The Coming Day of the Lord 3 Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, 4 and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 5 For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, 6 through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 7 But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 8 But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. A New Heaven and Earth 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. 11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! 13 But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. 14 Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, 15 and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation
CLICK: very interesting hydrological system “waters above”(2 Pet. 3:5; Gen. 1:6-9) another difference was in the mist which went up and no rain (Gen. 2:5, 6). Universal sin brought destruction of the earth by God by water (Gen. 6:12). God continues after the flood with the placement of the rainbow in the clouds promising to never use water to destroy the earth (Gen. 9:13-16). CLICK: world-wide destruction (Gen. 7:19-21). CLICK: Psalm. 104:6-9; universal sin (Rom. 3:23) CLICK: Scripture doesn’t tell us about the composition of the new heaven and earth other than that it would have to be a spiritual place for a spiritual body & that there is no sin there. Righteousness dwells. Sin dwells here now, but righteousness there when the 2 nd judgment comes. Earth’s history could pretty much be summed up as a history of sin with few remnants of righteousness.
We have in our text one of the few references made in scripture pertaining to the order of events in the last day & surprisingly, there is no mention of the earthly personal reign of Christ on earth for 1000 years. If such were the case, it would seem most appropriate to mention it here. Instead, we find the opposite … the world passes away & a new order is issued in.
RE: 1 Cor. 15, The resurrection is as sure as Christ is! To deny the resurrection is to deny Christ, the apostles, the church, the Bible and it all. RE: Phil. 3:9-14, Paul’s pursuit and motive to continue on was based on the resurrection! He considers it a prize to press on for. Without the resurrection & the redemption found in Christ’s death, there really is not much motivation to press on. Jesus’ resurrection is the basis for ours and so we need to be in Him that we may be raised by him into eternal life.
1 Pictured here is Christ’s judgment seat. 2 “Small and Great” (everyone, rich and poor, male and female, bond and free king and peasant) 3 Judged by works and the works are judged by the things in the books. The books may be contain the deeds of each individual, but these deeds are measured against what is written in the Book of God.
RE: 1 Peter 4:17, Christians can suffer for simply being a Christian (v. 16). This is considered the beginning of judgment as it is first directed to God’s people to try, test, and prove themselves genuine. Many fall away & chase the world more than the word & prove themselves unfit for the kingdom of heaven. But the other point should never go dismissed. If God so tests His own people, justice will be given to those who do not obey the gospel. Many of the next points are subjective to this 1st point. RE: Heb. 3:12. Please note that is possible for you to be saved and later lost. Brethren can develop a heart of unbelief. Unbelief doesn’t necessarily happen over night, however. It generally comes with a seed of doubt that falls into our heart and in time begins to germinate and grow. Unbelief may stem from many different sources. It could be pride and found fame, it could be the desires of the world or caving into cravings of the flesh. It could be from some sorrow, the death of a loved one, or friend. It could be from the effect of a well respected one who falls away. Look at the decisions you have made this year and compare their spiritual quality to last year. Are they better decisions or worse? Are your daily decisions generally weaker or stronger than last year? How about 5 years ago?
RE: Heb. 5:9 - Obedience to the Lord brings eternal salvation to the believer. RE: Rev. 2:10 – Faithfulness to the Lord until death will bring the crown of life.
"He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” (Matt. 11:15)
The Redemption Story: Judgment Day
The Coming of the LordThe Redemption StoryDecember 2012 2 Peter 3:3-15a (NAS)
1 Out of water and by water; universal sin 1 World-wide deluge2 Deeper oceans; still universal sin Universal destruction 23 No sin
“looking for and hastening the coming of theday of God” (2 Pet. 3:12)The Christian “looks forward to” & “hastens”(desire earnestly/hurriedly) the day of God! Why?1.The heavens and earth will be dissolved (v. 12) • Song - “This world is not my home”1.Look for “new” [recently made, unused, not renovated]heavens and a “new” earth where righteousness dwells (v.13) • Nothing to defile (Rev. 21:27)1.To see Jesus… • “looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ” (Titus 2:13)
Judgment Day Facts1. There Will Be A Judgment “And inasmuch as it is Day appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,” (Heb. 9:27) “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be recompensed for his deeds in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” (2 Cor. 5:10) *Also see Romans 14:9-12
Judgment Day Facts1. There Will Be A Judgment “And the devil who deceived Day them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where2. Satan Will Be Judged On the beast and the false That Day prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.” (Rev. 20:10)
Judgment Day Facts1. There Will Be A Judgment “But the day of the Lord will Day come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a2. Satan Will Be Judged On roar and the elements will be That Day destroyed with intense heat,3. The Heavens And The and the earth and its works Earth Will Pass Away will be burned up.” (2 Pet. 3:10)
Judgment Day Facts1. There Will Be A Judgment “Therefore leaving the element- Day ary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying2. Satan Will Be Judged On again a foundation of repentance That Day from dead works and of faith toward God, 2 of instruction about3. The Heavens And The washings and laying on of hands, Earth Will Pass Away and the resurrection of the dead4. There Will Be A and eternal judgment. ” (Heb. 6:1, Resurrection of The Dead 2) * Also see Acts 4:2, 17:32; 1 Cor. 15:12-14, 21, 42; & Philippians 3:9-14
Judgment Day Facts1. There Will Be A Judgment “…having a hope in God, which Day these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a2. Satan Will Be Judged On resurrection of both the righteous That Day and the wicked.” (Acts 24:15)3. The Heavens And The Earth Will Pass Away “All the nations will be gathered4. There Will Be A before Him; and He will separate Resurrection Of The Dead them from one another as the5. There Will Be A shepherd separates the sheep Separation of the Just from the goats;” (Matt. 25:32) From the Unjust * Also see John 5:25-26
Judgment Day Facts “Then I saw a great white throne and Him1. There Will Be A Judgment who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place Day was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before2. Satan Will Be Judged On the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the That Day book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in3. The Heavens And The the books, according to their deeds. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, Earth Will Pass Away and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged,4. There Will Be A every one of them according to their deeds. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown Resurrection Of The Dead into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s5. There Will Be A Separation name was not found written in the book of of the Just From the life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15) Unjust * Also see 2 Cor. 5:10 & Rev. 3:56. Judged By Books
Who Are YOU? Hear“Who is among you that fearsthe LORD, that obeys the • Matt. 11:15voice of His servant, Believethat walks in darkness and • Heb. 11:6has no light? Let him trust inthe name of the LORD and Repentrely on his God.” (Isa. 50:10) • Acts 3:19 Confess • Matt. 10:32 Be Baptized • Matt. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15- 16; Acts 2:38
Be Saved! "Be saved from this perverse generation“(Acts 2:40)