Where is the promise of his coming? (pou estin h epaggelia th parousia autou;). This is the only sample of the questions raised by these mockers. Peter had mentioned this subject of the parousia in Isaiah 1:16 . Now he faces it squarely. Peter, like Paul ( 1 Thessalonians 5:1 ; 2 Thessalonians 2:1 ), preached about the second coming ( 2 Peter 1:16 ; Acts 3:20 ), as Jesus himself did repeatedly ( Matthew 24:34 ) and as the angels promised at the Ascension ( Acts 1:11 ). Both Jesus and Paul ( 2 Thessalonians 2:1 ) were misunderstood on the subject of the time and the parables of Jesus urged readiness and forbade setting dates for his coming, though his language in Matthew 24:34 probably led some to believe that he would certainly come while they were alive. From the day that (ap h). "From which day." See Luke 7:45 . Fell asleep (ekoimhqhsan). First aorist passive indicative of koimaw, old verb, to put sleep, classic euphemism for death ( John 11:11 ) like our cemetery (sleeping-place). Continue (diamenei). Present active indicative of diamenw, to remain through ( Luke 1:22 ). In statu quo. As they were (outw). "Thus." From the beginning of creation (ap arch ktisew). Precisely so in Mark 10:6 , which see.