While many will tell you it is the end of the world it is actually an end to an age. Theologians call it the end of the Mosaic age. Simply put it is the end of the Law of Moses.
This gives rise to another problem. Many believed the Law ended when Jesus died. While this may be true many fail to see that there is a transition period between the Mosaic age and the Messianic age.
This transition took 40 years. You can clearly see this from the life of Peter. He had no idea that the Law was coming to an end until Jesus told him to eat food which was forbidden by the Law in Acts 10. Now by this time 10 years had past.
It took the church another few weeks later to announce in Acts 15 that the Law was coming to an end.
So when the Bible refers to the “present age” it does not mean the Messianic age. Rather it is still the passing age of the Law.
I saw someone posted this on one of the groups and said that Jesus is coming back in the future. He in fact said that AD70 is not scriptural.
He quoted this.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives
in the present age,
waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
The argument obviously is that the “present age” means this age of ours.
I have a few questions then.
In Romans 12:2 why did Paul ask us not to conform to the patterns of this age?
And do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, for you to prove what is the good and well-pleasing and perfect will of God.
If you read Romans 1-11 you will realised that Paul was speaking of a coming righteousness that comes by faith. So the ways of the present age refers to the Law.
That’s why he tells you not to conform to the “present age”. The Mosaic age.
Also in 2 Corinthians 4:4 Paul says this:
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
You would notice here the god of that age is the devil. The question is how did the devil do it in that “age”?
The answer is in my comments on Hebrews 9 below.
The writer in Hebrews is very clear when he wrote this.
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing.
This was the time the temple was still standing.
Now listen how the writer refer the “age”.
By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the holy places is not yet opened as long as the first section is still standing
(which is symbolic for the present age).
So this was referring to the age of the temple. The Mosaic age. Not the Messianic age.
So the Messianic age began in AD70 when Jesus returned. We are now no longer in that “present age”. We are way beyond that “age”.
Here is an excellent teaching on the transition between covenants.