In our previous post, we saw the Bible’s Old Testament tells the story of humanity’s relationship with the Creator through three Ages of government:
- Age of Creation
- Age of Conscience
- Age of Law
The New Testament continues the drama and leads to a better ending. Every Age begins because of the failure in its predecessor. There is coming an Age that will finally blend into Eternal bliss:
- It is not the one we are in; Age of Church
- Surprisingly, it is not even the next Age to come; Age of Kingdom
- There is a sixth Age in Scripture that we all yearn to see: the Age of Perfection.
Age of Church
This is the current Age in which we live. In the Old Testament, God established a physical kingdom (Israel). In the New Testament, God established a spiritual kingdom. The physical kingdom is mostly Jewish with some Gentile participants. The spiritual kingdom is mostly Gentile with some Jewish participants. Members of the spiritual kingdom belong to the Body of Christ and referred to as the Church. These members are equally “peculiar” as the Old Testament Jews (1 Peter 2:9). The singular “Man” (including male and female) before the Law was divided under the Law into two: Jews and Gentiles. After the Law, another division of humanity emerges Christians (1 Corinthians 10:32-33). The Church Age ends with a devastating apostasy within the Church, preparing the way for Antichrist.
Age of Kingdom
Following a brief period of literal Hell on Earth, Jesus returns physically and visibly to rule and reign over humanity (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10). Jerusalem will become the world’s capitol city. The world will be divided into twelve jurisdictions based on the twelve tribes of Israel. Each jurisdiction will be ruled by one of Christ’s twelve disciples. The divine dictatorship will last one thousand years (Revelation 20:1-6). The Age will end with a final rebellion of men and women led by Satan (Revelation 20:7-8).
Age of Perfection
Many assume the next Age to come after us, the Age of Kingdom, will be the Age of Perfection. However, Scripture indicates that human depravity will never allow perfection to come until the Tempter and all unrighteous dead be despatched for eternity (Revelation 20:12-15). Homo Sapiens, made up of flesh and blood, will have to be physically altered to enter the Age of Perfection. This altering process begins with the “first resurrection from the dead” (Revelation 20:6). All saints from both Testaments are resurrected to obtain new bodies. However, those humans born during the Age of Kingdom and did not join Satan’s rebellion will have to partake of the tree of life (Revelation 22:14).
A new earth will be created to replace the present one (Revelation 21:1). It will be the final inheritance for all righteous Jews in human history. New Jerusalem will also be created to house the Church (Revelation 21:2). New heavens will be created to be inhabited by the Gentiles who have right to eat of the tree of life which is relocated inside New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:1-3). The Age of Perfection will blend into Eternal bliss
The certainty of future events described in Scripture gives purpose and meaning in life for us all today.