The End of That Age
In the Scriptures, the expression "End
of the World" is frequently used. St. Peter tells us that the world
came to an end in the Deluge. It was not the Earth which came to an
end; merely that order
or condition of things which prevailed prior to the Deluge ceased
there. A new world, a new order of things, was there ushered in. This is
in strict accordance with the proper translation of the Greek. The common
translation unfortunately has deceived many. We would better read
"End of the Age"--not End of the World.
Ages may end and be succeeded by other
ages, but the Bible declares that "the Earth abideth forever;"
that "God formed it not in vain; He formed it to be inhabited."
It has never been thoroughly habitable, nor has it ever been inhabited, in
the proper sense of the term. The work of Messiah's Kingdom will be to
make God's footstool glorious, and fit for those restored to His favor.
His further work will be to uplift man and restore him to all that was
lost in Eden and redeemed at Calvary. He will destroy only the
In the new order of things started
by Noah and his family, God allowed humanity to have its way and to
work out its own schemes without Divine interference, except in extreme
cases. He allowed the world to learn lessons, while He carried out His own
great Plan, of which Redemption is the center, and Messiah's Kingdom the
circumference, for the recovery of mankind from their fallen
The development of God's Plan has been long
from the human standpoint, but not so from the Divine, for we read:
"A thousand years in Thy sight are but as yesterday;" and again,
"A day with the Lord is as a thousand years." During six of
these thousand-year Days, in which He rests or desists from interfering
with the world's affairs, God has permitted a reign of Evil, but His
arrangements are complete whereby Messiah, the Redeemer, will fully
restore all the willing and obedient to all that Adam forfeited.--Acts
Leaving the Ark