Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” 2 Peter 3:3-4
I read this verse and I can think only of Twitter. In Noah’s day, you could hurl abuse at him only within earshot. Now, you can share your mocking to the world, as long as you can manage to keep it under 280 characters. Sitting courageously at their keyboards or standing alone with their phones, millions “indulge the flesh in its corrupt desires and despise authority.“ They are “daring, self-willed, they do not tremble when they revile angelic majesties.” 2 Peter 2:10
For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. 2 Peter 3:5-6
Of course, Peter’s mention of a worldwide flood as judgement for runaway and rampant sin would be immediately scoffed at and ridiculed these days for sure. But it is true, that all things haven’t remained the same since creation. Oh, they don’t believe in creation either. Time for yet another tweet saying how Peter’s out of his [insert expletive here] mind, tacking on something I’m sure about “fairy tales.”
Peter was addressing this vile tendency to mock and scorn in a time of impending doom, warning it only takes one word from God to rain down fire and brimstone in judgement as promised, one word.
But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. 2 Peter 3:7
For now, he’s “patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
But the point of all this is, he did eventually lose his patience, and he did say “the word.”