“in these last days did speak to us in a Son, whom He appointed HEIR of ALL things, through whom also He did make the AGES [Aionas];” (Hebrews 1:2, YLT)
Counting the Ages – or we Miss Great Biblical Truths by not doing so.
I see it as counting of ages done by God even in emphasizing some age or ages to be more special out of the total ages from these same examples quoted (in that write up) as I have discussed in my posts too.
Knowing this Biblical Concept of “ages” (time periods, plural) is part of “faith” as it is mentioned in the Verse below from the Infamous Chapter Explaining faith itself (please note both the words “faith” and “ages”-plural as it is found in this Verse to ‘realise this’ as it is Written):
“by FAITH we UNDERSTAND the AGES to have been prepared by a saying of God, in regard to the things seen not having come out of things appearing” (Hebrews 11:3, YLT)
Emphasis: by FAITH —> we UNDERSTAND —> the AGES —> can we see it?
So, if someone says that “understanding the ages” is irrelevant for “our faith”, I don’t buy it for it clearly contradicts the Verse above.
And yes, there were “ages past” (plural-ages) which has ended, proving time-period quantity meaning only in the past [as it is implied in example Verses below]:
“Now these things happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction, upon whom the ENDS of the AGES have come.” (1 Corinthians 10:11, NASB)
“that is, the mystery which has been hidden from the PAST AGES and generations, but has now been manifested to His saints,” (Colossians 1:26, NASB)
“and to cause all to see what is the fellowship of the secret that hath been hid from the AGES in God, who the all things did create by Jesus Christ,” (Ephesians 3:9, YLT)
And also, there are “AGES to come” (plural-ages) which have not begun yet, proving time-period quantity meaning only for the future likewise [an example Verse below]:
“that He might show, in the AGES that are COMING, the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus,” (Ephesians 2:7, YLT)
Thus, we don’t change the Biblical meaning and let Scripture interpret Scripture only with regards to the meaning of this “same Greek root word aions or eons [meaning ages in English]” as time periods of the past (1 Corinthians 10:11, Colossians 1:26, Ephesians 3:9) and likewise indicating time periods of the future (Ephesians 2:7) each with a BEGINNING and an END (i. e. a limited & usually long-unknown time period known to God and not eternity as popularly erred AGAINST these Verses) for God to Fulfill His Holy Will in His “PURPOSE of the AGES”:
“according to a PURPOSE of the AGES, which He made in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:11, YLT)
Please note that the Greek Word for “world” (Kosmos) and “ages” (Aion or Eon) has nothing to do with each other in Factual Statements as it is ‘often confused in Greek literature’ (non-factual poetic writings) as both words are found in the Factual Verse below proving distinction clearly as claimed by quoting Biblical Usage “only” (sorry but I don’t believe in Greek literature quotes, especially Fictional quotes, my faith is NOT built upon its usage in FABLES or OPINION-writings):
“since it had behoved Him many times to suffer from the foundation of the WORLD [Kosmou], but now once, at the full END of the AGES [Aionon], for putting away of sin through His Sacrifice, He hath been Manifested;” (Hebrews 9:26, YLT)
If you claim otherwise, where are the VERSES proving it? (not non-literal interpreted translations, you and I know what this means)
If we don’t count the ages, we miss the highlights or purpose of the ages which is chiefly Christ gathering all creation to Himself (Ephesians 1:10) by Reconciling it (Colossians 1:16 with Colossians 1:20) in the dispensation of the Fulness of times (Ephesians 1:10) according to a part of the Mystery or Secret of His Will (Ephesians 1:9, Colossians 1:26, Ephesians 3:3 -4) till God becomes all in all (1 Corinthians 15:28).
There in this quoted Biblical phrases here in this explanation itself – (as I am sure we are aware of the quoted Verses), it’s clear that God is counting the ages to achieve His Purpose to Save the World (John 3:17, 1 John 4:14) and set ALL Creation free (Romans 8:22) from the decay or corruption of sin and its effects eventually (Romans 8:20 – 21) with the “sons of God” (Romans 8:19, Luke 20:34 – 35, Galatians 3:26 – 29) or “His Bride” (the Elect, Church, Revelation 19:7) being more special to be part of the First Resurrection (1 Thessalonians 4:14 – 17, Revelation 20:4 – 6, Luke 20:35 – 36).
Yes, His Bride or Church (Revelation 19:7) who after the Marriage with the Lamb becomes His Body being One in Flesh too which Consummates in the First Resurrection (Revelation 20:4 – 6) and His Bride is called His “Wife” thereafter according to this Mystery (Revelation 21:9). Before this Marriage His Bride or Church is ‘One in Spirit’ with Him (1 Corinthians 6:17). This Great Mystery of His Church (being His Body, Prophetically) is Mentioned as being One Flesh with Him after His Marriage is Hinted Mysteriously in Ephesians 5:30 – 32 agreeing to all this Perfectly as it is Written as well.
So, in short, the author ‘misses Universal Reconciliation in Christ’ when he doesn’t count the ages.
For example in the infamous Verse below regarding “man” during “His Great White Throne Judgment” (Matthew 25:31, Revelation 20:11 – the Phrase “His -Throne” linking these Verses, Context):
“And these shall go away to punishment age-during [Kolasin Aionion], but the righteous to life age-during [Zoen Aionion].” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:46, YLT)
I see the both quantity and quality being described in the phrase “Zoe Aionion” or “life age-during” intended meaning as follows:
Zoe(n) = life (describes the quality part which is to ‘know Him’, John 17:3).
Aionion = age-during (describes the time period, a singular-age, hence quantity of duration, Matthew 25:46, Matthew 18:8).
Kolasin = Chastisement for their betterment, Matthew 25:46 where they get back what evil they have done first in Judgment, Isaiah 3:11, Galatians 6:7.
To ignore quantity or quality, is to miss a part of the meaning intended in this phrase. I take it quite literally as it is Written sir.
Let’s not ‘remain blind’ to the Biblical Concept of the AGES too taking it as it is Written (accurately translated first, an important required condition to see this clearly) especially since the END of this AGE is coming too:
“So it will be at the END of the AGE; the angels will come forth and take out the wicked from among the righteous” – Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:49, NASB)
“Known from the AGES to God are all His Works” (Acts 15:18, YLT)
“in whom the god of this AGE did blind the minds of the unbelieving, that there doth not shine forth to them the enlightening of the Good News of the Glory of the Christ, Who is the Image of God;” (2 Corinthians 4:4, YLT)
Please note the words “AGE” or “AGES” carefully as it occurs in these last three Verses too (all from the SAME Greek root word AION or EON – singular or plural accordingly).
This Message of the RESTORATION of ALL things is the SAME Message His Prophets have Spoken with their ‘mouths’ (so, not necessarily Written always) as the Verse below declares Majestically too:
“whom it behoveth heaven, indeed, to receive [Lord JESUS CHRIST] till TIMES of a Restitution [RESTORATION] of ALL things, of which God spake through the mouth of all His holy prophets from the AGE.” (Acts 3:21, YLT)
And yes, the “RESTORATION” of ALL things includes both Israel and way beyond ‘Israel only’ (as popularly erred in theology too) including even SODOM which suffered the VENGEANCE of ETERNAL FIRE first during JUDGEMENT (more accurately age-during fire here) Via His MERCY which will eventually TRIUMPH or END ANY [afterlife] JUDGMENT Sentence as Verses below clearly imply when ‘seen together’ as it is Written:
“just as SODOM and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these indulged in gross immorality and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an example in undergoing the punishment of ETERNAL [age-during] FIRE.” (Jude 1:7, NASB)
“However, I will RESTORE the fortunes of SODOM and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes [Israel’s fortunes] along with them,” – God Speaks (in Ezekiel 16:53, NIV)
“For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13, NASB)
With Emphasis, [where my words are added in these brackets throughout this write up for a clearer understanding], please consider that same Verse as follows for edification:
“For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy [which must be endured first accordingly toward such]; [but after that] MERCY TRIUMPHS over [and ends any afterlife] JUDGMENT.” (James 2:13, NASB)
“We have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son to be the Savior of the world.” (1 John 4:14, NASB)
Blessed be the Savior of the World, Lord Jesus Christ!