Isaiah 22 & 2 Peter 3

Isaiah 22

    The oracle concerning the valley of vision.

    What do you mean that you have gone up,
        all of you, to the housetops,
    you who are full of shoutings,
        tumultuous city, exultant town?
    Your slain are not slain with the sword
        or dead in battle.
    All your leaders have fled together;
        without the bow they were captured.
    All of you who were found were captured,
        though they had fled far away.
    Therefore I said:
    “Look away from me;
        let me weep bitter tears;
    do not labor to comfort me
        concerning the destruction of the daughter of my people.”
    For the Lord GOD of hosts has a day
        of tumult and trampling and confusion
        in the valley of vision,
    a battering down of walls
        and a shouting to the mountains.
    And Elam bore the quiver
        with chariots and horsemen,
        and Kir uncovered the shield.
    Your choicest valleys were full of chariots,
        and the horsemen took their stand at the gates.
    He has taken away the covering of Judah.
        In that day you looked to the weapons of the House of the Forest, and you saw that the breaches of the city of David were many. You collected the waters of the lower pool, and you counted the houses of Jerusalem, and you broke down the houses to fortify the wall. You made a reservoir between the two walls for the water of the old pool. But you did not look to him who did it, or see him who planned it long ago.

    In that day the Lord GOD of hosts
        called for weeping and mourning,
        for baldness and wearing sackcloth;
    and behold, joy and gladness,
        killing oxen and slaughtering sheep,
        eating flesh and drinking wine.
    “Let us eat and drink,
        for tomorrow we die.”
    The LORD of hosts has revealed himself in my ears:
    “Surely this iniquity will not be atoned for you until you die,”
        says the Lord GOD of hosts.
        Thus says the Lord GOD of hosts, “Come, go to this steward, to Shebna, who is over the household, and say to him: What have you to do here, and whom have you here, that you have cut out here a tomb for yourself, you who cut out a tomb on the height and carve a dwelling for yourself in the rock? Behold, the LORD will hurl you away violently, O you strong man. He will seize firm hold on you and whirl you around and around, and throw you like a ball into a wide land. There you shall die, and there shall be your glorious chariots, you shame of your master's house. I will thrust you from your office, and you will be pulled down from your station. In that day I will call my servant Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, and I will clothe him with your robe, and will bind your sash on him, and will commit your authority to his hand. And he shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah. And I will place on his shoulder the key of the house of David. He shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open. And I will fasten him like a peg in a secure place, and he will become a throne of honor to his father's house. And they will hang on him the whole honor of his father's house, the offspring and issue, every small vessel, from the cups to all the flagons. In that day, declares the LORD of hosts, the peg that was fastened in a secure place will give way, and it will be cut down and fall, and the load that was on it will be cut off, for the LORD has spoken.”

(Isaiah 22 ESV)

2 Peter 3

    This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires. They will say, “Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.” For they deliberately overlook this fact, that the heavens existed long ago, and the earth was formed out of water and through water by the word of God, and that by means of these the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

    But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.

    Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

    Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace. And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

(2 Peter 3 ESV)

2 Peter 3: Many struggle and falsely assume that since two-thousand years have passed without the return of Christ then perhaps He's not really returning at all. They have come to the conclusion that the evolution of life is just going to continue on as it always has before. However, we must not get lost within such a finite human perspective. Our God is an eternal God dwelling outside space and time and therefore, all things past, present and future are immediately before Him. 

For what takes a thousand years here on earth is scarcely a moment for our eternal God. His delays are not meant to discourage; He is not acting slowly but is rather working patiently. Any delay is for our benefit, and we ought to be thankful for it. May we praise Him for His patience and live in diligent expectation of His promise to indeed return when He's ready.