Mockery in the Last Days, Pt. 1 – 2 Peter 3:1-7

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Pastor Scott L. Harris

Grace Bible Church, NY

January 24, 2010

Mockery in the Last Days, Pt. 1

2 Peter 3:1-7

Introduction

We have been studying the book of 2 Peter for a while now, and in the last
several weeks I have been warning you about the dangers of false teachers as
well as trying to describe what they are like. The danger of false teachers
cannot be stressed enough. Why? Because as Jesus described them, they are
"the blind leading the blind, and they both fall into the pit"

(Matthew 15:14). They offer something that seems close to
the truth, yet it is not the truth. It is their own musing and opinions instead
of an exposition of the word of God. There are millions upon millions upon
millions of people going to hell because they follow the heresy of these
deceivers. I have mentioned several groups and individuals that teach false
doctrine, and we could spend a lot of time going over each of these groups and
pointing out their specific errors, and I will be doing more of that in the
future, but there is a better way to protect you in the present and future than
making a long catalog of these heretics. You need to be able to discern the
truth for yourself by learning the truth. That is my goal. (See:

There Shall Be False Teachers


Description of False Teachers
and
Defense Against False Teachers
).

There is a story about a young boy in China that very much wanted to learn to
carve jade. His grandfather was a famous artist in carving this semi-precious
stone, so one day the boy told his grandfather of his desire to follow in his
footsteps. The grandfather was of course pleased, but he was also wise. He told
the boy to come back the next day and they would begin his training program. The
boy could hardly sleep that night, and the next morning he was at his
grandfather’s bright and early. The grandfather told him to sit on a stool in a
corner and then told him to hold a piece of jade that he then gave him. The then
grandfather left and did not come back till late that afternoon. When he
returned, the boy asked him when he would begin to learn to carve. The
grandfather said it was too late today, they would begin tomorrow. The next day
the same thing happened and the same thing happened each day for more than a
week. The boy was told to sit in a corner and given a piece of jade and then the
grandfather would leave. Finally, one morning the boy took his usual place, but
was becoming very agitated over the situation and wanted to know when the
grandfather would begin to teach him how to carve. The grandfather quietly told
him that he would teach him once he thought the boy was ready. The grandfather
gave him another stone and was just about to leave the room again when the boy
called out, "Grandpa, what are you doing? This stone is not jade!" Then the
grandfather said, "Now you are ready"

You see, the best way to know if something is fake is to know the real thing
is so well than anything that differs from it is easily recognized. That is our
goal. We need to know the truth of God so well that we can easily discern
anything that deviates from it. This is what Peter will do throughout the
remainder of this epistle. 2 Peter 3 warns us about mockers that will come in
the last days, and they are already present and very active, and then he will
remind us of what is true. Turn to 2 Peter 3:1.


A Reminder to Remember 2 Peter 3:1-2


"This is now, beloved, the second letter I am writing to you in which I
am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember
the words spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord
and Savior spoken by your apostles."
To paraphrase, Peter says this is the
second time he has written to them, and He wants to cause them to remember the
truth as was taught by the holy prophets of old, in the commandments that the
Lord Jesus Christ gave, and which were taught to them by the apostles.

Peter pays them a great compliment here in verse 1. He says that he wanted to
stir up their "sincere minds." The word here for sincere literally means
"sunlight opinion" meaning a mind that when its thoughts are exposed to
sunlight are found to be pure. There are no falsehoods in them. We need to have
this same type of mind. We need minds that do not contain falsehoods, lies or
half-truths. We need to have thoughts that are pure. We need understanding that
has been shaped by a relentless pursuit of the truth. Do you have a mind like
that? Or is your mind easily swayed by the opinions of men?

Debates can be very interesting to listen to and I have heard many of them
over the years. I still consistently find that in a good debate that the truth
of Proverbs 18:17 is demonstrated. "The first to plead his case seems just,
Until another comes and examines him."
It is easy to be swayed by the first
person’s opinion until the opposing arguments are presented. Do you listen and
agree or disagree with the speaker depending on whether friend or foe, or do you
maintain a discerning mind to carefully think through the arguments given and
compare them with the truth? It is not always easy, in fact it is sometime very
difficult to figure out the truth, but we must be those who pursue truth before
making a decision and taking action.

Peter complimented those he was writing to because they had "sincere minds,"
for they were found to be pure, but we also find here that Peter was trying to "stir"
up those minds. He wanted to get them active, functioning and being diligent to
pursue truth. That is one of the goals I have this morning. I want you to have
your brain in gear and think in the pursuit of truth.

In verse 2, Peter reminds them of the basis for knowing truth which is that
which God has revealed to men. Earlier in this series of sermons when we were
examining the end of 1 Peter 1, we spent some time discussing the Bible as(See:
The Basis
for Belief –
2 Peter 1:16-21
) Peter makes it clear that the word of God is the foundation of
truth. However, for the Bible to do you any practical good you will have to know
what it says and remember it.

Do you remember the things that happened in the Old Testament? Paul says they
were written down for our instruction (1 Corinthians 10:11).
Do you remember the prophecies that were made and have already been fulfilled?
Peter said earlier (1 Peter 1:20,21) that they did not
come as an act of human will and their fulfillment is the proof that they were
from God (Deuteronomy 18:20-22). Do you know which
prophecies are yet to be fulfilled? Those are the promises that give us hope in
the present.

Do you remember what you were taught concerning the commandments that the
Lord Jesus Christ gave to us? Keeping them is the way that we practically
demonstrate our love for Jesus (John 14:21). Do you know
and remember the foundations for fact, the basis for belief, the tenets for
truth? If not, you had better get on a crash course and learn those things
quickly because foolish mocking is coming, and is in fact it is already here,
and it will seek to sway you from the truth to the detriment of your spiritual
health and possibly your eternal soul.

Foolish Mocking

2 Peter 3:3-4 "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.’"

Foolish Mocking! Why do I say foolish? Because Psalm 14:1 says, "The fool
has said in his heart, “€˜there is no God.’ They are corrupt, they have committed
abominable deeds."
A proper definition of a fool is the one that has
rejected God and His revelation, and that is what these mockers have done and
are doing. These mockers are fools in that sense. Verse 3 is not really so much
a statement on an eschatological view – what will happen in the end times – but
is rather a statement of rejection of the revelation of Scripture, the promises
of Christ, and ultimately the rejection of God Himself. You can imagine the
mocking tone they would use in making the statement in verse 3, "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."

Do not take a reference here to "creation" to mean necessarily that is
what they believe, and even if they do hold to a "creator being" it is
not the God of the Bible. That is one of the major weaknesses of the Intelligent
Design (ID) movement. While their honesty in recognizing true science from
speculative and philosophical "science" is welcomed, many of them still have
their souls at risk because they refuse to acknowledge the God of the Bible as
the intelligent designer who created all things. Without Jesus Christ as their
redeemer they are still under God’s condemnation as much as the atheistic and
agnostic mockers.

The mocking described here is done in the same vein as the soldiers that
mocked Jesus with the Crown of Thorns and the purple robe at his trial. A crown
and the purpose robe were props to mock Jesus being King of the Jews while they
spat upon Him, ridiculed Him, maltreated Him and beat Him. It is no wonder that
in Philippians 3:18 Paul describes these same kind of people whose minds are set
on earthly things as "enemies of the cross of Christ."

These foolish mockers refer to the promise of His coming. There are many
passages in the Old Testament which speak of the Messiah coming to punish the
wicked and set up His kingdom in a restored Israel as well as events that occur
after that when a new Heaven and Earth will be created. The following Old
Testament examples are just a sampling.

Jeremiah 30:3, "For, behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, “€˜when I
will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah.’ The Lord says, “€˜I will
also bring them back to the land that I gave to their forefathers, and they
shall possess it.’"

Isaiah 13:9-13, "Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, Cruel, with fury
and burning anger, To make the land a desolation; And He will exterminate its
sinners from it. 10 For the stars of heaven and their constellations Will not
flash forth their light; The sun will be dark when it rises, And the moon will
not shed its light. 11 Thus I will punish the world for its evil, And the wicked
for their iniquity; I will also put an end to the arrogance of the proud, And
abase the haughtiness of the ruthless. 12 I will make mortal man scarcer than
pure gold, And mankind than the gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore I shall make the
heavens tremble, And the earth will be shaken from its place At the fury of the
Lord of hosts In the day of His burning anger."

Isaiah 40:9-11, "Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of
good news, Lift up your voice mightily, O Jerusalem, bearer of good news; Lift
[it] up, do not fear. Say to the cities of Judah, "Here is your God!" 10 Behold,
the Lord God will come with might, With His arm ruling for Him. Behold, His
reward is with Him, And His recompense before Him. 11 Like a shepherd He will
tend His flock, In His arm He will gather the lambs, And carry [them] in His
bosom; He will gently lead the nursing [ewes.]
"

Joel 3:18, And it will come about in that day [the day of the Lord]
That the mountains will drip with sweet wine, And the hills will flow with milk,
And all the brooks of Judah will flow with water; And a spring will go out from
the house of the Lord, To water the valley of Shittim. 19 Egypt will become a
waste, And Edom will become a desolate wilderness, Because of the violence done
to the sons of Judah, In whose land they have shed innocent blood. 20 But Judah
will be inhabited forever, And Jerusalem for all generations. 21 And I will
avenge their blood which I have not avenged, For the Lord dwells in Zion.

Ezekiel 11:17 "Therefore say, “€˜Thus says the Lord God, "I shall gather you
from the peoples and assemble you out of the countries among which you have been
scattered, and I shall give you the land of Israel. "”€˜ 18 "When they come there,
they will remove all its detestable things and all its abominations from it. 19
"And I shall give them one heart, and shall put a new spirit within them. And I
shall take the heart of stone out of their flesh and give them a heart of flesh,
20 that they may walk in My statutes and keep My ordinances, and do them. Then
they will be My people, and I shall be their God

Daniel 7:13-14, "I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the
clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient
of Days And was presented before Him. 14 "And to Him was given dominion, Glory
and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations, and [men of every] language Might
serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And
His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed."

Isaiah 65:17-19 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the
former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 "But be glad and
rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem [for]
rejoicing, And her people [for] gladness. 19 "I will also rejoice in Jerusalem,
and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of
weeping and the sound of crying."

The New Testament also has multiple prophesies about the return of Jesus.
Here are four of them.

John 14:1-3 "Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also
in Me. 2 "In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I
would have told you ; for I go to prepare a place for you . 3 "And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself; that
where I am, [there] you may be also.

Matthew 25:31-32 "But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the
angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne, And all the nations
will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the
shepherd separates the sheep from the goats;’

Philippians 3:20-21, "For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we
eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body
of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion
of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself."

Revelation 22:7, "And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds
the words of the prophecy of this book."

Is it any wonder that I call this "foolish mocking." The very mocking of
these people will seal their doom. But equally as sad, or maybe something that
just increases the tragedy, is that this is "Forgetful Mockery."

Forgetful Mockery

2 Peter 3:5-6 "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."

They do not lack evidence of God’s faithfulness to His promises, so that
cannot be blamed for their ignorance. They are foolish and ignorant in their
mockery because of their own desire to be so. They either fail to recognize the
truth that is in front of their faces, and/or they chose to forget what they
already know. Other translations bring out this sense of willful action. The KJV
translates this as "they are willingly ignorant," the NKJV as "they
willfully forget,"
the NIV as "they deliberately forget," and Young’s
Literal as "this is unobserved by them willingly." What is it that they
willfully ignore or forget? The word of God and specifically the Genesis flood.

Scripture is absolute in its proclamation that there was a worldwide flood in
the days of Noah. The flood account itself is covered in Genesis 7-8. The basic
facts of the flood from Scripture are as follows.


Sources of Water Genesis 7:11-12, "In the six hundredth year of Noah’s
life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month, on the same day
all the fountains of the great deep burst open, and the floodgates
of the sky were opened
.
Remember from Genesis 1:6-10 that after God
created the earth on the first day, He put an expanse between the waters above
and below with that expanse between becoming "heaven." And it was not until the
third day that God gathered together the waters below so that the dry land would
appear.
(See:
The Days of
Creation
)

There was plenty of water above and below to cause a flood.


The Time Lengths.


*Began the 17th day of the 2nd month when Noah was
600


*Rained for 40 days – Genesis 7:12


*The waters rose and covered the mountains and prevailed for 150 days.
(Total 150 days) Genesis 7:17,19,24


*The waters receded for 73 days – Genesis 8:5 (223 total days)


*Opened the window of the ark after another 40 days – Gen. 8:6


*Earth dry on 1st day, 1st month of Noah’s 601st
year (313 days)


*They left ark on 27th day, 2nd month of Noah’s 601st
year for a total of 1 year and 10 days in the ark.

The Extent of the Flood

    1. Water rose to be 15 cubits (about 22 feet) above
"all the high mountains"
(7:19,20) and stayed at that level until the 150th
day (7:24 cf 8:4 & 5). You cannot stack water, so this could not have been a
local flood

    2. All land animals "whose nostrils was the breath of
the spirit of life, died"
except those on Ark (7:22-23). You cannot kill "all
flesh that moved on the earth"
in a local flood. This was a worldwide
catastrophic event.


(See:
God’s
Judgment & Grace
) (see also http://www.worldwideflood.com)

Additional Biblical Support

Noah and the historicity of the flood are attested by several other Biblical
writers. These include the following


Isaiah 54:9"For this is like the days of Noah to Me; When I
swore that the waters of Noah Should not flood the earth again . . . "


Jesus spoke about Noah and the flood in His ministry. Matthew
24:37-39 records Jesus saying, "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just
like the days of Noah. 38 "For as in those days which were before the flood they
were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the
day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and they did not understand until the flood
came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.
(See
also: Luke 17:26-27).

Hebrews 11:7 states about Noah, "By faith Noah, being warned
by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation
of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the
righteousness which is according to faith."

Peter comments about the flood not only here in 2 Peter 3:5-6,
but also earlier in his letter. In 2 Peter 2:5 Peter said concerning God’s past
judgments on the wicked, "and did not spare the ancient world, but preserved
Noah, a preacher of righteousness, with seven others, when He brought a flood
upon the world of the ungodly."
Even earlier in 1 Peter 3:20 he said,
"the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah, during the construction
of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through
[the] water."

In all of these passages Noah and the worldwide flood of that time are
affirmed. To deny the Genesis flood is to also deny the veracity of the prophet
Isaiah, the apostle Peter, the writer of Hebrews and Jesus Himself.

Non-Biblical Support

There are many other sources outside the Bible that also support the
historicity of the Genesis flood. I want to mention a couple of them today along
with a few examples, and then next week I want to get more in depth about this
because the lies of the mockers have led so many astray in our own land by
denying the Genesis flood. If you cannot believe Genesis, then how can you
believe the rest of the Bible? The mockers attack on Noah and the flood is also
an attack on Jesus since He presents it as an actual event. If the claim of the
mockers is true and there was not a universal flood, then Jesus cannot be
believed either.

The two extra areas of study that lend strong support to the fact of the
Genesis flood are the fields of geology and paleontology in science and flood
mythology around the world. This morning I am going to concentrate more on the
mythologies that occurs in other cultures and next week I will focus on geology
and the study of fossils. I actually like all these fields of study because I
have had a love for history since Jr. High School and still read history for
recreation, and my undergraduate degree is a Bachelor of Science with study in a
multitude of fields of science.

World Mythologies:. Almost every culture has some kind of flood
mythology including South America, Asia, Polynesia and Africa. Often that
mythology includes the escape of eight people by a boat or some other method.
Let me briefly describe a few of them to you from different areas of the world.(see: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.html)

Gilgamesh Epic: One of the oldest written accounts is from some
cuneiform tablets dating to about 650 B.C. found in ruins of the ancient library
at Ninevah. Fragments of the story have been found on tablets dating back to
perhaps 2,000 B.C., and those would trace to older oral histories. In part of
the epic Gilgamesh meets Utnapishtim who had becomes immortal after building a
boat to survive the Great Deluge that destroyed mankind.

Similarities between this flood account and Genesis include: It was global;
it was due to man’s sin and intended against all mankind; The hero of the story
was righteous in comparison to the rest of mankind; The hero was directed to
build a multistoried boat with at least one window and the structure was to be
covered with pitch; Only a limited number of humans survived along with all
species of animals; Heavy rain was a source of water for the flood; Birds were
released after the flood to test if the land was dry enough yet and both
accounts include a dove and raven, though Gilgamesh also includes a swallow;
Both boats came to rest on a mountain and both heros offered a sacrifice after
they got out of the boat and were blessed by God. There are also serious
differences in the two accounts, but the similarities are significant and show a
common source.

Sir James G. Frazer (Folk-Lore in the Old Testament, vol. 1,
Macmillan & Co., London, 1919)
records the story among the Masai tribe of
East Africa about a man named Tumbainot who was righteous. The world was heavily
populated in those days, but the people were sinful and God finally resolved to
destroy mankind, except Tumbainot found grace in His eyes. God commanded
Tumbainot to build an ark of wood and enter it with his two wives, six sons and
their wives, and some of animals of every sort. When they were all aboard and
provisioned, God caused a great long rain which caused a flood, and all other
men and beasts drowned. After a long time the rain stopped, and Tumbainot let
loose a dove to ascertain the state of the flood. The dove returned tired.
Several days later he loosed a vulture and he determined the flood was receding.
The ark grounded on the steppe, and when it was dry its occupants left the ark.
Tumbainot saw four rainbows, one in each quarter of the sky, signifying that
God’s wrath was over

The Miao tribe who of southwest China had a tradition that because of
wickedness of man, god sent a flood to destroy the whole world. However, a
righteous man named Nuah and his wife Matriarch, along with their three sons, Lo
Han, Lo Shen, and Jah-hu survived by building a very broad ship and embarked on
it with pairs of animals. Even more interesting, the Chinese character for a
boat is a vessel with eight people inside it, which is the same number as the
Mio tribe tradition and in the Biblical account.

Sir Frazer also recorded the Transylvanian Gypsy story of the flood. Due to
sin all living things were going to be drowned, but one man was told to take a
wife, gather his kinfolk, and build a boat on which to save them, animals, and
seeds of trees and herbs. The man did all this. It rained a year, and the waters
covered everything. After a year, the waters sank, and the people and animals
disembarked.

The Maori of New Zealand also have a flood story related to the neglect of
their creator, Tane, but in this one two men and some women survive on a raft
built with a house on it and provisioned with food. The rain lasted four or five
days and then stopped, but the waters still rose. After the waters began to
thin, the earth had been much changed by the flood, and the people on the raft
were the only survivors.

Flood stories are not just common among tribes that lived near water, but
also those that lived far inland. Dr. John D. Morris has collected more than 200
of these flood stories, originally reported by various missionaries,
anthropologists, and ethnologists. He analyzed these and found that though
differences between them could be substantial, there were also many common
elements. 95% have a global flood. In 88% there is a favored family. Animals
play a part in 73% and they were also saved in 67%. In 70% the survival is due
to a boat. The flood id due to the wickedness of man in 66% and also in 66%
there was a forewarning. In 57% the survivors landed on a mountain. 35% have
birds sent out. And those these final figures are much smaller, they are still
very significant. The survivors offered a sacrifice in 13%. A rainbow was
mentioned in 7% and in 9% there were specifically 8 people saved.

Dr. Morris writes, "Anthropologists will tell you that a myth is often the
faded memory of a real event. Details may have been added, lost, or obscured in
the telling and retelling, but the kernel of truth remains. When two separate
cultures have the same "myth" in their body of folklore, their ancestors must
have either experienced the same event, or they both descended from a common
ancestral source which itself experienced the event."

He continues, "The only credible way to understand the widespread, similar
flood legends is to recognize that all people living today, even though
separated geographically, linguistically, and culturally, have descended from
the few real people who survived a real global flood, on a real boat which
eventually landed on a real mountain. Their descendants now fill the globe,
never to forget the real event. But, of course, this is not the view of most
modern scholars. They prefer to believe that something in our commonly evolved
psyche forces each culture to invent the same imaginary flood legend with no
basis in real history. Instead of scholarship, this is "willful ignorance" of
the fact that "the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished"
(II Peter 3:5,6).

Finished Mockers

Next week I will take up the evidence from science, especially geology and
paleontology. Let me conclude this week by quickly answering the question why
would otherwise intelligent people willfully deny the evidence put before them?
Peter gives us the clue in 2 Peter 3:7 where he tells us what the finish of the
mockers will be. "But the present heavens and earth by His word are being
reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men."

Peter says that just as the flood was used by God in the days of Noah to
destroy the ungodly, a day is coming when the same thing will happen, except
this time it will be by fire instead of flood. The coming judgment by fire is as
sure as the flood. In the effort to distance themselves from the certainty of
judgment, they strive to deny it by ignoring the evidence of God’s judgment in
the past.

Where are you at today? Are you one of the mockers? Then God have mercy upon
your soul so that you will recognize who God is and respond to the love He has
shown you in His Son Jesus Christ. You need to repent and get your life right
with God today.

Are you one of the many that has been deceived by the mockery that so
prevalent today? You do not have to be deceived any longer. If you’re interested
in this subject I would be more than happy to point you to many books to
increase your knowledge in this area. You need to grow in your relationship with
God and let Him be who He says He is. You need to learn to take Him at His word.
It is true!

If you have heard this before, then rejoice over the reminder that God has
moved in the lives of men and that He continues to do so today. Rejoice that by
His grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and His sacrifice for sin on
our behalf on Calvary, we can be forgiven and made righteous before Him.


Sermon Notes – 1/10/2010

Mockery in the Last Days – 2 Peter 3:1-7

Introduction

    False teachers are ___________- the blind leading the
blind into the pit – substituting the truth with error

    The best protection is being able to discern the
___________ for yourself by learning the truth

    When truth is well known, any variation from it is easily
recognized as _________


A Reminder to Remember 2 Peter 3:1-2

    "Sincere minds" = sunlight opinion. Fully exposed
and found to be _________.

    Proverbs 18:17 – You must keep a _____________ mind

    "Stirring up" – motivating to __________ diligence
to pursue the truth

    The __________ is the basis for belief – 1 Peter 1:16f

    Remember Old Testament & its ________________ – 1 Cor.
10:11; 1 Peter 1:20-21, Deut. 18:20-22

    Remember the ___________________ of our Lord Jesus Christ
and keep them – John 14:21


Foolish Mocking2 Peter 3:3-4

    Foolish according to _________________

    The reference to "creation" does not mean they
__________Biblical creation or even in a creator being.

    They mock the promise of __________________ – Old & New
Testament prophecies

    Jeremiah 30:3
_______________________________________________________________________

    Isaiah 13:9-13
_______________________________________________________________________

    Isaiah 40:9-11
_______________________________________________________________________

    Joel 3:18
___________________________________________________________________________

    Ezekiel 11:17
________________________________________________________________________

    Daniel 7:13-14
_______________________________________________________________________

    Isaiah 65:17-19
______________________________________________________________________

    John 14:1-3
_________________________________________________________________________

    Matthew 25:31-32
___________________________________________________________________

    Philippians 3:20-21
___________________________________________________________________

    Revelation 22:7
______________________________________________________________________


Forgetful Mockery2 Peter 3:5-6

    They do not lack _______________ of God’s faithfulness to
His promises

    They are foolish and ignorant in their mockery because of
the ______________ to be so.

    They ___________________ ignore the word of God and the
evidence of the Genesis flood

    Sources of water: Genesis 7:11-12 – Fountains of
_________, floodgates of ___________.

    On the second day of creation God placed an expanse
(heaven) between _________above and below

    On the third day of creation God gathered together the
_________below allowing dry land to appear

The Time Lengths

    Flood ___________17th day of the 2nd
month when Noah was 600 – Genesis 7:6

    Rains for _______days, with waters prevailing for
__________days – Genesis 7:12,17,19,24

    Waters receded for __________days before mountain tops are
visible – Genesis 8:5 (223 total days)

    Earth is _______ on 1st day, 1st
month of Noah’s 601st year (313 days) – Genesis 8:13

    They disembark the ark on 27th day, 2nd
month of Noah’s 601st year – Genesis 8:14-19 (_____________)

The Extent of the Flood

    15 cubits (~ 22 feet) above "____the high mountains"
(7:19,20) & prevailing for 150 days (7:24
cf 8:4-5)

    All land animals "whose nostrils was the breath of the
spirit of life, ____"
except those on Ark (7:22-23)

Additional Biblical Support

    Isaiah 54:9
__________________________________________________________________________

    Jesus – Matthew 24:37-39; Luke 17:26-27
_________________________________________________

    Hebrews 11:7
________________________________________________________________________

    Peter – 1 Peter 3:20; 2 Peter 2:5; 3:5-6
_____________________________________________________

Non-Biblical Support

    The science fields of ___________ & paleontology
(to be discussed next week)

    Flood Mythologies around the world

    Gilgamesh Epic

    The ________ tribe of East Africa

    The ________tribe who of southwest China

    The Transylvanian __________ story

    The __________ of New Zealand

Dr. John D Morris analysis of over 200 flood myths – 95% have a global flood.
In 88% there is a favored family. Animals play a part in 73% and they were also
saved in 67%. In 70% the survival is due to a boat. The flood id due to the
wickedness of man in 66% and also in 66% there was a forewarning. In 57% the
survivors landed on a mountain. 35% have birds sent out. The survivors offered a
sacrifice in 13%. A rainbow was mentioned in 7% and in 9% there were
specifically 8 people saved


Finished Mockers2 Peter 3:7

    In the effort to ignore their ______judgement, they must
disregard the evidence of God’s past judgement

KIDS CORNER

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives.
Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you
hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch.
Older Children –
1) Write down all the verses mentioned. 2) Count how many
times the word "mocker" is mentioned. 3) Talk with your parents about how to
determine truth from error.


THINK ABOUT IT!

Do you know the word of God well enough to protect yourself from false
teachers? Give some examples of mockers you have encountered? Look up additional
prophecies of the Lord’s coming. Review the story of Creation in Genesis 1 & the
Flood in Genesis 6-8. Are you aware of any other ancient flood myths? Look up
some (www.talkorigins.org/faqs/flood-myths.html). Are you ready for Christ’s
return & judgment?

 


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