The Day of the Lord

Where Are the Dead?

Before closing this study, it is wise to consider Peter’s account at 2 Peter 3:11-14: the admission of God’s willingness to save, mentioned at verse 9. Please recall our earlier statement: While God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance…that He would have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth…the blessings of His love and willingness cannot exist in the life of mankind until mankind “OBEYS FROM THE HEART THAT FORM OF DOCTRINE DELIVERED HIM” (Romans 6:15-17).

Peter states, “The day of the Lord” (note the singular of the “day”) will come as a thief in the night (i.e. unexpectedly). 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.” This is an important fact. There will be no more earth or sky (i.e. heavens – vs. 11). The “works” within the earth (time world) are burned up. Notice two factors: First, the “works” are not only the creations of mankind (Ecclesiastes), but the deeds done here in the flesh (2 Corinthians 5:10). Second, being burned “up,” they are consumed and forever unchangeable! To God’s memory, the good remains, and the evil is cast eternally from His presence and from the glory of His power (2 Thessalonians 1:7-9). Man cannot change this certainty nor alter His judgment! It is finished!

For that reason, we must behave ourselves and serve Him faithfully (Revelation 2:10; 2 Peter 1:5-11). When the Day of Judgment comes, we must be found of Him (Galatians 3:27), in peace with Him, without spot and without blemish.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Where Are The Dead? by Michael J. Davis. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!

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