Dear friends, this is now the second letter I've written you; in both, I awaken your pure understanding with a reminder,
so that you can remember the words previously spoken by the holy prophets, and the commandment of our Lord and Savior [given] through your apostles.
First, be aware of this: scoffers will come in the last days to scoff, following their own lusts,
saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they have been since the beginning of creation."
They willfully ignore this: long ago the heavens and the earth existed out of water and through water by the word of God.
Through these the world of that time perished when it was flooded by water.
But by the same word the present heavens and earth are held in store for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
Dear friends, don't let this one thing escape you: with the Lord one day is like 1,000 years, and 1,000 years like one day.