2 Peter 3:3-6 “Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4 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.
5 For this they willingly are 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:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:”
Today’s verses, I believe, are very often misunderstood. The part that is misunderstood, is not really the reminder of how the Lord will indeed return, and that there will be scoffers in the last days, but rather the account of what those scoffers are willingly ignorant of.
We are shown how in the last days, people will joke and scoff at our saying that Jesus’ Return is near, or that Jesus will return at all! Many say that the world has not changed, but everything remains just the same as it always has. Yet they forget that by the Word of God the heavens and earth were created . . . and the earth also perished by the flood.
Now, the confusing part, or the part that is most widely misunderstood, is the part of the Earth being overflowed with water. I’ve very lightly touched on this in past studies, but again will mention it. There is, I believe an increasingly popular believe, that there is a gap between Genesis 1:1, and Genesis 1:2. There are some, even those very influential teachers of the Word, who teach that there was a world full of creatures that God created, and then destroyed for some reason, with a flood (Before Adam was Created). Often it is associated with the fall of Lucifer, and so it is often called the Luciferian Flood. It goes along the lines of how God in the beginning created a Perfect World, with all sorts of creatures (many say they were “soul-less” creatures), but then when Satan was cast out of heaven, in the process the Perfect World was destroyed with a flood. Though the first time I heard that belief, I was told along the lines of that Satan corrupted this perfect world and therefore God destroyed it with a flood that way. All this, is thought to have taken place between the first two verses of Genesis. Many use this belief, to try to harmonize evolutionary beliefs with the Word of God, instead of simply re-evaluating the science to make sure that it is true and in line with the Word.
There are no biblical references to this Luciferian flood, except some believe that the verses for today, refer to them. Many also, say that a better understanding and reading of Genesis 1:2, is not that the Earth WAS without form and void, but that the Earth BECAME formless and void. Two completely different meanings there.
Yet, in reading today’s verse we have to understand that the flood being mentioned here, is Noah’s Flood. We know this, first off, because it is the only flood that was Worldwide, and we know to be True by the Word of God. The Luciferian flood is not mentioned in the Word, and is honestly unbiblical in that when God created each day, He said that He saw all He made and that it was Good. Would God say all this was good, if there were buried beneath it all, the remains of the creation once there? Also, would God lie when He said that Death came as a result of Adam’s sin, and therefore was not before Adam? If any are really wondering how the Earth was then covered with water in Genesis 1:2, I believe our Lord says why, in Genesis 2:5-6, when He explains that before He had made the plants, before He made man to till the ground, He had a mist that watered all the face of the ground. That made the ground fertile and ready for what He would then Create, the plants (after He would separate the waters).
Yet we know also, that this is Noah’s flood, because of how, in context, we see that what is being mentioned is the Return of our Lord. Many times in the Word of God, Noah’s Flood is mentioned along with the Return of our Lord. Our Lord Jesus mentions it, and says more than once that the days before His Return, will be like the days of Noah, before the Flood, as said in Matthew 24:37-39 “But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe 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.” In the days of Noah, all were living their lives in pleasure, doing whatever it was they wanted to in their sins. People did not even think of the coming Judgement. This is what those scoffers being spoken of in today’s verses, do, because they believe all is well and they do not see that the Judgement is coming.
We are reminded of Noah’s Flood, because the scoffers are willingly ignorant of it . . . They willingly decide to not remember, because if they did they would realize how sudden the flood was, and how sudden the Return of the Lord will be. Things may look nice to them, yet they forget that our Lord Jesus, His Return will be sudden just the same. (They also, are WILLINGLY ignorant of it, because as it is shown in Romans 1:19-21, all people know that God is real, because God has revealed it to each person, and His power can be clearly seen in Creation itself—He does so, so that no one can have the excuse that they didn’t know He Exists.)
More of how the Word of God shows that this flood is Noah’s Flood, is how Noah’s Flood is mentioned in both Epistles of Peter, and even twice (including today’s) in 2 Peter! Let us Praise God, for His Promises, and for His giving us understanding according to His Word! Let us wait for His Return, and not forget that His Return is Promised, He is simply longsuffering toward us, waiting for us, so that all can hear the gospel. Praise God!
I love you so much, and always, daily, continue to pray for you. Please let me know of anything in the Word you may not understand, or would like an explanation of. What I may have misunderstood, you may not, and what I may understand, you may need help understanding (Also, in honesty, I’m not sure what else might be misunderstood in the Word, so please let me know!). May God our Lord guide us in His Understanding, as we study His Word. God Bless you much, and You have a great day today!
Love in Christ, Always,
Your friend forever,
Psalm 57:11 “Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: let thy glory be above all the earth.”