The Word Eon – Not A Time Period
The noun “eon” has been thought to mean a time period, and those who hold this view like to make a God-calendar made up of eons. I used to believe this, but I no longer do. I think associating eon and eonian with time periods only confuses the issue and hides much wonderful truth from us.
The noun “eon” and the adjective “eonian” have more to do with flow than than they do with time. Eon is a flower. In John 4 we read about a river Aenon, and this is derived from eon. There are rivers in Italy, France, and England named after this Greek word. I live in Avon Township, which was named by the original settlers after the Avon River in the Old World – I live in Eon! The word was never applied to lakes, only FLOWING rivers. An ancient Greek athlete once wrote home to his mother boasting that he had made an eon – a record – in the Olympics. Why an eon? Becuase an eon is a flowing thing which is meant to be broken.
Those who will have eonian life in the kingdom of God will flow out to others leading them to the knowledge of the true and living God.
Orthodoxy messed this word up. There are two kinds of people according to orthodoxy, those with “eternal” life and those going to hell. But when you understand eonian life you can’t possibly teach annihilation or hell. That’s because if one has eonian life, who will he or she flow out to? They will flow out to those without eonian life. In the future, those with eonian life are God’s representatives who will flow out until God finally becomes all in all. Those without eonian life aren’t going to be destroyed, but they will be resurrected to learn through God’s flowers about the God they either rejected or didn’t know in this life.