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, 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 will continue to reveal himself through the eternal the ages to come.
One age overlaps into other ages 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 God introduced the inageration of the coming age into this present age that is.
I believe also when the new coming age is fully and 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 into 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 does one read the prophets and come to this conclusion. The Prophets speak such a different revelation than what we are taught.
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, which partake of the first resurrection.
Everyone else that survives the tribulation period continues in the a state that is similar, but also very much different than what is 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 authority, from the present system of the powers that be, to the universal authority of Christs rule 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 the place of universal governmental authority, over Israel and the unsaved nations, which happens on his return, as Judge and King.
Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last first. Matthew 19, 27-30
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.
When the reality of the new age arrives, then a new universal government authority by Christ, over the nations, through the church also arrives.
Yes there will be great changes, which 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.