The Day of the Lord P T 54
3Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers
will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
4They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised?
Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
5But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being
and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
6By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
7By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved
for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of
8But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a
day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a
9The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
10But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar;
11Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of
people ought you to be?
You ought to live holy and godly lives
12as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming.
That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.
13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a
new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
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