END OF THE WORLD (A)
Isaiah 45:18 (Amp) For thus says the Lord — Who created the heavens, God Himself, Who formed the earth and made it, Who established it and did not create it to be a worthless waste; He formed it to be inhabited — I am the Lord, and there is no one else.
Not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited–Therefore, Judah, lying waste during the Babylonish captivity, shall be peopled again by the exiles. The Jews, from this passage, infer that, after the resurrection, the earth shall be inhabited, for there can be no reason why the earth should then exist in vain any more than now.
Not in vain; That is, God’s purpose in creating the earth shall be fulfilled, so shall all his counsels respecting his chosen people.
WORLD WITHOUT END?
Eph 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. NKJV.
Eph 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Mt 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Now looking at the above two scriptures quoted , it looks like they are contradicting themselves.
Ephesians says world without end. Mathew says till the END OF THE WORLD.
So what exactly is the difference? Look at it, in Ephesian what you have is .
“Throughout all ages= eiv pasav tav geneav. “Through all succeeding generations”-while the race of human beings continues to exist on the face of the earth.
This is what you see in Ecl. 1: 4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
But when you come to.
Mathew 28:20, .This is what you see:
The end= sunteleia, soon-tel’-i-ah – entire completion, i.e. consummation (of a dispensation):–end.
World= aion, ahee-ohn’ = properly, an age;, the world; specially (Jewish) a Messianic period (present or future):–age, course, (n-)ever, (beginning of the , while the) world (began, without end).
So you see, the world that is ending is the dispensation then of the Jewish sacrificial laws for the new order of the messianic kingdom to arise and that was what took place after Christ death on the Cross, but fully completed when the Roman Soldiers invaded Jerusalem and uprooted even the foundation stones with which the Temple was built.
They dug up everything with the mind that they will see Gold because they found Gold in the most holy place.
FULFILLING THE PROPHECY OF JESUS IN MATHEW 24:1-3
“Jesus left the temple and was walking away when his disciples came up to him to call his attention to its buildings. 2 “Do you see all these things?” he asked. “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” NIV
Truth is, the old Testament never ended after Christ death on the cross, not even at Pentecost because the Jews were still worshipping in the Temple and the sacrifices were on going with the high Priest.. Hence Peter could heal the man by the beautiful gate ,until 40years down the line when the Romans through General Titus came to wipe out Jerusalem and the temple. That was when the Old Testament ended. And this was the world of the Jews not the Globe-Earth.
It was an era that ended not humanity or planet Earth.
See it clearly with the work of Christ as the high Priest with the sacrifice of himself..
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. (KJV)
NKJV Heb 9:26 He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at the end of the ages, 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 sacrifice like we said. That means several other ‘worlds’ before that world. You see it?
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”people!
Heb 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
The end of the world] 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.= To abolish the sin-offerings; i.e. to put an end to the Mosaic economy by his one offering of himself.
This is the fulfiment of the 70 weeks of Daniel. You see that? Look at it;-
AMP 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.
“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 ?” Math 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 discovered in the passages above, the earth abides forever, 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 Math 24:3.
Again WHAT DO WE MEAN “THE END OF THE WORLD “THEN Math 24:3?
The Greek word used here is Aion which means –an age, by extension. Perpetuity, (also past); by implication. the world; spec. (Jewish), a Messianic period (present or future) age, Course, eternal, (for) ever (-. more )— Strongs concordance # 165.
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 “life time” “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 Math 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” N A S
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 Math. 24 . “End of the world” is “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. Math. 24:34- KJV.)
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.
1 Cor 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.
Same state that Adam was, when he was in true fellowship with the Father.
THE “DESOLATION” OF DANIEL SPOKEN OF – A KEY
Another important key to the understanding of what we are talking about – the end of the age of the Jewish system, temple worship etc. can be found in the statement of Jesus in answer to the question of the Apostles. And they asked Him, saying,
“Master but when these things shall be? (The destruction of the temple… ). And what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass”?
Mind you, the temple was the object of their discussion, so don’t forget that.
They wanted to know when this very important prophecy would be fulfilled and what signs would be forth coming to alert them.
Hear part of what He told them in Matt. 24: 15 as a sign
“when ye therefore shall see the abomination of DESOLATION, spoken of by Daniel”…see that as a sign of the then destruction of the temple.
“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies (Roman Soldiers) then KNOW that the DESOLATION therefore is nigh” Luke 21:20. KJV.
Did you get the link there? The people who asked for the sign, got the sign of the desolation, how on earth would the preachers of today project this into our age? What has the desolation spoken of by Daniel concerning Jerusalem got to do with us, except for spiritual application and drawing a lesson from it? Absolutely nothing!.
To apply this and many other verses in Math 24 to our day is the misapplication of scriptures and so missing the true meaning of the entire chapter.
Let it be emphatically stated here that all the wars and destruction spoken of in this chapter had to do with Daniel’s holy city (the then Jerusalem) and his people (the Jews) period!.
Read the “Throne of Blood “by Josephus, the greatest Jewish Historian.
See what follows in the admonition of Jesus to them that once the disciples noticed the “’desolation’ sign” they should take the following actions.
“Then let them which is on the housetop not come down to take anything out of his house, Neither let him which is in the field return back to take his clothes. And woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck in those days. But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day” Math 24: 16-20 kjv.
Let us think a bit. Assuming this was the Rapture that the ‘Pentecostal world’ has made us to believe. Does it mean a baby can prevent one from being raptured, or how will you explain Jesus words “woe unto them that are with child”. What about “But pray that your flight be not in the winter neither on the Sabbath day”
Does it mean the winter or Sabbath is not a good season for one to be raptured? . You see, Jesus was only saying, one cannot tell when exactly these Roman soldiers will move in, but pray that as they certainly would come in, let it not be in the winter season, for that will be too bad a weather condition for you to be running away on the open field. And let it not be on the Sabbath day, for, you may be observing one of your feast days or resting and so taken unaware and trapped within the city.
It is clear enough, the Romans came, camped around Jerusalem, and at God’s intervention, without anyone opposing the Romans or challenging them for a fight, they pulled up their stakes and left.
At that sign, all the Christians who remembered the words of Jesus fled the city. Therefore when General Titus eventually came in with his armies and level the city to the ground, not a single Christian died. They saw the abomination of desolation and escaped for their dear lives as Jesus has said.
So you see, that “world” ended with the introduction of Christianity, more especially after the death, resurrection and the out pouring of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost
“For Christ has not entered the holy places made with hands — now to appear in the presence of God for us; not that He should offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the most holy place every year with the blood of another – He then would have had to suffer often since the foundation of the world; but now, once at “the end of the ages” He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself” Heb 9:24-26 NKJ.
end of the ages” (plural) Yes, spanning a whole period of 42 (14 x 3) generations, from Abraham to Christ (Math. 1: 17) when animal sacrifices were offered. The presence of Christ terminates ( ends) all of these modes of worship in other to find favour with God. Even so shall all the systems of man come to an end, as the presence of Christ is increasingly manifested through His Church which God has allowed for the past years, that Christ alone will eventually reign supreme in all of God’s creation. Amen.
THE TRUE GOSPEL ENDS THE WORLD
“Tell us, when shall these things be and what shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the world?”
Math 24:3 kjv ( “–Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the CLOSE OF THE AGE ?” RSV.
It is absolutely clear then, that what we are dealing with has nothing to do with the end of the globe” but rather the system of things that was in operation before the coming of Christ.” The system of things” were those things that characterised that particular age in question which the presence of Jesus the Christ came to put an end to, in order that the worship of God might be perfected, hence “the close of the age”. We shall therefore consider two more verses in math 24 to clearly indicate what we are talking about.
THE TRUE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM ENDS THE WORLD.
In Math 24:6 w read “And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, see that ye be not troubled, for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet” kjv
“When you hear of wars beginning, this does not signal my return, these must come, but the end is not yet, “tlb.
Here Jesus is saying that wars and rumour of wars does not in any way signal His return. But unfortunately, these are the same verses of scripture that the popular TV Evangelist and ‘big men of God’ has used, and are still using till date to put men in fear of the imminent return of Jesus Christ.
They look around the world for war ‘hot spots’ on CNN etc. and jump to say ‘here it is’, ‘this is the sign of the end of time. But Jesus said, no, that is not the sign of my corning.
Note also that Jesus was dealing with a particular age (Math 24:34 “¬this generation must not pass till all these things be fulfilled, “)
indicating that, these words of Jesus has to be fulfilled before the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70.
Looking at it from the historical perspective, the period in question was such a rough one for the Jews. In seleucia, record has it that 50,000 Jews were killed. The Jews were seriously risen against Alexandria. In the battle of the Jews and Syrians in caesurae, about 20,000 Jews were killed. Over there in Rome, within the space of 18 months, four Roman Emperors came to a violent death. A Roman historian (the Annals of tacitus) whose historical record covered this period prior to the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70, made use of languages as “war in America, the war in Britain, intrigues among the Parthians, insurrections in Gaul, commotion’s in Thrace, in Africa, Disturbances in Germany” etc.
So you see, to the average believer in the language of Jesus, they know that ‘the end of the world’ was not referring to the end of planet earth, even as Jesus indicated. But rather to the “end of the Jewish economy” that has to do with the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, which must take place after these events.
So to the Jewish Christians, these events were necessary as a sign of what to expect in the future, they were so certain that the sayings of Jesus were relevant to their days. To them, it has nothing to do with a future date of about 2,000 years later. They also knew it that the Lord was directly in an unmistakable manner speaking about Jerusalem and the temple.
Again listen to this
“And this Gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come” Math 24:14 .. kjv,
What “end” do you think, He was referring to? It was the fall of Jerusalem. You need to understand that the ‘WORLD’ as used here, has nothing to do with the universe or wherever there is a human being. But rather, it was referring to wherever there was a Jew at that time.
Wherever there was a Jew was ‘the end of the world’ That is why we read that”– ye being in time past gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called circumcision in the flesh made by hands, that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world” Eph 2:11-12 KjV.
Meaning that, only those who were in that Covenant had God in the world.
Therefore those (the Jews) are the people that ought to receive the Gospel of the kingdom then, before the “end shall come”, for Jesus came only for the lost sheep of Israel. Math 15:24. And “the message was usually proclaimed to only the Jews —” Acts 11: 19 Jb.
So then when we are talking of the world here, we are talking of wherever there was a Jew, i.e. the Graeco-Roman world.
For they were destined to hear the Good News before the fall or punishment comes to Israel. The earliest testimonies of the apostles will be against the faithlessness of Judaism. Mt 10:18.
Therefore, before the fall, the Gospel had already reached the main parts of the Roman Empire where you could locate a Jew.
Proof of what I am saying is found in scriptures.
For instance “—we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations of the world for His name” Rom 1:5 KJV.
Paul never went round all nations of the world before he died, he did not even get to Africa, but yet ‘the obedience was to all nations’. Now see this.
“Firstly, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world “Rom 1:8.
Can you imagine that? The faith of the Jewish Christians in Rome was being spoken of throughout the whole world?
What life was the Jewish Christian living that we heard of here in Africa?
What this passage means is that, among the Jews of the dispersers (James 1:1) wherever they were, the faith of the ones in Rome was being spoken of.
Again, to the Church in Colossians, we read of “–the hope– which is come to you, as it is in ALL THE WORLD–and be not removed away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard ,and which was preached to every CREATURE which is under heaven. whereof 1 Paul am made a minister “.CoL 1:6,23. KJV.
Mind you, this letter was written between 62-63 AD before the fall. Again, here is Paul declaring that the gospel had reached the entire world and every creature has heard it.
Can you believe that? When did the gospel get to Africa? Can we say all creature-mankind today have heard the gospel preached to them?
Missionaries still tell us today that there are people who have not yet heard this gospel even in Africa here.
So what do we mean, “Gospel preached to all creatures under heaven?”. It is simply referring to wherever there was a Jew, and the Jew never lived in Africa, America, or Australia but in the Roman empire which was considered to be the” world”
‘The world’ therefore was wherever there was an Israelite, and the Levitical priesthood which stood for Judaism. Please see also 1 Thes 1:8.
And so we read about the Jews, in relation to Math 24: 14,”–yet faith comes from listening to this Good News–the Good News about Christ. But what about the Jews? Have they heard Gods word? Yes, for it has gone wherever they are: The Good News has been told to the ends of the earth. Rom 10:17-18 tlb.
And this letter was written in AD 56-58. Some 12 years before the fall of Jerusalem..
Therefore Paul confirmed the fact that the Gospel got to all the earth before the final judgment came to Israel in AD 70. Are you following this? In fact, for the scripture to state that the goddess Diana was worshipped in Asia and THE WORLD (Acts 19:27) it is a clear indication that the world as used here speaks of the Graeco Roman Empire. For the goddess Diana was not worshipped herein Africa where am writing from.
In summary: The world that is ending is the systems of man, religious and political institutions that are not ordained and supported by the spirit and agenda of God, but the planet Earth that is serving the purposes of God remains.
So the “one world Government” that will give you “vaccine chips”, thereby manifesting the “Antichrist” and “the mark of the Beast”, It’s all Hoax, peddled by religious ignorance and political machinations from scriptural point of view.
Calm your nerves. You are in good hands with Jesus in your ‘Boat’.
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To be continued….