2 Peter 3
New King James Version (NKJV)
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with
fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.[c] 11 Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of
persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, 12 looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be
dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? 13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new
earth in which righteousness dwells.
Speaking of the Day of the Lord doesn't necessarily mean speaking of Second Coming. Do you see anything said about the Second Coming of the Lord?
Nothing! In the second coming we have Armageddon and Jesus coming, winning over the false christ and establishing the millennium kingdom ON Earth.
What is descried in Peter is pretty much the opposite - we are taken out of the earth that is consumed by fire.
Rapture theories quickly grasp on that and say it is the rapture before the Great Trib. But how then the entire earth is burnt with fire, as if it is
flood? This is not quite in Revelation.
I assume Peter speaks of an event different from the End time sequences of events, that precede it for hundreds or thousands of years. The way the
Flood happened without being a part of the Apocalypse. That puts a future timeframe for the Apocalypse to happen. There are such voices, one of the
most prominent today is the Russian patriarch Kirill that the Apocalypse could and must be postponed, and that God's design is not to be fulfilled in
some 2-5000 years (the time since the Flood) but longer. And that we will not understand God's design for the human race until we are transferred to
the new heaven and new earth.
The use of word heaen is tricky, because the time all that is written, there is only one word in Latin and in the Latin derived languages for both
heaven and sky - cielo. Without the knowledge of the space, interstellar or gaactic. In Russian it is also one word, nebo, meaning both heaven and sky
(atmosphere). Today's read should add also the word space. So speaking of new heaven might well be of new configuration of stars constellations. New
heaven means there is old heaven now. And what is our "heaven'sky" if not the stars we see there?
New earth definitely should be determined as new planet home of humanity, an exoplanet or super earth as the modern astronomers say.
For practical purposes I understand the new earth as a new planet (and how otherwise), the much speculated rapture - as spaceship rescue by angels who
also have devices such as spaceships necessary for us the humans (as they were necessary for Elijah to leave planet Earth). The survived humanity will
have the task to 1. continue itself biologically on the new planet, 2. preserve and spread the faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the sacraments
of the Church, 3. perhaps to be space missionary in the host planet and beyond. I say perhaps, because the angels-et who will provide the physical
meaning of salvation - the spaceships, know of Jesus and serve Jesus. But perhaps there are other beings in the wider galaxy that do not know yet.
After all those things are finished the earth cleansed by fire (spoken in many modern apparitions, approved in Akita, and others not approved as
Chastisement but without speaking of Second Coming - Grabandal and others). It is clearly seen a timeline different from that given in Revelation. A
timeline with planetary chastisement event much greater than the Flood, that leaves few survivors (perhaps only the rescued ones) but that does not
bring the Antichrist on Earth. The modifications of some modern prophets that the antichrist comes on Earth shortly before the Chastisement and is
killed by the Chastisement, do not match the Apocalypse speaking of Armageddon and Jesus' armies coming, instead of any planetary chastisement. The
difference is obvious. Also the restoration of Earth after a fire covering all of it (by whatever cause - from space or earth interior) will take
hundreds if not thousands of years. it will be a slow process and the geology proves it happened before. The Earth ultimately will be fit for life and
repopulated in peace. Until the old-new kingdoms emerge and make the events in the Revelation.
The Fatima era of peace is granted to humanity but it is not said it will be on planet Earth, it could be elsewhere for those saved ones.
Please check that theory of mine how reliable it sounds in your own End times scenarios. We may be thousands years ahead of the End times and still
the life on Earth may be destroyed in 2013 similar and more severe than the Flood, with survivors only those who accept the God's angels rescue.
Don't worry for plants and animals, their specimens are already rescued.