2 Peter 3
Peter states that the very purpose of his epistles is to stir up the brethren to remember the scriptures. Through history and in this latter day we too are to be stirred up to remember the scriptures written by the prophets and the apostles, and not only just remember the scriptures but to be enthusiastic “Doers of the Word”
2 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: 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:
Today in the world and also in the Ekklesia, many have begun to think that “My Lord delays his coming.” Jesus himself warned us that those who think such things and slack away from zealous godliness will be rejected by him (Mat 24: 48).
Today many in the Ekklesia scoff at those who are zealous for God, just like the worldly scoff at the warnings of correction and Christ’s coming.
3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 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.
Because of the many false teachers and false prophets in today’s assemblies, there is a spirit of unbelief in the Ekklesia, people cannot be bothered with any serious study and are happy to play “follow the Elder” for a social good time; yet God says:
Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
We should certainly carefully TEST every word of men by the Word of God; by checking to see if the person is zealous and faithful to God and every Word of God; checking to see if what is taught is consistent with the whole Word of God.
The proof of a prophet or of any teacher or man of God, is that his words MUST be consistent with God’s Word, including all of the Biblical prophets and biblical apostles.
The worldly close their eyes to the obvious and are willingly ignorant of God; just like today’s spiritual Ekklesia closes its eyes to the truth and Word of God, being willingly ignorant and desiring to follow corporate idols and the false traditions of men.
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: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 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.
People who scoff at the prophets are scoffing at over one third of the Christ breathed Word of God and will be judged.
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.
Here we have a profound key to unlock much prophecy including the Feast Days. A key that is rejected by most today; who try to teach that seven days is as one thousand years, when they give their false take on the Feast of Tabernacles.
One day is as ONE thousand years; and seven days are NOT equal to one thousand years; therefore seven days MUST refer to either just seven days, or to SEVEN thousand years. There is NO WAY that the Feast of Tabernacles could refer to a one thousand year millennium!
This FALSE teaching has been driven into the minds of people for generations and has prevented an understanding of the true meaning of the Festivals and much prophecy.
Many don’t realize that what is a very long period of time to man, is a very short period of time with God. And God will fulfill his Word. He will keep his promises. These things are coming and are now at the door!
All Scripture must fit together. There are many who say the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles represents a thousand year millennium. And yet what does Peter say here? One day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.
How could the seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread or the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles picture one thousand years? According to Scripture, they must picture 7,000 years or they must have nothing whatsoever to do with years.
According to God’s Word, the Seven Day Feast of Tabernacles pictures 7,000 years. It does not picture any one thousand year millennium. The same thing is true of the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the seven day week!. We know because God inspired Peter to say so.
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.
1 Thessalonians 5:1
Paul begins to instruct the pillars about the onset of the tribulation, first teaching that the vast majority will be taken completely by surprise.
1 Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
The great tribulation wars at end of this age of sin will come as a great surprise to the vast majority of humanity, including the vast majority of today’s spiritual Ekklesia who are lax and lukewarm, rejecting the warnings and the biblical signs in favor of their false traditions.
The scriptures say that it is during a time of peace that these wars will come suddenly [unexpectedly]:
Daniel 8:25 And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand [the king of the North will make the New Europe prosperous]; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by [in a time of] peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.
1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden [completely unexpected, by surprise: Strong’s G1601) unexpected, sudden, unforeseen] destruction cometh upon them [Jerusalem, Judea and ultimately greater Israel], as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
After the coming bloody Mideast war when peace is seen to be achieved; and when that peace is declared as the man of sin goes to the Holy Place; sudden and immediate destruction will come upon Jerusalem and Judah.
God Almighty will bring all the Islamic countries except Egypt, as well as the rising New Europe [the nations of Psalm 83], against Judah and Jerusalem and the main nations of greater Israel.
The children of light are the pillars like the Thessalonians, who are zealous and faithful to God and his Word: Being the children of LIGHT through their zeal to live by every Word of God they will see and understand the signs and will NOT be taken by surprise.
The sinners of the world’s nations and the spiritually lukewarm and spiritually blind children of darkness, including many in today’s Ekklesia, will reject the scriptures and insist that Jesus was wrong in Matthew 24:15; and that there must still be 3 1/2 years before the tribulation, or that some physical temple must first be built, and so they will be deceived by their own false traditions and beliefs.
First the abomination, the man of sin, will be set up doing miracles in the Vatican and then about 75 days later he will go to the holy place.
The world’s peoples and worldly brethren will not believe the warnings and they will be caught completely by surprise.
Only the pillars of today who are like the zealous of Thessalonica will be alert and aware, and will understand and will NOT be taken by surprise; they have been forewarned and when peace is about to be declared and the man of sin schedules his visit to the holy place; the children of light will know that the tribulation is about to begin.
Jesus Christ himself said that when the abomination visits the holy place the tribulation will immediately begin (Mat 24:15).
Jesus speaks of his actual coming
The true Gospel being preached, is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation; it is the sign of the actual coming of Christ to rule this earth..
Matthew 24:14 And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.
The Gospel being preached is NOT the sign of the beginning of any great tribulation.
The preaching of the true Gospel will be continued by God’s two prophets and by God’s mighty angels until the very coming of Christ with his saints!
This will take place DURING the tribulation and this preaching is NOT a sign of the beginning of the tribulation.
The sign of the beginning of the tribulation is the setting up of the final miracle working man of sin in the Vatican and his visit to the holy place around 75 days later.
24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
This abomination is set up doing miracles in Rome and then goes to the Holy Place [the whole Mount is Holy] about 75 days later, triggering the tribulation.
When the abomination [the final false prophet] is set up in Rome, he has only a total of 1,335 days before he is destroyed (Dan 12; Rev 19:20).
1,335 minus 1,260 for the tribulation, begins the tribulation about 75 days after the final abomination is set up in the papacy in Rome.
When you see the abomination set up in Rome and recognize him by his miracles and his endorsement of a New Europe; then know that the tribulation is imminent and will begin when he goes to the Mount.
When the scriptures tell us that some leave the land to run to safety and some do not, it should be self-evident that a split between the zealous for godliness, and the lukewarm [Cold for God, hot for men] of Revelation 3:14-22; is inevitable.
It should also be self-evident from the obvious apostasy in today’s Ekklesia; that the prophesied falling away of many from any zeal for God, is well underway.
The spiritually wise will know that the tribulation will begin in about 75 days, when they see this abomination set up in Rome. Then God will send his Two Servants who will take the zealous to God’s refuge as one of their first acts.
The scripture rejecting wicked in today’s Ekklesia, will not understand until the tribulation begins with the occupation of Judea/Jerusalem.
Then many of them will see their error and sincerely repent, only to be forced to prove the sincerity of their repentance by persevering in great tribulation. The great tribulation will begin when the miracle working false prophet visits the holy place around 75 days after being set up as pope in the Vatican.
24:16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: 24:17 Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: 24:18 Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. 24:19 And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days! 24:20 But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath day: 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
It is when this final false prophet is set up doing miracles and then goes to the Holy Place about 75 days later that the great tribulation will begin: Immediately, at that time, so quickly that someone in Judea should not even go home to fetch his coat! This we have on the direct authority of Jesus Christ.
Speaking now to the faithful and the zealous for God and his Word in this latter day:
1 Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
The beginning of the great tribulation and the time of the coming of Christ will not be concealed from God’s faithful zealous pillars. They SHALL KNOW, because they are the wise in Christ; for they are faithful and zealous to live by every Word of our God!
Daniel 12:10 Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise [zealous to learn and to keep the whole Word of God] shall understand.
1 Thessalonians 5:5 Ye [the pillars who stand on the firm foundation of the whole Word of God] are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
Those who love God enough to be zealous to learn and to keep his Word are instructed to be soberly watchful for the signs, and to be prepared so that we not be taken by surprise by these things.
5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Let us awaken and turn to a passionate zeal to live by every Word of God and let us watch soberly and intently for the signs which God has given to us so that we may know when these things will be fulfilled.
5:7 For they [the Laodiceans of today are drunk with pride and are spiritually asleep] that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
Those who are drunk with pride and conceit and who say that there must be 3 1/2 years after a declaration of peace, in direct contradiction to Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:15 and the apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:3; will be taken by surprise for they think they know everything and really know nothing, being blind and wretched and naked, not being zealous for the Word of God and relying on their own imaginations.
Laodicea [meaning: the people will be judged]
To Laodicea Jesus identifies himself as the faithful and true witness, telling the truth about what they are truly like. They think themselves spiritually rich and have no idea what Jesus Christ really thinks of them. Jesus here tells them their problems straight out, but they are proud and willfully blind to reality.
Emphasizing that his message to Laodicea is true and coming from Christ’s faithful love for them, being given so that they might repent and be saved. Jesus also calls himself the “beginning of the creation of God;” clearly meaning that Christ is the Creator who began the creation of all things.
Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;
Laodicea is spiritually lukewarm, professing godliness while living according to their own imaginations instead of living the way that God commands.
They pay lip service to godliness without any zeal to learn and live by every Word of God. Their zeal is for their own ways and what they think, it is for their own past false traditions and their idols of men and not for what God says. They stand on false past traditions and proudly think they know it all; refusing any spiritual growth they are stagnant or even falling backward in their spiritual condition.
They are hot for their own traditions, and for the teachings of their idols of men about the Word of God, and cold for zealously keeping the whole Word as God, as God has commanded them. This mixture of hot for their idols of men and corporate entities, and a cold, lack of zeal to keep the Words of God makes them lukewarm and revolting to Christ.
They are idolaters of men and the traditions of men; proud, thinking that they know it all spiritually and therefore they refuse correction from God or man; they reject the Word of God for their own ways and they reject any growth in truth and refuse to turn from error, going deeper and deeper into error and sin.
Because these folks have rejected Christ to follow him above our idols of men, they will be rejected by Christ into the correction of great tribulation, in the hope that through the correction of the flesh the spirit may be saved.
3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
They will be rejected by Christ into severe correction
Proud and self-willed, they think they are spiritually rich and know it all, having need of no spiritual growth and rejecting the promised increase in spiritual knowledge and understanding promised for the last days (Dan 12).
They reject any part of scripture that they do not want to follow, saying it is for others; or that it is not reliable and are so proud they have no idea how spiritually wretched, miserable and poor they really are.
They are willfully blind to their own condition and to the things of God that disprove their own false ways; They lack the garments of righteousness and are naked before God, their many sins exposed to Him; beginning with the sins of pride, stubborn self- will, self-justification and self-approval.
3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich [spiritually], and increased with goods [spiritual knowledge], and have need of nothing [no one not even Christ (the Word of God) can tell them anything]; and knowest not that thou art [spiritually] wretched, and miserable, and [spiritually] poor [knowing almost nothing of God as they ought to know it], and blind [willfully blind to their wretched spiritual state], and naked [naked of any true godly righteousness, not being zealous to keep the Word of God]:
Christ counsels those with the Laodicean attitude to buy spiritual gold in the fire of tribulation; so that they may become spiritually rich.
They are bidden to sincerely repent of their prideful sins that the nakedness of their wickedness may be covered by the application of the sacrifice of Christ; so that they may receive God’s Holy Spirit and the white raiment of the righteousness of the zealous keeping of the whole Word of God.
They are commanded to anoint their eyes and open them to see themselves as God sees them, and to sincerely repent from their pride and false ways and to turn away from their idols of men and false traditions to follow the Spirit of God into all truth; rejecting all error and sin to embrace godly truth that they might be saved.
3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me [spiritual] gold tried in the fire [during the period of your correction in the fire of tribulation], that thou mayest be [become spiritually rich] rich; and white raiment [the righteousness of zealously keeping the whole Word of God], that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness [that our sins might be covered by the righteousness of God] do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see [open our eyes to see ourselves as God sees us, to see ourselves as we really are so that we can repent and be saved].
Jesus reminds these folks that he rebukes them only because he truly loves them and is not willing that they should perish. They are rejected only because they first rejected Christ, refusing to live by every Word of God, refusing to follow Christ and refusing to live by every Word of God in Christ-like zeal.
Jesus Christ tells those of the Laodicean attitude; which is the overwhelming attitude in the Ekklesia today; to REPENT of their pride and self-righteousness. and to REPENT of trusting in their idols of men and false traditions.
Jesus Christ tells us to turn to him; and to turn to a zeal for the whole Word of God, to learn it and to keep it; to turn from our false idols and false traditions and to become zealous to remove error and embrace the truth of God!
3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Jesus is warning and calling each one of his straying sheep; He wants them to open up to him, to reject idols and to follow him, to be zealous to remove sin and embrace God’s righteous truth, to internalize the solid meat of the Word of God in fellowship with Christ.
They have an open invitation from Jesus Christ who is gladly willing to accept them, if they would only open up their eyes and turn to Him!
3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup [eat; internalize the Word of God] with him, and he with me.
The pillars of God who stand on the whole Word of God, believe and trust in the Word of God and not in idols of men and the false traditions of men.
1 Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 5:9 For God hath not appointed us [the faithful pillars are not appointed to such correction] to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Those diligent for God and the whole Word of God, should comfort one another with these things.
5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
2 Peter 3:10
Peter now speaks of the coming of Christ as being a surprise to the wicked; but the coming of Christ will not be a surprise for the godly who are watching for him and who are the children of Light of God!
2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; . . .
Peter now writes about the end of the plan for physical humanity and the cleansing of the earth by fire, before God the Father and the New Jerusalem come down to the earth; and the beginning of the Feast of the Eighth Day, which is a new beginning for all humanity going forward into all eternity changed to spirit and dwelling with God.
Using the concept of duality with the coming of Christ as a precursor to the coming of God the Father, Peter then immediately uses the term “Day of the Lord” to refer to information about the final total destruction and cleansing of the earth; before eternity with God the Father for all humanity changed to eternal spirit.
. . . .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.
3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [words and deeds] and godliness, 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? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
This refers to that time when the plan for PHYSICAL humanity has been completed and the whole earth will be cleansed by fire to purify it from all uncleanness and sin so that the New Jerusalem and God the Father may come to dwell with his spirit children on this earth!
Here Peter reveals the great power of Almighty God and encourages all people to remain true to God the Father and to enthusiastically keep the whole Word of God; and by internalizing the very nature of God through pleasing him, we can look forward to spending eternity in perfect peace and harmony with God and our spiritual brethren!
That is the true meaning of the “Feast of The Eighth Day:” a New Beginning going forth into eternity in peace with God through total unity with Jesus Christ and God the Father!
3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him [God] in peace [with God], without spot, and blameless [without even a hint of sin].
3:15 And account that the longsuffering [God’s patience with us] of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
Peter here warns the brethren to be on the lookout for those who would twist the words of Paul to lead men away from their zeal to live by every Word of God.
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.
Brethren, we too have been warned. We have studied together through the complete Epistles of Paul and seen the true and godly meaning and the true passionate zeal of Paul to keep the whole Word of God. Therefore beware of the twisting of the words of Paul by wicked men trying to dampen our zeal to live by every Word of God.
3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before [we have be warned ahead of time], beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
3:18 But grow in grace [God’s mercy comes through sincere repentance and rejection of error to embrace the truth of God.], and in the knowledge [continually rooting out all error to seek and accept the truth of God in diligent study] of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
We are to be diligent in internalizing the mind and nature of God growing into peace with God; unspotted by sin and blameless as to those things that separate us from God.
This is achieved through wholehearted sincere repentance and a continual growing into a full unity with God the Father; through diligent study, and the uncompromising practical application of ever Word of God in our lives.
The experience of Daniel’s three friends is an instructional example for us, that we are to be faithful to the whole Word of God throughout our called out lives, regardless of any fiery trials that come our way; and of we do so we will be WITH Christ and he will be WITH us!
Then when we come out of the fiery trials of the flesh, to be resurrected to spirit, not so much as the smell of sin will be upon us!
Daniel 3:26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, came forth of the midst of the fire.
3:27 And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king’s counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them.