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Sunrise on Temple Mount in Jerusalem; Back to Previous Devotion

December 18 - Morning

"Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you.
I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets 
and the command given by our Lord and Savior
through your apostles.
Above all, you must
understand that in the last days scoffers will
come, scoffing and following their own evil desires.

- Second Peter 3:1-3


Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
Doctrine and Lifestyle    

Peter begins closing his second letter by telling his readers the purpose of both his first and
second letters was to provide "reminders" which would "stimulate you to wholesome thinking."
The word "thinking" (dianoia) was a common word among philosophers including Plato, who
used the exact phrase that Peter uses in 3:1. Peter is using words from the philosophy and
religious systems familiar to the Greeks and Romans to communicate eternal, Christian Truth
in the language of these pagans who have been born again.

Peter clearly identifies the source and vehicle of the written revelation as being Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles. Recalling the "words spoken in the past by the holy
prophets and...through your apostles" will "stimulate you to wholesome thinking." The words of Scripture will provide intense teaching and thought provoking study that will enable the
believer to hold to the truth and to live a godly life.

The topic Peter is addressing here is two-fold. Peter is addressing the doctrine of the Lord's
return in judgment and our response to live holy lives in anticipation of the Lord's coming
and his kingdom.

Peter warns that people will doubt and mock the doctrine of the Second Coming and the
judgment (evaluation) that will follow. As a result of their rejection of the truth these scoffers
do not have faith in this doctrine, thus their lifestyles are given over to the pursuit of
"their own evil desires."

The contrast is set between two groups of people in the church: The first group hears and
remembers the doctrine of the OT prophets and the NT apostles, and as a result they are
motivated and empowered to live a holy life as they anticipate the Lord's return and his kingdom.
The second group rejects and scoffs at the word of God and, instead follows human
philosophy and popular opinion which leads to an evil lifestyle that will be judged and
destroyed upon the Lord's sure return.


  Christian Quote from Church History

"“What you are is
God's gift to you,
what you become is
your gift to God.” 
- Hans Urs von Balthasar


Something to Ponder??

Rapture Views:
Pretribulational - believes Jesus will rapture the entire church of believers before the tribulation begins.
Midtribulational - believes Jesus will rapture the believers in the church in the middle of the tribulation period.
Prewrath - synthesis of pre-, mid-, and posttribulationalism, together with a refinement of the timing issue to remove the church before the judgment of God begins on the earth.
Posttribulational - the belief that Jesus will rapture the church at the close of the tribulation period.
Partial Rapture - the belief that only spiritual believers who are walking in fellowship with God will be raptured. This includes several raptures throughout the tribulation period to rescue believers who have purified their lives.
No Rapture - the belief that the second coming of Christ occurred in 70 AD (Preterism) and that Paul's teaching about being "caught up" to meet Jesus in the air was completely spiritual, and not meant to be applied literally.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information


Yobel  (Hb) - Jubilee (Eng) - yobel is a Hebrew word that means "trumpet," but it is also translated "jubilee." Literally yobel means "a ram's horn." The blowing of the rams horn became associated with the announcement of the beginning of the celebratino of a feast, so it began to mean "jubilee."

  Slinging stones was a part of the ancient military in the Old Testament and, also, in Greek and Roman times. The stones were chiseled to a roughly round form the size of a pool ball or tennis ball. They were propelled underhand with one end of a sling attached to the fingers of the throwing hand while the other was held between the thumb and the forefinger and released after one 360 degree rotation in an underhand motion. A good slinger was as accurate and could cover the same distance as an archer. Roman military texts  recommend archery targets be practiced at 200 yards, while slingers could throw twice as far (up to a quarter of a mile.) These sling stones would travel at 60 miles per hour and easily penetrate a body. (details)
Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I believe the Word of God? Do I believe the Lord will return in judgment?
Does my lifestyle indicate my faith in these doctrines?
Or, does my lifestyle indicate a scoffing of the Lord's coming kingdom?
I will hear and believe the Truth. I will live a lifestyle that agrees with true doctrine.
  "A poor man pleads for mercy, but a rich man answers harshly." - Proverbs 18:23
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Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

Waters from the area of Dan in northern Israel that serve as part of the headwaters of the Jordan River. (click on image for larger size) Details of the excavation of Beth Shemesh.
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