|Bible Dictionary: Define For Ever, Definition of For Ever|
Clearly, the words Ever, Forever, and Forever and Ever, and in some cases, World, should be translated as Eon, Age, or of the Age when the translation is from aion, olam, alam, or ad. In addition, there are some other words, such as evermore, that generally do not mean eternal or eternally.
The adjective, aionios, should be translated as eonian or pertaining to the age.
God created time, and organized time into ages or eons, but God is both the God of the ages and the God of eternity. Eternity is not constrained by time.
Some variations are the eon of the eon, the eon of the eons, and the eons of the eons.
Strong's Concordance gave the following meaning for Aion. 1) for ever, an unbroken age, perpetuity of time, eternity 2) the worlds, universe 3) period of time, age. That is quite a range of definitions. At first glance, it seems that there must be a mistake, and further investigation shows us that this is indeed a mistake. The word means Eon or Age. There are so many verses where the interpretation of eternity makes no sense that it cannot be eternity. Age, or Eon always makes sense. There is no context by which it does not make sense.
The claim of some is that, if the word is used to describe God's kingdom, power, and glory and God's life, then it must mean eternity, perpetuity of time and never ending. The reasoning, were it stated in clear terms, would say that God cannot be the God of the ages and still be the God of eternity. That is false, just as it is false to say that God cannot be my God and God of the Universe and God of the church. Man's reasoning is naturally flawed. If I tell you that my car will last a week and a tank of gas in the car lasts a week, are both of these claims true? Yes, they are both true. The fact that the car lasts a week and more does not make it less than true that my car lasts a week. So, the logic is flawed, raw human reasoning (the reasoning of the human mind without the Intelligence of the Creator flowing through the human mind) is not the means by which God reveals His word, and there are reasons that people promote false doctrine.
There are several words that are translated as ever, never, for ever, for ever and ever. Most of these words literally refer to a long, unspecified period of time. As with all Scripture, this was given by revelation and confirmed by many Spirit-filled believers. These things are hard to understand and not necessary for salvation. One man did get a better understanding when his English professor and he were talking. The professor said that he knew that there was a God, but that the God of the Bible didn't make any sense. The professor continued to say that the God of the Bible is all-powerful and would have all to be saved, yet is not able to have all be saved. The man was then able to tell the professor that the professor's conclusion is where his logic became invalid. Then, the man explained to the professor about the ages versus never ending.
New Testament Noun
3842 pantote pan'-tot-eh
1336 dienekes dee-ay-nek-es'
05865 'eylowm ay-lome' from owlam
03117 yowm yome
01755 dowr dore or (shortened) ×¨dor dore
08548 tamiyd taw-meed'
01755 dowr dore or (shortened) dor dore
Eon of the Eon is often mistakenly translated as for ever and ever.
Some say that this is the same as the eon of the eons.
Eon of the Eons is often mistakenly translated as for ever and ever.
This is a similar structure to other such terms used in Scripture: "song of songs," meaning the greatest song, "vanity of vanities," meaning the most vain of the vanities, "servant of servants," meaning the most lowly servant, "holy of the holies," meaning most holy, "God of gods," the God above all gods, "Lord of lords," meaning the Lord above all lords, "prince of princes," meaning the prince above all princes, "Hebrew of Hebrews," meaning a Hebrew above all Hebrews. So, the eon of the eons could refer to the greatest of all eons.
There is another similar structure in Scripture: a week of weeks, although not mentioned as such, Leviticus 23:6 says: "You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath." In that sense, this could be an age of ages or an eon of eons.
Eons of the Eons
This is a similar structure to one other such term used in Scripture: "holies of the holies," meaning both the holy place and the holy of holies. In the same way, the eons of the eons could be the sum total of all the eons.
1336 dienekes dee-ay-nek-es'
Last updated: Sep, 2013
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