From that time Jesus began to show His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised up on the third day. Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, ‘God forbid it, Lord! This shall never happen to You.’ But He turned and said to Peter, ‘Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.’
– Matthew 16:23 (NASB)
Just ignore the facts.
Recently, researchers Mark Stoeckle of The Rockefeller University and David Thaler of the University of Basel in Switzerland published their findings of a study of five million DNA barcodes from 100,000 animal species. Their research revealed that 9 out of 10 species alive today came into being roughly the same time. They also discovered that animals have distinct genetic boundaries. This lack of “in-between” species was clearly distressing to the scientists, and Thaler admitted to being troubled at the conclusions found by their research. An evolutionist, he quickly added that none of this changed the truth of the millions of years of evolution.
He believes that impersonal forces slowly forged an entire world into being because to give in to the preponderance of evidence in a special creation would require admitting to a Creator. If such a sovereign exists, then this being would have to be acknowledged and His claims examined.
God is real, His claims are true. He intervened in the formless void and created the universe and earth in a breathtaking display of His power. It did not take millions of years or a big bang. He only had to speak the Word.
But that wasn’t all. God had a plan for His creation, and throughout history, God has invaded nations and lives to bring that plan to fruition. He intervened after Adam and Eve’s rebellion in Eden. He cleansed the first world with water and rebuilt civilization with Noah’s descendants. He took down kingdoms and rescued his people over and over in the Old Testament. He parted seas, destroyed the living, raised the dead, and halted the sun.
With His arrival on Earth, He split time in two. He crushed the spiritual forces of darkness with His death and electrified generations of believers with His victory over the grave.
When Jesus told the disciples of His imminent death, Peter disputed it, because it didn’t fit his narrative.
He wanted Jesus to lead Israel to victory over their Roman rulers. But God had a much bigger plan for deliverance and rebuked His own disciple for his unbelief.
It has been two millennia since His resurrection. Although He promised His soon return for His people and warned of a cataclysmic coming judgment upon the world, His lingering at the door has fed a Darwinian view of the future. Everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation, and although we talk about Christ’s return, we tend to live in a way that belies our hope. Our words proclaim His soon return, but our lives whisper, “Where is the promise of His coming?”
Be assured, His promise is living and true. He is right on time. As lightning splits the sky, so His return for His people will occur in a moment and set into motion the events that will end the unholy rebellion of the ages.
First of all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come scoffing and following their own evil desires. ‘Where is the promise of His coming?’ they will ask. ‘Ever since our fathers fell asleep, everything continues as it has from the beginning of creation.’
– 2 Peter 3:3-4 (Berean Study Bible)