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The End of the World

The End of the World (Peter's day of the Lord)

Not all of II Peter 3 is placed at the end of the Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ, as some think. Verses 1 - 6, 8 - 9, and 11 have to be placed before the 1000 year reign of Christ and so do verses 14 - 18. Verses 7, 10, 12 and 13 of II Peter 3 are in connection with what will happen after the 1000 year reign of Christ. The heaven(s) and the earth are destroyed after the 1000 year reign of Christ when ungodly men are judged. This takes place at the same time when the Great White Throne Judgment is about to happen (Rev. 20: 11), but the scoffers are poking fun or denying Jesus' coming before the Millennium, the 1000 year reign of Christ. So keep this in mind when reading this website because that will help you to understand this "day of the Lord" that Peter is describing. Peter starts out by talking about the scoffers who are poking fun at or denying Jesus' coming. Peter is also giving a warning to men, that men should repent and be saved, which applies to this side of the Millennium. Peter was not telling us that the Lord is going to come on or before the day of the Lord as some suggest. Peter's day of the Lord is the end of the world, the destruction of the heaven(s) and the earth. The Second Coming of Christ (Rev. 19: 11) will have to take place 1000 years before this event (the day of the Lord).

Now, I want to give the Scripture and explain it to you as we go along.

Peter says,
"This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both (of) which I stir up your pure minds by the way of remembrance: 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 Savior:" (II Pet. 3: 1 - 2)


"Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days (before the 1000 years start) scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of His coming?..." (II Pet. 3: 3 - 4)

We are in the last days and this applies to those who are alive right now, and to those also who will live in the future before the 1000 years start. So, this is referring to what is happening now before the millennial reign of Christ.

Peter tells us that there will be scoffers in the last days scoffing about the coming of Christ. That's the way it is. People are scoffing about the Rapture and the Second Coming. They do not believe Jesus is coming again. Thus they're scoffing about His coming.

Then those scoffers continued to say,
"...for since the fathers (forefathers) fell asleep (died), all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." (II Pet. 3: 4)

The people who do not believe in the Rapture, (they do not believe it will happen), are more or less saying, "Generation after generation has come and gone. And Christians have been saying for a long time now that Jesus is coming again, but He hasn't come yet." Thus, they think, He is not coming. And so they scoff about His coming. Peter tells us they are willingly ignorant.

"For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing (partly) out of the water (that would be the dry ground or land, earth) and (partly) in the water (that's the land under the water/sea): Whereby the world that then was, (before the flood, the flood of Noah), being overflowed with water, perished:" (they perished in the flood of Noah) (II Pet. 3: 5 - 6)


The people before the flood were apparently willingly ignorant. People are that way today also. There is a lot of proof, but they choose not to believe, even when the proof is presented. Many people will not go to church, watch Christian TV, listen to Christian radio, or even let a Christian tell them the truth. They do not want to hear it. Unfortunately, many Christians do not want to hear all the truth. That's the first important thing that Peter said.

The second important thing that Peter talks about in this chapter is the end of the world. That happens when the first heaven (the sky), part of the second heaven, and the earth are destroyed. And I believe that destruction would include the planets, sun, moon, and anywhere man's space equipment has been. They're going to be burnt up.

The heaven(s) and the earth, as Peter and John (in the book of Revelation), teach, do not pass away at the beginning of the Millennium, as some individuals claim they do. (The heaven and the earth fled away from God's presence in Rev. 20: 11.). The heaven(s) and the earth are repaired (renovated) at the beginning of the Millennium. A large portion of the earth will, however, turn into a beautiful paradise at the beginning of that 1000 years, the millennial reign of Christ. (Read Joel 3: 17 - 18, 20 - 21, Zech. 14: 6 - 11, 16, 20 - 21, Ezek. 47.) (See also Joel 3: 19, Zech. 14: 17 - 19, Ezek. 47: 11.).

Another thing we need to look at so that we can understand this prophecy is: What judgment is II Peter 3: 7 referring to? It is very important to know because this gives us a clue as to when the heaven(s) and the earth are destroyed, pass away (fled away). (Read II Pet. 3: 10, Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1.).

Peter says,
"But the heavens and earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store reserved unto fire against (on) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men." (II Pet. 3: 7)

That's when the end of the world happens. It takes place in the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (Rev. 20: 11 - 15) at the Great White Throne Judgment. That happens at the end of the world when men are judged and thrown into Gehenna, the Lake of Fire. Then, in Revelation 21: 1, God makes the new heavens and the new earth. That's the third important theme: The new heavens and the new earth. Then Peter gives some other information that is beneficial to us.

In some of the following verses in II Peter 3 we are told that the heaven(s) and the earth will pass away, they will be burnt up, they will be dissolved, and the elements will melt with fervent heat. (See II Pet. 3: 10, 12. Read also Rev. 20: 11, 21: 1.).

II Peter 3 is not referring to the 7 vial judgments. Nor is it referring to Revelation 11: 18. Neither is it referring to the 7 trumpet judgments as some think. II Peter 3: 7, however, is referring to the judgment of the lost of all Ages, the Great White Throne Judgment, which takes place in Revelation 20: 11, 12 - 15. That is what Peter meant when he said "...the heaven(s) and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire...". Revelation 20: 11 is when the heaven(s) and this old earth go up in flames. Then the judgment and destruction of ungodly men will happen, and not before that. The end of the world, and the judgment of the lost of all Ages, will take place at the same time when God (Jesus) sits upon that Great White Throne and judges the men and the women who are unsaved.

By the way, this Great White Throne Judgment has nothing to do with that judgment that takes place in Matthew 24: 31, 25: 31 - 46. That judgment involves the saved and the unsaved who are alive when Jesus returns to earth in Revelation 19: 11. (Read numbers 1 - 4 in "What About Joel 3 and Zechariah 14?" starting at the second paragraph. See the last paragraph in "Who Are the Martyrs in Revelation Chapter 6 verses 9 - 11?" and "When Jesus Comes Back With His Saints Angels Gather the Elect." Read also "Where Does the Day of the Lord Fit Into the Book of Revelation?" the second paragraph up from the bottom for the elect entering the kingdom.). Whereas this judgment in Revelation 20: 11 - 15 involves the unsaved only. And Revelation 11: 18 is not referring to the judgment that is described in Matthew 24: 31, 25: 31 - 46 either. So, do not put them together. If you do, your teachings will be wrong. So let's continue.

"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." (II Pet. 3: 8)

In Heaven, time means nothing to God. It's just as though only two days have passed since Jesus died on the cross, rose again, and ascended into Heaven. A thousand years pass. So what? What's that to God? Nothing! It's like one day. (Read Psalm 90: 4.). So, it's like two days to God since Jesus ascended into Heaven. That's what Peter was talking about in verse 8.

And then Peter says,
"The Lord is not slack (slow) concerning His promise (the promise of His coming), as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward (toward us), not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." (II Pet. 3: 9)

It is giving a warning to those who are alive before that period, the 1000 year reign of Christ, begins.

Once again, many of these verses in II Peter 3 are referring to what is happening in our present day and will continue until the time of the Revelation/Second Coming. Then the Millennium will take place. Then, the destruction of the heaven(s) and the earth will happen (Rev. 20: 11) at the beginning of the Great White Throne Judgment when ungodly men are judged and thrown into the Lake of Fire. (Read Rev. 20: 11 - 15.).

"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 burnt up." (II Pet. 3: 10) (See II Pet. 3: 7.).


"And I saw a great white throne, and Him (Jesus) that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them (the unsaved)."
"And I saw the dead (the unsaved), small and great, stand before God (Jesus); and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works." (Rev. 20: 11 - 12) (Read also John 5: 22, 27.).

"And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works."
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death."
"And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." (Rev. 20: 13 - 15)

The heavens and the earth will be destroyed by fire, including everything that man has made. Everything will be burnt up. Nothing will be left behind. Even Hades, in the heart of the earth, will be totally destroyed. When all these things are destroyed, in Revelation 20: 11, there will not be anybody (people) on the earth, nor anybody (those who died without Christ, the lost) in it (inside the earth in Hades). Hades cannot be destroyed until after the 1000 year reign of Christ is over. The lost of all Ages are still in the heart of the earth, up to that point, in Hades. Satan was thrown into the bottomless pit (Hades) at the beginning of the 1000 years (Rev. 20: 1 - 3). Satan is let loose at the end of it to again deceive people, those who lived during that 1000 years. A great multitude will follow Satan, and rebel against God, at the end of that period. They will be thrown into Hades too (Rev. 20: 3, 7 - 9), but Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20: 10). Then the lost of all Ages will be taken out of Hades (Hell) right before Revelation 20: 11 takes place. Then, the end of the world will happen.

At the same time, the Great White Throne Judgment will take place. Those unsaved people, who were taken out of Hades, will hear their sentence, which is, death, spiritual death. They will be thrown into the Lake of Fire. (See Rev. 20: 11 - 15, 21: 8, Rom. 5: 12, 6: 23, John 3: 36, 5: 24, spiritual death.). Then, and not before that, God will create the new heavens and the new earth (Rev. 21: 1). All other Scriptures are given for additional information (details). Pay special attention to the chronological sequence of Revelation 20. II Peter 3 is basically the same way. First the scoffers, in verse 3, who are scoffing now, in the last days. The second thing we have is in verse 7, the heavens and the earth and how they will be destroyed by fire. II Peter 3: 10 and 12 gives us more details about how they are destroyed, burnt up. That's how they are destroyed. By fire. And that happens in Revelation 20: 11. And it tells us when they are destroyed. They are destroyed, "...(in) the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men." (II Pet. 3: 7). And that happens in Revelation 20: 11 - 15 at the end of the world when men are judged at the Great White Throne Judgment and thrown into the Lake of Fire. And the third thing is, God will create new heavens and a new earth. And that happens in Revelation 21: 1. (Read also II Pet. 3: 13, Isa. 65: 17, 66: 22.). That's where He makes them, (the new heavens and the new earth), and not before that. Each thing happens in sequence. Let's continue as Peter gives us more details.

"Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved (totally destroyed), what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, (It shall be destroyed. It's fleeing away in Rev. 20: 11.), and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?" (II Pet. 3: 11 - 12) (See also II Pet. 3: 10.).

By the way, "...the coming of the day of God..." in the above verse is not referring to Jesus' return. This is the destruction of the heaven(s) and the earth. It is called "the day of God" when the Lord destroys them. The heaven(s) and the earth are on fire. They are being burnt up. This is the end of the world.

These things that are described in II Peter chapter 3, verses 7, 10, 12 - 13, are referring to what will happen after the 1000 year reign of Christ. So do not place II Peter 3: 7, 10, 12 - 13 at the beginning of the 1000 year reign of Christ because, if you do, that will be taking those things out of their context. Only II Peter 3: 1 - 6, 8 - 9, 11, 14 - 18 can be placed before that 1000 year period begins, and they must be put (placed) there for one to be correct in his or her teachings.

"Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." (II Pet. 3: 13)

See the verse given below. This too gives a warning to mankind. This is referring to those who live on this side of the Millennium, before it starts.

"Wherefore (therefore), beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless." (II Pet. 3: 14)


What About the Word "thief?"

By the way, the word "thief" that is given in II Peter 3: 10 should not, and cannot be, used in connection with the word "thief" as Joel 2: 9 does. Joel is referring to those who (or the things that) enter in the windows of the houses, in the city of Jerusalem, like a thief. This is in connection with the prophecy that Joel 1 refers to, which is another Day of the Lord.

"They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses: they shall enter in at the windows like a thief." (Joel 2: 9)

The Day of the Lord that Joel 3 and Zechariah 14 talk about has nothing to do with the 7 trumpet judgments as the pre-wrath book suggests. Nor do I Thessalonians 5 and II Peter 3 have anything to do with those 7 trumpet judgments as some individuals claim.

II Peter 3: 10 says,
"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 burnt up." (II Pet. 3: 10) (Read also II Pet. 3: 7.).

"But of the times and seasons (signs, etc...), brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you."
"For yourselves (you) know perfectly [well] that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night." (I Thes. 5: 1 - 2)

"But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day (the day of the Lord or, in this case, the Rapture) should overtake you as a thief."
"Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness." (I Thes. 5: 4 - 5)

Do you see anything in those verses above that describes the 7 trumpet judgments? I don't. If the 7 trumpet judgments do take place during the Day of the Lord as the pre-wrath book suggests they do, which they don't, then one ought to see the same description of those 7 trumpet judgments (which are described in Revelation 8: 7 - 13, 9: 1 - 21, and 11: 15 - 19) in Joel 3, Zechariah 14, I Thessalonians 5, and in II Peter 3 or, in any of the chapters and verses that have to do with the Day (day) of the Lord.


Conclusion

To be correct in one's teachings one must realize that not all of "the Days (days) of the Lord" in the Bible are the same. Peter's day of the Lord is in connection with the end of the world (Rev. 20: 11). It will take place when the heaven(s) and the earth are destroyed (II Pet. 3: 7, 10, 12), which will happen in the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men (II Pet. 3: 7). That is when the lost of all Ages are sentenced to the Lake of Fire (Rev. 20: 15) at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev. 20: 11 - 15). See "The Old Testament Day of the Lord", and "What About I Thessalonians Chapter 5?" for Paul's day of the Lord.

Do not use that shoddy reasoning by saying that if one believes that Peter's Day of the Lord takes place after the Millennium one must assume that the Lord's coming will happen after it also. The only reason that the coming of the Lord is mentioned in II Peter 3: 4 is because that is what the scoffers are questioning. The scoffers said, "Where is the promise of His coming?". The coming of the Lord is not in connection with the end of the world (the heaven/s and the earth being destroyed). The coming of the Lord, instead, is associated with those scoffers who are and will be poking fun or denying Jesus' coming right up to the time of His return before the Millennium. Peter tells us that the Lord is not slack (slow) concerning the promise of His coming, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (See II Pet. 3: 9.).

Not all the verses in II Peter 3 refer to the end of the 1000 year reign. God is patiently waiting for men to repent and to be saved. II Peter 3: 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6, 8 - 9, 11, 14 - 18 has to do with what happens on this side of the millennial reign of Christ, not after it, as some think. However, II Peter 3: 7, 10, 12, and 13 are what will happen after the Millennium.

The heavens and the earth are fleeing away (Rev. 20: 11 - 15) in the day of judgment, when ungodly men who know not Jesus will stand before God, Jesus, at the Great White Throne Judgment. (These people are judged according to their works. Therefore they are all lost/unsaved. See John 5: 22, 27, Romans 2: 16, 3: 20, Galatians 3: 11, and Hebrews 9: 27.). Revelation 20: 11 is where the heaven(s) and earth are destroyed. Their destruction takes place after the 1000 year reign of Christ, and after Satan's, and man's, final rebellion against God. This is referring to those people who lived and repopulated the earth during that 1000 years and to their descendants who were born during that time. Some of them will rebel against God at the end of that period. They were not allowed to start any rebellion during the 1000 years but at the end of it God will allow them to make their choice. They may choose God or Satan, and a great multitude will choose Satan. Then God will destroy them (Rev. 20: 7 - 10). That final rebellion happens at the end of that 1000 years, right before the heavens and the earth are destroyed (Rev. 20: 1 - 3, 7, 10). Then the re-creation of the heavens and the earth takes place in Revelation 21: 1. (Also see Isa. 65: 17, 66: 22, and II Pet. 3: 13 for additional details.).

"The Day of the Lord" is the heart or the backbone of the book called The Pre-wrath Rapture of the Church. A lot of things that are mentioned in this website, such as the Rapture, the 7 trumpet judgments, and all the Days of the Lord of the Bible, according to the above author, are in connection/associated with the Day of the Lord. One should now be able to see that this "Day of the Lord" theory is not true. (See also "An Answer to the Pre-wrath Rapture of the Church" and "Is Peter Suggesting That Jesus Will Return On or Before the day of the Lord?".).


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