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Dividing Second Peter Three

Part of II Peter 3 happens before the 1000 year reign of Christ, and the rest of it takes place at the end of the 1000 years, after it is over, and after Satan's and man's final rebellion is finished (Rev. 20: 7 - 10). II Peter 3: 1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6, 8 - 9, 11, and 14 - 18 are in connection with what is happening now, and what will happen in the future, before the 1000 year (millennial) reign of Christ. Peter was not saying that Jesus is coming on or before "the day of the Lord" (II Pet. 3: 10). He was only telling us that there will be in the last days scoffers. And what are they scoffing or poking fun of? The coming of the Lord (II Pet. 3: 4). They do not believe that Jesus is coming again. That is all Peter was referring to when he was talking about the coming of the Lord. This scoffing will most likely continue right up to the time of Jesus' return to earth in the Revelation/Second Coming. After that happens there will not be any reason for them to scoff about His coming, for He will already be here on earth reigning. Now, in II Peter 3: 8 - 9, 11, and 14, there is a warning to mankind which applies to us right now, in our present day, and to those people who live in the future. On this side of the Millennium (the millennial reign of Christ). God is patiently waiting for men to repent.

II Peter 3: 7, 10, 12, and 13 are associated with what is going to happen at the end of the millennial reign of Christ, after it is over, and after Satan's and man's final rebellion is finished. Those above verses are referring to "the end of the world", which will take place in the day of judgment and perdition (destruction) of ungodly men. This judgment, according to II Peter 3: 7, will happen at the end of the world when the heaven(s) and the earth are being destroyed. Revelation 20: 11 is when they are destroyed, at the time of the Great White Judgment Throne (Rev. 20: 11 - 15).

Peter is not referring to the millennial reign of Christ at all. But only to those things that take place before and after the Millennium. Peter's day of the Lord is the destruction of the heaven(s) and the earth. Note carefully in II Peter 3: 10 that they "pass away." (In Rev. 20: 11, they "fled away" from the One who was seated on the throne. In Revelation 21: 1, it is said that they have "passed away", they went out of existence. In Rev. 21: 4, the former things are "passed away. They are no longer.). In other words, this is "the end of the world." Do not say or teach that the 7 trumpet judgments will take place during Peter's "day of the Lord." II Peter 3 has nothing to do with the 7 trumpet judgments in any way, shape, or form. Do not place all of II Peter at the beginning of the Millennium. And do not place all of II Peter 3 at the end of the Millennium either. If you do, your teachings will be wrong.

By the way, the One who is seated on the throne, at the time of the Great White Judgment Throne, is Jesus. John 5: 22 and 27 tell us that it is the Son, Jesus, who will judge all men, for He is the Son of man (See also John 12: 48.).


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