The End of the Passing Age, Looking To the Beginning of the New
Most religious traditions in the world look forward to the end of this age and the beginning of a new age and a brighter future.
Even Jesus of Nazareth said that he came "not to bring peace, but division,"(according to Luke 12:51), knowing that he ushered in an age of conflict and division, and that the age would end and a new one begin.
Furthermore, accurate versions of Matthew 28:20 report that Jesus also said: “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” He did not say "end of the world." He use the word aeon, and it is translated to the word “age,” and the modern meaning of the Greek aeon is similar to the Sanskrit words kalpa and yuga, and Hebrew word olam.
There is still much confusion, though, because earlier English versions of the Christian Bible translated "end of the aeon" to "end of the world."
There are many "biblical" reasons for that, and it is understandable where the confusion came from. For example, Isaiah 46:9-10 states: “Remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is none else. I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done. And I say my counsel shall stand ...”
One phrase of that has been misunderstood by many religious people, and that is the statement that God “declared the end from the beginning.”
There can be no literal end, or the eternal God's counsel could not "stand" forever, as it clearly states numerous times in the Bible. But many religious fundamentalist Christians misunderstand and interpret scriptures to fit their idea that the world will end.
Granted, it is true that only God the eternal Holy One is God and there is none else. It is true that God’s prophets prophesied from ancient times the things that are not yet done. And it is also true that God’s counsel shall stand. However, it is not true that the world will actually end.
Jesus of Nazareth spoke of the end of the age he ushered in as the time when the world would see the signs signaling that the coming of the son of man was near -- the time when his prophecies and of all preceding prophets would be fulfilled -- the time when a divine revelation and divinely inspired judgement would resolve the conflicts and enable humanity to make peace, transform "swords into plowshares," and establish a new family of nations with cooperating systems of government so that the world will "last forever, never to be destroyed."
That is what the real, true prophecies of all the world's religions say. (Christians should read Daniel 2:44; Daniel 7:14; Isaiah 2:4; Micah 4:3; Psalm 104:5; Matthew 5:3-9; John 16:7-15; Revelation 11:15, etc.)
The world has seen the signs Jesus predicted, including wars and rumors of war, and the "seven plagues" (earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, droughts, famines, diseases, pestilences), and many other "terrible things" like tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, and other natural and man-made disasters that have cause this terrible tribulation.
The modern son of man delivers the prophesied righteous judgment that will put those responsible in their place. But, unfortunately, the change will not come overnight.
The change of ages is not like being in one year until midnight on New Year’s Eve, and then going right into the new year. With ages there is a "cusp" or overlap, so we should not be concerned with specific dates, but with the meaning and the effects of the gradual change toward reform, improvement, growth, and creative evolution.
Besides that, there is much disagreement about when the passing age will end. Some people thought it would end in the 1800s, some thought it would end in the 1970s, some thought it would end in 2000, and some believe it will end in December 2012. Still others believe it will end later, and some believe it won’t be until mid-22nd Century.
Whatever the case, it will no doubt be soon or not that far off, because humanity has increasingly been feeling the effects of the change for a long time.
In fact, the Founding Fathers of what were originally the United States of America demonstrated the Spirit of liberation way back in 1776, demanding freedom from inherited monarchial rule and the theocratic rule of a state religion, both of which reigned in England. And, while their intent has been persistently ignored by American theocrats who want to rule in the name of religion, many other people in the world have felt the same spirit since the early 20th Century.
However, the biggest, lasting change comes gradually, in steps, so the precise date of the end of the age doesn’t matter much. In fact, it is impossible at this point to predict or know, because ultimately the change is up to us. Human beings have caused the terrible tribulation from which we suffer, and human beings will learn and face the truth, abide by the universal will-to-good, fix the problems, resolve the conflicts, make peace, and clean up the horrible mess people have made of things.
But, that’s another subject covered in other articles. This article is about the ages, and many people in the world believe the passing age began when Jesus was born, but there is much disagreement as to exactly when that was. Most scholarly estimates range between 1 and 7 years earlier than Christian tradition marks it. But whichever year it was, many people – and not just Christians -- believe Jesus of Nazareth was a unique, divinely inspired person.
In fact, Jesus of Nazareth was not merely a son of man. He was the Christed-Avatar for the passing age, and a sacrificial "lamb" of God. And when Jesus said he had "come not to bring peace, but division," he did so knowing he was ushering in the age symbolized by the two Piscean fish that appear to be swimming in opposite directions.
He knew that it would be an age when materialistic, spiritually blind men tended toward conflict and division because of competition for power, wealth and domain, and that’s why he foretold that things would grow worse at the end of the age or aeon, while the generation of the modern son of man rejects him.
Jesus knew that during the passing age most people, and particularly men, would fall into many temptations, particularly the temptation caused by the "forbidden fruit" of the deluded mind, when it indulges in judgmental egotism, self-importance, greed, self-righteousness, and anger.
Jesus knew that during the passing age there would be relatively few people who would understand the truth, that the two fish of Pisces are actually going around in a circle, in harmony, just like the two shapes in the male and female yin and yang symbol of Taoism.
In fact, in that sense, both those symbols are like the symbol in the Judaic Star of David, which is two deltas superimposed. One is male and the other female, like the positive and negative poles of magnetism and electricity. You can’t have one without the other, even though many people merely see only the duality, and opposites, and conflict and division. Their "eye" is not "single," as Jesus said it must be to see the Divine Reality.
Jesus knew that only a precious few would understand the core, universal truths, and he knew that even religious men would err in their attempts to rule in the name of religion. That is why he said he had not come not to bring peace but rather division. Not only that, Jesus also foresaw and foretold that by the end of the age many fathers would be divided against sons; many sons against fathers; mothers against daughters, daughters against mothers; mothers in law against daughters in law, and daughters in law against mothers in law.
What is not understood, however, is that Jesus said those things not because God would cause the conflict or division or enmity. He said it because he, like many other of the world’s prophets, foresaw that would happen. And it has indeed happened.
That is why Jesus gave the advice that he did –– to love one another; to let your "eye be single"; to judge not, lest you be judged; to not retaliate; to resist not evil but love good; to love even your enemy, etc. In fact, Jesus martyred himself and sacrificed his life to culminate his teaching around universal love, peace, tolerance, forgiveness, and pacifism – but he knew those teachings would be largely ignored, even by those who claim to be Christians.
In fact, Jesus said some would be hypocrites who claim to do "wonderful works in the name of the Lord" even though they "work iniquity." And Jesus knew that certain misguided Christian traditions would originate from erroneous ideas and doctrines about his role and purpose, and the intent of his teachings.
The Christian concept of ages is not unique, however. Even Judaism speaks of ages in an astrological context (see the article on The Prophet Daniel: Master Astrologer). So does the Hindu concept of the Kali Yuga, which means the age of strife, discord, quarrel, or contention. And Mayan prophecy, which is based on their form of astrology and reading of the stars, also foresaw the terrible trouble and tribulation and predicted this passing age will end in 2012. (See the article on Native Prophecies.)
However, while there are many different interpretations of scriptures, astrology, and other sources of human learning, the genuine prophecies of all religions foretell the end of the passing age and the beginning of a new age of justice, harmony, and peace.
They are not in agreement as to time lines, but it’s safe to say all agree it is coming. That’s why we have been suffering so much from this terrible tribulation and these "labor pains" prior to something new being born into the world.
That, by the way, is why Jesus said a "son of man" and messenger for the "Spirit of truth" would come at the end of the age. And that’s why it is now so important to understand the prophecies of Jesus. For he did not really say he would come again, contrary to the doctrines of lesser men. He actually said he "had to go away and be seen no more," but there would be one to come at the end of the age who would issue judgment, guide you into remembrance of the real truth, and show you things to come. (See the page on Prophecies Re: He Who Fulfills Them.)
Now, that leads to this question: Just when is the end of the age?
How Long Is an Age?
The son of man tends to believe knowledgeable sources who base their projection on astrological traditions rooted in Mid-Eastern and Judeo-Christian astrology, such as that studied long ago by the Jewish prophet Daniel, and by the Zoroastrian Magi. According to that astrological system, the length of an age (or aeon) is 2,166 years, since there are twelve world ages in a great world cycle of 26,000 years. So, if that is the case, we have not yet entered a new age even though we have entered a new century and new millennium according to the Christian calendar.
We cannot know the actual dates, however. Only God knows. Man's religions and devices are merely attempts at understanding the way God operates, and Man's mind is puny compared to the "mind" of God. But it is likely that the passing age began when Jesus of Nazareth was born, and we know that the Magi, the followers of Zoroaster, knew Jesus had been born because they were astrologers who "saw it in the stars."
However, again, there is a "cusp" period between the ages and for a long time we have been experiencing the effects of the end of an age, as well as the effects of the "dawning" of the new age. And its effects are gradually becoming closer to being equal to the effects of the passing age.
For example, using the air as a means for travel and communication is very much an effect of the coming Aquarian Age, as is the desire for harmony, real equality, and liberation from all kinds of oppression and repression. So we have been feeling what is coming for awhile, even though the often divisive influences of the passing age have been somewhat stronger.
That is why the conflicts are so strong now. It's why there is so much rage in people with no faith (some of whom claim to be religious people of faith).
On the other hand, even after we have actually entered the new age, we will still be feeling the effects of the old, along with the new, because the change is not abrupt but very gradual. And while there are many positive effects of the passing age (the age symbolized by the two Piscean fish), the negative effects impel those who desire control and rulership, and they will be with us for a while.
We can only hope and pray that the positive Piscean influences of great compassion, empathy, generosity and liberality, which is why the original Christian symbol was the fish. And that was long before the cross became the most significant symbol for the Christ Jesus (see the pages on Christians Divided and The Martyrdom of Jesus).
Unfortunately, the negative influences of Pisces can include the tendency toward using intuition and understanding to establish self-serving control. That is a temptation that can lead to the tendency toward self-centered individualism and the temptation to judge good and evil as "black and white" and absolute, as well as the temptation to be too harsh in addressing divisive partisans who disagree with us.
Ironically, there are many Christians today who are under negative influences, and some of them even use the fish as a symbol for their hypocritical self-righteousness. For example, they put signs on the back of their cars depicting a huge "Christian" fish about to devour a smaller "Darwin" fish with legs. Thus, they are among the hypocrites who unwittingly "work iniquity in the name of the Lord," as Jesus said they would. And, of course, they cause conflict and trouble on many political fronts. (See the pages on Partisan Politics, the Abortion Issue, Evolution vs. Creationism, etc.)
That, again, is why Jesus, who ushered in the Piscean Age, advised us to judge not, and to resist not evil but love good, and it is why he knew it would be an age of conflict and division.
Furthermore, since Pisces influences the feet, the writings of the prophet Daniel are relevant to this discussion. For Daniel was an astrologer (like the Magi), and Daniel envisioned and foresaw a symbolic image of a future "king with feet of iron and clay." Daniel said the image would be associated with a "divided fourth kingdom" which would reign prior to the fulfillment of prophecy when it would be replaced by God’s "new kingdom which shall last forever."
Additionally, Daniel said that the "stone" of truth would "strike the image of the king on the feet and shatter his image, and the stone would become as a great mountain that shall fill the earth." (Daniel 2:34-35)
Contrary to "fundamentalist" Christian belief and claims, the Bible contains many astrological references, and on the page titled The Fall of Babylon you can read an explanation of the astrological symbolism used by the prophet Daniel in the Old Testament when he wrote about the same "Babylon" that the apostle John later described in Revelation, the last book of the New Testament. You will see what the "fall of Babylon" at the end of the passing age really means.
Fortunately, what negative influences there are from the Piscean Age will be diminishing steadily as the influences and effects of the coming new Aquarian Age increase. Since Aquarius is an "air" sign we will see even greater use of the air for travel and communication, and we will not only feel a growing desire for harmony, understanding, equality, and liberation, we will also see an increase in our intuitive and psychic faculties, and more recognition of our abilities in extrasensory communication. And it will not be like the "psychic abilities" of charlatans who fool people for financial gain and notoriety. They will be genuine but subtle psychic faculties which we all are born with but have pushed them so far back that we are no longer consciously aware of them.
There will be increasing acknowledgment of metaphysics and spirituality by the scientific community, which has traditionally held logic and the self-conscious, rational mind as the highest achievement of evolution. We will achieve higher states of consciousness. Intellectuals will slowly learn that we do indeed have other mental and spiritual faculties, and it will become more evident that our intellectual and rational faculties can be balanced and even improved with intuitional and even psychic faculties.
This will be very gradual, however, and the full effects of the new age may not completely envelop the earth until the next century.
Now, understand that this message from the Spirit of truth comes at the end of the passing age not just to fulfill prophecy. It comes to fulfill the great expectation of divine intervention and the desperate need for truth, and also to allow ample time for us (and our children and our children’s children) to work toward establishing the new "kingdom" of God on Earth. But it won’t actually be a "kingdom," because we, the people, shall share the thrones of each nation.
Since the message must target Christianity, as the largest and most dominant religion, it must be said that it is the prophesied message from the Spirit of truth that provides a realistic and accurate view of what the Bible foretells about our future, and about our past and present. It explains what religious Scriptures mean in terms of real religious values and principles. And it sheds light on the nature of God and the Christ, and explains the nature and role of the modern son of man who is the messenger for the Spirit of truth.
He tells you that now is the time that we should use our common sense, and not allow ourselves to be influenced by those who seek personal power, wealth and domain in the name of religion. Now is the time to acknowledge that we are one family of races, religions, nations and cultures, and only God in heaven reigns over all, in Spirit.