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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
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 aion 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. 24:3.
“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 "aionios" is used 70 times, as follows: Matt. 18: 8 John 5:24 Rom, 6:23 Philm,
5: 9 19:29
9:12 25:46 6:47 4:18
9:14 Mark 3:29
2 Thes. 1: 9 1 Pet. 5:10 Luke 10:25
2:16 2 Pet. 1:11 16:9
12:50 1 Tim. 1:16 1 John 1: 2 18:18 17:2 6:12
2:25 18:30 17 : 3 6:16
3:15 John 3:15 Acts 13:46
5:11 3:16 13:48 2 Tim. 1: 9
5:13 3:36 Rom. 2:7 2:10
5:20 4:14 5:21 Titus 1: 2
7 4:36 6:22 3: 7
14:6 It is translated everlasting, eternal or forever except in three passages, where it is world, Rom. 16:25 aionian times, 2 Tim. 1:9, and Titus 1:2 before aionian times.
“For ever," i. 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 aion 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
.. 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 aion.” 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 genera. tions of the aion of the aions." Eph. 3:21.
"Now unto the king of the aions.” 1 Tim. 1:17.
"Demas hath forsaken me having loved this present aion." 2 Tim. 4:10.
"By whom also he made the aion." Heb. 1:2.
“Thy throne, O God, is for the aion." ("of the aion" not authentic.) Heb. 1:8.
"And have tasted .. the powers of the aion to come.” Heb. 6:5. “But now
once in the end (lit. conjunction) of the aions.” (overlapped). Heb. 9:26. .
“Through faith we understand that the aions framed.” (adjusted).1
"Both now and for the day of the aion.” 2 Pet. 3:18. “Both now and throughout all the aions." Jude 25.
“The smoke of their torment ascendeth up for aions of aions." Rev. 14:11.
“Her smoke rose up for the aions of the aions. Rey. 19:3.
"Shall be tormented day and night for the aions of the aions." Rev. 20:10.
“They shall reign for the aions of the aions. Rev. 22:5.
Notice that we have the singular aion, the plural aions and aion of aions (a great aion composed of aions), and the multiplied form aions of aions.
An aion has an end (see Mat. 13:39, 40, 49; 24:3; 28:20), and as another follows (see Mat. 12:32; Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30 and 20:35; Eph. 1:21), it must have a beginning. The end of one and beginning of another overlap so that Paul could say "the ends of the aions have come upon us." 1 Cor. 10:11.
There are many aions, both in the past and in the future.3
(1) Heb. 11:3. Through faith we understand that the worlds (aion's) were framed by the word of God, SO that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (2) Col.
1:26. Even the mystery which hath been hid
from ages (aions) and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints.
(3) Eph. 2:7. That in the ages (aions) to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus.
Jesus is the King of the aions,* and they are all made by Him according to a Divine Plan, see Greek, "purpose (or plan) of the aions."
The diagram is intended to illustrate a minute section of this infinite plan, showing seven of the aions. The diverging lines represent the increase of population suddenly cut down to eight at the flood and to be again greatly reduced at the close of the present dispensation.?
1. Eden the aion of Innocence terminating in the expulsion.
2. Antediluvian, the aion of freedom (conscience the only restraint) terminating in the flood and reduction of the race to the eight persons of Noah and his family. During this aion Enoch is caught up, a type of the coming rapture of the Church.
3. Post-diluvian, the aion of government, man put under civil authority,8 terminating in the destruction of Sodom.
4. Patriarchal, the pilgrim aion, terminating in the overthrow of Pharaoh and his host in the Red Sea.
5. Mosaic, the Israelitish aion, terminating in the cruci. fixion and destruction of Jerusalem. In this Elijah becomes another type of the rapture.
6. Christian, the aion of mystery, terminating in the
(4) 1 Tim. 1:17. Now unto Also Zech. 13:8, 14:12-13; the King eternal (of the aions), Rev. 14:18-20, 19:19-21. immortal, invisible, the only (8) Gen. 9:5. And surely your wise God, be honor and glory blood of your lives will I refor ever and ever. Amen.
every (5) Heb. 1:2. Hath in these
beast will I require it, and at
the hand of man; at the hand of last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed
every man's brother will I reheir of all things, by whom also
quire the life of man. be made the worlds (aions).
6. Whoso sheddeth man's Also Heb. 11:3.
blood, by man shall his blood be
shed : for in the image of God (6) Eph. 3:11. According to made he man. the eternal purpose which he
(9) Heb. 11:13. These all purposed in Christ Jesus our
died in faith, not having received Lord :
the promises, but having seen (7) Rev. 9:18. By these three them afar off, and were persuadwas the third part of
men ed of them, and embraced them, killed, by the fire, and by the and confessed that they wero imoke, and by the brimstone, strangers and pilgrims on the which issued out of their mouths. earth.
great tribulation,1• the coming of the Lord, the Judgment of Nations, 11 and another great reduction of the world's population. During this aion the Jews are scattered among all nations. 18
7. Millennium, the aion of manifestation, (Rom. 8:19) terminating in Satan's last deception and the Judgment of the great white throne.13
Beyond this is the New Heavens and New Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness,14 probably the beginning of another series of aions. For, these seven make a week of aions, corresponding to the expression in Eph. 3:21, aion of aions, or one great aion composed of these seven aions. And, in harmony with the weeks of years appointed unto Israel (Lev. 25:8-11), other great aions are to follow corresponding to the expression aions of aions. See Gal. 1:5 and the other passages cited above. Possibly the fiftieth aion may be like the Jubilee of Lev. 25 and then again, aions of aions. See lower section of diagram.
But, says one, if aions are measured periods then all aions are measured, and there will be an end to the sorrows of the ungodly,15 and the glory and dominion of the Lamb
(10) Matt 24:21. For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
(11) Matt. 25:31. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall ho sit upon the throne of his glory:
32. And before him shall be gathered all nations : and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats :
(12) Amos 9:9. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
Lu. 21:24. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem
shall be trodden down of the
And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12-15 See page 105.
(14) Isa. 65:17. For, behold, I create new heavens, and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
2 Pet. 3:13. Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
Also Isa. 66:22 ; Rev. 21:1.
(15) Rev. 14:11. And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: (aions of aions) and they have no rest day nor night, who worship tho