Scripture 2 Peter Chapter 3 | 8- 10
Once we peel the onion and discard the opinions of pastors, what does the Word really say?
8But, 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. 9The 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. 10But 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. 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12Looking 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?
What did Peter mean?
Let me be honest. There is a popular belief in the churches that is shaped by the seminary preachers and teachers more than the word of the full strength of the Word of God. Three are also many untrained church staffers that propagate the same gruel, to quote AW Tozer the godly pastor. But we all have eyes that we may use to read the passage on our own and invite the Holy Spirit to help us understand the message.
Many Gentiles misquote the concept of “not perishing” and make it into a second concept. That concept is a range of misconceptions.
- Since it is God’s will that “none should perish”, then all must “go to heaven” in the end. Universalism.
- Since it is God’s love for all, then His love cannot allow people to be sent to hell. Universalism.
- Since His will is that no one perishes, we must reach out to the tares, the nephilim, the angels and even the antichrist. That is not Scripturally based.
- Since God sees that no one perishes, sinning is OK because no way God will put me to death, since I cannot perish, right? Confusion.
- Since God sees to it that no one perishes, then those who kill Christians will also “go to heaven”. Fast, slippery slope.
A misrepresentation of this verse becomes a life of its own at the expense of sound doctrine. And those who hold the offices of shepherding, pastoring and teaching are to be held responsible on the waywardness for those who embrace the falsehood in interpretation and in the application of one verse.
I would like to point out that one of the worst outcome of misinterpreting 2 Peter 3:9 a matter of tolerance outside of Elohiym’s will and bring in their own sense of antinomianism. The verse regarding the thought that God does not desire for even one to perish does not stand on its own. There is a context that wraps around it. It is related to the period of time that each person has to git it done before the deadline. Time of the essence. Because not everyone descended from Adam will live to 930 years grand old age. If you have lost a loved one, to know that finally he received the Lord as his Savior is a grand relief, that we shall hug each other again in His presence in the New Jerusalem. There will be no more tears. Perhaps you have suffered the agony of uncertainty about a loved one who passed, whether he has received salvation through Eashoa’s work on the cross. In this we understand that the Lord was longsuffering in waiting for that individual to change his heart and turn to Him before time runs out.
Let us examine the origin of that concept and do so in context.
Peter opened and closed on the unpredictability of the time of death for each individual. The day of the Lord refers to the hour of death or the day and the hour of the Blessed Hope. Matthew 24, in the very words of the Lord in prophecy, He speaks of the day of the Lord when He shall appear in glory.
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
Therefore within the frame of time that we have got on hand, each of us, you, me, any other members in each of our family, needs to seize the day and be honest with Elohiym.
Peter writes, “be not ignorant of this one thing”. That “thing” is not “should anyone perish”. That thing is the unpredictability of a person’s wavering between two opinions in refusing to repent to God from each of our waywardness away from Moshiach.
Adonai is longsuffering, He is patient, He is the most patient One that we will come to know. I speak from experience. If I died the day before I turned myself in to the Lord, I would be lost forever. Praise be to God, He reached out to me in my dire state in my early 20’s.
Just for analogy sake, we will say even toward the man who has half a day left. God is waiting until the last minute of his half day left on earth to repent to Him.
May all come to repentance, that includes you and that includes me.