When we talk about the age to come, what does this really mean?
I think there is so much confusion regarding this apocalyptic time of the end.
So many different systems of interpretation regarding the coming age, but so confusing.
And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed], and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, [because we are] in Christ Jesus, 7 [and He did this] so that in the ages to come He might [clearly] show the immeasurable and unsurpassed riches of His grace in [His] kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2- 6 &7
God is an eternal God who continues to reveal himself through the eternal the ages to come.
One age overlaps the other age in his salvation history with humanity.
We somehow think that after this present age comes to an end, then there are no other ages to come, but I don’t see this in scripture. I see a God who reveals himself through time periods called ages. These ages are his self revelation to his creation.
The cross of Calvary was God introducing a new age into this present age that is, but in the midst of this new age that is coming, we somehow are still living in the present age that is.
I believe also when the new coming age is truly inaugurated at the return of the Lord, we will still be in some way overlapping the age that is?
Its like the two ages combine into each other through an extended time period. It seems like there still is this transitional time period of ages overlapping each other.
I know that most Christians believe that when Christ returns then everything changes. One reality of being is left behind and another comes in.
When I study the prophets I don’t see this, how do you read the prophets and come to this conclusion. They speak such a different revelation than what we are taught in the church.
Okay what do you do with all the nations that continue after the return of the Lord? people still live and die, death is still a reality for those who live in this world.
The only ones that escape death are the saints who partake of the first resurrection.
Everyone else continues in the state that is similar, but also very different than what is the reality now.
What I see is there will be some kind of an overlapping of the ages, even when the Lord returns.
The return of the Lord doesn’t mean an end of present history and time.
The return of the Lord means a new history begins in the history of present history and time.
I believe the age that is coming is a universal change of government, from the present system of the powers that be, to the universal authority of the rule of Christ, through the Church, which is the fullness of him who filleth all and in all.
This age that is coming will pretty much look in many ways very similar to what is now, but also in many other ways very much different.
The high calling in Christ Jesus through this transitional period of the last two thousand years, is the time when the Lord is calling out a people for his name, to a place of universal governmental authority over the unsaved nations, on his return as Judge and King.
Things in this world according to the flesh don’t change very much, what does dramatically change is the Church.
The Church is taken out, transfigured, glorified and made to be the eternal dwelling of God through the spirit of Christ.
All others in this world who dwell on the earth, remain in their flesh and blood bodies.
What I see when the reality of the new age arrives, is a new universal government authority through Christ over the nations, but also over the heavens, which is called the Church of the living Christ.
Yes there will be great changes that come with this apostolic event, the nations learn war no more, the wolf and the lamb eat straw together, the child plays by the cobra den, the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the seas, and many other wonderful things, which are written in the prophets.