Eternal Life, chapter 13

To: In home churches of God. God’s 8th month Cheshvan 25, 5,781. 11/12/20

          Because God’s Word is sure; Peter and Isaiah, writes from the point of view; it’s done. (2 Peter 2:4-10; For if God did not spare the ‘demonic’ angels who sinned, but threw them into hell –Shoel- and locked them up in chains in utter darkness, to be kept until the judgment, and if He did not spare the ancient world, but did protect Noah, a herald of righteousness, along with seven others, when God brought a flood on an ungodly world, and if He turned to ashes the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah when He condemned them to destruction, having appointed them to serve as an EXAMPLE to future generations of the ungodly and if He rescued Lot, a righteous man in anguish over the debauched lifestyle of lawless men, (for while he lived among them day after day, that righteous man was tormented in his righteous soul –(meaning being, by the lawless deeds he saw and heard) if so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from their trials and to reserve the unrighteous for punishment at the day of judgment, especially those who indulge their fleshly desires and who despise authority.)

   (Judgment day is foreshadowed by ‘The Last Great Day’ the seventh of seven annual Sabbaths. Satan and his demonic beings will be bound for a thousand years and afterward be released to go out and deceive, particularly, ‘gog & magog.’ Despising God’s authority is a characteristic of Satan and his followers. Peter compliments LOT for his despising the behavior of sinful people he lived in proximity with. Will God compliment us one day? Do we despise this demonic world’s system of things? When it come to our judging this world’s system, let’s walk softly and carry a quiet spirit.

   For the most part the unbelievers Peter writes about are like our present day populations, ‘Brazen and insolent, not afraid to insult the glorious Ones, yet even angels who’re much more powerful, do not bring slanderous judgments against them before the Lord. Review verses 9 & 10 above and remember, God knows our heart, the mind of each individual. He takes any He chooses to His Potter’s wheel for training.

     (2Peter 2:12-16; But these men, like irrational animals – creatures of instinct, born to be caught and destroyed – do not understand whom they are insulting, and consequently in their destruction they will be destroyed, suffering harm as the wages for their harmful ways. By considering it a pleasure to carouse in broad daylight, they are stains and blemishes, indulging in their deceitful pleasures when they feast together with you. Their eyes, full of adultery, never stop sinning; they entice unstable people. They have trained their hearts for greed, these cursed children! By forsaking the right path they have gone astray, because they followed the way of Balaam son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness, yet was rebuked for his own transgression (a dumb donkey, speaking with a human voice, restrained the prophet’s madness.)

     Balaam’s activities are detailed in Num 22—24 & See also Num 31:8, 16. All these things are written for our instruction, we to whom the ends of the world have come. As we work at keeping ourselves encouraged, let’s hope we’re helping many stay encouraged. The whole world has become as Babylon, ‘meaning confusion,’ God confused the people at Babylon when they thought to build to the heavens. He caused them to be spread around the world.

    Likewise the Assyrians adopted a multi system of persecuting God’s people and God has used them to punish His people for their sins. Now let’s continue with Isaiah from a previous study regarding Satan’s characteristics and his demise.       

    (Isaiah 14:22-27; I will rise up against them, says the Lord who commands armies. I will blot out all remembrance of Babylon (confusion) and destroy all her people, including the offspring she produces, says the Lord. I will turn her into a place that is overrun with wild animals and covered with pools of stagnant water. I will get rid of her just as one sweeps away dirt with a broom, says the Lord who commands armies. The Lord who commands armies makes this solemn vow: “Be sure of this: Just as I have INTENDED, so it will be; just as I have PLANNED, it will happen. I will break Assyria in My land, I will trample them underfoot on My hills. Their yoke will be removed from My people, the burden will be lifted from their shoulders. This is the PLAN I have devised for the WHOLE EARTH; My hand is ready to strike all the nations. Indeed, the Lord who commands armies has a PLAN, and who can possibly frustrate it? His hand is ready to strike, and who can possibly stop it?)

    Don’t DOUBT, our Creator has it all planned from the foundation of the world! Everything of consequence is on God the Father’s schedule. (Jesus said; “But as for that day and hour no one knows it – not even the angels in heaven – except the Father alone. For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.”  Matt 24:36-37)

     God’s ELECT are praying that His Kingdom soon come, the conditions Jesus described and Matthew recorded is on the horizon. (Jesus said, for then there will be great suffering unlike anything that has happened from the beginning of the world until now, or ever will happen. And if those days had not been cut short, no one would be saved. But for the sake of the Elect those days will be cut short. Matt 24:21-22)

  NOW BACK to Peter‘s 2nd letter describing false teachers.

      (2Peter 2:17-22; These men are waterless springs and mists driven by a storm, for whom the utter depths of darkness have been reserved. For by speaking high-sounding but empty words they are able to entice, with fleshly desires and with debauchery, people who have just escaped from those who reside in error. Although these false teachers promise such people freedom, they themselves are enslaved to immorality. For whatever a person succumbs to, to that he’s enslaved. For if after they have escaped the filthy things of the world through the rich knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they again get entangled in them and succumb to them, their last state has become worse for them than their first. For it would have been better for them never to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn back from the holy commandment that had been delivered to them. They are illustrations of this true proverb: “A dog returns to its own vomit,” and “A sow, after washing herself, wallows in the mire.”)

      Intelligent people are perhaps more vulnerable, they’re more likely to decide for themselves what’s right, wrong, good and evil. Few like these are called and gifted with spiritual understanding like that of Paul’s, saying his former education was liability more than an asset. Pray that God have the likes of a donkey to speak to these Baal types.

Sometimes Christians get lackadaisical.

      (2Peter 3:1-6; Dear friends, this is already the second letter I have written you, in which I am trying to stir up your pure mind by way of reminder, I want you to recall both the predictions foretold by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles. Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges and saying, “Where is His promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God, heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.”)

    Worldly religions have bought into Satan’s lies; people aren’t born to live forever someplace and there no ever burning place where the ungodly go. (Few know Rev 21:8 about the second death.)

     Peter is speaking of two separate world periods. The first was destroyed by means of water before Jesus’ re-creation; the present earth and heavens are His re-creations. This present earth is reserved for destruction along with the ungodly by fire. The many so called educated are willingly ignorant.

    (2Peter 3:8; Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day.)

      Could it be that the seven day week represents this re-created age? Is the Judean calendar most likely chronologically accurate? (Consider Romans 3:1-4; Therefore what advantage does the Jew have, or what is the value of circumcision? Actually, there are many advantages. First of all, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God. (Oracles of God means: “wisdom of God.) What then? If some did not believe, does their unbelief nullify the faithfulness of God? Absolutely not! Let God be proven true, and every human being shown up as a liar, just as it is written: “so that you will be justified in your words and will prevail when you are judged.”)

   Paul is quoting from Psalms 51:4-5; where David proclaims, ‘Against You – You above all – I have sinned; I have done what is evil in Your sight. So You are just when You confront me You are right when You condemn me, Look I was guilty of sin from birth, a sinner the moment my mother conceived me.)

     (2Peter 3:9-13; The Lord is not slow concerning His promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because He does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare. Since all these things are to melt away in this manner, what sort of people must we be, conducting our lives in holiness and godliness, while waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God? Because of this day, the heavens will be burned up and dissolve, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze! But, according to His promise, we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness truly resides.)

    Apparently most of Peter’s prophecy is for a time long after Jesus’ millennium and New Jerusalem comes down.

      It’s interesting too that Peter is familiar with Paul’s letters.

     (2Peter 3:14-18; Therefore, dear friends, since you are waiting for these things, strive to be found at peace, without spot or blemish when you come into His presence. And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures. Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on guard that you do not get led astray by the error of these unprincipled men and fall from your firm grasp on the truth. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the honor both now and on that eternal day.)

         Many are destined to do bad things and wage war against righteousness. Such are self serving in nature and their life is dictated by fleshly desires. Thinking and living animalistic life styles, they’re instinctively bad, exercising little self control beyond, me, mine and ours, as they please their habits and instinctive desires. Even religious people’s concerns are mostly on what’s considered theirs; ‘their home, their family and their church. A me, mine and our outlook.

     Holy Creator God: please give us the mind to see ourselves from Your view. Reveal Your perspectives about our inherited spiritual condition and Your plan for our saving. Remind us of Your previous judgments and promise of a future judgment. Reveal Yourself to all who ask, give each the desire to know You and Your Son Jesus Christ. We ask in Jesus’ holy name and nature. AMEN.

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