In 2 Peter 3, Peter is warning us about mockers in the last days. “Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.’ For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But the present heavens and earth by His word are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.” ~2 Peter 3:3-7
God tells us in the Bible that the world will eventually be destroyed, and a new heaven and a new earth will be created. “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells.” ~2 Peter 3:13 Sin has corrupted and destroyed not only our bodies and lives, but nature. Our planet is dying. In its original created state, everything was good, perfect. But once a choice was made to disobey God, death entered the picture and touched every part of creation. That is why God immediately set into motion His plan for redemption through the offering of His one and only Son, Jesus.
God is delaying this death of our planet, until His perfect timing and plan. “But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 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.” ~2 Peter 3:8-9
ANY. ALL. Those are very emphatic, precise words. God does not want ANYONE, not even one person, to die and be separated from Him. He wants ALL, every one of us, to be saved and experience His grace, mercy, love, kindness and life eternal. Everyone is offered the free gift, and the freedom to choose, or refuse, this gift.
Read Matthew 24, where Jesus talks about the signs of the end times, and you’ll see that we are approaching the end of this life as we know it. New, perfect life awaits, and Jesus holds the key. 🙂