What will happen in the eons and what is their purpose? Let’s begin answering some of these questions…
Our last article on the false translation of “eternal” in our modern Scriptures left us some open ended questions. What happens to believers and unbelievers in the eons and what of the verses that speak of Hell? I’ll look at the first of those questions here.
What are the eons and what happens to believers within them? I’ll provide a brief but sufficient explanation here. There are five eons in total and each has their own conclusion (Hebrews 9:26). The first two eons are simple and span from the beginning to the completed creation of our universe, then from Adam to the flood of Noah (Genesis 1-9).
The third eon is our present “evil age” (Galatians 1:4). This spans from the flood, through the crucifixion of Christ, and will end at the snatching away. We are living in this eon because there are still two to come (Ephesians 2:7).
The fourth eon, after believers are snatched away to the Celestials (Ephesians 2:6), is what is known as the thousand year kingdom. This is when Satan is locked up in the abyss (Revelation 20:1) and the judgement and restoration on the nations begins (Matthew 25:31-46). This will be Israel’s role (we will enthusiastically discuss why it will be theirs at a later time because it is utterly life changing) and this will span, of course, a thousand years (Revelation 5:10, 20:1-10), concluding at the Great White Throne after Satan is released once more (Revelation 20:11-15). On the Great White Throne those who did not follow Israel’s Gospel will be judged according to their acts (contrary to the common Christian view, The Great White Throne has nothing to do with faith). Those whose acts were not worthy and whose names are not written in the book of life, along with Satan, the Wild Beast, and the False Prophet, will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is the second death (Revelation 21:8) (“death” is the all-important key word that defines Hell, but more on that in the next post).
The fifth and final eon (otherwise known as the “eon of the eons” or the eon that all previous eons have been leading up to (Ephesians 3:21)) is when the New Earth will be established (Revelation 21-22) and those whose names were in the book of life will be brought into. This will prepare for the Grand Consummation, where death and suffering are finally abolished and all of creation (including those who were judged at the Great White Throne) is reconciled back to God. Jesus will no longer rule and reign on the earth (1 Corinthians 15:25) and all of human history and creation will be justified, vivified, reconciled, and subjected in Him. God will eternally be all in all with His creation and the work will finally be completed.
This is a lot of information so I’ll provide a link to a chart below that might help make sense of it all. But what is most vital to understand is that purpose of the eons, and God’s plan from the beginning, is for man to endure suffering and all that comes with it, to know the weight of sin and death, and to experience the height, breadth, and awe of God’s mercy, grace, and love (Colossians 1:20). The wonderful news of this is one I cannot repeat enough and one the modern church has appallingly failed to realize: the cross has saved all of humanity. Salvation is not based on a choice but on the cross and the work of Jesus Christ.
He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world. (1 John 2:2 NIV)