I will respone to the other questions later.
Rev 22:17 - The Spirit and the Bride say; Come. And let him who hears say, Come.
Here the Perterist has a problem. If Revelation has been fulfilled, The Church/Bride of Christ is already complete. The whole NT is written for Believers, Chruch/Bride of Christ. The Perterists are reading someone elses mail, which has nothing to do with those living past 70 AD. Do you see my point. We who are post 70 AD do not have any claim to be part of the Bride of Christ, for it is already complete. As said in Rev 22:17.... We cannot be Christians, for that was the name given for Believers prior to 70 AD. Who are we then in post 70 AD???
Where in Scripture do you find the end of the church age? IMO, I see Jesus being concerned primarily with two ages, the one He came to - the Old Covenant Age - and the age He came to establish - the church age, the kingdom age. Matthew 12:32
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
I believe the age to come was/is the age of the eternal New Covenant in His blood and 'this age' referred to in that verse was the age He came to. Hence we have the New Testament (that you are drawing from), a new age - and a testament is only binding once the will bearer dies, per Hebrews 9:16-17. Matthew 13:36-43
New King James Version (NKJV) The Parable of the Tares Explained36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”37 He answered and said to them: “He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
I think it is fitting that the disciples asked Jesus in the Olivet Discourse what would be the sign of His coming and the end of the age
(Matthew 24:3). They understood the age was coming to an end. The disciples were all Jews and lived by the laws of the OT age. That age, IMO, was about to pass away with the New Covenant in His blood.
Jesus came to these eleven disciples (minus Judas) and told them that all authority in heaven and earth has been given to Him, tells them to go and make disciples of all nations (of which I believe Scripture reveals they did) and that He would be with them always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:16-20). Well, what age were these disciples living in that was coming to an end? Can you say that the Old Covenant Age survived passed A.D. 70?
I think that the apostle Peter understood this when he wrote... 1 Peter 4:7
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)7 The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.
Who do you feel he was addressing in the context?
I think Hebrews carries with it a similar theme of the last days of the Jewish economy, the end of the age of the Old Covenant. In Hebrews 1:1, the author, speaking to Jewish Christians about their forefathers, through the prophets said that 'in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son...
' In Hebrews 9:23-28, esp. 26b, still speaking concerning the Jewish economy and worship in the temple and its sacrifices in contrast to Christ said, 'but now He has appeared
(done deal as per the verb tense) once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself.
I believe the end of the ages (plural) here spoken of refer to the age of the patriarchs and the Mosaic age, because they are both fulfilled in Christ, IMO.
Paul conveys a similar thought in 1 Corinthians 10:11 when he addresses what happened to the Israelites in the desert... 1 Corinthians 10:11
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)11 These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come.
So since Jesus mentioned two ages I think it is very reasonable to believe that the church age does not end. Some in that generation, IMO, lived to see the end of the first age. 1 Timothy 6:19
New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
And one last though, I think Scripture makes it clear that the church age continues on into our times by verses like Acts 2:39 and a host of others that I'm not going to dig up because I'm out of time. We, just like they were, are brought near to God by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).