Looking at ‘ages’ as it relates to A SERVANT/CHILD and A SON:
Gal 4:1-6 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors (the Law) until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements (LAW) of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Pro 29:21 He that delicately bringeth up his servant from a child shall have him become his son at the length.
It is by the Spirit of God that we have LIFE and receive the adoption of SONS and ETERNAL LIFE:
1Jo 5:10-11 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
We move from the ‘age’ of A CHILD (servant, in bondage, yet carnal) to that of A SON:
Mar 10:28-31 Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Eternal life is found in “the world” (age) “to come”. And “eternal life” is defined in the scriptures as knowing God and Jesus Christ:
Joh 17:3 And THIS IS LIFE ETERNAL, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
And we know that we either HAVE eternal LIFE (Christ) abiding in us or we ABIDE IN DEATH… even now:
1Jo 3:14-15 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
We pass FROM DEATH ~unto~ LIFE…
From THE NIGHT ~unto~ THE DAY…
From WALKING IN DARKNESS ~to~ WALKING IN THE LIGHT.
The “age to come” is that of A SON as Christ is formed in us (Christ IN YOU, the hope of glory).
Most Christians see “eternal life” as that “life” which we receive “in the afterlife”, in eternity with God.
Some even believe that “eternal life” refers to life “in the kingdom of God” during the thousand years reign of Christ on the earth
However, Paul tells us that those who HAVE PASSED from death unto life HAVE ETERNAL LIFE abiding in them, for that LIFE is IN THE SON (who IS the resurrection and the life).
The hour COMETH and NOW IS.
Joh 4:23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
Joh 5:25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
So who are the dead?
Joh 6:53 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.
It is in “the world to come” or “the age to come” that we expect to “rule and reign with Christ a thousand years”, right?
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
What of this? What is a thousand years? Is it not as “ ONE DAY” to the Lord?
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that ONE DAY is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as ONE DAY.
But what did Jesus say about the day?
Joh 11:9-11 Jesus answered, Are there not twelve hours in the day? If any man walk in the day, he stumbleth not, because he seeth the light of this world. But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him. These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
He’s talking about the resurrection of the dead here… about passing FROM DEATH unto LIFE…. From NIGHT (darkness, no light) to DAY (seeing the light, Christ IN YOU; HE IS the RESURRECTION and the LIFE).
Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I AM the resurrection, and the life (the LIFE is IN THE SON): he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he LIVE:
So what of the thousand years? Look at this:
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but AS YESTERDAY WHEN IT IS PAST, and AS A WATCH IN THE NIGHT.
Catch that? “as a watch in the night”… now look at this:
Mat 24:42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.
1Th 5:1-8 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that THE DAY OF THE LORD so cometh as a thief IN THE NIGHT. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that THAT DAY should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of THE DAY: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep IN THE NIGHT; and they that be drunken are drunken IN THE NIGHT. But let us, who are OF THE DAY, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
He wakes us up from our ‘sleep’ (resurrects us from “the dead”). Sudden destruction comes on those who walk IN DARKNESS… on those who are OF THE NIGHT… those WHO SLEEP.
BUT…. WHEN HE COMES…
2Pe 3:10 But THE DAY of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
We a freed from the bondage of the law (elements of the world)…. No longer servants/children (in bondage) and are given the adoption of sons.
So look at this:
Ecc 6:6 Yea, though he live A THOUSAND YEARS TWICE TOLD, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?
So what is A THOUSAND YEARS TWICE TOLD and how does that relate to ONE DAY?
A thousand years is as ONE DAY to the Lord, right?
Check this out:
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ the same YESTERDAY, and TODAY, and FOREVER.
God took ONE DAY (a thousand years) and DIVIDED it….
Dividing THE NIGHT from THE DAY.
So go back to what ‘yesterday’ is?
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as YESTERDAY when it is past, and as a watch IN THE NIGHT.
And what is TODAY?
Heb 3:7-8 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, TODAY if ye will HEAR HIS VOICE, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness:
Heb 3:13-15 But exhort one another daily, while it is called TODAY; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; While it is said, TODAY if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
It is ONE DAY (a thousand years) but it is DIVIDED…. The NIGHT from the DAY.
Christ COMES “as a thief IN THE NIGHT” to WAKE US (the hour is come and now is)
Eph 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
He is THE DAY STAR…. The DAY (LIGHT) dawns IN US and we no longer walk IN THE NIGHT (which is “as YESTERDAY when it is PAST”).
See what I am saying???
Joh 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
1Co 15:22-26 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming (the coming is of the Holy Spirit). Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
Not all will receive “eternal life” (Christ IN YOU); some will DIE IN THEIR SINS….. BUT:
1Th 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
Rom 14:8-10 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s. For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living. But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
The scriptures are so amazing!!! 😉
What did Christ say on the cross??
Joh 19:30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.
Luk 23:43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, TODAY shalt thou be with me in paradise.
TODAY is THE DAY of the Lord….
But some still sleep (being dead… having NO LIFE in them) until THE DAY dawns and they come into the glorious LIGHT of the Savior!!! (awaking from their sleep… being resurrected from the dead…. passing from death unto life…. coming OUT OF DARKNESS or THE NIGHT (yesterday when it is passed) into THE DAY.
The “ages” are the age of A CHILD (under tutors – the law) and the age of A SON (Christ in you). The life that now is and that which is TO COME. Christ being THE SAME… YESTERDAY (when it is past), TODAY (when you hear my voice), and forever!!
A THOUSAND YEARS…. TWICE TOLD!!!!
A THOUSAND YEARS is not connected only with a reign of LIFE to come with Christ (=TODAY, when we hear His voice and harden not our hearts) but it is also connected to a reign of DEATH (=YESTERDAY, when it is past).
God having a covenant with both, each having their own season:
Jer 33:20-25 … my covenant of the day, and my covenant of the night, … that there should not be day and night in their season; … As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured: … Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth;
Spiritually connected to that which is ABOVE (LIFE = NOT OF THIS WORLD) and that which is BENEATH (DEATH/HELL = OF THIS WORLD)
Pro 15:24 The way of LIFE IS ABOVE ((to the wise)), that he may depart from HELL BENEATH.
Isa 14:9 HELL FROM BENEATH ((is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming)): it stirreth up THE DEAD for thee, even ((all the chief ones)) OF THE EARTH; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.
John 8:23 And he said unto them, Ye are FROM BENEATH; I am FROM ABOVE: ye are OF THIS WORLD; I am NOT OF THIS WORLD.
Jer 33:20 Thus saith the LORD; If ye can break my covenant OF THE DAY, and my covenant OF THE NIGHT, and ((that there should not be) DAY AND NIGHT ((IN THEIR SEASON));
Jer 33:25 Thus saith the LORD; If my covenant be not WITH DAY AND NIGHT, and if I have not appointed the ordinances OF HEAVEN AND EARTH;
Mat 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and THE GATES OF HELL shall not prevail against it.
Act 2:19 And I will shew wonders IN HEAVEN ((ABOVE)), and signs IN THE EARTH ((BENEATH)); blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke:
BLOOD AND FIRE AND VAPOUR OF SMOKE :
He said: “ I am come TO SEND FIRE ON THE EARTH”
THE EARTH is HIS FOOTSTOOL!!
His FEET are “as fine brass AS IF THEY BURN IN A FURNACE”
Where are the righteous and much more the wicked and sinner recompensed?
All Blessings in Christ!