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The apostle Peter (see Peter's Ministry), and others, warned of what is coming upon all that is evil in the world:
"3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men" (2 Peter 3:7 KJV).
The evil of the ancient world in the time of Noah was destroyed by waves of water. The end-time world is going to be purified with waves of fire - a "heatwave" that's literally going to be a scorcher (see also They Shall Be Ashes). The final warning of that coming worldwide fire will a scorching of the unrepentant in the time just prior to Christ's return:
"16:8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory." (Revelation 16:8-9 KJV)
"Men were scorched with great heat ... they repented not to give Him glory"
Peter's epistle (a letter) was a lesson in history and prophecy.
"3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds [see A Pure Heart, Conscience and A Brainwashed World] by way of remembrance: 3:2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy Prophets, and of the commandment of us the Apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
Peter's reference to "new heavens and a new earth" was not merely speculation by Peter. Long after Peter was martyred (see Peter's Prophecy), Jesus Christ described the same thing, "new heaven and a new earth," to the apostle John for his writing of the Book of Revelation (see What Does 'Apocalypse' Really Mean?). When all has been completed, the entire earth will be flooded with fire, just as it once was with water, long enough to purify it in preparation for God's coming:
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (Revelation 21:1-4 KJV; see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth).
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