Summary of passage: In the last days scoffers will come with evil desires and the earth will be judged. God’s days are not our days and He is patient, waiting for all to repent and come to Him. But the day of the Lord will come and the earth will be laid bare. So live godly lives and look forward to the new heaven and earth. Make every effort to be spotless and at peace with him and be on your guard for lawless men.
13a) To live holy and godly lives and look forward to the day of God and the new heaven and new earth. Make every effort to be found spotless, blameless, and at peace with him. Be on your guard so you may not be carried away by the lawless men and fall.
b) Destruction and hell.
c) That God’s word created the heavens and the earth out of water. That God flooded the earth to destroy mankind in judgment. In the same way the day of the Lord will come just as God says it will.
14) That God’s time is not our time. God is waiting for all to come to Him and repent and gain eternal life and not perish.
15a) Personal Question. My answer: I’m not.
b) Personal Question. My answer: So vague it’s impossible to begin. I could have learned I don’t like avocado. I’m going with the assumption that this question refers to part a and what change in relation to resisting God’s truth of wrath and judgment do you need to make. Since I’m not resisting, I need to make no changes.
Conclusions: Great lesson up until Question 15. BSF is assuming we are resisting the day of the Lord. The question should have asked us if we are resisting His wrath, judgment, and the day of the Lord and IF SO how. Not a good question.
I’m not sure how one could resist the day of the Lord besides worrying over it. It’s something we can’t control. And since the Bible says not to worry over anything (Philippians 4:6), pointless. Many ignore God’s wrath and judgment by pretending it doesn’t exist, believing only that God is “my friend”, and continuing to sin because God will forgive you. These people will face God’s judgment in the end (as we all will answer for our earthly lives) whether they believe it or not and it’s not something I worry about. I got enough with just myself, my family, and my friends.
End Notes: Peter emphasizes how the Old Testament is just as important as the New Testament. Remember he is addressing the Jewish nation who have up until the last generation have only known the Old Testament. For centuries it was the law of the land. Now there is a new added law and a new covenant. Peter is reminding them both need to be obeyed. In essence, the apostles are equal to the prophets.
Remember we are in the last days (ever since Jesus ascended to heaven after his resurrection). But as Peter says here, God’s days are not ours.
Peter quotes Psalm 90:4. Since God is the great “I am”, there is no time, no space, no past, present, or future. God has always been and will always be. Time is a human concept.
Note the power of God’s word. It created the universe. It flooded the earth. It will judge and change the earth once more. If God’s word is that powerful, imagine the power we hold in our hands reading God’s word. He empowers us no matter what happens in our lives. All we have to do is read.
Note fire will be used, not water, in the final judgment.
Man will outlive the earth.
We can actually “speed its coming” (verse 12) by godly conduct, evangelism (Romans 11:25), prayer (Daniel 9 and Revelation 22:20).
Scripture can be “distorted” (verse 16). Therefore, we must “examine the scriptures every day” (Acts 17:11) like the Bereans to see if what people say is true or not. Our best defense against evil is God’s word. Those who distort will face destruction.
As Peter says we are to grow in grace and knowledge of Jesus. We cannot be stagnant. Grow with Jesus in a personal relationship with him. Then we will not fall.
Fun Fact: Amen was added to the end of this second letter of Peter’s. Under the Old Covenant, Amen was only uttered after curses (Deuteronomy 27:14-26). Under the New Covenant, Amen announces great blessings from God and praises to God. Hence, the addition is appropriate here.
Meaning of Scriptures: Scriptures is a term applied only to those writings which are divinely inspired or writings considered sacred or authoritative. For Christians, that is the Bible.
Conclusions to Lesson 11: BSF chose to take a break again from Revelation and focus on the prophecy of the Day of the Lord, which is what Revelation is all about. I have two viewpoints here: 1) Why waste time in other places of the Bible when Revelation could take a lifetime to study? 2) Why study Joel and 2 Peter 3?
Personally, I enjoyed studying Joel. It’s a small book in the Bible often overlooked and rarely preached upon by churches today. It’s been years since I’ve read the book, and I learned a ton based off of my personal research and it was fun!
Does Joel have much to do with Revelation? When compared to other parts of the OT, no. Does studying Joel have value? Yes! Despite where you fall on the continuum, BSF always takes us to the Word and challenges us to go deeper with God, which is why many of us are here. Everything in the Word has value and overall I believe we all learned something this go-around we didn’t know.
2 Peter 3 is all about the day of the Lord, so it makes sense to study it in a Revelation study.
I’m beginning to realize why all these filler lessons: The book of Revelation only has 22 chapters (a relatively short book in the Bible) and for a 30 week study that’s a hard stretch. I would have preferred to have done ALL of the book of Revelation first and then come back and see what the rest of the Bible says about the End Times. Just my two cents for BSF headquarters.