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The Last Man On Earth

In referring to physical humans, "man" can be singular (e.g. "Noah was a righteous man," Genesis 6:9 RSV) or plural (e.g. "When God created man ... He blessed them," Genesis 5:1-2 RSV), male (e.g. "daughters who have not known man," Genesis 19:8 RSV) or female (e.g. "God created man in His own image ... male and female He created them," Genesis 1:27 RSV).

Physical man is the antithesis, the exact opposite, of salvation because the aim of salvation is to deliver "man" from the mortality that all physical creatures are subject to:

"I tell you this, brethren: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Lo! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable nature must put on the imperishable, and this mortal nature must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." (1 Corinthians 15:50-54 RSV)

"the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men"

Paul's description of that change, as quoted above, is referring to the first resurrection which will occur at the time of Christ's return. Another major resurrection will occur 1,000 years later (see the Fact Finder question below).

Earth Flooded With Fire

"They came to life, and reigned with Christ a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended." (Revelation 20:4-5 RSV)

But "man" being created physical, first, is merely the means by which those who refuse eternal life will be given their due. Eventually, sooner or later (again, see the Fact Finder question below), all humans who are going to accept The Lord's offer of salvation will be transformed from the "perishable" to the "imperishable." When that has been completed, all that will remain will be the physical humans who will be "left behind," in effect, the stubble and the chaff of the harvest (see Baptism Of Fire). And what does the Word of God say is going to happen to "the last man on earth" (singular or plural, male and/or female) after all of the rest have been delivered from "the wretched body of death" (i.e. "Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?" Romans 7:24 RSV)?

"by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water, through which the world that then existed was deluged with water and perished. But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist have been stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3:5-7 RSV)

"then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up. Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of persons ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be kindled and dissolved, and the elements will melt with fire!" (2 Peter 3:10-12 RSV)

Fact Finder: When will the resurrections occur? How will they be different?
See When Will You Be Judged?


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