First of all, you must understand that in the last days1 scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.24
They will say, "Where is this 'coming' he promised?3 Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation."45
But they deliberately forget that long ago by God's word5 the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water.66
By these waters also the world of that time7 was deluged and destroyed.87
By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire,9 being kept for the day of judgment10 and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.119
The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise,12 as some understand slowness. He is patient13 with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.1410
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief.15 The heavens will disappear with a roar;16 the elements will be destroyed by fire,17 and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare.a1811
Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
as you look forward19 to the day of God and speed its coming.b20 That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat.2113
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth,22 the home of righteousness.