Shall Not Taste Death

2 Peter 3:11-12, page 1903
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, what sort of people ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be destroyed by burning, and the elements will melt with intense heat! But according to His promise, we are looking for a new heavens and new earth, in which righteousness dwells.

In 2 Peter 3:11-13, page 1903, Peter elaborated upon the revelation and promise of God regarding the future, and particularly seeing the Kingdom of God after it has come with power. Peter portrayed not only the destruction of the heavens by burning, 1The Greek word for “burning” (“πυρούμενοι”) means, in this case, to be burned with intense heat, as in the refining fire hot enough to separate different metals. Likewise, the term “elements” (“στοιχεῖα”) refers to the elements or basic structures of creation, but Peter also stressed the total destruction of heaven and earth, even down to the most basic elements of sub-atomic particles. but Peter also clearly had revelation about the events after the Kingdom of God had come in power. So, we conclude that Peter, like John, fulfilled both of the prophecies of Jesus recorded in Matthew and Mark. 2Peter also recorded other less obvious references to future events related to the Kingdom of God. Consider 1 Peter 1:13 (Peter apparently saw the revelation of Jesus Christ, referring to the Son of Man coming in His kingdom); 1 Peter 2:12 (Peter described the day of visitation, where the Gentiles will glorify God because they observed the good deeds of believers–a reference to both the Mark and Matthew prophecy); 1 Peter 3:22 (Peter saw that Jesus had ascended into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him–a future view of the Kingdom of God); 1 Peter 4:5 (Peter knew that Jesus was ready to judge the living and the dead, events that will happen after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 1 Peter 4:7 (Peter understood that the end of all things was near–he anticipated the coming of the Son of Man in His kingdom;) 1 Peter 4:13 (Peter foresaw the revelation of the glory of Christ–fulfilled when the Son of Man comes in His kingdom); 1 Peter 5:1 (Peter prophesied about the glory he and other believers would partake of when the glory of Christ will be revealed); 1 Peter 5:4 (Peter promised that when the Chief Shepherd appears, elders who have served well will receive the unfading crown of glory–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 1 Peter 5:10 (Peter proclaimed that the God of all grace would perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish believers because they had been called to the eternal glory of God in Christ–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 2 Peter 1:11 (Peter knew about the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–fulfilling both the Mark and Matthew prophesies); 2 Peter 3:7 (Peter knew about the present reservation of the heavens and earth for destruction by fire in the future–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God had come in power).

Conclusion

       Jesus prophesied that some of His disciples would not taste death until they see: (1) the Son of Man come in His kingdom and (2) the Kingdom of God after it has come in power. From the passages we have looked at above, we can see how Peter and John fulfilled the prophecies based upon their writings in Scripture. Other disciples may also have had such vision of the future, but we do not have them recorded in Scripture (at least that I could find). May God get all glory from the wonderful ways that He reveals Himself and our Lord Jesus Christ to all generations through the Word of God. 3I was reading Psalm 111:2 lately: “Great are the works of the LORD; they are studied by all who delight in them.” I enjoy studying the great works of the LORD, because I delight in them. Perhaps you enjoy the study of the great works of God in the same way, just as God proclaimed thousands of years ago.

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1. The Greek word for “burning” (“πυρούμενοι”) means, in this case, to be burned with intense heat, as in the refining fire hot enough to separate different metals. Likewise, the term “elements” (“στοιχεῖα”) refers to the elements or basic structures of creation, but Peter also stressed the total destruction of heaven and earth, even down to the most basic elements of sub-atomic particles.
2. Peter also recorded other less obvious references to future events related to the Kingdom of God. Consider 1 Peter 1:13 (Peter apparently saw the revelation of Jesus Christ, referring to the Son of Man coming in His kingdom); 1 Peter 2:12 (Peter described the day of visitation, where the Gentiles will glorify God because they observed the good deeds of believers–a reference to both the Mark and Matthew prophecy); 1 Peter 3:22 (Peter saw that Jesus had ascended into heaven, after angels and authorities and powers had been subjected to Him–a future view of the Kingdom of God); 1 Peter 4:5 (Peter knew that Jesus was ready to judge the living and the dead, events that will happen after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 1 Peter 4:7 (Peter understood that the end of all things was near–he anticipated the coming of the Son of Man in His kingdom;) 1 Peter 4:13 (Peter foresaw the revelation of the glory of Christ–fulfilled when the Son of Man comes in His kingdom); 1 Peter 5:1 (Peter prophesied about the glory he and other believers would partake of when the glory of Christ will be revealed); 1 Peter 5:4 (Peter promised that when the Chief Shepherd appears, elders who have served well will receive the unfading crown of glory–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 1 Peter 5:10 (Peter proclaimed that the God of all grace would perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish believers because they had been called to the eternal glory of God in Christ–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God has come in power); 2 Peter 1:11 (Peter knew about the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ–fulfilling both the Mark and Matthew prophesies); 2 Peter 3:7 (Peter knew about the present reservation of the heavens and earth for destruction by fire in the future–fulfilled after the Kingdom of God had come in power).
3. I was reading Psalm 111:2 lately: “Great are the works of the LORD; they are studied by all who delight in them.” I enjoy studying the great works of the LORD, because I delight in them. Perhaps you enjoy the study of the great works of God in the same way, just as God proclaimed thousands of years ago.