underwater for five months, would have died and its leaves along with it. So where did that dove find an olive leaf? In an area that was not covered with water.
Again, these are my thoughts on it.
The flood, spoken of in verse 6, covered the entire earth. There was no water on this earth in the first heaven/earth age, which is what these verses, here in 2nd Peter, are talking about, the world that then was.
So, where did all this water come from? The firmament. All of the water that we see on earth today was, at one time, in a layer that surrounded this planet and it was called the firmament.
What did the earth look like and was it inhabited in the first heaven/earth age? It was covered with vegetation throughout.
And it was populated with all the prehistoric animals whose remains and bones we find in various regions across the globe. It’s also written in the book of Jeremiah that there were cities built here in that first earth age:
Ref: Jeremiah 4:25 I beheld, and, lo, there was no man, and all the birds of the heavens were fled.
Ref: Jeremiah 4:26 I beheld, and, lo, the fruitful place was a wilderness, and all the cities thereof were broken down at the presence of the Lord, and by his fierce anger. KJV
There were also birds in that age but you’ll notice that it specifically states that there was no man. Mankind had not been created as yet.
And if you understand that there were no oceans or lakes or streams, then there must have been a tremendous amount of vegetation growth, worldwide, during that time and looking at the size of the dinosaurs, it would take a tremendous amount of food to keep them alive, which is why I think that they were created.
There had to have been billions and billions of them to eat and keep the vegetation down to a level that made this planet livable. Who was living here in that first age? Spiritual creatures called angels, every soul that our Father created, at that one specific time, to give Him company and pleasure.
Mankind had yet to be created so it stands to reason that the angels built those cities in Jeremiah.
2nd Peter 3:7 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.
But the heavens and the earth, which are now. This referring to the age that we are living in at the present time.
In the first heaven/earth age, all the souls sang for joy and enjoyed life with our Father. We can find a record of that in the book of Job:
Ref: Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? KJV
But then the sin of pride swelled within Lucifer, he attempted to sit on the Mercy Seat himself, and thus the war, the katabole’, broke out in heaven and Father had to change His Plan.
He would redo the surface of the earth, that is, cover the entire earth with the water of the firmament, cause the mountains to rise up out of it, and this beautiful planet became inhabitable for flesh and blood human beings.
You can read of all this in the creation verses in chapter 1 of Genesis. Verse 1 covers the time of the first heaven/earth age and verse 2 begins the resurfacing to accommodate human beings.
If you begin to read and study those creation verses you might ask yourself what was the source of light in that first age since the moon and the sun wasn’t created until the beginning of this second age and, of course, that light was the Shekinah glory emanating from our Father’s presence, that reflected off of the firmament, and lighted the entire globe.
In the next age, the eternal age, the third heaven/earth age, everything will go back to the way it was during the first heaven/earth age. At the end of the Millennium and the final five-month period of temptation by Satan, the great White Throne Judgment will occur, the eternity will begin and everything will look as it was in the beginning.
And as it was back then, there will be no need for the sun and moon during that age as well, and you can read of that in Revelation:
Ref: Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. KJV
Just like it did in the first heaven/earth age, and there you have it, albeit very briefly, the three heaven/earth ages.
The magnificence of our Father is absolutely astounding. The massive scale on which He creates and destroys and rejuvenates far exceeds the ability of a human mind to comprehend entirely. We can't even figure out the cause of the common cold.
I can hardly wait until I get back into that realm in which our Father lives, but of course, I will. Being back in a spiritual body once again, being able to see and commune with our Lord, to look around at all that surrounds us in that dimension, far exceeds any pleasure that can be obtained here in this life from love of family, sex or drugs.
To be one of His Election, His set-aside ones, during the Millennium, to live just outside the Temple walls, to put on the linen clothing and enter the Temple and sit with our Lord, to talk with Him, to touch His robe, would be almost more than one could bear or sustain.
And people get pleasure by going to some church, dominated by some church system, mocking the truth of our Father’s Word by teaching the rapture theory and any-moment doctrines. It boggles my mind that people willfully put themselves in harm’s way like that, not understanding more than one speck of the truth of our Father’s Word.
They sit there and gossip and backbite and they go home and think that they’ve done something good for our Father. How utterly pitiful and deplorable that is.
"Jesus saves and Jesus loves me."
All very much the truth but it doesn't even begin to scratch the surface of the knowledge you need to overcome Satan and his dominion. Standing before Satan and saying that Jesus loves me will only bring a smile to his face as he devours your very soul in his deception during the tribulation.
But the good news is that they can change today or tomorrow. It can happen so quickly and so easily. All they have to do is start by studying this Book that Father gave to us. Reading it with understanding.
And you have to start doing it today. Not tomorrow. You can’t read a verse here and a verse there and then say:
“Ok. I got it. I’m good. Bring it on.”
Satan/Antichrist will kick your spiritual butt with both hands tied behind his back. You’ve got to build a spiritual foundation now because time is running out. Don’t be like those that mocked the news of His return, thinking that it will never happen.
IT’S GOING TO HAPPEN. Get ready for it, get prepared for it.
2nd Peter 3:8 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.
The only thing that this verse is telling us is that time has no hold or restrictions on our Father.
What is the subject so far in this chapter? That it’s taking a very long time for our Lord to return to us and because it’s taking so long, many are now skeptical that it will ever happen. We have run out of patience, our Father never does because time only exists because our Father says that it exists.
Without the rotation of this earth around the sun and the phases of the moon, we would have no way of calculating or measuring time. Father doesn't need a sun nor a moon, He is time. Time is whatever He says it is.
Some will also tell you that verse 8 represents the Lord’s Day, that period of time known as the Millennium, which the word itself means a thousand. I don’t believe that that is what it’s referencing at all.
But many people take it further than that, they take it to mean that one day is actually a thousand years in the eyes of our Lord.
Some will tell you that this represents the length of time of each one of the creation days, making the creation week a period of seven thousand years. A learned bible scholar, much smarter than I will ever be, has determined that when a length of time, a day, is referred to and associated with a cardinal number or a numerical number, such as one, two, or three, or first day, second day, or third day, it is restricted to a normal twenty-four hour day.
In the bible, the word day is never used to represent a year but always some undetermined period of time, as “the day of the Lord”. So, in Genesis 1:5, where it says the “first day”, it is exactly that, a 24-hour day.
Ref: Genesis 1:5 And the evening and the morning were the first day. KJV
It’s also restricted to a 24-hour day by the use of the words evening and morning, the beginning and ending of a day. Evening and morning is a figure of speech, a synecdoche, that means a full day. You should also note that the Jewish day begins at sundown, not at midnight as we count time.
There are those that claim that this world is only 6000 years old. Where do they come up with that number? If you go back to the year zero, we are 2017 years from there.
And if you look at the time stamp on the left side of the Companion Bible next to verse 3, you’ll see the year 4004 B.C. So, adding those two numbers together would give you approximately 6000 years and that’s where all these so-called learned Christians get their numbers.
The truth of it all is that this earth is billions of years old and for this, we can give science the credit. Carbon dating of fossils is a pretty accurate way of determining how long something has been on this earth since it died. It does not tell us how long something lived on this earth.
2nd Peter 3:9 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.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise. Again, the thought continues from Peter, that just because the Lord promised that He would return, and still He has not, it doesn’t mean that He has forgotten His promise to us.
His longsuffering means patience. He has all the time in the world, to wait for all of His children to see the light, so to speak, and come to Him in repentance of their sins.
Here’s something that may not have occurred to everyone…our Lord will not return until every soul that was created at that time when He created all souls, until each and every one of them comes into this world through the womb of a woman. To be born from above.
That was His Plan after the war in heaven, He decided to put each and every soul in a flesh and blood body, to decide in this life who they loved more, Him or Satan, and there has been nothing that has happened since that time to change that Plan or He would have told us about it in this Book He gave us.
Something that He did change was the length of time of the tribulation. It was originally to be seven years but our Lord changed it to five months because Satan would be so powerful and convincing, in his role as Antichrist, that even Father’s Election would succumb to those lies and believe that he was the true Messiah:
Ref: Mark 13:20 And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days. KJV
And He shortened that time to how long?
Ref: Revelation 9:5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man. KJV
Ref: Revelation 9:10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men five months. KJV
Recorded in two separate verses for emphasis.
Some people think that Father never changes His mind once it’s made up or He decides something. In Genesis 18, Abraham talked to our Father about finding at least some righteous people in Sodom and Gomorrah before He destroyed those cities and they incrementally went from 50 righteous people to 10 righteous people and could find not even 10.
2nd Peter 3:10 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.
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. In Luke 12:39 our Lord speaks of a homeowner who, if he knew when the thief would come, could have saved all his belongings from being stolen. A good example of how it will happen when He returns.
But, of course, we don’t know when He will come and that’s why it is critical that we look towards that day as if it will happen tonight and if you live your life according to His laws and commandments, you have a leg up, you will be prepared somewhat.
But there are those, and I was one of them, that think that they can get away with most anything during their life and then right at the very end, ask for forgiveness and squeak their way into heaven.
That might happen but how many rewards are you going to get on Judgment Day? Zero. Zilch. Nada. Niente. None. And since the robe that we will wear during the eternity is woven from all of our good works, you’re going to walk around almost naked:
Ref: Revelation 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. KJV
Your righteousness is comprised of your good works.
The Lord’s Day is going to be a very busy day. Let’s see what happens…
It’s the day that our Lord, once again, places His feet on this earth.
It’s the last day of this heaven/earth age.
It’s the last day that you will ever walk around in a flesh and blood body.
It’s the first day of the Millennium.
It’s the day that your spiritual body will come forth.
It’s the day that Satan will be locked in the pit.
It’s the day immediately after the 5-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist and the 5-minute tribulation of our Lord.
The elements shall melt with fervent heat. Everything that is bad will be gone, there will be nothing left to offend. They will figuratively be burned up.
2nd Peter 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Seeing that everything that is bad will be dissolved, done away with, what kind of life should you be living right now? If that day happened right now, would you be dissolved and burned up?
As we saw earlier, this word conversation means behavior, it means how have you been living your life. If you live under His laws and commandments you shouldn’t have all that much to worry about.
2nd Peter 3:12 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?
Do you look forward to that day? Are you expecting good things to come your way on Judgment Day? Do you fear that judgment? If you do, now is the time to change how you live. Are you willing to do that?
Or is it going to take a load of bricks falling on your head to get your attention?
2nd Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Where did He promise us new heavens and a new earth? In Revelation:
Ref: Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. KJV
Some of you may not have believed me when I said that there were no oceans or streams or lakes in the first heaven/earth age, so here it is from our Lord.
And the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. That’s the first earth age and there were no seas. No oceans. No streams.
Wherein dwelleth righteousness. There is no unrighteousness in the eternity. By the end of the Millennium, every soul is exactly where it should be, based solely on the things they did in this life.
Those on the right side of the gulf are now in heaven with our Father. Those on the left side of the gulf have now walked into the Lake of Fire and we don’t even remember who they were.
Those that went through the Millennium and resisted Satan’s temptations at the end are also now in heaven. Those that continued to follow Satan are also in the Lake of Fire.
Everything has been sorted out according to our works. There are some who will tell you that works will not get you into heaven and they are dead wrong. Works are everything. It’s how you lived your life and the things that you did during that time that our Father uses to judge you.
Father is not going to say:
“Well, I really liked that guy, he had a good sense of humor and all, and he’s got a ton of sins in the book against him, but I’m going to give him a little grace and I think I’ll just give him a pass and let him into the eternity.”
Good luck with that fantasy.
James told us in his book…
Ref: James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. KJV
You can say that you believe but if you live a life dedicated to the things of the world and full of sin, it doesn’t look to me like you have any faith at all.
Faith without works is dead also. You have to show our Father that you have faith by the things that you do, and the things that you do, are called works.
Having said that, there is also the gift of grace, the unmerited favor bestowed on us by our Father. Grace comes after we have done and given all that we can, towards making our Father happy with us.
These earthly bodies are endowed with sin, we can’t get away from that fact, so even doing all that we can to observe and live by the commandments and laws that our Father places before us, we still need that unmerited favor from Him.
Grace is Father giving us something we don’t deserve. This body that we live in is sin, totally. Even obeying all the commandments and laws, to their full extent, this body still could not enter into heaven.
2nd Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
So, looking forward to that new heaven and new earth, we need to be steadfast in how we live our lives, keeping the record of sin against us to a bare minimum.
Father doesn’t mind if you repent daily and it’s good to do that. Get rid of those seven deadly sins as soon as you can because they are all a part of daily life if we let them happen. But if you continually repent of the same sins, perhaps you’re not trying hard enough to change the way that you live.
2nd Peter 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
Because our Father is long-suffering, because He is patient, it gives us extra, and supposedly, ample time to make the changes in our life to reduce sin to a minimum. Paul has written about this to us. Read it and listen to those words.
2nd Peter 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Some of the things that Paul writes about in all his epistles are hard to understand and those people that haven’t read or studied those epistles, it’s going to be hard for them to receive salvation.
2nd Peter 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
If you don’t keep your focus on the Father or our Lord every day, it’s going to be easy for Satan to use other people to get you to walk a different path and put loads of temptation in your way. And you can keep your mind on Him all day long by praying every chance you get. Paul said that in 1st Thessalonians:
Ref: 1st Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. KJV
It’s difficult to pray constantly. I know because I’ve tried it, but I remembered what Christ said in the book of Matthew:
Ref: Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. KJV
He was cautioning people not to pray in a repetitious manner like the heathen do and then He immediately went on to tell us how to pray and He gave us the Lord’s Prayer. So, even though I may pray that prayer many times a day, I don’t feel like it’s repetitious because of how He explained it to us.
2nd Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. KJV
Favor comes from our Father when He sees that we love Him to the point that we read and study this book, that's the only way that we can accumulate knowledge of Him. You can't go into a local bar and get it, you can't get it in a Sunday School lesson, you have to get it from the book.
Everything we need to know about Him, about how to live a life that's pleasing to Him, is in that book.
Glory to Him, indeed.
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