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What Manner?

The student of Bible prophecy from the pre-Trib perspective can spiritually sense it. This generation is bumping up against the extreme edge of the end of the age.

Although the Apostle Peter was given Holy Spirit foreknowledge of the time I believe we are now a part of, he had no way of knowing the expansive time frame that was involved in his prophecy.

He wrote in one intensively compact burst of inspiration the entire scope of history yet future from the time of his writing. It came out as the following:

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. (2 Peter 3:9–14)

That sweeping vista of the future is stunning when we stop to contemplate it, study it, and dissect it!

The great apostle, emerging out of the shores of the Galilee and other fishing holes of the time as a simple fisherman, was given by the Holy Spirit the spectacular vista. It was a stupendous vision of earth’s timeline that will conclude with God’s entire creation being completely dissolved, then remade into the perfection He first produced.

Peter begins by addressing, it seems, the question so many of us who watch current evil machinations are asking today: “How long, oh Lord?” Why is God taking so much time to deal with the wickedness that is causing all of humanity to spiral downward so rapidly?

God had Peter write those words because He isn’t willing for a single person to perish—that is, perish eternally, with their soul being lost forever, apart from God.

When we look at that single line Peter was directed to write, we can get a look into our God’s wonderful character—His matchless love for each individual ever to be allowed into the world in the human birth process.

He is having Peter tell us that this is the reason He seems slow to anger, slow to punish with judgment and wrath. We can, as believers who hold to Luke 21:28, Titus 2:13, and other such scriptural encouragements, look to Peter’s words  to get some degree of understanding of why He lets things become increasingly wicked.

What we are really saying—I guess I should say, “what yours truly is really saying”—when posing the question is: “Why doesn’t the Lord act against this evil as I think he should?” Or “Why doesn’t the Lord hurry up and call us to be with Him in the Rapture?”

The next thing that pops into the gray matter, then, is: “Do you really not care that so many will have to face the evil of Antichrist and the Tribulation following that thief-in-the-night moment?” It’s a humbling prodding by the Holy Spirit. We should try our best to think as our Lord does. After all, He indwells us and has given us the ability to do so.

He further gives Peter the words to pass along in the form of a question:

What manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God?

Part of looking for the soon coming of our Lord should be, I am convicted, to have compassion for those about whom we often feel quite the opposite. Godliness, you see, is not being willing for anyone to perish, but wanting all to come to repentance.

This is a truth from the heart and mind of God that I truly will have to get serious about as we proceed into that dark future Mr. Biden has forewarned. It won’t be easy; there is much uneasiness as we consider prophetic developments. But the Holy Spirit has given Peter the words from which we must not turn away.

Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

This is the manner in which we should be—“in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God”—which, incidentally, comes as a thief in the night!


  1. A Clark says:

    As with Peter who looked forward to the fullness of God’s Kingdom, Paul said in his defense before Felix that he had a “hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.” Acts 24:15-16

    A similar perspective as Peter. Both motivated, by what they knew was coming, to maintain a clear conscience. Such causes us to long for His appearing and to set aside the things of this world and put our minds on the things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father. Blessed are the pure in heart.

    • Bonnie says:

      “that you may be found of Him in peace….”
      I needed this Word tonight.
      Iniquity is abounding, just as He said it would, and the love of
      many is growing cold.
      How wonderful to know Jesus.
      The Prince of Peace. Sar Shalom.

  2. Ed Wood says:

    Peter’s statement really does give the reason for God’s patience, so I think our job now is to persist in getting out the word as the opportunities present themselves. Most people will resist, but there are a few left who will accept them if given the chance. I think that’s the big reason God hasn’t dropped the hammer on this planet yet.

    Needless to say, when that last person has said “Yes” to Jesus, I expect that’ll be the time he will call his own home. Even after that, there will be a seven-year last chance opportunity for others to make the right choice, though it will be so much harder then.

    I think Peter gives us an abbreviated view of what lies ahead. Peter omits the post-Rapture seven-year Tribulation and the 1000 year Milleniuum and goes right to the total reconstruction of the Earth and universe that we see described at the end of Revelation. It’s kind of a “Cliff’s Notes” summary. Such an abbreviation does make sense when we consider that God is above time and space as we understand it so we shouldn’t let that bother us. The details are clearly mapped out for us in other places in Scripture, so God has made that information readily available, anyway.

    It seems that the sense I myself have that the “upward call” will come very soon now is also being felt by many other believers. I have a hunch even many secularists have the feeling that “something” is pending, but are unable to figure out what it is.

    Accompanying this for me is also the immediate sense of a growing evil actually pushing its way from the spiritual realm into ours, a kind of a shadow creeping into our peripheral vision not yet in direct focus, though the visible effects have been and are clearly evident already.

    I really think all of us believers are “short-timers” now and I find that very comforting.

    Keep looking up!

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