One of the most wrongly translated words in the bible is “the end of the world”.
Strangely some of you may not know it does not appear in the NIV but the KJV.
It is primarily responsible for this end time madness we have. Let me those relevant verses. I will quote the KJV version first, the NIV.
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.
and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.
Notice the NIV uses the word “end of the age”.
So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,
This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous
See there is again.
Notice Peter asked Jesus the same thing here.
And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?
“End of the world”.
This is how it is translated in the NIV.
As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?”
“End of the age”.
There are those who argue with me who keep insisting the end of the age is similar to the end of the world which some predict to be in the future.
Let me show you something that really is mind blowing. Do you know when the KJV says the end of the world is?
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
On the cross!
This is how the NIV translates it.
Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But he has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of himself.
“The culmination of the ages”.
This is how the ESV translates it.
for then he would have had to suffer repeatedly since the foundation of the world. But as it is, he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
“The end of the ages”.
I have always maintained that the world moves from an age to an age and that when Jesus died, he put an end to the Law and the countdown of the Old Covenant began.
So the term “last days” or “end times” is really pointing to the fading away of the age of the Old Covenant and the ushering of the New.
So there is actually no end to this world. Its just a matter of being ushered into another age.
far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.
Hence, when I tell you that the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem was the final of the last days, I do mean it was the “end of the world” in the King James sense but the end of the age of the Law, in the NIV sense.
That is why I have always maintain that the accounts of Revelation are not about the future but something set in motion by Jesus and his death.
It was his death that caused the scrolls in heaven to be open. This is because when Jesus died he “ended the world” in the KJV sense and made all things new.
What it means is that the Old Covenant had fully passed away in AD70 and a new age began. In the NIV sense.
That’s why we have such great confusion.
We are already living in a new heaven and new earth.