reply to post by Blue_Jay33
Here is something for you to ponder over Blue-Jay, the scripture in 2 Peter 3:9 where it says: "but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient)
toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance."
If you take a close look notice who Peter was talking to. It was not directed toward mankind in general but the anointed congregation of Christian
Revelation 7:3, 4 tell us quite plainly that the four winds of destruction will be loosed at Armageddon only after the final sealing of the last of
So the reality of the matter is that God has chosen in his good will and extreme loving-kindness to be patient with his anointed congregation.
Obviously not everyone has either been chosen yet, or has made the proper adjustments in their lives to meet his requirements. His extreme patience
with those whom he has adopted as children has allowed this wicked world to continue on.
In his wisdom this has also allowed the in-gathering of other sheep who will make up the core foundation of the new world, a "great crowd" as
mentioned in that same chapter of Revelation in verse 9. Yet we are never given a number of how many will be of the great crowd. In his wisdom God
has foreordained since before the founding of the world (of wicked mankind) that there would be 144,000 humans called, bought from earth, and when the
end comes the last of them will have been finally sealed.
People like to apply this scripture to the world of mankind, and to the congregation as a whole, which is appropriate, for God's long-suffering toward
his children benefits all who avail themselves of this year of goodwill.
No wonder a little longer on in the same chapter Peter tells the anointed congregation, and by* extension all who stick with them:
(2 Peter 3:14, 15) . . .Hence, beloved ones, since you are awaiting these things, do your utmost to be found finally by him spotless and unblemished
and in peace. 15 Furthermore, consider the patience of our Lord as salvation. . .
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