An Alphabetical Analysis
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foretell a mighty shaking both of earth and heaven, such as Job 9:6; Isaiah
2:19,21; 13:13; 23:11; Haggai 2:6,7,21, and Hebrews 12:26,27.  Also such
references to earthquakes as Isaiah 29:6; Zechariah 14:5; Matthew 24:7 and
the five occurrences in the Apocalypse, Revelation 6:12; 8:5; 11:13,19 and
We now arrive at the climax prophecy 2 Peter, chapter 3.  We will not
attempt here a complete literary structure of this passage, but the following
will exhibit its salient features.
2 Peter 3
This second epistle (Peter's).
Pure minds stirred to remembrance.
Words of Lord and Saviour.
d Scoffers.
Promise of His Coming.
e  Wilful ignorance.
e  Be not ignorant.
d  The Lord.
e  Day of Lord.
Heaven and earth pass away.
e  Day of God.
Heaven and earth made new.
In all his epistles (Paul's).
Grace of Lord and Saviour.
It will be noted that the first two chapters form a preface, the third
chapter being 'this second epistle' proper.  Prefaces are often skipped by
readers, but a divinely inspired preface cannot be so lightly treated.  Peter
is concerned, among other things, with the safeguarding of prophetic truth
and the assurance of his readers.  The expression, 'knowing this first',
links 2 Peter 1:20 with 2 Peter 3:3, and both passages are concerned with the
integrity and inspiration of the prophetic writings, 'we have not followed
cunningly devised fables', in spite of all that the scoffers may say, or the
arguments they may bring forward.
Chapter 2 passes from the true Prophet to the false, and also counters
the objection of chapter 3, namely that 'all things continue as they were',
by giving three instances of Divine interposition: (1) The angels that
sinned.  (2) The flood.  (3) The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrha, and
contrasts the 'grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ' (2
Pet. 3:18) with a graceless knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ (2
Pet. 2:20).  The Received Text be it noted makes a distinction here.  In 2
Peter 2:20 it is 'The Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ', but in 3:18 it is 'Our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ'.  In both passages there is 'knowledge', but
in 2 Peter 1:8 Peter warns of a 'barren and unfruitful' knowledge.  In both
chapters 1 and 2 there is an 'escape' from corruption, but one is ensured by
reason of the partaking of the 'Divine nature' (2 Pet. 1:4), which is absent
in 2 Peter 2:18 -20.  So much for the surrounding context, but our main theme
is found in 2 Peter 3:10 -13.  Here we find the day of the Lord, succeeded by
the day of God.  As the day of God was the object of desire (verse 12) and as
the New Heaven and New Earth were equally desired, 'looking for' and 'look
for' being translations of the same Greek word, the day of God seems to
include the New Heavens and Earth.  The passing away of the heavens and earth
synchronizes with the passing away of the 'former' heaven and earth of