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"occupy Till I Come."
Waiting For The Morning.
There is no roof in all the world, of palace or of cot.
The earth is sunk in pain and tears, and closer draws the gloom;
And balm for cure there can be none, till Christ, the Lord, shall come.
"O morn, when like a summer bird, my spirit shall go free,—
When I shall see Thee as Thou art, and be, my God, like Thee!
Like Thee! like Thee! All spotless white—this heart, this will, as Thine!
O love of God, O blood of Christ, O grace and power divine!
"My Saviour, who doth know the thirst the longing spirit feels,—
O Bridegroom, now so long afar, why stay thy chariotwheels?
Were ever eyes so dim with grief, breasts so oppressed with care?
Did ever hearts so yearn to catch Thy whisper from the air?"
Thou lonely one, lift up thy head, array thee for the feast;
"redemption Draweth Nigh."
My soul crieth out for a jubilee song!
As sailors, not yet within sight of the strand,
Know well their approach by the "loom of the land;"
So they, who will bend but a listening ear,
Can now catch the whisper that tells He is near.
He Is near—the stars in their courses prepare
The curse so long camped upon Bosphorus' side,—
Spent at last the long cycle of wilderness dearth,
And thither to gather the tribes have begun,
The world as of yore, naught of all doth divine,—
Then welcome, thrice welcome, ye tokens of God!
—From "Waiting for the Morning and Other Poems." CHAPTER XXI. or 42 times, for in each of these 21 passages it is used twice, and, in all but Heb. 1:8, it is in the plural and multiplied form, "aions of Aions." It is also plural in
Plan of the Aions (Ages).
The following diagram is intended to illustrate the chronological arrangement of the dispensations and some of the principal events of Bible History.
The division of time into days, months and years, is fixed by the movements of the earth and moon. The term century is not used in the Scriptures, but the next greater measure of time above the year (Sabbatical year and Jubilee year) is the Greek term Aion or English Eon, from which comes our word age. This word is used 124 times in the New Testament and is translated by eight different English words, viz: "world" 35 times.
If the reader will carefully examine these passages, and substitute the original word aion or aions, he will at once see that it is used not to indicate the material or physical world, but as a measurement of time.
"It shall not be forgiven him, neither in this aion, neither in the action to come." Mat. 12:32.
"The harvest is the end of the aion."—"So shall it be at the end of this aion." Mat. 13:39-40.
"Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for an aion." Mat. 21:19.
"What shall be the sign of thy coming and of the end of the aion." Mat. 24B.
"Hath not forgiveness to (or for) the aion, but is in danger of aionian* sin." Mark 3:29.
"But he shall receive .... in the aion to come eternal life." Mark 10:30.
'The adjective "alonios" is used 70 times, as follows:
passages, where it is world, Rom. 16 :25 aionian times, 2 Tim. 1 and Titus 1:2 before aionian times.
"For ever," ». e. for the aions. Luke 1:33; Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 11:36; 2 Cor. 11:31; Heb. 13:8.
"For ever," i. e. for the aion. Luke 1:55; John 6:51-58; 8:35; 12:34; 14:16; 2 Cor. 9:9; Heb. 5:6; 6:20; 7:17; 21, 24, 28; 1 Pet. 1:25; 1 John 2:17; 2 John 2; Jude 13.
"The children of this aion are .... wiser than the children of light." Luke 16:8.
"The children of this action marry. . . . but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that aion and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage." Luke 20:34-35.
"Shall thirst not for the aion." John 4:14. "Not for the aion." John 8:51-52; 10:28; 11:26; 13:8; 1 Cor. 8:13.
"Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the aion." (lit. from an aion). Acts 15:18.
"To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for the aion." Rom. 16:27.
"Not the wisdom of this aion, nor of the princes of this aion .... but we speak .... even the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the aions." 1 Cor. 2:6-7.
"For our admonition upon whom the ends of the aions are come." 1 Cor. 10:11.
"In whom the God of this action." 2 Cor. 4:4.
"Who gave himself .... that He might deliver us from this present evil aion." Gal. 1:4.
"Not only in this aion, but also in that which is to come." Eph. 1:21.
"That in the aions to come." Eph. 2:7.
"The mystery which from the aions hath been hid." Eph. 3:9.
"According to the purpose (plan) of the aions." Eph. 3:11.
"Unto him be glory .... throughout all the generations of the aion of the aions." Eph. 3:21,