The Day of the Lord

Steven Bouma-Prediger

READ : 2 Peter 3:8-13

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. (v. 10)

Scoffers ridiculed the hope of Christ’s second coming. The biblical author replies that God is not slow, but patiently forbearing, not wanting any to perish. The day of the Lord will come; you can count on it. But it will come like a thief, when nobody expects it.

And on that day, after a purifying fire, the earth and all the works done on it will be disclosed. The heavens and the earth will not be destroyed or annihilated. They won’t be burned up to nothing. They won’t cease to exist. They will, rather, be found by God – whole and pure, like glistening silver cleansed by fire of all impurities, reflecting the face of its maker. As the Greek verb in the last clause of verse 10 indicates, God’s grand “Eureka!” – “I found it!” – will resound throughout the cosmos, as an earth that is good and true and right will finally be disclosed.

A Christian view of the future is earth-affirming. God will not destroy what he so lovingly makes, faithfully sustains, and patiently redeems.


God of holy fire, the earth awaits your purifying love.