I was recently made aware of this video teaching of Dr. Michael Williams, one of my former professors from Covenant Theological Seminary. The teaching (35 minutes in length) looks at 2 Peter 3:10-13 and the apocalyptic language given to describe the end of this present age. Peter’s words come to us like this:
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. 11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives 12 as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. 13But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.
I’ve believed for a while now that this passage is about exchatology and NOT a proof text for the flood or a condemnation of uniformitarianism. Blogged about it a while back (http://theologica.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-abuse-of-2-peter-3). Flood geologists just love this passage though! The apocalyptic genre of the passage though reminds me of the whole Geisler/Licona debate in that there seems to be a mix of apocalyptic language and historical reference.