This is what Apostle Peter said about the last days

Apostle Peter prophesied about God’s plan to judge the earth by fire and to destroy the ungodly. The Apostle began by revealing the scoffing that Noah faced in the days preceding the flood, even giving examples of some of the things that he had been told. It almost seems as if the text is about the flood of Noah’s day. However, Apostle Peter used the surety of God’s Word about the flood as a spring board to reassure us that the present heavens and earth will indeed be destroyed by fire.

 Interestingly, the Genesis account did not reveal the response to Noah’s message. God, however, revealed greater details at a later time in history to a friend. The revelation of hidden information about a past event in human history to someone living in another era indicates that God trusts this individual deeply. Look for other examples in the writings of the scriptures  as one mark of the true Apostle.

 The Apostle referred to this judgment as the day of the Lord and said that it would be marked by:

  1.  Disappearance of the heavens with a roar
  2. Destruction of the earth elements by fire (2 Peter 3: 10 & 12)
  3. Barrenness in the and the earth (2 Peter 3: 10)
  4. Destruction of the heavens by fire (2 Peter 3: 12)
  5. Melting of the elements by fervent heat (2 Peter 3: 13).


We note the urgency of the Apostle’s warning by the usage of repetition. In my current understanding, the day of the Lord in scriptures refers to a specific time when God would unleash judgement on the earth.  I also believe at this time that the destruction of which the Apostle speaks appears to refer to the effects of global warming or climate change.

Apostle Peter also prophesied that the earth will become bare. Is this possible? It is felt that subtropical deserts will increase as the earth become hotter.

 The Text:

 Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers, G1703 will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

4 They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.

By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.

By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.

10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.

11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives

12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.

13 But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells- – 2 Peter 3: 3- 13.

What will be the result of this destruction of the earth?

I wrote earlier that in my current understanding, the destruction of the earth by fire appears to the effects of global warming or climate change. Apostle Peter said that a new heaven and earth will emerge after that future, fiery destruction. The question is, will the earth be totally annihilated?

Apostle Peter answers that question in the prophecy. He first does so by speaking about the destruction of the old earth by the deluge (2 Peter 3: 6). The Apostle then reminded us that the “present heaven and earth” emerged after the flood, and ended by stating that God has reserved this existing heaven and earth for destruction by fire (2 Peter 3: 7).

Here is the revelation. God created the earth ONCE. However, when the earth of Noah’s era was destroyed by a flood, a new earth emerged as the waters abated, as in the day of Creation. Where did that earth come from? That earth was the uncovered portions that remained from the deluge. In other words, some of it was preserved.

Therefore, when Noah emerged from the Ark, he did not see the old, familiar places. That old civilization had been totally covered up and is now forever hidden under millions of miles of water.

When Noah and his family emerged from the Ark, they saw new land spaces, remnants of the uncovered parts of the earth. Did new seas and rivers fill up valleys that had previously existed?

Therefore, the premise that we are to follow is that our earth will not be annihilated, but partially destroyed. Whatever remains will then form a new earth for the people living in that era.

Another question comes to mind. Is the earth being progressively destroyed and recreated in a manner that we are not aware of? For example, have we paid attention to areas that are recreated after the melting of glaciers, destruction by fires, volcanic eruptions etc?

When will the new earth appear?

It seems obvious to me that we are living in the era of the prophecy. It is estimated that the earth’s surface temperature rose by 0.74±0.18 °C over the period 1906–2005, with the rate of warming being double for the last part of this period. Now the time span is 99 years between 1906 – 2005 and 109 years between 1906 – 2015.

Interestingly, Apostle Peter mentioned a time span of 1000 years in the prophecy when he said that “with the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”

The Apostle warned that even if the fulfillment of the prophecy may be delayed for as long as 1000 years, that period is only as one day to God. Interestingly too, the Apostle’s prophecy took more than a 1000 years to be fulfilled. How do I know that ? Well, the earth is still here in 2015 and the Apostle may have written his prophecy before his death in 66AD, about 1949 years ago. To God, this is just almost 2 days, so God is not in a hurry, apparently. LOL.

Now Noah preached about the flood for 120 years. Apostle Peter is still warning about this destruction of the earth 1949 years later, showing that God has given time for repentance. How much longer until we get to that day when this present earth is no longer capable of sustaining itself? Scientists and governments are attempting to ward off the effects of climate change which is admittedly caused by humans. In retrospect, we see that global warming began in 1906, during the period of industrialization. Humans have become even more advanced and are more capable of emitting harmful toxins into the atmosphere.

The question still remains, when will the earth no longer be able to sustain itself? Will it self – destruct in keeping with the prophecies. If God is true and every man a liar, this seems inevitable.

Can we escape from this destruction?

God sent the flood warning of Noah’s day in order to warn the people to repent and to save the civilization. They only needed to enter the Ark. However, the scoffers formed a Scoffers Association and prevailed. The same conditions exist today. Those who believe Apostle Peter and repent can be saved. We need to turn away from our wicked, ungodly ways and God will show us the steps to take in order to be saved from this human engineered destruction. Will you trust God today?

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