End of the World or Age?


By Dr. Ken Matto


Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.  (Matthew 28:20)


Did you ever wonder why the King James translators chose the word “world” instead of the word “age?”  The Greek word behind “world and age” is “aiṍn” which may be translated as either.  The overwhelming majority of the modern versions chose the word “age” instead of world.


(ESV) teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”


(NASV) teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”


(NIV) and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”


(NKJV) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.


These four counterfeit versions represent all the modern versions except the Living Bible where they use the word “world” but the Living Bible is nothing to write home about.


The reason is that instead of translating the Bible they interpreted it and injected the false teachings of dispensationalism into the text.  The dispensationalists believe that the time frame of history is partitioned into several time periods.  The ones that are in view are the church age which they believe we are in and the next age which they call the “Golden Age” or the Millennium.  So it would fit that the false Bible versions would try and fit the false teaching of dispensationalism into their pages.


The problem for them is that the Bible does not recognize nor teach that a golden age is coming after this time.  They believe in a pre-tribulational rapture and after they receive their rewards, they will return with Christ and rule with him for a thousand years.  If you ever watched the TV show “Fantasy Island” then dispensationalism is the religious form of that show.  Let’s let the Bible show us that it is impossible for another age to commence after this one is over.


Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  (Matthew 24:29)


How do you fit 1,000 years into Matthew 24:29?  It says “immediately” after the tribulation, which for the believer is from the first coming to the second coming of Christ, not a seven year period.  Christians have suffered torture and murder since the time of the cross.  The word “immediately” in the Greek is the word “eutheos” which carries with it the meaning of “as soon as, forthwith, at once.”  Matthew 24:29 states that the universe will be collapsing as soon as the tribulation time of the church is over.  The wording in both Greek and English forbid any further time period.


Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;  (Hebrews 1:2)


According to Hebrews 1:2, the last days began at the time of Christ.  If we are living in the last days, then how can there be more last days after these last days?


And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams:  (Acts 2:17)


Here we read about the fulfillment of the prophecy of Joel which is the day of Pentecost and here also it is called the “last days.”  If these are the last days, then how can there be more days after this?


Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.  (1 John 2:18)


The Greek word behind “time” is the word “hṍra” which means “hour, day, instant, season.”  Here John confirms the teaching of Hebrews, Acts, Joel, Matthew that these days are called the “last hour or day.”  Do you see how the Bible harmonizes its teaching and by this we know we are on the right track?


This is why the King James translators used the phrase “end of the world” and not “end of the age” because the time we are living in are the final or last days and there is no golden age after this.  Last is last!  The King James translators harmonized this beautiful truth.  This is just another example of the lies that the modern versions spew to appease a false belief system.


And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.  (John 6:39)


He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.  (John 12:48)


{28} Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  {29} And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  (John 5:28-29)


The dispensationalists believe and teach that there will be two separate resurrections, one for the believer and one for the unbeliever.  The Bible does not validate that false teaching.  We see above, in the Lord’s own words, where both the believer (John 6:39) and unbeliever (John 12:48) are going to be raised on the last day in one general resurrection on the last day (John 5:28-29).  This is why the King James translators chose “world” because they knew that the last day signifies the end of the world, not the end of an age where another age follows.   Once again the King James Bible shows its ultimate superiority by harmonizing a major truth whereas the modern versions just continue to engender confusion by infusion of false teachings.