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We who have come to the ends of ages

by Jean-Louis Coraboeuf

"Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages [aion] have come" (1 Corinthians 10:11).

The Greek word aion defines a period of time, a principle of time and duration, an era. So God has marked times by His actions. In the context of this verse, the apostle Paul speaks of the exodus from Egypt followed by the crossing of the Red Sea and the stay in the desert. This was the beginning of a new era, the conquest of the Land promised by God to Abraham.

With Jesus' death and His resurrection, God has defined a new era, that of the Church of Jesus Christ with the conquest of souls for the Kingdom of God. With the second coming of Jesus Christ, the current era will end and the era of the Kingdom of God on earth will begin. As God established the Feast of Passover as the first month of the Jewish year (Exodus 12:2), we should also consider that the Christian era began on the day of Christ's resurrection.