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II Peter

Peter, to them that have obtained the same precious faith   Our knowledge of God   Great and precious promises   Things to add to your faith   Without those added things   How to never fall   The importance of Remembrance   The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ   An eyewitness report to the majesty of Jesus   There's no private interpretation of scripture   There shall be false teachers among you and many shall follow them   They'll make merchandise of you   Angels in hell, bound in chains of darkness, reserved for judgment   Examples for the ungodly   God knows how to deliver the just, and punish the unjust   Those that speak evil of things they don't understand, and their rewards   Not able to cease from sin   Enticing and entrapment of unstable souls   The false teachers are as wells without water   Once saved always saved?   It's better not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known, then turn from it   By way of remembrance   In the last days there will be scoffers, (or mockers), about the second coming of Christ.   Some who are willingly ignorant of an earth and heavenly age before   One day is with God as a thousand years   Its not Gods will that any perish, but that all should repent   The day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night   Eagerly awaiting the coming of the day of God   New heavens and a new earth   Peter makes reference to the apostle Paul and his writings   Now you know these things before they come about. Beware

Peter, to them that have obtained the same precious faith

2 Pet 1:1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:

Rom 1:12 That is, that I may be comforted together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me.

Our knowledge of God

2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge[1] of God, and of Jesus our Lord,

1 "KNOWLEDGE": 1922. epignosis, ep-ig'-no-sis; from G1921; recognition, i.e. (by impl.) full discernment, acknowledgment:--(ac-) knowledge (-ing, -ment).

1921. epiginosko, ep-ig-in-oce'-ko; from G1909 and G1097; to know upon some mark, i.e. recognise; by impl. to become fully acquainted with, to acknowledge:--(ac-, have, take) know (-ledge, well), perceive.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

2 Pet 1:3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Great and precious promises

2 Pet 1:4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers[1] of the divine nature[2], having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

1 "PARTAKERS": 2844. koinonos, koy-no-nos'; from G2839; a sharer, i.e. associate:--companion, X fellowship, partaker, partner.

2 "NATURE": 5449. phusis, foo'-sis; from G5453; growth (by germination or expansion), i.e. (by impl.) natural production (lineal descent); by extens. a genus or sort; fig. native disposition, constitution or usage:--([man-]) kind, nature ([-al]).

Things to add to your faith

2 Pet 1:5 And beside this, giving all diligence[1], add to your faith virtue[2]; and to virtue knowledge[3];

1 "DILIGENCE": 4710. spoude, spoo-day'; from G4692; "speed", i.e. (by impl.) despatch, eagerness, earnestness:--business, (earnest) care (-fulness), diligence forwardness, haste.

2 "VIRTUE": 703. arete, ar-et'-ay; from the same as G730; prop. manliness (valor), i.e. excellence (intrinsic or attributed):--praise, virtue.

3 "KNOWLEDGE": 1108. gnosis, gno'-sis; from G1097; knowing (the act), i.e. (by impl.) knowledge:--knowledge, science.

2 Pet 1:6 And to knowledge temperance[1]; and to temperance patience[2]; and to patience godliness;

1 "TEMPERANCE": 1466. egkrateia, eng-krat'-i-ah; from G1468; self-control (espec. continence):--temperance.

2 "PATIENCE": 5281. hupomone, hoop-om-on-ay'; from G5278; cheerful (or hopeful) endurance, constancy:--enduring, patience, patient continuance (waiting).

2 Pet 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

2 Pet 1:8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren[1] nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

1 "BARREN": 692. argos, ar-gos'; from G1 (as a neg. particle) and G2041; inactive, i.e. unemployed; (by impl.) lazy, useless:--barren, idle, slow.

Without those added things

2 Pet 1:9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

How to never fall

2 Pet 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

An Entrance into the everlasting kingdom of Jesus Christ

2 Pet 1:11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting[1] kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

1 "EVERLASTING": 166. aionios, ahee-o'-nee-os; from G165; perpetual (also used of past time, or past and future as well):--eternal, for ever, everlasting, world (began).

The importance of Remembrance

2 Pet 1:12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

2 Pet 1:13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir[1] you up by putting you in remembrance;

1 "STIR": 1326. diegeiro, dee-eg-i'-ro; from G1223 and G1453; to wake fully, i.e. arouse (lit. or fig.):--arise, awake, raise, stir up.

2 Pet 1:14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me.

2 Pet 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour[1] that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

1 "ENDEAVOUR": 4704. spoudazo, spoo-dad'-zo; from G4710; to use speed, i.e. to make effort, be prompt or earnest:--do (give) diligence, be diligent (forward), endeavour, labour, study.

The coming of the Lord Jesus Christ
An eyewitness report to the majesty of Jesus

2 Pet 1:16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

2 Pet 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Mat 3:16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:

Mat 3:17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

2 Pet 1:18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.

Mat 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

Mat 17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

Mat 17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

Mat 17:6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

2 Pet 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:

There's no private interpretation of scripture

2 Pet 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy[1] of the scripture is of any private[2] interpretation.

1 "PROPHECY": 4394. propheteia, prof-ay-ti'-ah; from G4396 ("prophecy"); prediction (scriptural or other):--prophecy, prophesying.

2 "PRIVATE": 2398. idios, id'-ee-os; of uncert. affin.; pertaining to self, i.e. one's own; by impl. private or separate:--X his acquaintance, when they were alone, apart, aside, due, his (own, proper, several), home, (her, our, thine, your) own (business), private (-ly), proper, severally, their (own).

2 Pet 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Just as The Holy Spirit was necessary for the prophets and apostles in the writing of God's word, it's also needed to understand It. Read Revelation 5:1 thru 9, to discover who can reveal it to you. Jesus can open your mind to understanding. But, you do have to study.

2 Tim 2:15 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There shall be false teachers among you
and many shall follow them

2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily[1] shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

1 "PRIVILY": 3919. pareisago, par-ice-ag'-o; from G3844 and G1521; to lead in aside, i.e. introduce surreptitiously:--privily bring in.

2 Pet 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious[1] ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.

1 "PERNICIOUS": 684. apoleia, ap-o'-li-a; from a presumed der. of G622; ruin or loss (phys., spiritual or eternal):--damnable (-nation), destruction, die, perdition, X perish, pernicious ways, waste.

They'll make merchandise of you

2 Pet 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned[1] words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

1 "FEIGNED": 4112. plastos, plas-tos'; from G4111; moulded, i.e. (by impl.) artificial or (fig.) fictitious (false):--feigned.

Angels in hell, bound in chains
of darkness, reserved for judgment

2 Pet 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell[1], and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved[2] unto judgment;

1 "HELL": 5020. tartaroo, tar-tar-o'-o; from Tartaros (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment:--cast down to hell.

2 "RESERVED": 5083. tereo, tay-reh'-o; from teros (a watch; perh. akin to G2334); to guard (from loss or injury, prop. by keeping the eye upon; and thus differing from G5442, which is prop. to prevent escaping; and from G2892, which implies a fortress or full military lines of apparatus), i.e. to note (a prophecy; fig. to fulfil a command); by impl. to detain (in custody; fig. to maintain); by extens. to withhold (for personal ends; fig. to keep unmarried):--hold fast, keep (-er), (ob-, pre-, re) serve, watch.

Jude 1:6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.

Examples for the ungodly

2 Pet 2:5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

 Gen 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

2 Pet 2:6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

2 Pet 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

2 Pet 2:8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)

God knows how to deliver the just, and punish the unjust

2 Pet 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

Those that speak evil of things they
don't understand, and their rewards

2 Pet 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

2 Pet 2:11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

Jude 1:9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

2 Pet 2:12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

2 Pet 2:13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting[1] themselves with their own deceivings[2] while they feast with you;

1 "SPORTING": 1792. entruphao, en-troo-fah'-o; from G1722 and G5171; to revel in:--sporting selves.

5171. truphao, troo-fah'-o; from G5172; to indulge in luxury:--live in pleasure.

2 "DECEIVINGS": 539. apate, ap-at'-ay; from G538; delusion:--deceit (-ful, -fulness), deceivableness (-ving).

Not able to cease from sin
Enticing and entrapment of unstable souls

2 Pet 2:14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling[1] unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

1 "BEGUILING": 1185. deleazo, del-eh-ad'-zo; from the base of G1388; to entrap, i.e. (fig.) delude:--allure, beguile, entice.

2 Pet 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

2 Pet 2:16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

Read Numbers 22:5 thru 34 for the story of the talking ass.

The false teachers are as wells without water

2 Pet 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever[1].

1 "EVER": 165. aion, ahee-ohn'; from the same as G104; prop. an age; by extens. perpetuity (also past); by impl. the world; spec. (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):--age, course, eternal, (for) ever (-more), [n-]ever, (beginning of the, while the) world (began, without end). Comp. G5550.

Jude 1:12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;

Jude 1:13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

2 Pet 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error.

2 Pet 2:19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.

Once saved always saved?

2 Pet 2:20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.

Once saved always saved?

It's better not to have known the way
of righteousness, than to have known, then turn from it

2 Pet 2:21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.

Once saved always saved?

Ezek 3:20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

Ezek 18:24 But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.

Ezek 33:12 Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth.

Ezek 33:13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.

Ezek 33:18 When the righteous turneth from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, he shall even die thereby.

2 Pet 2:22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

Prov 26:11 As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

By way of remembrance

2 Pet 3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir[1] up your pure[2] minds by way of remembrance:

1 "STIR": 1326. diegeiro, dee-eg-i'-ro; from G1223 and G1453; to wake fully, i.e. arouse (lit. or fig.):--arise, awake, raise, stir up.

2 "PURE": 1506. eilikrines, i-lik-ree-nace'; from heile (the sun's ray) and G2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (fig.):--pure, sincere.

Like I Peter, this letter is written to those scattered abroad, to the elect, according to the foreknowledge of God.

1 Pet 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

1 Pet 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.

Phil 1:10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere[1] and without offence till the day of Christ;

1 "SINCERE": 1506. eilikrines, i-lik-ree-nace'; from heile (the sun's ray) and G2919; judged by sunlight, i.e. tested as genuine (fig.):--pure, sincere.

2 Pet 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:

In the last days there will be scoffers,
(or mockers), about the second coming of Christ.

2 Pet 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers[1], walking after their own lusts,

1 "SCOFFERS": 1703. empaiktes, emp-aheek-tace'; from G1702; a derider, i.e. (by impl.) a false teacher:--mocker, scoffer.

2 Pet 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[1] of the creation[2].

1 "BEGINNING": 746. arche, ar-khay'; from G756; (prop. abstr.) a commencement, or (concr.) chief (in various applications of order, time, place or rank):--beginning, corner, (at the, the) first (estate), magistrate, power, principality, principle, rule.

2 "CREATION": 2937. ktisis, ktis'-is; from G2936; original formation (prop. the act; by impl. the thing, lit. or fig.):--building, creation, creature, ordinance.

2936. ktizo, ktid'-zo; prob. akin to G2932 (through the idea of the proprietorship of the manufacturer); to fabricate, i.e. found (form originally):--create, Creator, make.

This goes all the back to the creation.

Amos 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

You gonna put the Lord's coming out of your mind? It ain't gonna happen?

Some who are willingly ignorant
of an earth and heavenly age before

2 Pet 3:5 For this they willingly are ignorant[1] of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

1 "IGNORANT": 2990. lanthano, lan-than'-o; a prol. form of a prim. verb, which is used only as an alt. in certain tenses; to lie hid (lit. or fig.); often used adv. unwittingly:--be hid, be ignorant of, unawares.

People willingly ignore God's word. I guess they're afraid they'll be more responsible, if they become aware of truth.

Gen 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Gen 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

Note, the earth standing out of the water and in the water at the original creation. Sounds contradictory to Genesis 1:2 unless you consider the earth became void and without form.

Rom 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

2 Pet 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

The first earth and heavenly age.

2 Pet 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now[1], by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

1 "NOW": 3568. nun, noon; a prim. particle of present time; "now" (as adv. of date, a transition or emphasis); also as noun or adj. present or immediate:--henceforth, + hereafter, of late, soon, present, this (time). See also G3569, G3570.

This, the second earth and heavenly age.

One day is with God as a thousand years

2 Pet 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.

Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.

It's not God's will that any
perish, but that all should repent

2 Pet 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering[1] to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1 "LONGSUFFERING": 3114. makrothumeo, mak-roth-oo-meh'-o; from the same as G3116; to be long-spirited, i.e. (obj.) forbearing or (subj.) patient:--bear (suffer) long, be longsuffering, have (long) patience, be patient, patiently endure.

See Hos 4:6 and Eze 33:11. See Ezekiel 18:32.

Perish for what? For starters, maybe being one of that 1/3 that followed Satan.

Rev 12:3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.

Rev 12:4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born.

Hosea 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Ezek 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?

Ezek 18:32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.

Mat 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Hosea 14:2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.

Psa 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.

Jer 4:1 If thou wilt return, O Israel, saith the LORD, return unto me: and if thou wilt put away thine abominations out of my sight, then shalt thou not remove.

The day of the Lord shall come as a thief in the night

2 Pet 3:10 But the day of the Lord[1] will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens[2] shall pass[3] away with a great noise[4], and the elements[5] shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works[6] that are therein shall be burned[7] up.

1 "LORD": 2962. kurios, koo'-ree-os; from kuros (supremacy); supreme in authority, i.e. (as noun) controller; by impl. Mr. (as a respectful title):--God, Lord, master, Sir.

2 "HEAVENS": 3772. ouranos, oo-ran-os'; perh. from the same as G3735 (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extens. heaven (as the abode of God); by impl. happiness, power, eternity; spec. the Gospel (Christianity):--air, heaven ([-ly]), sky.

3 "PASS": 3928. parerchomai, par-er'-khom-ahee; from G3844 and G2064; to come near or aside, i.e. to approach (arrive), go by (or away), (fig.) perish or neglect, (caus.) avert:--come (forth), go, pass (away, by, over), past, transgress.

4 "NOISE": 4500. rhoizedon, hroyd-zay-don'; adv. from a der. of rhoizos (a whir); whizzingly, i.e. with a crash:--with a great noise.

5 "ELEMENTS": 4747. stoicheion, stoy-khi'-on; neut. of a presumed der. of the base of G4748; something orderly in arrangement, i.e. (by impl.) a serial (basal, fundamental, initial) constituent (lit.), proposition (fig.):--element, principle, rudiment.

4748. stoicheo, stoy-kheh'-o; from a der. of steicho (to range in regular line); to march in (military) rank (keep step), i.e. (fig.) to conform to virtue and piety:--walk (orderly).

6 "WORKS": 2041. ergon, er'-gon; from a prim. (but obsol.) ergo (to work); toil (as an effort or occupation); by impl. an act:--deed, doing, labour, work.

7 "BURNED": 2618. katakaio, kat-ak-ah'ee-o; from G2596 and G2545; to burn down (to the ground), i.e. consume wholly:--burn (up, utterly).

Note the meaning of the word Lord above. Could this verse be describing two events? Not only the return of Jesus but events at the end of the one thousand year reign of Christ? At the destruction of the devil? ????

Rev 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Rev 20:8 And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

See Heb 12:29 where it states that God is a consuming fire. See 1 Th 5:3 thru 1 Th 5:9 where it states that we are children of the light and not of the darkness and that that day will not overtake us.

Thief in the night simply means: (You're not expecting him). Why? Most think their Christ has already come.

Read Joel 1 and Joel 2, Rev. 9 about the army or governmental system as described in the word elements. See also Isa 9:6 - 7, Psa 67:4, Dan 4:3, Luk 1:31 - 33.

Note the word host,(H6635) and it's prime (H6633), as used in Gen 2:1, when God first set up this earth age.

6635. tsaba', tsaw-baw'; or (fem.) tseba'ah, tseb-aw-aw'; from H6633; a mass of persons (or fig. things), espec. reg. organized for war (an army); by impl. a campaign, lit. or fig. (spec. hardship, worship):--appointed time, (+) army, (+) battle, company, host, service, soldiers, waiting upon, war (-fare).

6633. tsaba', tsaw-baw'; a prim. root; to mass (an army or servants):--assemble, fight, perform, muster, wait upon, war.

Is this the governmental system, or at least the setting up of it, that Jesus will destroy when when he sets up His government?

Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?

Who does Jesus expect to be lighting and kindling the fire before He appears? US. See Psa 104:4.

Psa 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.

Job 38:12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;

Job 38:13 That it might take hold of the ends of the earth, that the wicked might be shaken out of it?

2 Pet 3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

Eagerly awaiting the coming of the day of God

2 Pet 3:12 Looking for and hasting[1] 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?

1 "HASTING": 4692. speudo, spyoo'-do; prob. strengthened from G4228; to "speed" ("study"), i.e. urge on (diligently or earnestly); by impl. to await eagerly:--(make, with) haste unto.

Note, this is definitely the coming of God, not Jesus and happens after the 1,000 year reign of Christ.

Rev 20:9 And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

Rev 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

New heavens and a new earth

2 Pet 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new[1] heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

1 "NEW": 2537. kainos, kahee-nos'; of uncert. affin.; new (espec. in freshness; while G3501 is prop. so with respect to age):--new.

3501. neos, neh'-os; includ. the comp. neoteros, neh-o'-ter-os; a prim. word; "new", i.e. (of persons) youthful, or (of things) fresh; fig. regenerate:--new, young.

The third heaven and earth age.

2 Pet 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

Peter makes reference to the apostle Paul and his writings

2 Pet 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2 Pet 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.

Now you know these things
before they come about. Beware

2 Pet 3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error[1] of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

1 "ERROR": 4106. plane, plan'-ay; fem. of G4108 (as abstr.); obj. fraudulence; subj. a straying from orthodoxy or piety:--deceit, to deceive, delusion, error.

2 Pet 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Thanks, for allowing me, to share this with you. Remember, to always, study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

In His Word,
Art Porter

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