Introduction

On Saturday 12th May, 2010, I was looking at the CNN report of the massive flooding along the Mississippi river in the United States. As I did so, I heard the Lord telling me that “the elements shall melt with fervent heat”.

One of the reasons for the massive flooding is the melting of winter snow.  I decided to divert from my current trend and to study the Word of the Lord regarding the melting of the elements of the earth.

Looking for and hasting 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? (2 Peter 3: 12)

 

a. The literal meaning  of “elements” (stoicheion/G4747):

The word “elements” (stoicheion/G4747) occurs 7 times in 7 verses in the Greek concordance of the KJV. Four of those references referred to principles, doctrines or teachings:

  • The teachings of the law of Moses which brought the believers into spiritual bondage and not the freedom of Christ (Galatians 4: 1- 9)
  • Philosophy and tradition of the world system -versus that of the teachings of the Lord Jesus – Colossians 2: 1-8
  • Principles of God or the doctrines of God (Hebrews 5: 12)

b.      In the two other references, “elements” (stoicheion/G4747) was used in reference to the heavens.

Pay attention! In the texts of which we speak Apostle Peter wrote about the melting of the elements with “fervent heat” being preceded by:

  1. the heavens passing away with a great noise and
  2. the heavens being on fire
  3. the conjunction AND bridges the two teachings, so that the melting of the elements is preceded by fire in the heavens:

 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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.

 Looking for and hasting 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? (2 Peter 3:  10 & 12)

 

c.       Was the word “heavens” used  literally or figuratively?

Ouranos (G3772) is the Greek word used in the text for heavens. In order to match the context in which Apostle Peter spoke, I interpreted heaven to mean the

  • Place where the clouds are located = Matt 24: 30; Rev 11: 6
  • Place where the birds fly – Matt 6: 26
  • Place where the sun, moon and stars are located – Acts 7: 42

 

d. The heavens will dissolve after being on fire

The word fire means fire in the Greek. However, lyō, the Greek word for dissolved means:

  •  break
  • to be broken
  • unloosed/loose
  • destroyed

e.      The elements shall melt (tēkō) with a  fervent heat

Tēkō,  the Greek verb for melt,  is used only in this text.  Since there is no root word, we will follow Strong’s who interpreted it to mean “to become liquid.”

Now that we have all of these clues, I believe that  Apostle Peter was prophesying about:

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which 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.

 Looking for and hasting 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? (2 Peter 3:  10 & 12) .

More to come!

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