Heb.9: 26 “…
but now 𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱 hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself”
𝗼𝗻𝗰𝗲 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗴𝗲𝘀 (𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱) He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.”
Now note the word ‘AGES’ in the NKJV,
it means there were ages before the age of the law, which also ended after Christ’s sacrifice as we said.
That means several other ‘worlds’ before that world.
You see it is because the word “world” actually means” age” or “ages”?
So what he came to put an end to was the Jewish religion, not the end of the human race; and it was just 𝒂𝒏 ❞𝒂𝒈𝒆❞ 𝒂 𝒑𝒆𝒐𝒑𝒍𝒆𝒔 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒈𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒄𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒖𝒓𝒆.
[𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱] (𝗛𝗲b.𝟴:𝟮𝟲
is speaking of the conclusion of the Jewish dispensation; the Christian dispensation being that which shall continue till the end of time.
[𝗧𝗼 𝗽𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 𝘀𝗶𝗻] 𝗲𝗶𝘃 𝗮𝘆𝗲𝘁𝗵𝘀𝗶𝗻 𝗮𝗺𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗮𝘃.=means to abolish the sin-offerings; i.e., to put an end to the Mosaic economy by His one offering of Himself.
And this is the fulfillment of the 70 weeks of Daniel. Look at it;
Dan. 9:24, “Seventy weeks [of years, or 490 years] are decreed upon your people and upon your holy city [Jerusalem], to finish and put an end to transgression, to seal up and make full the measure of sin, to purge away and make expiation and reconciliation for sin, to bring in everlasting righteousness (permanent moral and spiritual rectitude in every area and relation) to seal up vision and prophecy and prophet, and to anoint a Holy of Holies. “Holy of Holies” being the Christ himself” AMP
“THE END OF THE WORLD;” THE CLOSE OF THE AGES.
“… 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙨𝙝𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙗𝙚 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙞𝙜𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙮 𝙘𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙 ❞ 𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩. 24:3 𝙆𝙅𝙑.
Once this passage of scripture is read, the larger Christian circle will immediately conjure up the thought of either 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙍𝙖𝙥𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚, or when the entire globe called planet Earth will blow up in smoke.
But as we do know while one generation passes away, another comes. See Eccl. 1:4; Ps. 104:5; Isa. 45:18.
Above all, the Spirit declares, “…to Him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages. WORLD WITHOUT END, Amen,” Eph. 3:21 NKJ.
It therefore follows that we need to have a better understanding of what we are dealing with here in Matt. 24:3.
So, 𝑾𝑯𝑨𝑻 𝑫𝑶 𝑾𝑬 𝑴𝑬𝑨𝑵 ❞𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑬𝑵𝑫 𝑶𝑭 𝑻𝑯𝑬 𝑾𝑶𝑹𝑳𝑫❞ (𝑴𝒂𝒕𝒕. 24:3)
The Greek word used here is “𝗮𝗶𝗼𝗻” which means –𝗮𝗻 𝗮𝗴𝗲, 𝗯𝘆 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻…. 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗹𝗱; 𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗰. (𝗝𝗲𝘄𝗶𝘀𝗵), 𝗮 𝗠𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱..
Greek Lexicographers have shown that the word AGE (AION) may refer to a period of time in man’s history,
whether having or not having, specific dates of demarcation.
It could mean”𝗮 ❞𝘀𝗽𝗮𝗰𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲,❞ ❞𝗰𝗹𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗱𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗲𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗲𝗽𝗼𝗰𝗵,❞ ❞𝗮𝗴𝗲,❞ 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝘀𝗼 ❞𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲,❞ ❞𝗹𝗶𝗳𝗲,❞ 𝗮𝗻𝗱 ❞𝗴𝗲𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻.❞
So the basic sense of the word “AION” is “AGE” or “PERIOD OF EXISTENCE.” I think a comparison of other Bible translations on Matt. 24:3 will make this clearer:
1. “.. And what will be the sign of your coming and the end of the AGE,” NKJ.
2. “…What will be the sign of your coming and the end of the AGE,” NAS .
3. “…What will happen to show that it is the time of your coming and the end of the AGE,” GNB.
4. “.. sign of your coming and the end of the AGE,” NIV.
5. “…The end of the AGE,” Williams.
6. “…the sign of thy coming and the close of the AGE?” RSV.
7. “…the sign of your coming and the end of the AGE,” N.E.B.
8. “…What will be the sign of your coming and of the end-that is the completion, the consummation-of the AGE?” AMP.
9. “…the sign of your presence and of the conclusion of the system of things?” Interlinear Translation.
Meaning, His coming was to end that age. That age is what the King James Version, calls the ‘END OF THE WORLD.’
So you see, what we are dealing with in ”𝙈𝙖𝙩𝙩. 24:3, ❞𝙀𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙❞ 𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 ❞𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙚𝙣𝙙 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙖𝙜𝙚.❞
Therefore, we can see that “the age” Jesus was talking about was the age of the Jewish order. “For this 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 (𝙖𝙜𝙚, 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙡𝙙) shall not past till all these things be fulfilled,” Matt. 24:34 KJV.
He was not talking about your present age of 2023, 21st Century in which I am doing this writing.
𝘽𝙞𝙗𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙜𝙚𝙣𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙞𝙨 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙪𝙩 40 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧𝙨.
Expecting Jesus to come in relation to His promise in Mathew 24 in your days is not to follow the mind of Christ, looking in the wrong direction and so having a false hope.
Dear Friends, the “end of the world” is not in the sense of which we have believed it. It is not scriptural.
What the Bible teaches is “the consummation of the age.” And at the consummation of a particular age, another age opens in its place and the world goes on until the order determined by God is fulfilled when God shall have become all in all in His agenda.;
1𝘊𝘰𝘳. 15:27, “𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘏𝘦 [𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳] 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘪𝘴 [𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵’𝘴] 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘵. 𝘉𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘴𝘢𝘺𝘴, 𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 [𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘪𝘮], 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘏𝘦 [𝘏𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧] 𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘥𝘰𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮. [𝘗𝘴 8:6.]
28 𝘏𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳, 𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘏𝘪𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘰𝘯 𝘏𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘴𝘶𝘣𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵 𝘏𝘪𝘮𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 [𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘍𝘢𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳] 𝘞𝘩𝘰 𝘱𝘶𝘵 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘴 𝘶𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘳 𝘏𝘪𝘮, 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘮𝘢𝘺 𝘣𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘪𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘭 [𝘣𝘦 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦, 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘮𝘦, 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘢𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦]” 𝘈𝘔𝘗.
This then will be the consummation of all ages that the Father is working and moving creation towards. The same state that Adam was when he was in true fellowship with the Father. Bringing to a realization of Gen 1:26-27. The very thoughts and intents of God for mankind.
To be continued…