Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown
The certainty, suddenness, and concomitant effects, of the coming of the day of the Lord. FABER argues from this that the millennium, etc., must precede Christ's literal coming, not follow it. But "the day of the Lord" comprehends the whole series of events, beginning with the pre-millennial advent, and ending with the destruction of the wicked, and final conflagration, and general judgment (which last intervenes between the conflagration and the renovation of the earth).
will—emphatical. But (in spite of the mockers, and notwithstanding the delay) come and be present the day of the Lord SHALL.
as a thief—Peter remembers and repeats his Lord's image (Luke 12:39, Luke 12:41) used in the conversation in which he took a part; so also Paul (I Thessalonians 5:2) and John (Revelation 3:3; Revelation 16:15).
the heavens—which the scoffers say' shall "continue" as they are (II Peter 3:4; Matthew 24:35; Revelation 21:1).
with a great noise—with a rushing noise, like that of a whizzing arrow, or the crash of a devouring flame.
elements—the component materials of the world [WAHL]. However, as "the works" in the earth are mentioned separately from "the earth," so it is likely by "elements," mentioned after "the heavens," are meant "the works therein," namely, the sun, moon, and stars (as THEOPHILUS OF ANTIOCH [p. 22, 148, 228]; and JUSTIN MARTYR [Apology, 2.44], use the word "elements"): these, as at creation, so in the destruction of the world, are mentioned [BENGEL]. But as "elements" is not so used in Scripture Greek, perhaps it refers to the component materials of "the heavens," including the heavenly bodies; it clearly belongs to the former clause, "the heavens," not to the following, "the earth," etc.
melt—be dissolved, as in II Peter 3:11.
the works . . . therein—of nature and of art.
Other commentary entries containing this verse:
Song of Solomon 2:9
1 Thessalonians 5:2
1 Thessalonians 5:27
2 Thessalonians 1:8
1 Peter 4:5
2 Peter 3:16
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