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the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;
2 Peter 3:10 is a Bible verse from the New Testament where Peter is warning us that the Lord’s second coming will be unexpected and unseen.
There has been much speculation about the second coming of Jesus Christ. There are many theories and deep study by many of what God’s Word says about it.
This is the best man can do. God alone knows when, how and where. We can, however, see the warnings about it in the Bible, which is God’s Word and Truth.
2 Peter 3:10 says, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night…” It appears as if Peter is describing the Second Coming in stages.
He describes the initial arrival as silent, like a thief in the night. If a thief was trying to rob you at night, he would be very quiet, so he could steal your goods without you being aware. The Holy Spirit can move in silence whenever and wherever He chooses.
And the next phase from 2 Peter 3:10 says, “in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise”. So after the stealthy first entry, then the noise is introduced, which will occur “when the heavens shall pass away”.
Let’s look at how “heavens” is used elsewhere in the Bible.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
Hebrews 12:26 says, “…Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” Jesus Christ is cutting through the current order of the devil’s dominion over the earth.
One Greek meaning of “heavens” is: power. Ephesians 6:12 above speaks about the forces of darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places—the power of the devil.
Our current day society is undergoing a great noise—turbulence—of many things like violence and terrorism, famine, drought, fires, earthquakes and other disasters.
Even now, God is shaking up the heavens, the current authority of the devil and his dominion over the earth. That is what is causing the great noise. The devil is fighting tooth and nail to hang on to any authority he has left.
This commotion is underway now, but many people are completely unaware of what is happening in the spiritual realm, which directly affects our physical world.
The last part of 2 Peter 3:10 says, “and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.”
“Elements” in the Greek means: something orderly in arrangement. As I mentioned above, Jesus Christ is cutting through the current order of the devil’s dominion to make way for His return.
This will and is already causing turmoil on the earth, as mentioned above. Many times fire or burning is spoken of in the Bible as a purification process. That’s what life’s trials are all about—a process which points us to God and cleanses impurities out of our lives. This is all designed to prepare us to meet Jesus.
1 Corinthians 3:15 says, “If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.”
It’s imperative to seek God’s guidance in our work or occupation and offer the work of our hands to Him for His Kingdom’s sake. Anything else will be burned up, or consumed, which will be useless in His Kingdom. No matter what kind of work you do, God can use it for His glory if you are a willing instrument.
Most importantly, we must prepare our hearts and seek His face as the Kingdom of God is revealed and Jesus Christ returns.
Study the Bible verse of 2 Peter 3:10 to see that the day of the Lord is here and now.
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