Monday, April 5, 2010

Eternity Not What You Think

Is eternal really a scriptural word?
It's extremely important to know why the Bible DOESN'T use the word eternity and instead uses the word eon, meaning a specific period of time.

The process of God revealing Himself to His creatures IS the PURPOSE of the eons (see Eph 1:11 in the ORIGINAL Greek). If infinity were needed for God to make Himself known, then we would never obtain such knowledge. God never speaks to us in terms of infinity, for we cannot understand it. He has provided a DEFINITE period of time for His self-revelation, called --- the eonian times.

The mistranslation of the word eon as everlasting, eternal, forever, and even world,in the King James Version and nearly ALL translations of the Bible, leads to confusion and even sometimes to false doctrine. Some of the Bible translations have corrected some of the confusion by correctly translating the word eon as age which is much more accurate. But they don't do it in every instance.

There are many different ways the word eon is translated, as well as allowing the BIBLE to interpret its OWN words. The Bible reveals that the word eon clearly means a period of time, because the eons have a "conclusion!" Eternity has NO conclusion! So the word "Eon" CANNOT mean eternity!

The Concordant Version is a literal, direct, word-for-word translation from the Greek to English.

Concordant King James Version

Mt. 18: 8eonion fire everlasting fire

19:16eonion fire eternal life

29eonian life everlasting life

25:46 eonian chastening everlasting punishment

:46eonion life life eternal

Mk. 3:29 eonian sin eternal damnation

Lu. 18:18 eonian life eternal life

:30 eonian life life everlasting

Jn. 4:36 eonion life life eternal

5:24 eonion life everlasting life

:39 eonion life eternal life

6:27 eonion life everlasting life

Ro. 16:25 in times eonian since the world began

:26 eonian God everlasting God

2Th. 1: 9 eonian extermination everlasting destruction

2Ti 1: 9before eonian times before the world began

Hb. 5: 9 eonian salvation eternal salvation

6: 2 eonian judgment eternal judgment

9:12 eonian redemption eternal redemption

Rv. 14: 6 eonian evangel everlasting gospel

Here are some examples of the Biblical contradictions produced by the mistranslation of the word eon.

1. The word everlasting is applied to things in some Bible passages that the Bible states, in other passages, is clearly NOT everlasting.
the everlasting hills Gen 49:26 and Deut 33:15

Yet the Bible states that the hills are NOT everlasting.

Isa 54:10 For the mountains shall depart and the hills be removed

Amos 9:13 and all the hills shall melt

2 Peter 3:10 and the earth shall be burned up

2. Contradictory expressions as the end of the world, and world without end.

Matt 24:3 the end of the world (KJV) The accurate translation is: conclusion of the eon.

Eph 3:21 world without end (KJV) The accurate translation is: unto all the generations of the eon of the eons.

The inaccuracy and inconsistency of the translation of the words olam in the Old Testament and of aion and aionios in the New Testament has led to a tragic perversion of what the Scriptures actually teach in regard to the destiny of God's creatures.

Remember that we are told that God is the Saviour of ALL men (1 Tim 4:10) that He will justify ALL (Rom 5:18) that He will reconcile ALL unto Himself (Col 1:20) that He will give life to ALL (1 Cor. 15:22) and that finally when all enemies have been subjected, and death is abolished, that God will be "ALL IN ALL" (1 Cor 15:28).

If these statements are true, then it CANNOT be true that millions of His children are to be held in never-ending tormenT, nor that even one should receive such treatment. "Behold the Lamb of God, that TAKES AWAY the sin of the WORLD." He doesn't "offer" to take it away --- He TAKES IT AWAY. And the "sin" is not taken away from just some people in the world -- No, it is taken away from the WHOLE world!!!

This does not deny that the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men (Rom 1:18). There is no doubt whatever as to the fact that the Bible clearly teaches wrath, not only in this age (eon) but in the age (eon) which is to come. God will NOT be mocked. Whatever we sow, we will reap. But God's wrath is defined in Romans 1:18, 24, 26, 28. God's wrath is just giving us up to our own evil desires and allowing us to reap what we have sown.

Let us ALL remember that God says, I'm NOT like you. My ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.

The word Judgment means to set right or to turn around or turn back. God chastens us to turn us around, so we'll head in the right direction. That's the way we discipline our own children. Psalm 94:15 says, But judgement shall RETURN unto righteousness.

Psalm 90:3 Thou turnest man to destruction: and sayest, Return, ye children of men.

If destruction means annihilation, then how could anyone return to God after they have been permanently annihilated?

In 1 Cor 5:5, Paul tells us to To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Destruction is NOT annihilation or eternal torment, but the PROCESS to SALVATION!
Dennis Caldwell
Dennis Caldwell
Only one word really means "eternal" & is rarely used & never relating to punishment. If anyone wants to prove this wrong let's hear it, but stick with the "original language meaning"

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