‘The word by itself, whether adjective or substantive, never means endless.” – Canon FARRAR “The conception of eternity, in the Semitic languages, is that of a long duration and series of ages” -Rev. J. S. BLUNT – Dict. of Theology. “‘Tis notoriously known,” says Bishop RUST, “that the Jews, whether writing in Hebrew or Greek, do by olam (the Hebrew word corresponding to aion), and aion mean any remarkable period and duration, whether it be of life, or dispensation, or polity.” “The word aion is never used in Scripture, or anywhere else, in the sense of endlessness (vulgarly called eternity, it always meant, both in Scripture and out, a period of time; else how could it have a plural – how could you talk title loans in California of the aeons and aeons of aeons as the Scripture does ?” – C. – See HUET, Orig. ii. p. 162.
Again, a point of great importance is this, that it would have been impossible for the Jews, as it is impossible for us, to accept Christ, except by assigning a limited – nay, a very limited duration – to those Mosaic ordinances which were said in the Old Testament to be “for ever,” to be “everlasting” (aeonian). Read more