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.