THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Chance of a Lifetime”

THOUGHTS FROM JACKIE: “Chance of a Lifetime”

Whether we desire it or not the world as we know it will end. The last time the world was destroyed it was by water. This time the world will be destroyed by fire. The fire is not the only thing which will be different. This will be a permanent cleansing. Those who are already serving God will be protected from the devastating destruction. When the process is completed a great and permanent peace will come. Those who remain will live in God’s presence forever. Peter makes an interesting statement in the verses (14-15) below. The reason God with all the evil in the world has not started the destruction, is because He hopes to keep as many as possible from going through the wrath to come. His love for us has Him holding out to the last possible moment, because one more person might decide they wish to live with Him forever. If you don’t know Jesus it is my hope, and prayer, you will choose Him as your Lord. Life can be good now, and eternal life with Jesus can be the bonus plan.

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2 Peter 3
3 Dear friends, this is the second letter I have written to you. In both of them I have tried to get you to remember some things. 2 You should remember the words that were spoken before by the holy early preachers. Do not forget the teaching of the Lord, the One Who saves. This was given to you by your missionaries.

3 First of all, I want you to know that in the last days men will laugh at the truth. They will follow their own sinful desires. 4 They will say, “He promised to come again. Where is He? Since our early fathers died, everything is the same from the beginning of the world.” 5 But they want to forget that God spoke and the heavens were made long ago. The earth was made out of water and water was all around it. 6 Long ago the earth was covered with water and it was destroyed. 7 But the heaven we see now and the earth we live on now have been kept by His word. They will be kept until they are to be destroyed by fire. They will be kept until the day men stand before God and sinners will be destroyed.

8 Dear friends, remember this one thing, with the Lord one day is as 1,000 years, and 1,000 years are as one day. 9 The Lord is not slow about keeping His promise as some people think. He is waiting for you. The Lord does not want any person to be punished forever. He wants all people to be sorry for their sins and turn from them. 10 The day of the Lord will come as a robber comes. The heavens will pass away with a loud noise. The sun and moon and stars will burn up. The earth and all that is in it will be burned up.

11 Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, you should think about the kind of life you are living. It should be holy and God-like. 12 You should look for the day of God to come. You should do what you can to make it come soon. At that time the heavens will be destroyed by fire. And the sun and moon and stars will melt away with much heat. 13 We are looking for what God has promised, which are new heavens and a new earth. Only what is right and good will be there.

14 Dear friends, since you are waiting for these things to happen, do all you can to be found by Him in peace. Be clean and free from sin. 15 You can be sure the long waiting of our Lord is part of His plan to save men from the punishment of sin.

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