What To Expect

“Knowing this first, that there shall come
in the last days scoffers, walking after
their own lust.”                  II Peter 3:3.

It seems that some people are meant for some specific occasion. As one looks at history there are people who grapple with events then disappear into the shadows never to be heard again in that age.

Art by: Hermann Anton Stilke

Art by: Hermann Anton Stilke

There was a French teenager who was the most illustrious heroine of all history. She was nineteen when condemned to die but this person left her footprints in the immortal sands of time. It may be that the proverb may be true “God hangs the greatest weight on the smallest wires.”   Her name was Joan of Arc.

In American history, there is another woman who was not that well known except by people who read fiction. When Abraham Lincoln met her his comment to Harriet Beecher Stowe was, “So you are the little lady who started this war.”  A small political book entitled “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” was penned by her that called attention to the slavery issue.

It is not just unknown women who have changed the course of history – but also men.  When one knows the names of missionaries who have gone out to foreign nations and they have told the story of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus and then explained the teachings of the Son of God, I am amazed what has been done.

RECALL

The opening verse of the last chapter of II Peter itself gives a special instruction for each of us. It tells us that we are to keep in mind that our mental facilities are to be kept pure. This means our mental thought process is to be clean and taintless. It is not to have stain of sin on it. This is a blight of modern people who say they are Christian.

These six days where purity is not there is called the work days.

The first verse of II Peter 3 says this:

“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both which I stir up
your pure minds by way of remembrance.”

One of the ways is for a person to recall his or her chaste past. Sin has a way of growing on us as black mold does where there is moisture and warmeth.

Peter’s remarks were to cause each person to consider their Godly past. In the early church there was always the attempt to pacify their thoughts and actions. The call was to compromise.

From the very beginning of the New Testament church there was the constant comments not to become emashed in the filth of this world.

It was Solomon who stated the Lord dislikes seven sins in Proverbs 6:16-19:

“These six things doeth the Lord hate: yea, seven are on abomination unto
him.”

“A proud look, a lying tongue, and hand that shed innocent blood,”

“An heart that deviseth wicked imagination, feet that be swift in running to
mischief.”

“A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Peter was one of those humans that illustrated that “God hangs the greatest weight on the smallest wire.”

This was a man that had a flawed character yet he always came back to what he knew was right in the eyes of God.

TWO PLACES

Peter was sure where he was to derive his works and power. This is the same for us also. It was two fold:

Holy prophets
• Jesus Christ

Both of these had their power and authority from God. A study of what the prophets said should support our beliefs. You and I can hardly predict tomorrow but the Bible through men of old foretold hundreds of years before it happened but they could still detail the event.

The people of Babylon could use this the prophet to purify their minds. In other words support their beliefs which had been taught.

HOW TO JUDGE

The Apostle Peter never sets a time when it is to happen, However, WHEN is what worldlings and sinners want to know. One reason God does not allow this to be known that such would permit sinners to put this off for the last minutes. God wants our commitment to be at all times. It is not for a deathbed repentance.

II Peter 3:3 reads as follows:

“Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after
their own lusts.”

The motivation to not believe Peter is so that men can do what each wants. God is sovereign. The translators use the word “lust”. In this context lust is stating to do what each wants. This can mean a sexual drive, desire for wealth and a life devoid of spreading the Gospel of Christ.

Lust can take many forms.  It does not necessarily mean sex alone.

The United States government has taken on the role of empire for the last one hundred years. It is as if no one has ever read a history book or stopped to consider what we are doing. We cannot even identify who our enemies are. One week it is such and such the next week the enemy is our friend and the friend is our enemy.

The same concept could be stated as to Christians. There is little in the way of a consistent belief or life.

Sometimes people will not concede that a change has happened or is happening.

After World War II the news was brought to the population by the newspaper. No more. On my street of about 10 or 12 houses – now only two people take the morning paper.

The progression was radio, then television, then the internet and now the social media. The Word of God remains the same. So what the prophets said is important.

II Peter 3:4 says this will be the mental state:

“And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the fathers fell
asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.”

BLACK SWAN

Everyone thinks all swans are white but there comes a time when a black swan comes in the bloodline. Suddenly what was assumed no longer is true. The unexpected can and will happen. Did the people of Noah’s time expect the rise of the waters?  In all probability the population had never seen rain. Then, there was the black swan of change.

The fact is these people in Noah’s age were evil and ignorant. These people did not see the flood as a possibility. Jesus said also as reported in Matthew 24: 36-39:

“But of that day and hour knowing no man, no, not the angels or heaven, but
my Father only.”

“But as the days of N’oe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.”

“For as in the days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying
and giving in marriage, until the day that No’e entered into the ark.”

“And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the
coming of the son of man be.”

People will not read the signs of destruction and judgment to come. Drowning was the call of judgment all but eight people.

THE NEXT DESTRUCTION

People scoff at His will. This is the age of man. The Bible is very easy to read about the conclusion of men on this earth. The reason it is not discussed is because if taught it would mean a change would be required. This is what II Peter 3:7 so proclaims:

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept to
store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly
men.”

Men themselves could bring all of this about. The muslims of Pakistan already have the atomic bomb. As evil as Islam is, it is not crazy. These people are willing to destroy us.  Anyone that puts bombs around little girls and sends them to a populated area to blow up others is not incapable of setting off a blast that would bring down a fire on humanity.

Our problem is such leaders, as Obama will do little to nothing to thwart this. This all could be solved with force.

The books of Peter were written so we would understand the events around us. The only solution is for we Christians to evangelize. We must show the good news.

Then to teach the law what Jesus said.

As a Christian, I am obligated to tell the truth to all who hear my voice. It need not be in the way of a frontal attack on the person but the means should always be respectful. Peter was straight forward – not hateful.

As always we must be willing to give an answer to the issues of life. We people of the Restoration Movement are not willing to back down from the biblical message of sin, righteousness and judgment to come.

KEEP THE FAITH

“What a wonderful change in my life has been wrought
Since Jesus came into my heart;
I have light in my soul, for which long I had sought,
Since Jesus came into my heart,
I shall go there to dwell in that City I know,
Since Jesus came into my hear;
And I’m happy, so happy as onward I go,
Since Jesus came into my heart.”
                                                              GABRIEL

 

Gerald Fugit
January 18, 2015

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