I have been reading the Epistles of Peter recently and a few verses stand out and put the prayers of those who advocate that Jesus end the world sooner than planned because they want to get out of here in perspective and show them to be bad prayers. These type of prayers show a selfish attitude in the believer and shows that they do not want to work for God anymore., They want to get away from evil and those trapped by sin and enjoy their reward.
These verses provide clear instruction on how believers are to live as they wait for God to bring them home. Francis Schaeffer had a film series out titled ‘How Shall We Then Live’ and he probably wasted his time as God explained it all in a matter of a few seconds and not through a many hour film series. Instead of praying for Jesus to come quickly God instructs his people to:
2Pe 3:11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
2Pe 3:14 So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.
The focus of our lives is not to be selfish and looking for a quick exit but to be as God wants us to be. We also need to be patient as God is patient, for his purpose transcends our personal desires. Craig Blomberg probably said it best when he wrote in his book, From Pentecost to Patmos, the following observation:
He waits because the only way he can do away with evil is to do away with this world as we know it, and that will mean an end to the opportunity for anyone more to be saved (pg. 482)
The prayers of people advocating for a quick end to this world sends the message to the unchurched world that some believers do not want others to enter into heaven and that is the wrong message to send. Instead of praying for the world to end and sending sinners to hell, we should be praying how to be more effective, more obedient, more godly and patient. As well as praying that we receive the same desire that God expresses he has
2Pe 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.
We believers should not want anyone to be sent to hell, even members of ISIS or North Korean elite. We need to have God’s attitude in our Christian life and stop making flesh and blood our enemy.
2Pe 3:17 Therefore, dear friends, since you already know this, be on your guard so that you may not be carried away by the error of lawless men and fall from your secure position.
This warning can also be applied to those believers who do not follow God’s rules and want to abandon the lost in their hour of need. We need to be more patient and see what God wants us to do, leaving our exit up to him. Let’s not rush the end of the world while billions of people are held captive in sin.