PMW 2019-085 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

I am not always able to engage in theological discussion by email, due to my time constraints and the number of requests for such that I receive. But occasionally I will engage a discussion briefly. Here is one I just had with a PostmillennialWorldview reader. It regards the two-age structure of history.

PMW reader wrote:

I have a question to throw in the works if I may: Matthew 24:3 says ” What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”

This could mean the end of the Old Testament age. I back this up with Jesus comments on the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, which will not be forgiven “in this age or the age to come” (Matthew 12:32.)

“This age” – the old Testament age in which Jesus was at the time. “The age to come” the New Testament age. The Age to Come could not mean heaven or after Christ’s return because there is no sin in that age.

My reply:

Actually I believe that “this age” is history and the “age to come” is eternity.

In Luke 20:34-36 we read: “Jesus said to them, ‘The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage, but those who are considered worthy to attain to that age and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; for they cannot even die anymore, because they are like angels, and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.’”

Jesus’ statement that blasphemy will not be forgiven in this age or the age to come means it will never be forgiven.

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PMW reader responds:

Thank you for your prompt reply – please know that I do not intend to argue but to understand – hence my questions and proposals.

Where I am coming from in this discussion is the belief that the death of our Lord was a far more important event than many Christians realise. And therefore that our present age, the church age is very different from the previous Jewish dispensation. Here I refer to James Kennedy with “What if Jesus had never been born?” The earth would probably degenerated back into the immediate preflood era – filled with violence, whereas now the forces of darkness fight a long retreat as the forces of the Lord progressively occupy until He comes. I also cite Oswald Chambers concerning the death of Christ as well as my fellow South African, J J van den Burg, in his Gospel According to Luke.

God is making all things new from the inside out as it were – whereas the original creation was “top down” and ending with the creation of man, first his body then finally his spirit, breathed into him by God, the New Creation begins with the creation of the new race of humans – in the reverse order first the new spirit in the born again experience…. There are now two species of humans on the planet ! – the saved and the lost.

As we Postmillenialists believe, this age, the church age ends very well, precisely because of the death of Christ !

My reply:

I agree with your disappointment that Christians do not better comprehend the implications of Christ’s death and the changes he effected thereby. For instance, he began in spiritual principle the new creation.

Actually, because of Christ the present age (history) is being impacted by the age to come (eternity). We see this in that we are new creations (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 6:15), are spiritually resurrected (John 5:24-27; Eph 2:6), and so forth. We live in the now / not yet era of mixed realities: we are in the old creation though we are new creation beings.

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Thus, we live in the great overlap of the ages. But we are only in the overlap, not the fullness of the age to come. We have “tasted the powers of the age to come” (Heb 6:5). This does distinguish the new covenant era from the old covenant era, but we still endure old covenant era physical death and so forth, which is a characteristic of the present age.

Therefore the end of the age has not yet come, consequently we are to continue evangelizing (Matt 28:20) because the unbelievers have not yet been finally separated from the believers (Matt 13:39-40, 49). And we are to continue instructing men to deny ungodliness in this age (Tit 2:12). And we remain “sons of this age” because we marry and are given in marriage (Luke 20:34).


12 thoughts on “IS THE “END OF THE AGE” AD 70?

  1. William R Donohue October 22, 2019 at 7:43 pm

    Great article. I suppose then the “Last days” as stated in Heb. 1:1 would mean the last day of the Old Testament era, is that your view?

  2. Kenneth Gentry October 30, 2019 at 11:34 am

    My view is that the first-century work of Christ introduces the final era of history, the new covenant era up to Christ’s Second Coming. It is unfolding until “the last day” when the resurrection occurs.

  3. Phil November 22, 2019 at 2:01 am

    Hi Ken when you mentioned… “we still endure old covenant era physical death and so forth, which is a characteristic of the present age.”

    I’m confused. If we are still living between the ages, who are those under the old covenant today?

  4. Kenneth Gentry November 22, 2019 at 8:35 am

    What I meant by that statement is that we still endure the same physical death processes that were operative in the old covenant era. I did not mean that anyone today lives in the old covenant. I hope this clarifies the problem.

  5. David Johnson March 11, 2020 at 10:23 am

    What age ended at the destruction of Jerusalem?

  6. Kenneth Gentry March 11, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Redemptive history is divided into the old covenant and the new covenant eras. The old covenant ended with the destruction of the temple in AD 70, giving way to the progress of the new covenant. But larger world history is framed in terms of the more basic two-age view: “this age” (current, sinful, fallen history) and “the age to come” (the consummate, perfected, final estate in eternity). Thus, the “end of the age” will occur at the Final Judgment at the end of history (Matt. 13:40, 49), which is introduced by the resurrection of the dead after which there will be no more marrying (Luke 20:35). This schema is why Jesus teaches that we will be blessed in eternity (the age to come) even though we give up the comforts of life in history (the present age) (Mark 10:30).

    Paul, therefore, promises that Christ will rescue us “from this present evil age” or “world” (Gal. 1:4). Not only so, but we have his promise that Jesus will continue with his people until the end of history, i.e., “the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20), not simply for the next forty years of Apostolic history. He is the Lord of history, exalted above all rulers (human, Satanic, demonic) in history and eternity (Eph. 1:21). In the word of God we can taste of the powers of the age to come (Heb. 6:5).

  7. David Johnson March 11, 2020 at 4:02 pm

    Does “old covenant era” equal age in Matthew 24:3?

  8. Kenneth Gentry March 11, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    No. This is speaking of the end of history for this is how the phrase “end of the age” is consistently used in Matthew (see Matt. 13:39, 40, 49; 28:20). The disciples undoubtedly thought that if temple was destroyed that this would signal the end of history. But they were mistaken (as they frequently were, even regarding Jesus’ death which was his main mission). My current series on this site is dealing with their continual confusion. Their confusion continues right up to the ascension, where they ask if the kingdom would be restored to Israel at that time (Acts 1:6).

  9. David Johnson March 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Is the “end” in Matt 24:3 the same “end” in v. 6, 13 & 14?

  10. Kenneth Gentry March 12, 2020 at 11:31 am

    No. They used different Greek words. But even in the same context, words can be used differently. Like when Christ speaks of eating in the wilderness in Moses’ day and eating his flesh in his day (John 6:49-50). This caused confusion among his hearers (John 6:52).

  11. David Johnson March 13, 2020 at 2:23 pm

    I’m confused. So you’re saying in Matt 24 there are two ends, “end of history” and “end of old covenant Israel” which the disciples viewed as one and the same and which Jesus never corrects their misunderstanding? This misunderstanding seems to have continued years later as Paul says the “end of the ages” had come upon the Corinthians and Peter claimed that the “end of all things was near” 1 Pet 4:7, and the writer of Hebrews said that Jesus had appeared at “the end of the ages”. What was the “end of the ages” but the “end of the age” in Matt 24:3 which Jesus said would end before that first century passed away? Can we really say with certainty that the disciples “misunderstood” the connection between the fall of Jerusalem and the end of the age?

  12. Kenneth Gentry March 16, 2020 at 7:33 am

    No. The “end” in view is not a technical, eschatological issue. He is simply talking about the end of the temple as an historical structure which Jesus prophesies. The “end” is not always a technical term. I recommend reading R. T. France’s work on Matthew 24.

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