My dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both letters to stir up your sincere understanding with a reminder.
I want you to recall what the holy prophets foretold as well as what the Lord and savior commanded through your apostles.
Most important, know this: in the last days scoffers will come, jeering, living by their own cravings,
and saying, "Where is the promise of his coming? After all, nothing has changed—not since the beginning of creation, nor even since the ancestors died."
But they fail to notice that, by God's word, heaven and earth were formed long ago out of water and by means of water.
And it was through these that the world of that time was flooded and destroyed.
But by the same word, heaven and earth are now held in reserve for fire, kept for the Judgment Day and destruction of ungodly people.