Some in the latter days will doubt the Second Coming—The elements will melt at the coming of the Lord.
1 This second epistle, beloved, I now awrite unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of bremembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy aprophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3 aKnowing this first, that there shall come in the blast days scoffers, walking after their own clusts,
4 And saying, aWhere is the bpromise of his ccoming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they willingly are aignorant of, that by the bword of God the heavens were of old, and the cearth standing out of the water and in the water:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being aoverflowed with bwater, perished:
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto afire against the day of judgment and bperdition of ungodly men.
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand ayears, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is alongsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should bperish, but that all should come to crepentance.
10 But the aday of the Lord will bcome as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall cpass away with a great noise, and the delements shall melt with fervent heat, the eearth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what amanner of persons ought ye to be in all holy bconversation and godliness,
12 aLooking for and bhasting unto the ccoming of the dday of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new aheavens and a bnew cearth, wherein dwelleth drighteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be adiligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without bspot, and blameless.
15 And aaccount that the blongsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable awrest, as they do also the other bscriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, aseeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being bled caway with the error of the wicked, fall from your own dsteadfastness.
18 But grow in agrace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.