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!

The Lord Will Return When God’s Patience Has Run Out

Basic Bible Truths: Laying a Foundation for a Lifetime of Spiritual Growth and Service

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come…” (2 Peter 3:9-10).

One of the great characteristics of God is His patience. His patience was on display as He waited to destroy the wicked until after Noah finished building the ark (1 Peter 3:20). His “perfect patience” made it possible for Paul – the “foremost of all” sinners – to be saved (1 Timothy 1:15-16). The patience of God is why the world remains – He is giving us time to repent. This is why Peter said we should “regard the patience of the Lord as salvation” (2 Peter 3:15).

However, at some point God’s patience will run out. This will happen when the Lord returns. At that point, those who are unfaithful will be destroyed. Paul warned the Romans of this: “Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance? But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, who will render to each person according to his deeds” (Romans 2:4-6). The thought of God’s wrath building against us ought to be frightening. His patience allows us time to avoid that wrath; but when the Lord returns, that time will be up.

The above post is an excerpt from the book, Basic Bible Truths: Laying a Foundation for a Lifetime of Spiritual Growth and Service. Follow the link to learn more about the book and purchase your copy today!