Hey guys, look at this. It comes just after 2 Peter 3:7:
7But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been stored up (reserved) for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly people.
8Nevertheless, do not let this one fact escape you, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day.(A)
**9The Lord does not delay and is not tardy or slow about what He promises, according to some people's conception of slowness, but He is long-suffering (extraordinarily patient) toward you, not desiring that any should perish, but that all should turn to repentance.**
I really don’t think it could be held that verse 7 holds for annihilation. Sounds like the “judgement and destruction” of the wicked is most likely symbolic language. In fact, perhaps it simply means the end of the ungodly (that is, they are transformed unto righteousness), and in that sense they are destroyed. Remember: when the Lord’s judgement comes the people of the Earth have learned righteousness.