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Mistranslation of the Greek word "aion" is a master stroke of diabolical genius. Perhaps no other word erroneously translated, could more effectively pervert man’s image of God and cause such widespread confusion in the church. Because the understanding of the eons and Gods purpose in them has been lost, the church is divided on such important teachings as man's destiny, grace, election, salvation, security of the believer, judgment and other Issues. The following work by Joseph E. Kirk Is offered in the hope that the serious seeker after scriptural truth will be aided in his quest.

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THE TEACHING OF THE SCRIPTURES about the eons provides answers to frustrating questions concerning the meaning of human existence. God’s purpose in creating man, and God’s purpose of the eons are inseparably related. Many are unfamiliar with this important subject because the facts have been concealed by incorrect and misleading translations of the Bible from the original languages into English.

The eons are the longest periods of time referred to in the Scriptures. Time-wise they are of indefinite duration, but event-wise they are distinctly marked off by great cataclysms which affect the whole earth.

FACTS REVEALED CONCERNING THE EONS

  • THE EONS HAVE A BEGINNING
    Literal Translation King James Version
    Heb.1:2 God made the eons God made the worlds
    I Cor. 2:7 before the eons before the world
    2Tim.1:9 before eonian times before the world began
  • THE EONS END, INDIVIDUALLY AND COLLECTIVELY
    Heb. 9:26 the end of the eons the end of the world
    1 Cor. 10:11 the ends of the eons the ends of the world
    Matt. 24:3 the end of the eon the end of the world
  • HOW MANY EONS ARE THERE?
    Col.1:26 hid from eons Past hid from ages
    Lu. 20:34 this eon Present this world
    Eph. 2:7 eons to come Future ages to come
    A minimum of five eons indicated
  • THE PURPOSE OF THE EONS

Eph.3:8-11 purpose of the eons eternal purpose
Eph. 1:9-1l; PhiI.2:9-l1; Col.1:l5-21; I Cor. 15:20-28

The words "eon" and "eonian" occur 199 times in the New Testament. They are translated as Follows in the King James Version:

aiön or eon aionios eonian

Ages 2 Never 7 Everlasting 25
Course 1 Evermore 4 Eternal 42

World 40 Eternal 2 World a

Ever 72 Ever 1

The fact that the same word translated "for ever," "everlasting, and eternal’’ is also translated "world’’ is a shocking surprise to many believers. Had God meant "world’ in these places He would have used the Greek word "kosmos" which means world. In the best literal translations the words "aion" and "aionios" are consistently rendered "age" and "age-abiding’ or transliterated "eon" and "eonian." See Rotherham’s Emphasized Version; Young’s Literal Translation; or The Concordant Literal New Testament.

God made the eons (Heb. 1:2) and fitted them out (Heb.11:3) for the accomplishing of His purpose (Eph 3:8-11; 1:9-11). During the eonian times, sin, suffering and death enter God’s creation, serve their purpose and are abolished by Jesus Christ (I Tim. 4:9-11; Col. 1:20; I Cor. 15:22-28; Rom. 5:18,19; Phil. 2:911; John 12:32, 83; 1 John 3:8).

The existence of God is not confined to the eons. He made the eons; therefore, He existed before they began. At the conclusion of the eons Jesus Christ will do away with sin (Heb. 9:26) and will abolish death (I Cor. 15:22-26). All will then be subjected to God and God will be All in All

(I Cor. 15:27, 28). Therefore, God continues to exist after the eons have ended. The statement "from everlasting to everlasting thou art God’’ (Psa. 90:2), is literally ‘‘from age to age thou art God." This does not limit God’s existence to the eons any more than the statement, "I am the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’ (Ex. 3:6), excludes Him from being the God of others also. The same is true of the reference to Him as ‘the eonian God" (Rom. 16:25,26). During the present wicked eon (Gal. 1:4), Sin reigns, Satan who is said to be "the god of this eon" (2 Cor. 4:4) blinds and deceives mankind, and death swallows up the race (I Cor. 15:22). But notwithstanding, God is over all and is in supreme control. He is the eonian God. In due time He will deliver the entire creation and bring good out of all the suffering mankind is called upon to endure (Rom. 8:18.23).

Neither is it true that if the eons end, the life or believers in Christ must end. Believers do receive eonian life. But if this is all that God promised, there would be no assurance of life beyond the eons. However, at the end of the eons God abolishes death from His universe (I Cor. 15:26). This is accomplished by imparting the resurrection life of Christ to all who have not previously received it. Eonan life assures one or life up to that point. Beyond that, death is impossible. Furthermore believers are made immortal when the Lord returns (I Cor. 15:50-57). When one has been made immortal, death is impossible.

In the Greek Scriptures endlessness is never expressed in terms of eons or of that which is eonian. The Scriptures never speak of ‘the endless eons of eternity." Endlessness is expressed by the use of negatives: "not," "no not," "un" "less." For example: "Of His kingdom there shall be no end" ouk estai telos (Luke 1:33); "endless life" akatalutou (Heb. 7:16); endless genealogies" aperantois (I Tim- 1:4); "nevermore" ou me eti (Rev. 18:21-23),

COMPLETE CONCORDANCE

The Noun "Aion" and its Adjective "Aionios"

Transliterated, Eon and Eonian

True renderings in bold face: King James Version in ( )

EON IN THE SINGULAR

1. The present eon -- Ga]. 1:4; I Tim. 6:17: 2 Tlm.4;10; Tit. 2:12 (world).

2. This eon -- Matt. 12: 32; 13:22; Mt 4:19; Lu. 16:8; 20: 34; Rom, 12:2; I Cor. 1:20; 2:6, 6, 8; 3:18; 2 Cor. 4:4; Eph. 1:21; 6:12 (world).

3. The eon of this world -- Eph. 2:2 (course of this world).

4. For the eon -- Matt. 21:19; Mk. 11:14; Lu. 1:55; Jn. 6:51,58; 8:35; 12:34; 14:16; 2 Cor. 9:9; Heb. 5:6; 6:20; 7:17, 21; I Pet. 1:23,25; 2 Pet. 2:17; I Jn. 2:17; 2 Jn 2; Jude 13 (forever); Heb. 7:24 (ever); 7:28 (forevermore); I Cor. 8:13 (while the world standeth).

5. Not for the eon -- Mk. 3:29; Jul. 4:14; 8:51, 52; 10:28; 11: 26; 13:8 (never).

6. Before all the eon — Jude 25a (K. J. omits) R.V. "before all time."

  1. From the eon -- Lu. 1:70; Acts 8:11 (since the world began);
    Acts 15:18 (from the beginning of the world; Out of the eon -- Jn. 9:32 (since the world began).

8. The conclusion of the eon — Matt. 13:39. 40, 49; 24:3; 28:20 (the end of the world).

9. The coming eon -- Mk. 10:30: Lu. 18:30; Heb. 6:5 (world); That eon Lu. 20:35 (that world).

10. For the day of the eon -- 2 Pet. 3:18 (forever). Compare Deut. 32:7; Mic. 5;2; 7:14; Mal.. 3:4.

EON IN THE PLURAL

1. God made the eons -- Heb. 1:2; equipped the eons -- Heb. 11:3 (worlds).

2. Purpose of the eons -- Eph. 3:11; King of the eons -- I Tim. 1:17 (eternal).

3. Before the eons -- I Cor. 2:7 (before the world); From the eons -- Eph. 3:9 (from the beginning of the world); Col. 1:26 (from ages).

    1. For the eons -- Matt. 6:13; Lu. 1:33; Rom. 1:25; 9:5; 11:36; 16:27; Heb. 13:8 (for ever);
      2 Cor. 11:31 (for evermore); For all the eons -- Jude 25 (ever). "All" omitted in some MSS.
    2. The on-coming eons -- Eph. 2:7 (ages to come).
    3. Conclusion of the eons -- Heb. 9: 26 (end of the world). R.V. "end of the ages."
    4. Ends of the eons -- I Cor. 10:11 (ends of the world). R.V. "ends of the ages."

EON TWICE IN THE SAME PHRASE

1. The eons of the eons -- Gal. 1:5; Phil. 4:20; I Tim. 1:17;

2 Tim. 4:18; Heb. 13:21;1 Pet. 4:11; 5:11; Rev. 1:6; 4:9, 10; 5:13, 14; 7:12; 10:6; 1l:15; 14:11; 15:7; 19:3; 20:10; 22:5 (for ever and ever); Rev. 1:18 (for evermore).

A comparison of Rev. 11:14, 15 with I Cor. 15:27, 28 makes it clear that the expression the "eons or the eons" does not mean an endless succession of eons. Christ reigns for "the eons of the eons" after which He delivers up the Kingdom to the Father and Himself becomes subject that God may be all in all.

2. The eon of the eons -- for all the generations of, Eph. 3:21 (throughout all ages, world without end). In the K.J. version the Greek word for "generations" is wrongly translated "ages" in this passage. The eon or the eons is the last and greatest eon of them all. In it God’s saving purpose is brought to its climax and consummation in the Salvation of all.

3. The eon of the eon -- Heb. 1:8 (for ever and ever). This is a reference to the last eon which issues out of the one which precedes it.

THE ADJECTIVE EONIAN

  1. Before eonian times -- 2 Timothy 1:9. Titus 1: 2 (before the world began)
  2. In eonian times -- Romans 16:25 (since the world began)
  3. Eonian life – Matthew 19:29; Luke 18:30; John 3:15, 16, 36; 4:14; 5:24; 6:27, 40, 47;
    12:50; Acts 13:46; Romans 6:22; Galatians 6:8; I Timothy 1:16 (everlasting) Matthew 19:16; 25:46; Mark 10:17, 30; Luke 10:25; 18:18; John 4:36; 5:39; 6:54, 68; 10:28; 12:25; 17:2, 3; Acts 13:48; Romans 2:7; 5:21; 6:23; I Timothy 6:12; Titus 1:2; 3:7; I John 1:2; 2:25; 3:15; 5:11, 13,20; Jude 21 (eternal).
  4. Eonian redemption – Hebrews 9:12 (eternal).
  5. Eonian salvation -- Hebrews 5:9 (eternal).
  6. Eonian glory – 2 Corinthians 4:17; 2 Timothy 2:10; I Peter 5:10; (eternal).
  7. Eonian kingdom – 2 Peter 1:11; (everlasting).
  8. Eonian inheritance – Hebrews 9:15 (eternal).
  9. Eonian "things not seen" – 2 Corinthians 4:18 (eternal).
  10. Eonian house – 2 Corinthians 5:1; (eternal).
  11. Eonian habitations – Luke 16:9; (everlasting).
  12. Eonian consolation – 2 Thessalonians 2:16; (everlasting).
  13. Eonian covenant – Hebrews 13:20; (everlasting).
  14. Eonian gospel – Revelation 14:6 (everlasting).
  15. Eonian God – Romans 16:26 (everlasting).
  16. Eonian Spirit – Hebrews 9:14 (eternal).
  17. Eonian power – I Timothy 6:16 (everlasting).
  18. Eonian judgment – Hebrews 6:2 (eternal).
  19. Eonian condemnation -- Mark 3:29 (eternal damnation).
  20. Eonian fire -- Matthew 18:8; 25:41 (everlasting); Jude 7 (eternal fire).
  21. Eonian chastening -- Matthew 25:46 (everlasting).
  22. Eonian destruction – 2 Thessalonians 1:9 (everlasting).
  23. Eonian –Philemon 15 (forever).
    The "eternal" of Romans 1:20, and the "everlasting" of Jude 6, is "aidios" not "aionios".
    Note the "until" in Jude 6.

    This outline was adapted from one prepared by the late Alexander Thompson of Edinburgh, Scotland

-- Joseph E. Kirk

Reprinted with permission Concordant Publishing House, Canyon Country, CA

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