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In another thread, MM referred to an analysis of the scoffers in 2 Peter 3.

Quote:[3] Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come deceitful scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 
[4] Saying: Where is his promise or his coming? for since the time that the fathers slept, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 
[5] For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth out of water, and through water, consisting by the word of God. 

[6] Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished. 
[7] But the heavens and the earth which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of the ungodly men. 
[8] But of this one thing be not ignorant, my beloved, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 
[9] The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine, but dealeth patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance.

My question: in light of Mt 24:34, it is possible that some of the disciples expected (erroneously) the end of the world in their lifetime, and not just the prefigurement of it in the destruction of Jerusalem in AD70?

Certainly some Protestants have discussed this idea, though I'm not sure they used 2 Peter 3.
[You can find these on the 'net but be warned that these discussions can involve heretical or blasphemous ideas]

Is it possible 2 Peter 3 is a rebuttal to the people who were disillusioned because He had not returned already? And they are being told to remember that "one day is as a thousand years", so be sure that it will happen?

If this is not a possible reading, how is ruled out?