2 Peter is (I believe) Peter's last letter prior to his death. It is said that Peter was crucified and that he asked to be crucified upside down because he did not think he was worthy to be crucified in the same manner as his Lord, Jesus Christ.
Peter says in chapter three of this letter that he was writing it to remind "them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ" of what the prophets of old had said and that in the last days there would be scoffers who would shrug off warnings that Jesus is coming again. He goes on to say that these same scoffers are willingly ignorant of what the Bible says and that they "twist" the Word to make it say what they want it to say.
My son and I were driving along the other day, and he looked at me and said, "Mom, you're the only person I know who thinks that the world is going to end soon", and my reply was, "Honey, you're hanging around the wrong people". My son then said to me, "Mom, I don't want the world to end yet". I told him that believe or not, that I had felt that exact same way when I was his age. Actually, the first time I remember thinking about the end of the world, I was only a measly six year old. I had come home from school that day, and just like every other day, watched the news with my parents that evening. The world was in an uproar because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. I remember my mom saying that she thought the end of world would soon be happening, and I cried and hung on to her as though she were my lifeline, saying, "Mommy, I don't want the world to end; I want to grow up, get married and have babies". Funny, huh, how our priorities have changed in the past 45-50 years?
You don't have to look hard or far to find someone saying something about living in the end of times. From people who believe the prophecy about 2012 by the Mayans, to followers of Nostradamus, to proponents of Islam, to professing Christians...all believe that something profound is coming to the earth. One only has to peruse news headlines, watch a little TV, see a movie or watch a music video to see that life on planet earth is out of control with sin, perversion and a total disrespect for God and humankind.
A while back, I began asking God to help me love what He loves, hate what He hates and mourn about the things He mourns over, and I can honestly say that He has honored that request. Every day to a greater degree, I see things through eyes that are like His, and it's a very disturbing picture.
There have been lots of things in the news this week that have caused me to stop in my tracks and look up and ask Him "how much longer will you be patient". Here's a sampling of them:
Incestuous Grandmother/Grandson Plan for Children
Junior High Students Having Sex in the Classroom
Baby Aborted and Lived for 48 Hours
Gray Whale Off the Coast of Israel
The Mark of the Beast Coming Soon?
The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
and there were many more. I actually heard someone say that in the last five months, the earth has sustained three earth disasters in the Haiti, Chile' and Mexico earthquakes; three air disasters in the Volcano eruption, the tornadoes in the south, and the tornadoes in the midwest; and three water disasters in the Tennessee flooding, the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and Boston's contaminated water last week. It is also being said by many that God is lifting His hand of protection off of America because of her unrepented sinfulness, pervertedness and general disregard and distaste for God.
As I said earlier, it certainly seems like something is shifting in the atmostphere, so maybe that's what it is. Maybe God's creation is instinctively sensing His return. The Bible also says that satan knows his time and reign on earth is short, so he and his minions are stirring the pot; invoking chaos, so to speak, to do as much damage as possible in these last days, and it will only get worse. The Bible says it will be so. If you haven't read about it, I encourage you to do so by reading the book of Revelation.
Jesus said that he was going to prepare a place for His people but that He would return someday to take His followers back with Him. I, for one, want to be one of those that go to the place prepared for me by my Creator. I'm sure it will be perfect.
For those scoffers...,never before in time has there been a greater possibility for things to happen which were prophesied in the Bible, for example, information overload, the ability to buy/sell by reason of a mark on your person, "running to an fro" the ability to travel easily and at will, and the ability for people to see things world wide in real time. So when those scoffers say "where is He" and "oh, people have always said stuff like that about Him coming back" and "things have always been like that since our ancestors died", ask them if they've ever seen children so disobedient, disrespectful and sinfully proficient as our children today, ask them if our forebearers had the computer capability that we have now, ask them if there was satellite television which enabled people to see anything that was happening around the world at a given moment, and ask them if there had ever been such a move towards a unified global government, community and economy. There's your answer. We have never had a time like this, one which presents the perfect opportunity for the things prophesied in the Bible to occur.
So, like Peter, I'm writing this to remind you of what Jesus said. He's coming back again, soon; and this time it will not be to save the world, but to judge the world. Are you ready for that? Are you grounded in His Word in order to know what He wants of you or are you twisting His Word so that it fits your lifestyle? Don't be ignorant and put yourself in jeopardy of eternal separation from God. It's not worth it.
May I recommend a couple of places to start in your quest to know about God's love for you and what His word really says?
David Wilkerson's Daily Devotionals
Francis Chan Podcasts
Joseph Herrin's Weblog