2 Peter 3:9

New Testament

8 Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief; when it comes, the heavens will disappear with a horrific noise, and the celestial bodies will melt away in a blaze, and the earth and every deed done on it will be laid bare.

4 Ezra 8:59

2 Esdras

57 Yes, and they trampled on his just servants; 58 they said to themselves, “There is no God”, though well aware that they must die. 59 Yours, then, will be the joys I have predicted; theirs the thirst and torments which are prepared. It is not that the Most High has wanted any man to be lost, 60 but that those he created have themselves brought dishonor on their Creator’s name, and shown ingratitude to the One who had put life within their reach. 61 My day of judgment is now close at hand, 62 but I have not made this known to all; only to you and a few like you.’

 Notes and References

"... The fate of the dead is described at length in 4 Ezra 7. It is a part of a longer section (6:35–9:25), a dialogue between Ezra and the angel Uriel concerning whether the eternal punishment of sinners, who comprise most of humankind, can be reconciled with the idea of God’s love for his creation. Ezra inquires why the majority of people are sinners and thus will be punished, and only a few are saved. According to the divine answer, God is merciful to all and wants no one to be lost. Those who will be lost can only blame themselves for not keeping the law and being faithful to God (4 Ezra 8:59–60). On the other hand, the new world is only for the few precious ones, who are few “like precious stones are few amidst the clay” (4 Ezra 7:49–61). This would imply that the sinners were created not for their own sake but for those who will be saved. The majority, then, only form a dark background against which the light of the righteous shines even more brightly ..."

Lehtipuu, Outi The Afterlife Imagery in Luke’s Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (pp. 138-139) Brill, 2007

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