End of the Age – Or the End of Time
This is the final installment in the series by David Curtis, of Berean Bible Church of Virginia Beach. Dave has shared with us some great thoughts about the question of the end of the age and the claims about the end of time. He has shown clearly and powerfully that the Bible no where predicts the end of time. Be sure to read the previous installments, beginning with #1 here.
In this installment, David shares with us what the Bible has to say about the “age to come” the age that was (that did!) arrive with the dissolution of the Old Covenant Age of Israel in AD 70.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT THE AGE TO COME?
It is an age that has no end! The end of the age came upon the first century believers . The Bible nowhere speaks of an “end” far removed from the first century inspired writers. The end was always at hand, near, about to come. The New Covenant age has no end.
Isaiah 9:6-7 (NKJV) For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah predicted the establishment of Christ’s rule on the throne of David that would have no end. Christ’s reign is endless. Daniel says that Christ’s kingdom will never be destroyed.
Daniel 2:44 (NKJV): “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”
In the days of the Roman empire, God set up his kingdom and it stands forever.
Daniel 7:13-14 (NKJV): “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
Christ’s dominion is everlasting, it will never pass away or be destroyed.
Luke 1:32-33 (NKJV): “He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 “And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
Ephesians 3:21 (NKJV): “to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
Paul says that it is the mission of the church to give glory to God forever and ever. The Christian age, the New Covenant, is not temporary. The age we live in will never end, it is an everlasting age.
Hebrews 13:20 (NKJV): “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant.”
The Bible doesn’t teach about an age future to us. The age in which we live is the everlasting age of the New Covenant. It has no last days, no end, and nothing left to be fulfilled. The Bible simply does not predict the end of time!
The End of the Age and Life in The Age to Come
What are we to be doing in this age of the New Covenant in which we live? We are to be calling men and women to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ that they may have the gift of eternal life.
We dwell in the New Jerusalem in the very presence of God and the invitation of salvation is still going out today. Notice the invitation that goes forth from the New Heaven and Earth:
Revelation 22:17 (NKJV): “And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.”
That is our message, come, all who are thirsty, come. I hope that you are faithfully proclaiming the glories of God’s eternal kingdom and inviting all who are thirsty to come.
This age will never end, but some day we will all drop this mortal body and receive our spiritual body which we will dwell in in heaven throughout eternity.
2 Corinthians 5:1 (NKJV): “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Be sure to get a copy of the book The Last Days Identified, for an even more in-depth study of the entire issue of the end of the age. This book provides a wealth of evidence that proves that the Bible no where predicted the end of time. It predicted the end of the age, the Old Covenant age of Israel.