2 Peter 3: 3-7–
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So, what in the world could the “world that then was” mean in 2nd Peter chapter 3? Most will say it is a reference to Noahs flood. Let’s review:
2 Peter 3: 3-7 — Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying,
Where is the promise of “his” (Jesus’) coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
*Critically important: For this they are willingly ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water. *Whereby the world *THAT THEN WAS, being overflowed with water perished. [ *Creation in eternity past, to which all fossils and “Reamains” belong.] ( Is this starting to make sense to you my readers?) First QUESTION: In Noah’s flood did the world perish? — continuing with vs 7– * BUT THE HEAVENS AND EARTH WHICH ARE NOW, by the same word are kept in store, reserved under fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Does this scripture tell of how the *2nd earth age ( *ours) will end?
So, if we read 2 Peter chapter 3 in its entirety, we will find that Peter is speaking of 3 earth ages, the One that “then was“, and the one that “is now” (which is the age we are currently in, (before it’s beginning as you read the first verse in the first chapter of Genesis 1) when the earth was dark and void. (and the “third earth age” which is after the “coming tribulation”, known as the Millennium, when Christ will reign from the New Jerusalem.
Second question: Would an all-powerful, all-knowing God God create, ( speak into existence) an earth that was without form, void, and dark? or does scripture provide an answer, or is this potential answer veiled just enough, to withhold it from humanity, for whatever Gods reasons are? Remember we see through a glass darkly.
Let’s look at Isaiah 24:19. Also, Revelation 12, speaking of the rebellion in heaven, then on earth for possible answers.
Question? Does Isaiah 24 :19 sound like a description of Noah’s flood?
Last lead for now in this study, which can be a real eye-opener, if you have eyes to see. If you are having trouble with the possibility of two floods, don’t trust me, ask God to show you what the truth is.
Possible answer: In Isaiah 24: 19 I believe scripture supports the near-total destruction of the earth, thus we begin in ( Gen 1– dark, without form, and void ) because of the battle between “Satan and his fallen angels and God and His angels.” occurring in heaven which also came to earth and resulted in its destruction. THEN, we arrive at the intervention, restoration by God in Genesis 1. By the way, because of Satan being already present in the garden of Eden at the creation of Adam-and-Eve, we have a better understanding of why Satan is there in the first place. In passing, if you want to learn much more than I’m teaching here regarding Psalm 82, refer to Michael Heiser’s book — The Unseen Realm, where you will find a topic in one of the first chapters, where Michael discusses Satan leading the rebellion in heaven as one of the lower elohim, because Satan did not want God to create human beings in the flesh after his image. (Interesting, this would explain why Satan hates God, and has been trying to destroy his creation from the beginning.) I hope this introductory study starts you on a fantastic journey of learning on your own, I know it has really blessed my life in studying subjects like these, and sometimes to stand on the shoulders of others. Giving credit, where credit is due. Frankie The Earthman. This post was written entirely by me, and I will mention others, that have influenced my thinking. ie: E. W. BULLINGER, and his Bible, THE COMPANION STUDY BIBLE. Also hats off to Arnold Murray, a scholar in his own right. May he RIP.
Finally, I think the controversy around the possibility of two floods, revolves around teachers of the past only teaching of the one flood, possibly because that is the only one that has ever been taught by most, and little consideration has been given to the possibility of two. These two flood suggestions would help explain and help us understand the “gap theory” between Genesis 1 verse 1 and Genesis 1 verse 2. It would also help answer questions about an unknown length of time between verses one and two of Genesis. Also, the existence of the fossils that are present, This unknown length of time would also solve the challenge to the “young earh” creationists, that claim the earth is only 10,000 or so years old. That doesn’t mean I’m putting down creationists or intelligent design, because that account is what I believe in, I just think there is more to the puzzle than has met the eye of man. Frankie The Earthman.