This chapter is speaking of the last days. The final days of this earth.
2 Peter 3
1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
Where is the promise of His coming? This is what pretrib believers will say when they find themselves in the midst of the tribulation. They will be lost and lose faith of Christ’s return because they were not raptured beforehand. They are willingly ignorant because they have chosen to put so much faith in the false teachers and false doctrine given to them and not put their faith in God for the truth.
Those with truth see the changes God has warned us about. But to many these changes are just political changes that happen. They’ve happened in the past and they are happening now. They do not recognize what is going on. They go with the flow, with their protests, or with their support. The last days are not as supernatural as many are led to believe. They will be no more supernatural than when slaves were freed, minorities could vote, the first television was bought, man landed on the moon, the $1000 bill was no longer legal tender, wwI and II, christian slaughter in the dark ages, Jewish captives in the holocast, etc. etc. “All things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” Stop looking for supernatural and take a look around you.
The Lord will come at His appointed time. If He doesn’t show up when you expect Him to, DO NOT give up hope and fall away from your faith!!! He is not slack concerning His promise. It will happen!