The resurrection of the righteous and the wicked is spoken of in the Bible as "the Last Day" (John 11:24, John 12:48). The Bible indicates in Matthew 13 in the explanation of the parable of the Wheat and tares, that the end of the world coincides with the two resurrections, one of the righteous dead and the other of the wicked dead. Is this day a literal last day and the destruction of the universe including world?
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The term the last day is referred to as both the Day of Resurrection and the Day of Judgment for the sinner. Is this a literal Last Day? This last day must be the same day referred to as the end of the world as seen in the Parable of the Wheat and Tares Matthew 13 and must be the same day as the Rapture spoken of in 1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: The reasons why this is true is because that resurrection of the righteous dead includes Martha who had spoken this to Jesus, and the same harvesting of souls in the Tares and Wheat parable. Joh_11:24 Martha saith unto him, I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day. Martha is in the Rapture, but it is not a pre-tribulation Rapture but a “Last Day” Rapture. So that one and only resurrection of the righteous dead must happen at the end of the world, the last day. Now does this last day mean the same day as judgment day? Yes, according to the Words of Christ In John 12, Joh_12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day. So then this last day from what I see in Scripture actually does mean a literal last day because according to, 2Pe 3:3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 2Pe 3:4 And 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. 2Pe 3:5 For 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: 2Pe 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 2Pe 3:7 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 ungodly men. Here we see that Peter is dealing with scoffers that mock the certainty of the coming of Christ and their point of mockery was that the earth and creation continue as normal. So now Peter answers them concerning such ignorance, telling them that by “The Word of God” (Christ the living Word” the universe came into being and are reserved to a certain day, the day of judgment, which is why “The Last Day” must be a literal last day, because the universe as we see it including the earth will all be gone. Jesus is the Alpha (beginning the Creation) and the Omega (the ending of creation). Peter confirms His coming is the last literal day on earth by saying when he comes as a Thief “The EARTH(Globe) and also it’s works” will be burned up. The Greek word for earth in this case: “ge” Strongs: Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application): - country, earth (-ly), ground, land, world. Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. Paul also confirms this by declaring that the righteous dead after Christ’s resurrection happens at the end of the world. The fact is that in 1Corinthians 15 it teaches us that it is also the time that the last enemy, death, is finally conquered. Some have suggested that one day equals a 1000 years in prophecy but the Scripture does not say that. When Peter refers to that term he is only reiterating the certainty of His coming not at all suggesting that 1 day equals a 1000 years. The earth was not created in 6000 literal years and will not end in a 1000 year event. The last day is a literal last day from what I have studied.
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