Thursday, January 16, 2014

Does 2 Peter 3:8 Teach that One Day of Creation could actually be 1000 years?

The text of 2 Peter 3:8 reads:
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.
Often times those who support what is called the “Day Age Theory” present this verse as proof for their idea that each day of Creation was longer than 24 hours. 

Answer:
This verse is NOT dealing with the length of the days of creation. This verse falls in a context about “mockers”.  Peter says that there will be people who will mock the belief in the second coming of Jesus.
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.” (2 Peter 3:3-4)
These mockers were using the duration of time between Jesus’ ascension and return as proof that He would never come again. In this letter Peter assures the Christians that Jesus WILL come again someday, but not according to our schedule. To humans, a few years seems like an eternity and 2000 years an impossibility. God is not impatient like us, God existed before time. To God there is really no differences between waiting 1 year or 1000 years because he is not constrained by time and space.

Also, notice the words he chooses to employ in verse 8 . Peter does not say one day “IS” a thousand years, but instead he says “IS LIKE” a thousand years. What Peter is doing is showing that God is patient and will work on His time schedule and not ours. We should be thankful for God’s patience. If God was was impatient as most humans are, we would not have had the chance to repent and become partakers of salvation.
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 3:9).

By Cliff Sabroe - Quotes from NASB95 Bible. Image from Wikipedia