“But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:8-9 NLT
Recently we noted that God is not confined to the limits of time like we are. He transcends time. He is eternal! We are bound to a measure of time. We are finite (limited) creatures. He is infinite (unlimited). A thousand years to us is called a millennia. To God it is compared to one of our days (see the verse cited above and Psalm 90:4). This is our attempt to compare the eternal God with our temporary time clock. This gives us a way to, with human reasoning, grasp His nature. He is timeless. He isn’t affected by time. Time drags along for us. To God, it is but a drop in the bucket of eternity. Knowing this gives us the understanding that, although it has been two millennia since Jesus ascended into heaven (Acts 1:9-11), Jesus will be back soon, just like He stated (see Revelation 3:11; 22:7,12,20). The word “quickly” is used in the KJV, NASB, ASV, AMP, and HCSB). The word “soon” is used in the NLT, NIV, ESV, GW, and NCV). We can, correctly, interpret that this means the same. Jesus is coming soon!!! To the scoffer who is attempting to rationalize Jesus promise by human logic, this seems like a false claim. However, to the believer who understands the eternal nature of God, His track record of promise keeping, and the blessed hope that awaits, this is going to occur, without doubt!! We must trust God’s Word!!! He has never failed and never will!!! As Peter stated in the text above, God is allowing time for sinners to repent and come to salvation.
Let men say what they may. I, for one, await the second coming of Christ. It will come!!!
Rev. Curtis Norris