1. Hello, our listening friends.
2. Thank you for tuning in.
3. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
4. we are nearing the end of a series of messages on the second Epistle of Peter.
5. In the last message, we began to look at Chapter 3, verses 1 to 9,
6. and, in Chapter 3, Peter tells us about the signs of the end of times.
7. Peter tells us that while we must not trust false teachers who deny the Bible as the Word of God,
8. but we must trust God and the Bible as His Word.
9. Our hearts must be stirred up for the Lord, and we must cling to the Scripture.
10. He gives us several reasons.
12. because the Bible is the Word of God,
13. and, secondly,
14. Peter tells us, because God is in control.
15. In Chapter 3, verse 3,
16. Peter said that, when you see apostasy in the church,
17. when you see people mocking the Bible,
18. when you see the name of the Lord is taken in vain,
19. when you hear arrogant blasphemy,
20. when you see and hear all of this, rather than being taken back by them,
21. you should see them as a definite indication that the end is near.
22. Peter tells us, in verse 4,
23. that these false teachers, in order to ease their conscience, they will deny the coming of the Lord as a reality.
24. They will deny the judgment of God.
25. In their scoffing attitude, they will say something like this:
26. “People have been saying that Christ is coming back for a long time, and He never came.”
27. Why does Peter call these people "scoffers" in verse 3?
28. Because they are deliberately ignoring the fact that God is separated from the universe.
29. Indeed, He is above the universe.
30. He is in control of the universe,
31. and earth and Heaven are only held together by the power of His Word.
32. Peter reminds us of who God is:
33. that God is the Creator of all things.
34. He said, “Remember the floods?
35. God did it once and He will do it again.”
36. Scoffers pride themselves in their knowledge and in their scientific theories,
37. but God permits the volcanic eruptions and the earthquake to demonstrate His power.
38. What about the rain?
39. Who could ever stop the rain?
40. Now, my listening friends, I want to tell you something very important.
41. If God did not intervene millions of times each day in our lives,
42. we wouldn’t have a chance to survive.
43. Scoffers pride themselves in their knowledge, and they scoff at God
44. and God may let them get away with it for a while.
46. In order to give them a chance to change their minds, and turn to Him;
47. but, then, ultimately, they will have to face Him in the Day of Judgment.
48. God’s Word formed the heavens and the earth.
49. God spoke, and they came into being,
50. and we are one word away from the destruction of Heaven and earth.
51. In verse 6, Peter says God is not only the Creator,
52. but He also has the power to bring judgment about.
53. God can even destroy that which He created.
54. It is foolishness to willingly forget or deny Who God is and who we are.
55. By His Word, He creates, and, by His Word, He destroys.
56. John, in Revelation 20, talks about the destruction of the earth,
57. and Jesus prophesied in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 13, verse 40,
58. “As the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.”
59. Peter says, in verse 7, when God created the earth,
60. He seeded it with sufficient water to destroy it.
61. In the same way, He seeded the heavens and the earth with enough fire to destroy it.
62. In Colossians 1:17, Paul tells us,
63. “…in him all things hold together.”
64. If His restraining and controlling hand were to be removed, even for a millisecond,
65. the earth would melt like butter.
66. Right now, the heavens and the earth are kept for the Day of Judgment and destruction of the ungodly men.
67. God is not only the Creator Who puts all things together,
68. but, thirdly, in verse 8, God is always on time.
69. Scoffers will attempt to convince us that we are all gods,
70. or, if there is a god, he has fallen asleep.
71. “It is not so,” Peter said,
72. “because one day with the Lord is as thousand years, and a thousand years is as one day.”
73. Peter is quoting here from Psalm 90, verse 4.
74. Here’s what the Psalmist said:
75. “For a thousand years in your sight are like yesterday when it is passed, and like a watch in the night.”
76. My listening friends, please listen very carefully to this.
77. With God, there is no past, present or future.
78. When He identified Himself to Moses,
79. He told him that His name is "I Am."
80. “Tell them,” He said, “that ‘I Am’ sent you.”
81. "I Am" means "I was" and "I will be,"
82. yet, God does not call Himself "I Was."
84. Because that may indicate that He used to be.
85. He does not call Himself, "I will be."
87. So that we don’t imagine that He is only yet to come,
88. but He said, “I Am,”
89. which means “I was, is and will be.”
90. Peter tells us that one word brought the creation into being
91. and one word will end all things.
92. Peter tells us that we are dealing with the One to Whom time is not divided into past, present and future.
93. God is infinite in His essence.
94. God is absolute in His dominion.
95. God is ultimate in His power.
96. God is transcendent in His glory.
97. You might imagine it this way:
98. if you get on a boat on the furthest northern point of a long river and travel southward,
99. it will take some time before I get to the mouth of the river.
1. When I’m halfway,
2. somebody else sails off right at the beginning point where I started,
3. leading the same direction, southward;
4. and, when the second person is halfway,
5. a third person begins the journey;
6. but, in space, a powerful satellite can see the entire length of the river
7. from one end to the other.
8. It can see all three boats:
9. the one near the mouth,
10. the one near the middle,
11. and the one at the beginning.
12. That is how life is.
13. God sees it all in full view.
16. and end.
17. We see it in stages,
18. but He sees it in full
19. and that is why a period of a thousand years is like a day for Him
20. because the Lord sees it all in front of Him;
21. and only He knows when He will interrupt the flow of history
22. and He will end the world as we know it.
23. In verse 9, Peter tells us
24. that God promised to end the history of the ungodly people with judgment
25. and God will keep His promise.
26. If it appears to us that there is a delay,
27. it does not mean that God is unfaithful to His promise.
28. It is only because He is patient.
29. God longs for no one to perish.
30. God desires that all should come to repentance.
31. God purposefully extends the years of grace.
32. Why? So that men and women have every opportunity to be saved.
33. He delays His Day of Judgment long enough so that those of you who are listening to us who do not believe may come to hear His message and turn your heart toward Him.
34. Jesus is welcoming you right now.
35. He is ready to forgive you your sin,
36. and assure you of Heaven right now.
37. Will you come to Him?
38. He is waiting for you,
39. but, then, there are some of you who are listening who are believers.
40. God has a plan for your life and He wants to use you before He returns.
41. I want to illustrate this by telling you a story as I conclude.
42. There was a man of God who was used of God to bring thousands and thousands to the foot of the cross.
43. When he was a young man and in his final year as a law student,
44. he was sitting in a village law office.
45. It was very early in the morning
46. and he was sitting alone when he heard the Lord speak to his heart.
47. “What are you going to do when you finish your course?”
48. He answered, “Put out the shingle and practice law.”
49. “Then what?” says the Lord.
50. He replied and said, “Get rich...”
51. then, the Lord spoke to him again and said, “Then what?”
52. He said, “I’ll retire...”
53. and the Lord said another time, “Then what?”
54. He said, “I’ll die…”
55. then, the Lord said to him again, “Then what?”
56. And the words came out of his lips with trembling,
57. “Then the judgment.”
58. At that thought, the young man left the office.
59. He went into the woods and he knelt and he prayed
60. and, as he prayed, he saw himself at the judgment seat of Christ.
61. He saw that he had spent his life in a self-centered, self-serving way
62. and he had not spared a thought for his eternity.
63. He came out of the woods a changed man
64. and, after a long struggle with the question of the purpose of life,
65. he dedicated his life to the preaching of the Gospel
66. and he became an effective instrument to God’s purpose.
67. Let me ask you, my listening friends, as I conclude,
68. have you spared a thought for your eternity?
69. so that you may know where you will be on the Day of Judgment?
70. It is my prayer that you would not go to sleep today until you answer this question.
71. Until next time, I wish you God’s richest blessing.