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Sunday, October 23 2016

2 Peter 3: Who Were The People Born After Each Of The Three Worldwide Floods?

"The Earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters ... 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: 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"

A famous statement by the apostle Peter (see The Sword Of The Truth and What Did Peter And Isaiah Say About Being Born Again?) about the two worldwide floods of the past - and the worldwide flood that is yet coming in the future:

"3:5 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: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 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 3:5-7 KJV)

Earth

While many people think of the great flood in the time of Noah (see The Flood) as the only worldwide flood that has happened, the Earth was created with its entire surface flooded with water. Peter refers to it in the first part of his statement ("by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water") - in which he was directly referring to the first verses of Genesis when the LORD (see What Did Jesus Tell John About Creation? and In The Beginning Was The Word) declared "let there be light" upon the water planet.

"1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." (Genesis 1:1-2 KJV)

It was after that flood that the LORD created the first generation of humans - from Adam and Eve, to Noah.

"1:9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. 1:10 And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good." (Genesis 1:9-10 KJV)

"1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." (Genesis 1:9-28 KJV)

The second generation of humanity began after the Flood in the time of Noah. It continues to the present day (see The First Nations Of The New World).

Flood of Fire

The second generation that began in the time of Noah (that includes everyone today) will end in the future at the time of a third worldwide flood that is coming - not of water, but of fire. Peter completed his history lesson of the two great historic floods with a prophecy of that flood of fire: "Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 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."

"3:1 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds 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:

3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 3:4 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. 3:5 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: 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 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.

3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 3:9 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.

3:10 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.

3:11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 3:12 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? 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 3:15 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; 3:16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

3:17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3:1-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "born again" truly mean? How is being truly "born again" the only way to survive the worldwide flood, of fire, that is coming?
See What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?


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This Day In History, October 23

42 BC: During Rome's Republic-era civil wars (see The Politics Of Rome), Mark Antony (a later ally of Cleopatra; see The Cleopatra Connection) and Octavian (Octavian, later known as Caesar Augustus, was the Roman imperial king who declared the famous census that resulted in Jesus Christ fulfilling the prophecy of being born in Bethlehem i.e. "2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed" Luke 2:1 KJV; see Does Rome Have Christ's Birth Certificate? and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars) defeated the forces of Brutus at the Second Battle of Philippi. Brutus (best known for taking a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar) committed suicide after the battle.

The Assassination of Julius Caesar

425: Amidst the political and military crumbling of the Roman Empire, Valentinian III was proclaimed Roman Emperor at the age of 6. The original Roman Empire was superseded by the German Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1086: Almoravid armies defeated Alfonso of Castile near Badajoz, thereby establishing a Muslim foothold in Spain (see also The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South).

The Muslim World

1295: The first treaty of the "Auld Alliance" between Scotland and France against England was signed in Paris.

1641: Over 50,000 people were massacred when Catholics rebelled against Protestants in Ireland.

1642: The Battle of Edgehill was fought. It was the first major conflict of the English Civil War between royalists under King Charles I and the Parliamentarians. Both sides claimed victory.

1679: The "Meal Tub Plot" against James II of England.

1694: British (82 years before the rebellion of the New England colonies that Britain established in the wilderness over a century earlier, and decades before the English of "New England" took control of "New France") colonial forces led by Sir William Phipps failed in their attempt to seize Quebec from France. After a battle in which Phipps lost over 400 men, he sailed back to Boston.

1707: The first Parliament of Britain began.

1861: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln suspended the legal writ of habeas corpus for all military-related cases.

1867: The Canadian Senate was established by Royal Proclamation.

1911: The first use of aircraft in war; an Italian observation plane in Libya during the war between Turkey and Italy to decide which country would rule Libya.

1942: During the Second World War (1939-1945), British and Commonwealth tanks and mechanized infantry under Bernard Montgomery launched a major offensive against Adolf Hitler's Nazi army (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) under Erwin Rommel at El Alamein in Egypt. It was one of the major tank battles of human history (listen also to our Sermon The European World Wars).

Churchhill and Montgomery

1944: The Soviet Union invaded Hungary.

1946: The second part of the first assembly of the United Nations began in New York. The first part had been held in London in January and February.

1954: Allied control permitted occupied West Germany to become a sovereign state. It was then allowed to rebuild its military and join NATO (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1956: The Hungarian Revolution against their communist leaders and the Soviet presence began with a large demonstration in Budapest. In the days that followed, the Stalinist leader Erno Gero resigned, and reformer communist Imre Nagy stepped in to form a new government that included several non-communists; he also announced the restoration of a multi-party system, that Hungary would withdraw from the Warsaw Pact, and declared the country's neutrality. The Soviet army invaded and put down the revolution less than 2 weeks later.

1973: U.S. President Richard Nixon agreed to release Oval Office tape recordings to Watergate criminal investigators.

1973: A United Nations sanctioned cease-fire officially ended the Yom Kippur war between Israel and Syria (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1983: 237 U.S. Marines were killed when a suicide bomber drove a truck filled with explosives into the barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. Another bomber attacked the French military installation and killed 58 troops there.
Over 75 nations have Marine military forces, some of which have existed for over 2,000 years. The first Marines were known in ancient China in 400 BC, with Greek and Roman Marines following in 300 and 100 BC.

Roman Marines

1996: Pope John Paul II released a statement saying that Darwin's theory of evolution is "more than a hypothesis." The statement was considered the Vatican's clearest and most comprehensive in support of the un-Biblical theory of a Godless "creation." The supposed logic of Darwin's "clear and overwhelming" evidence (despite the "missing link" never having been found, because it never existed, although a number of later-proven fakes have been assembled and displayed over the years by supposed men of science who were determined, at all costs, to "prove" their hypothesis - and the fact that Darwin himself never taught evolution in the way that people today say that he did (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).

1998: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat signed the Wye River Memorandum (a "land for peace" agreement) in Washington.

2011: A powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Van Province, Turkey, killing 582 people and injuring thousands.



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