2 Peter 3:10 1 minutes to read

2 Peter 3:10

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

The false teachers were scoffing at the second coming of Christ. Since he hadn’t returned yet they assumed he wasn’t coming at all. Some didn’t even believe in the resurrection. Here Peter quotes Jesus to say that the return of Christ will come suddenly and without warning, like a thief who comes unexpectedly (Matthew 24:42-44).

Peter includes some of the details about this certain judgment that is to come. He says that there will be an intense sound and in a colossal fire the heavens and the heavenly bodies be burned up (see Revelation 3:3; 16:15). The heavens here refer to the earth and sky not the Heaven of God.

In the end, God’s judgment will be fierce and immensely devastating. God is not ok with the evil that prevails on the earth nor will he always remain passive about bringing justice through judgment.

Reflection

What does this passage highlight about the character and nature of God?

Prayer

God, you are a holy God and we are a sinful people. You are also a powerful God who can eradicate everything just as quickly as you made it all. You deserve my utmost respect and honor. Forgive me when I trivialize you by minimizing sin.