Hello everyone, for anyone still struggling with the whole aionion/aionios thing I want to share with you something that has for me, put the nail in the coffin on this issue once and for all.
I believe the OT Hebrew word olam and the NT word for olam which is aionios/aionion etc. does in fact mean forever. But only forever unless the scriptures say otherwise.
If there is no indication in scripture that the object that the olam, aionios,aionion etc. is attached to will end, then I think it is safe to assume that it will continue on forever.
For example, the Scriptures say that God’s mercy,love,power,honor etc. are aionon. Is there any indication in scripture that those qualities of God will end? No there isnt. So they last forever.
There are scores of verses in the OT that refer to something that was olam that have ended.
Christ reign is “eis tou aionios ton aionon” Rev. 11:15
Is Christs reign eternal or forever and ever?
One would think so. But the scriptures clearly state that “He must reign UNTIL he has put all his enemies under his feet” 1 Cor. 15:25
Rev. 11:15 And 1 Cor. 15:25 completey shut down any possibility of aionion meaning eternal.
And here’s the verse that the eternal torturist loves to throw in your face… Matt. 25:46
“Then they will go away to aionion punishment, but the righteous to aionion life.”
If life is “eternal” then punishment is eternal right? WRONG!
Is there any indication in scripture that aionion life will end? Nope. So it is eternal. Is there any indication that aionon punishment will end? Absolutely!
1 cor. 15:25-28, Eph. 1:9-10, Phil. 2:10-11, Roms. 11:36. Just to name a few.
1 cor. 15:25-28 is a powerful verse that transcends the book of Revelation. Where in Revalations does it even hint about Jesus delivering up the Kingdom and subjecting all enemies under his feet?
Why is He still reigning unto the ages of the ages? To watch people burn? Of course not! It’s because He still has work to do and prophecies to fulfill in reconciling the rest of mankind unto Himself so that God can be all in all!
Praise God, He truly is good, and loving and merciful just like the scriptures says! Hope this helps