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 II Peter 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."

     Every promise the Lord made will be kept; with no exceptions.
Whatever He promised, He will do. It may seem to us as if it is a long
time coming, but the little time each of us wait is nothing compared
to all of eternity. The only reason the Lord has not already come
back, is because He wants every single person to be saved. We have
only to look at the numerous times God forgave the Israelites {on
their way to the promised land} to know just how longsuffering He is.

     II Peter 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."

     Just as the day of the flood finally came, the time of the end
will come, also. There is an appointed time that only the Father
knows. The return of the Lord to the earth as King of kings and Lord
of lords is not to be confused with the end of the planet. The earth
will be ruled by the King {Jesus} for a thousand years, then the earth
will be destroyed by fire, and there will be a new heaven and a new
earth. I believe the coming of the Lord and the judgement of fire on
the earth itself to be two separate happenings. Revelation 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."  We, also, know
that the works of man will be tried in the fire, to see if they are
pure.  The destruction, in verse 10 above, seems to be speaking of the
final judgement of God upon the earth.  Since God does not count time
as anything, the two happenings in verse 10 could easily be thousands
of years apart.
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