Posted by: biblestudyseattle | October 15, 2014

Daniel & Daniel

It seems that the apostles were convinced for awhile that Jesus would return in their lifetimes. Jesus said many things to give this impression. They further took the seventy weeks prophecy of Daniel to buttress their thoughts. But some point about the mid 60s AD, it became apparent that Jesus would not return for a very long time. Hence the difference between first and second Peter.

“The end of all things is near; therefore, be of sound judgment and sober spirit for the purpose of prayer.” 1 Peter 4:7

“Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation.” For when they maintain this, it escapes their notice that by the word of God the heavens existed long ago and the earth was formed out of water and by water, through which the world at that time was destroyed, being flooded with water. But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day. The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:3-9

Likewise, in our day there is much speculation and confusion because of Daniel’s prophecies that knowledge and travel would increase. Hence the second coming is looked for. But just as the first century world did not know exactly when Daniel’s seventy weeks started, so in our day we don’t know the scope of when increasing knowledge and travel will have reached their limits.

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