The idea of a world without end is unbiblical. The general view of mankind is that this world will never end but will continue into perpetuity. Even for those who claim that the Bible is their authority, there will never be a judgment day. They admit to the realities of war, catastrophes, global warming, disease pandemics, death, etc. But they believe in time, they will fix these problems. Mankind will have a glorious future that extended into eternity without any intervention by GOD.
Where did the unbiblical idea of a world without end originate?
Although this idea is bogus there is a scripture in the Bible translation that appears to be enforcing it. Therefore, must investigate this scripture. It reads:
Isa_45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.
As a quick aside: I was watching a YouTube video from one of those numerous Hebrew Israelite cults. Apparently, the narrator did not know about KJV (Isa_45:17) and therefore offers another passage as proof that GOD could not end this world. This verse appears as follows:
Gen_9:15 And I will remember my covenant which is between me and you, and between every living soul among all flesh. And there will not be any longer the water for a flood so as to wipe away all flesh.
His idea is equally spurious. He was contending that GOD is saying here that HE will never destroy the earth again. Therefore, he reasons that if GOD is saying that HE will never destroy the world with a flood again, then, therefore, HE would be going against HIS Word if HE destroys it by any other means. He believes he knows the mind of GOD.
I will diverge away from the topic, to say that the word flood means “deluge”. But here it is used in the context of “destruction“. Therefore, full destruction will never come to mankind again. Here GOD is alluding to the gospel of salvation for Israel that HE would commence later. This covenant of salvation passes from Noah’s line of Shem to Abraham to Israel and the CHRIST.
The Bible clearly teaches that the world will come to an end therefore aworld without end is Unbiblical
YESHUA is obviously speaking of an end of this world in this verse.
Mat_24:14 And this good news of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the entire inhabitable world, for a testimony to all the ones among the nations; and then shall come the end.
The following examples declare an end to the world. but also that the end is associated with fire.
2Pe_3:7 But the present heavens and the earth, the one of his word, are treasured up for fire being kept for a day of judgment and destruction of impious men. 2Pe_3:10 But shall come the day of the Lord as a thief in the night, in which the heavens by a loud noise shall pass away, and the elements being destroyed by fire shall be loosed; and the earth and the works in it shall be incinerated. 2Pe_3:11-12 These things then all being loosed, what kind of persons must you be in holy behavior and piety, expecting and hastening the arrival of the day of God, by which the heavens being set on fire shall be loosed, and the elements being destroyed by fire shall melt away? Rev_20:14-15 And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death -- the lake of fire. And if any should not be found written in the book of life he was cast into the lake of fire.
Verse that appears to teach A world without end but is Unbiblical (KJV Isa_45:17)
It clearly states that the world will end (by fire) in the previous verses we looked at. Therefore, there is a conflict with KJV (Isa_45:17) which declares that the world will never end. Consequently, it should be worrisome to the one trying to find the truth, that there are conflicts in the Bible. That would be particularly true if one confesses that the Word of GOD is infallible.
Fortunately, for us, we have a tool called “Textual criticism”. Here we analyze a verse or word to see how they compare with other sources/translations of the same scripture.
The King James Bible Translations and other contemporary translations came from the KJV which inherited the Masoretic text. The scribes were reputed to have corrupted these documents. We will there compare the KJV text with other earlier translations.
The KJV Bible translation comparison:
The KJV translation has the term “World without end.“. Obviously, this clashes with the previous verses that contend the world will end by fire.
Isa_45:17 But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. (KJV Translation)
The Septaugint and other translations comparison:
This wording of “World without end” is absent from any of these bible translations. In the context of these translations, Israel’s salvation is discussed. This salvation is forever. It is not the salvation of the world because the Bible already declared it will end by fire.
Septuagint (Isa_45:17) Israel is delivered by the LORD with an eternal deliverance; they shall not be ashamed, nor should they feel remorse unto the eon still. The Brenton Septuagint (Isa_45:17) Israel is saved in the Lord with an eternal salvation: you shall not be confounded, and you shall not be ashamed for ever and ever. The Hebraic Root Bible (Isa_45:17) Israel is saved by the Lord with an everlasting salvation: they shall not be ashamed nor confounded for evermore. First Century Aramaic Bible: (Isa_45:17) Israel is saved in YAHWEH with everlasting salvation (Y'shua*). You shall not be ashamed nor disgraced to the forevers of eternity. Darby (Isa_45:17) Israel shall be saved by Jehovah with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded, unto the ages of ages. Young’s’ literal translation (Isa_45:17) Israel hath been saved in Jehovah, A salvation age-during! Ye are not ashamed nor confounded Unto the ages of eternity!
Therefore, one can easily see that this phrase does not appear in any other of the other Bible translations we have compared. One may easily dismiss this as a Scribal error of the KJV Bible translation. But I think it is nothing short of a determinate act to misleading.
The Christians and others always had a problem with the fact that salvation is of, and for Israel. The Bible is clear that salvation(rescue) of Israel is parallel with the end of the world and judgment day. There is no third option. The King James Bible is obviously trying to associate eternal life with the Gentiles. but as shown by the other translations eternal life is only associated with Israel.
Historical background of the KJV Bible
Today the King James Bible is the standard translation for Christianity and the world. Everywhere one turns, the proponents of the KJV declare its superiority. Strangely enough, the Hebrew Israelite cults are strong proponents of this Bible also. It is the Translation of choice for these groups almost universally. But the King James Bible itself is based on Masoretic text.
The Masoretes (Masorites) are groups of Jewish scholars who from around the 3rd to the 11th century were in possession of an early compilation of Hebrew(language) scripture. Although they primarily started in Palestine, they made their way into Europe, Germany, France, Italy, and elsewhere. It is a known fact that the Masorites during this time added and subtracted from the scriptures. To the extent that the text is quite different from the one, they might have had originally.
if the world is burned, what will happen to the saved of Israel
What will happen to the saved of Israel if the world is destroyed? That is a fair question to ask. If GOD is going to burn the world in fire, then what will happen to all the redeemed of GOD who will be living at the time. The bible is noticeably clear on that. We read about that starting in 1 Thes 4:16-17
1 Thes 4:16-17 For the Lord himself in a word of command by the voice of an archangel, and with a trumpet of God, shall descend from heaven, and the dead in Christ shall rise up first. Thereupon we the living, the ones remaining, together with them shall be seized in clouds, for meeting the Lord in the air, and thus at all times with the Lord we shall be.
This is what people refer to as the rapture. The word “Rapture” never appears in the scriptures, but similar Bible verses show that the believers will be caught up in the air to meet with the LORD. Therefore, it does not matter if you like the word “Rapture”, or not. It is a reality of GOD’s Word.
World without end is unBibical, yet the meek shall inherit the earth
The Bible never said nor infer that this world will never end. We have been through that earlier. In fact, HE says it will end with fire. The LORD declares that HE created the earth to be inhabited, not uninhabited. (Isa_45:18) the very next verse after (Isa_45:17) the very verse we are studying.
(Isa_45:18) For thus says the LORD, the one making the heaven, this God, the one introducing the earth and making it; he separated it, he did not make it empty, but he shaped it to dwell in; I am the LORD, and there is none beside.
Who is going to inhabit the re-created Heavens and earth? It is none other than Israel. This is what we are reading about in verse 17 of Isa_45:17 of the other non-KJV translations. For that reason, the Bible can declare the following:
(Isa_45:17) Israel is delivered by the LORD with an eternal deliverance; they shall not be ashamed, nor should they feel remorse unto the eon still.
If you are unconvinced the earth will be inhabited after burning, the following verses show how GOD achieves it.
(Rev_21:5) And said the one sitting upon the throne, Behold, I make all things new. And he says to me, Write! for these words are true and trustworthy.
Isa_66:22 For in which manner the new heaven and the new earth which make wait before me, says the LORD, so I shall establish your seed, and your name.
GOD will therefore recreate this world after cleansing it with fire. HE will do it the same way HE created it. By speaking it into existence.
In the ending, we have seen that the Masoretes and the King James translation arbitrarily changed the text in Isa_45:17 to take the focus off Israel’s eternal salvation and included the “World without end” phrase. I leave the reader to come to their own conclusion if they have not already got it.
This is part of a series of essays that I write to show up the corruption of the King James Bible. From my studies, I can almost confirm that this Bible may be in part the reason Israel does not know who they are today and why they remain in their unbelief and degenerate condition.
But it is interesting. The Hebrew Israelite community embraces and sings the praises of the KJV Bible, so any wonder why they are so degenerate? Isn’t it obvious that they hate the word of GOD and HIS PERSON?