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As a Thousand Years?

In 2nd Peter chapter 3 God reveals a prophetic sign of the times for the period just before Jesus returns after the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation.

Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. (2 Peter 3:3-4 KJV)

In other words, no one knows what is going on with relationship to the End of the Time of the Gentiles, the Tribulation Period and the Coming of the Lord, Jesus.

Today, all to many Christians have given-up on understanding God’s program for the End of Days / Latter Days / end of the Time of the Gentiles/Church Age.

What people mistakenly call the Great Tribulation.

Why have they given up — you likely DON’T need to ask…

Because…

  1. Pre-Tribulation Rapture teachings have gaping holes which cannot be reconciled with other elements within God’s Word/The Bible.
  2. Mid-Tribulation Rapture teachings have gaping holes which also cannot be reconciled with God’s Word.
  3. Post-Tribulation Rapture teachings have ridiculously empty concepts and guess what else… Post-Trib cannot be reconciled with elements within the Bible.
  4. Preterism, that idea the Body of Christ took over where Israel blew it, is based on false assumptions steeped in missing revelation which has only recently be revealed by God since 2016.
  5. A-Millennialism has fundamental flaws too… along with gaping holes within its doctrine which cannot be reconciled with God’s Word.

If these truths make you curious… then are you looking for solid proof these statements are true and for the possibility God has revealed the truth to His saints in these Last-Days?

Well, if you want “solid answers” then look in chapter 12; “Fallacies of the Great Tribulation Doctrines”; found in the book/study-guide,

“This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse.”

This amazing chart can be found on page 252 of “This Side of the Whirlwind”. It took three years after receiving divine revelation to accurately assemble this chart.  It is an amazing comparative work related to the “Day of the Lord” mentioned throughout Scripture.

Back to the blog: 🙂

Excerpt taken from “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” pages 315-319.

So… 2 Peter 3:1-7: In this section of scripture…

After Peter illustrates the prophetic nature of the first seven verses and touches upon the earth’s creation and destruction, he then alludes to the devastation coming in the distant future (the Great Consummation). Peter then, oddly and seemingly intentionally, goes off topic when he writes, But beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” Peter is not referring to the distance in time between the first and second apocalyptic destructions. Rather, Peter places emphasis on verse 8, which appears to be almost nonsensical, though, of course, it is not. Peter is addressing something more significant than what appears at first glance. Let us look more carefully at verse 8.

 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8 NKJV).

Consider the strange nature, placement, and phrasing found in verse 8. The words do not track with the previous seven verses or seemingly the next couple of verses. Rather, verse 8 seems to stand alone, but, of course, it does not. The reason for placing this peculiar phrase at this specific stage is to make it stand out, to create significance. The assertion of significance is substantiated when the verse states, “But, beloved, do not forget this one thing.” The expression, a powerful admonition to the saints of God, warns the saints to pay attention and consider that which has been written and what is about to be said! Notice the term “one day” from verse 8 applies to the expression “the Day of the Lord” found in verse 10 and connects this expression to the prophecy being forecast in verse 10.

The Day of the Lord is the “one day” that will span both a thousand years and a single day. The answer will make perfect sense when attached to the balance of verse 10 and correctly interpreted along with the text of the prophecy.

Before we move forward, let us touch upon verse 9.

 

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9 NIV).

Peter unfolds a prophecy that deals with both the Wrath of God and the final judgment at the Bema Seat of Judgment. He is merely reminding the children of God of their Creator’s unending mercy and forgiveness before pressing on to the coming prophecy, which relates to judgment. Let us now move on to verse 10.

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. (2 Peter 3:10 NKJV)

{I think… this next element is particularly interesting.}

The first expression, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” is a well-documented footprint related to the Second Coming of Christ, which will surprise most of the world.

{By the way, the idiom”footprint” in the previous sentence provides clarity, a trail of sorts, consolidating thirty-seven significant and parallel phrases or footprints found on the “Day of the Lord Chart,” page 252, and relating to the event for the Day of the Lord found in Scripture.}

It should also be remembered the saints of God, according to Matthew 24:27–31 and Mark 13:24–27, are raptured at the end of the Tribulation Period but at the beginning of the Day of the Lord. It is also important to notice the Day of the Lord and the Wrath of God both begin on the same day (Isaiah 13:6-13).

The second expression found in verse 2 Peter 3:10, “in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,” strongly attaches the first footprint to Christ’s second coming as seen in Joel 3:15–17 and Revelation 6:12–17.

Expressions 1 “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night”                  and expression 2 “in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,” are joined.

  • In the first expression, Jesus returns during the Rapture (but the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night).
  • In the second expression, “in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise,” matches the cosmic event before the Rapture: the sun, moon, and stars are darkened (in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise).

Both the first and second expressions take place at the beginning of the Day of the Lord; after the Tribulation of those days (Matthew 2:29-31) when the heavens will pass away with a great noise.

However, the last two expressions in 2 Peter 3:10, “and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up,” both relate to the final judgment.

The final judgment, known as the Bema Seat of Judgment, which takes place just before the Lord (Father God) destroys the first heaven and first earth and then establishes a new heaven and a new earth. In these expressions, Peter anchors both ends of the time line for the Day of the Lord, spanning one thousand years from the Rapture through the Millennial Reign to the Bema Seat of Judgment. This verse reflects an amazing application of God’s Word and the continuity reflected throughout all of God’s End Times prophecies.

The last two expressions from 2 Peter 3:10 takes place over a one-thousand-year period following the Rapture (“and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up”).

The text in 2 Peter 3:1–14 is the only section within God’s Word that demonstrates this thousand-year time line for the Day of the Lord. This is important because every other related reference indicates the Day of the Lord applies to the Rapture. There are more than eighteen sections within scripture that contain the phrase the Day of the Lord; however, not every occurrence relates to the Latter Days. Nearly every reference confirms the beginning of the Day of the Lord results in the Rapture and not the earth’s utter destruction and replacement. In fact, many references for the Day of the Lord point specifically to the Second Coming of Christ, also known as the Rapture, and beginning for the one-year period of God’s Wrath.

It is well-established in God’s Word that the Day of the Lord relates to the final judgment. The transformation and replacement of the new heaven and the new earth are just so far off in the time line, few consider this concept connected, though it is. Since every prophetic concept within God’s Word must endure scrutiny, it is important for believers to recognize this lone reference for what it is: the Day of the Lord as the final point in the time line and its legitimate conclusion at the Bema Seat of Judgment. The Body of Christ may discover great calamities during the Tribulation Period of the Great Consummation, but God’s Wrath is not one of them.

Second Peter 3 is synoptically written. It is a breakdown from the beginning of creation and follows through to the end of history as we know it. This area of scripture provides a cursory explanation of biblical history from creation to the Great Consummation and even to the Bema Seat of Judgment where the restoration of the new heaven and new earth are perceived through the eyes of Daniel.[1] God may have had Peter mention the account of the flood to illustrate the earth’s destruction at the time of Noah, comparing such destruction to the coming rectification of the earth by fire in the distant future. Subsequently, Peter points out how the Day of the Lord is not simply a twenty-four-hour period. The Day of the Lord likely spans one thousand or more years in a magnificent, prophetic time line.

End of Excerpt

These are amazing times in which we live.  The Word of God is coming alive all around us.  The Mark of the Beast is here; leastwise, technologically here and potentially literally here and being implanted in people all over the world.

The sheer number of prophecies NOW completed are staggering.  We are merely waiting for the Temple in Jerusalem to begin construction to fulfill Revelation 11:1-2; the Beast to be revealed: Revelation 13:1-18; the Two Witnesses to begin their ministries and a hand full of other prophecies which would right now elongate this already lengthy blog.

Until next time….

Christian Brother and Sister: You really need to get a copy of “This Side of the Whirlwind, the Coming Apocalypse” because it thoroughly explains the second half of Christ’s covenant which presents the crux of God’s reasons for the End of Days and the Judgment that IS coming.

If you have any questions write to: thissideofthewhirlwind@gmail.com

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[1] Daniel 9:24–27.

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