If the Scriptures are translated literally and consistently, they reveal a GLORIOUS plan that God and Christ Jesus have in progress and it is broken down into ‘ages’ or ‘eons’. This is an excerpt from the Post (Category) “Eon vs Forever”:
“If they had just PROPERLY TRANSLATED IT CONSISTENTLY, as several versions such as Rotherham’s Emphasized Bible, Young’s Literal Translation and the Concordant Literal Version have done, we Christians would EASILY see that God has a “PLAN OF THE AGES” (Ephesians 3:11), there was a time “before the ages or eons” (2 Timothy 1:9), that Christ “made the eons or ages” (Hebrews 1:1-2), there are “oncoming ages” (Ephesians 2:7) and there are the “ends of the ages” (1 Corinthians 10:11).”
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Let’s take a look at this WONDERFUL plan:
1. We are now living in “this present wicked age” (Galatians 1:4) and the “age of this world” (Ephesians 2:2).
2. There are ‘ages’ to come after this one. (Revelation 1:6; Ephesian2:7).3. The next ‘age’ will begin after the Lord’s Day and the following ‘Second Coming’ of Jesus. Then will be the beginning of the Millennium, or the 1,000 year reign mentioned in Revelation 20:6; it is referred to in Mark 10:30 and Luke 18:30 as “the coming age”. It is during this time that all believers will have come into our/their glory and been changed into the likeness of Christ Jesus Himself (Philippians 3:21; Revelation 20:4-5). 4. At the conclusion of the Millennium and after Satan’s rebellion is defeated, there comes the Great White Throne Judgment (Revelation 20:11). This is where ALL who have ever lived will be judged for their actions as humans. This EXCLUDES all believers as we have already appeared before the “judgment seat” of God and Christ and inherited our new,immortal Christ-like bodies, as explained in the Post (Category) “Judgment Seat Of Christ vs Great White Throne Judgment”. Those who ‘survive’ the White Throne Judgment are the ones written in the “Book of Life” and they will go on to experience life with the ‘new heaven and new earth’ (Revelation 20:12-15; 21:1). These ‘survivors’ of the Judgment are the ones mentioned as the “nations” in Revelation 21:24 and 22:22. 5. After the White Throne Judgment, Revelation 21 describes how the “New Jerusalem” will descend from the “new heaven” and set up shop on the “new earth”. It reveals how there will no longer be a need for a sun nor a moon because God Himself and Christ Jesus will abide in New Jerusalem and be all the light that is ever needed (Revelation 21:23), and there will obviously never be another night (Revelation 21:25). Revelation 22:1-2 describes “a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne and God and the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On the other side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding the fruit every month, and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” Now, “death” has NOT YET been abolished and ONLY God’s “elect” (those believers mentioned in #3 and #4 above) have immortality at this particular time. The “nations”, on the other hand, are still mortals and need the healing power from the “tree of life”. Revelation 22:5 goes on to say there will still be “ages” to come before the “end”. 6. Then, after the “ages” mentioned in verse 22:5 have run their course, there will come the “end” mentioned in 1 Corinthians 15:24 when Christ has subjected ALL enemies and hostilities under Him and He hands the Kingdom over to God the Father in verse 24. The enemy that is LAST to be “destroyed” or “abolished” is ‘death’ itself in verse 26. This means that even those experiencing the “second death” in Revelation 20:14 are NOW RELEASED because ‘death’ NO LONGER EXISTS! Now is the time mentioned in verse 22 when ALL will be made “alive” (immortal) because of Christ’s sacrifice….as He FORETOLD in John 12:32: “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw ALL men to Myself” (emphasis mine). The ‘nations’ living on the ‘new earth’ will also now no longer need the “leaves” of the “tree of life” for healing. Those who have been released from the grips of the “second death” have already suffered and been chastised CONSIDERABLY , and they have ALREADY PAID an ENORMOUS price for their sins….there is no need to continue to hold them in the unconscious state of death. Please reference the Posts “Death” and ” Misunderstanding About the Salvation of All Creation” for further information on this. Those being released from the “second death” are the last group mentioned in verses 23 and 24 to receive the “life”, without the possibility of ever dying….SINCE DEATH HAS BEEN ABOLISHED!! 7. This, then, is God’s “plan of the ages”. He becomes “ALL THINGS IN ALL” as GLORIOUSLY and TRIUMPHANTLY stated in verse 28!! Please also reference the Posts “All Creation Will Be Saved”, “Misunderstanding About The Salvation Of All Creation” and “Eon vs Forever” for a lot more information; as well, you might want to checkout the Posts “Hell” and “Death”. Until later, in Him Fred