Q. I was just reading (The End Times According To Peter) and it seems to me that in Peter’s letters he never mentions the Lord coming as in the Rapture but always looking for His second coming after the Tribulation and seems to be warning these Jewish Christians to endure and then describes what is going to happen right before He comes.
Is this why Peter says even so late in his life that Paul’s writings are hard to be understood. Wasn’t Peter looking for the Tribulation to begin and the Second Coming?
It just seems that way when you read the text. Jesus had told them of the promise of the earthly Kingdom all thru the Gospels, so it seems like he was holding out for that series of events according to all of the Old Test. prophecies of which the Church and the Rapture were hidden. What do you think?
A. Most of Peter’s writing concerns instructions on how to live a life pleasing to God, and he does comment on the difficulty of understanding Paul in 2 Peter 3:14-16. By the way, I’m one of those who suspect that Peter was referring specifically to the Book of Hebrews, a letter that appears to have been written by Paul, but whose author remains officially anonymous.
But in fact, Peter did allude in a vague way to the Rapture in 2 Peter 2:9 where He documented the fact that God knows how to distinguish the righteous from the unrighteous. Not only does he use Lot as an example in verses 7-8 (Remember, the angels could not judge Sodom and Gommorah until Lot and his family had left. Many scholars see Lot’s experience as a model of the Rapture.) but he also used language reminiscent of 1 Thes. 1:10 when He explained that God will rescue godly men from trials while holding the unrighteous for the day of judgment. The Greek word translated “from” in verse 9 means “out of, or away from”.