Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking.
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I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.
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Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.
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They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”
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But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.
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By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.
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By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.
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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.
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The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
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But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.
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Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives