The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (ESV)
Peter states that the Lord does not wish anyone to perish, but for everyone to repent and believe in Jesus Christ. Peter’s statement applies to those saved and those who, to this day, remain unsaved. The gift of salvation is available to all of us if we choose to accept it.
God has not forgotten His promise. The Lord did not lie when He promised He would return. God remains to be able to fulfill His promise on any day, at any time. While we may grow anxious, the Lord is patiently waiting to fulfill His promise so that people will have time to repent. From studying Scripture, we learn that unbelievers remaining on the earth after the Rapture will be able but it is better for them if they do so beforehand. After the 70-year Tribulation, many will continue to be saved, although it will be more difficult for them to repent and believe.
Repentance means that we’ve had a change in our outlook. We no longer view the purpose of life the same way we once did before we came to know Jesus. When we repent, we turn away from our old lifestyle and begin living life in a new way. We move from a self-focused life to a life viewed through our God-lens, seeking to do what is pleasing to the Lord, our God.
God is patient and long-suffering when it comes to our salvation. He gives everyone every opportunity to choose Him. While we wait for His return, we must rely on God’s supernatural strength to empower us with the ability to persevere. With God for us, who can stop us?