Most importantly, I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, “What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.” They deliberately forget that God made the heavens by the word of his command, and he brought the earth out from the water and surrounded it with water. Then he used the water to destroy the ancient world with a mighty flood. And by the same word, the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed. But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and the very elements themselves will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be found to deserve judgment. —II Peter 3:3-10

People, tribes, nations and the world have a tendency to “deliberately forget” things they do not want to accept or acknowledge. One thing they “deliberately forget” is that “God made the heavens by the word of his command.” He spoke it into existence (Genesis 1). They also do not want to remember that there was a world-wide flood in which He destroyed the ancient world.

Because they scoff and mock and don’t want to remember what God has done in the past they surely will not believe that “the present heavens and earth have been stored up for fire. They are being kept for the day of judgment, when ungodly people will be destroyed.” The reason is given as to why they want to “deliberately forget” these things. It is because they want to follow “their own desires.” In Romans 1:18 we read that there are those who are godless and wicked and that they “suppress the truth by their wickedness.” Just look around at the wickedness occurring today and you can see how it is being used by the ungodly to suppress the truth.

Brothers and sisters in the Lord Jesus Christ, we need to share the gospel with those around us which needs to include the warning of coming judgment to those who reject the truth. Let us do so today and everyday as we come into contact with people.

Dear Father, help me to share the gospel with people today and may that include warning them about the coming judgment if they do not trust the Lord Jesus. May I do so lovingly in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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