"But the Day of the Lord will come; it will come, unexpected as a thief. On that day, the heavens will disappear" "and the elements* will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it" "will be laid bare."  (From 2 Peter 3:10 NEB & RSV).

The elements* (Greek: στοιχεΐα) earth, water, air and fire were thought by the ancients to be the foundation of the natural world. They also believed there existed elemental spirits that presided over these four elements, who lived in and ruled them. That is why the apostle Paul admonished: "Be on your guard; do not let your minds be captured by hollow and delusive speculations, based on traditions of man
  made teaching and centred on the elemental spirits (στοιχεΐα) of the universe (elementary ideas belonging to this world) and not on Christ." (Col 2:8 NEB & footnote). The "works" that will be "laid bare" and "burned up" on the Day of the Lord are the man-made teachings and traditions of the unGodly. How? By the Spirit "fire" of the Lord's Judgement, as it is written: "The heavens and the earth that are now are stored up for fire and are being reserved to the day of Judgement and of destruction of the unGodly men."  (2 Peter 3:7).  "For no man can lay any other foundation than what is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on the foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood materials, hay, stubble, each one's work will become manifest, for the day will show it up, because it will be revealed by means of fire; and the fire itself will prove what sort of work each one's is. If anyone's work that he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward; if anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved; yet if so, it will be as through fire."  (1 Cor 3:11-15).

To state that "he himself will be saved; yet if so, it will be as through fire" indicates
 that the "fire" is not literal flame, but is a spirit test of earth's inhabitants. "For see, the Lord is coming in fire, with his chariots like a whirlwind, to strike home with His furious anger and with the flaming fire of His reproof. The Lord will judge by fire, with fire He will test all living men, and many will be slain by the Lord".  (Isaiah 66:15,16 NEB). The teaching of Peter's second letter is that those who have advance knowledge of the "Day of the Lord" must do their utmost to be found by Him "spotless and unblemished and in peace" and not be led away with law-defying people. (2 Peter 3:10-18 & 1:1,2). For the new heavens and new earth that we are awaiting according to His promise in which righteousness is to dwell, serves to indicate that this Spirit "fire" is the means by which Jehovah will begin the creation of His "new earth".

Peter also said: "For you know this first, that in the last days there will come ridiculers with their ridicule, proceeding according to their own desires and saying: 'Where is this promised presence of his? Why, from the day our forefathers fell asleep [in death], all things are continuing exactly as from creation's beginning." (2 Peter 3:3,4). Those  who do not attain to repentance will be destroyed. Have you attained to repentance? (2 Peter 3:9). Do you have "advance knowledge" for your earthly protection to enter God's new heavens and new earth?

For many, the coming of the "Day of the Lord" will be unexpected as a thief, when He comes to take away the lives of "law-defying" people from households of those that have proved disobedient to God during His patience and considered slowness in coming. (2 Peter 3:9,17). Knowledge of the actual "day and hour" we do not and will not have. But for the "sort of watch" and "sort of day" when "one is being taken along" or  "is being let go off" read Matthew 24:36-43 of the Greek Interlinear Translation, and be "proving yourselves ready" in obedience to the Spirit refinements set out on Pages 777 to 864D of  The Opened "Little Scroll".

Because Noah was a preacher of righteousness and found favour in the eyes of God, physical safety was provided for him and his family during the destruction of the earth when it was deluged with water. We also know, by world events, that we are in the "sort  of watch" when the "thief" is likely to come. Only acceptable baptisms in The  Christ's name correspond to a place of spiritual safety, but not baptisms in disobedience for the sake of being dead ones. (1 Peter 3:21.  1 Cor 15:28,29). Noah and his family were "taken along" and the rest of mankind was "let go off": Abandoned. For the salvation of those "being taken along" knowledge is now being made known.  (Rev 10:8-11).

The Lord Jehovah is putting "hooks" in the "jaws" of satan and turning him around in open confrontation as to the spirit aspect of mankind under satan's rule at the end of this system of things. (Ezek 38:1-6)  (Zech 5:1-4). In the "day" that Gog comes in upon the "soil of Israel", Jehovah will speak in the "fire" of His fury and will war against  those warring against His Holy City spiritual "Jerusalem". (Zech 14:12-16). Jehovah  furnishes only the appointed "day" when satan's reign will be destroyed. (Ezek 38:18-20)  (Dan 7:26,27). We are witnessing the unfolding of events according to the wrath of God upon all that war against spiritual "Israel".  (Rev 17:16-18.  See Dan 8:19 & 11:44,45).

Revised 7/2/08.