I received the following question:

Concerning the Matthew 13 account. How do you know that it goes into the Millennium bin? The term it uses is “conclusion of the eon” (some manuscripts have “this eon”.) If we use the Jewish concept (which is from OT) of “this eon” as compared to “the eon to come”, it seems that it is talking about the “last days” which is the transition between the two eons. Again – why is the 1000 years the same as this “last days”?

The 1000 years is not the same as the “last days.” Rather, it follows the last days, as I have shown in my “Bins” study.

The “conclusion of the eon” is not a good translation. The word “conclusion” is not the Greek word for “end,” telos, but rather is the word sunteleia. This word means “consummation.” The difference between these two words may be illustrated by the end of a courtship. If the courtship runs to its desired end, it will result in an engagement, and finally will consummate in a marriage. If the couple breaks up, however, the courtship will end, but in an entirely different way. The marriage would be a sunteleia of the courtship, whereas the breakup would be a telos of the courtship.

So the sunteleia of the aion is the consummation of the great, future flow of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God consummates in the 1000 year personal presence of Jesus Christ on earth, when He is here because of Who He is and what He does. The consummation of the eon is not its beginning. That eon has already come long before once it finally reaches its consummation.

The consummation of the eon is the 1000 years. The eon of the Kingdom of God consummates in the personal presence of Jesus Christ on earth for the Millennium. Thus, Matthew 13 is talking about the beginning of the 1000 years since it is talking about the consummation of the eon.