In Paul’s opening greeting to the church in Galatia, he declares that “the Lord Jesus Christ… gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age.” These verses are important, as they state in no uncertain terms that (a.)Christ died for our sins, (b.)Christ’s death delivers us from the present age, and (c.)the present age is evil. Throughout the New Testament, we learn that history after the ascension of our Lord is divisible into two antithetical periods of time, viz. this age and the age to come. This age, the present age, is evil, corrupt, corruptible and passing away. The age to come is everlasting, incorruptible, and filled with righteousness. God has sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins, and save us from this present evil age.
The Gospel, we can say, is explicitly concerned with God saving his people from this present age. This is a problem for the postmillenialist, for, on the one hand, if Paul is only identifying his time as “the present evil age” from which Christ has come to deliver us, then the Gospel onlyhad application to those living in his time; and on the other hand, if Paul’s description of the Gospel (Jesus Christ gave himself for our sins) and its secondary intended goal (i.e. to save us from this present evil age) is being addressed to all New Covenant believers until Christ returns, then all New Covenant believers will need to be delivered from the age in which they live (i.e. the present evil age). If Paul’s words only applied to the Galatians, then the Gospel is not for us, for the secondary intention of the Gospel, Paul says, is to save us from this present evil age. If Paul’s words apply to us, then there will not ever be a golden age which is not evil and from which we will not need to be delivered.
Are Paul’s Words Inapplicable to Us?
Briefly, the answer to the above question is No. As the apostle tells us in 1st Timothy 3:16-17:
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
All of Scripture is applicable until Christ returns and redeems his elect from this present evil age. Not only this, but the Scriptures are applicable as such so that the man of God may be equipped for every good work. Among those good works are the works of ministry in preaching the law, calling sinners to repentance, and preaching the good news that Christ has died for our sins to deliver us from this present evil age. As God himself has said:
…this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
The Gospel of the Kingdom could be a reference to either the Gospel narratives or the Gospel proper a la 1st Cor 15:1-3. In either case, however, the fact of the matter is that the present age was evil in Paul’s day, is evil in our day, and will remain evil until Christ returns to judge the living and the dead and take his bride into eternity. As Herman Hanko notes,
…the whole body of Biblical data…describes the days prior to the coming of Christ as days in which lawlessness abounds (Matthew 24:12), persecution is the lot of God’s people (Matthew 24:16-22, Revelation 11:13,17, etc.), and Antichrist reigns in a universal kingdom in which there is no room for the saints of Christ.
If this is denied, then so is the Gospel of God’s grace.
A Devastating Additional Logical Consequence (And Its Further Entailments)
Additionally, we may delineate a further logical consequence of not identifying the entire timeline from the ascension of Christ until his return as the present evil age. Simply put, doing so would render Christ fallible with respect to the preaching of the Gospel of the Kingdom, for the Gospel of the Kingdom tells us that Christ gave himself for our sins to deliver us from this present age. If the present age, when Christ returns, is not evil and something from which we must be delivered, then that age would have no need of the Gospel being preached. And if the Gospel is not being preached at the time when Christ returns, then he is mistaken when saying that he will returnafter the Gospel of the Kingdom has been preached to all the world.
Thus, the age in which Christ returns and judges the living and the dead must of a necessity be evil and something from which we must be delivered – or Christ is fallible. If Christ is fallible, then Christ is not omniscient. If Christ is not omniscient, then Christ is not God. If Christ is not God, then he was wrong about his own identity. If he was wrong about his own identity, then the apostles who believed he was God were also in error. If they were in error, then the Scriptures are fallible. If the Scriptures are fallible, then they are not the Word of God. If they are not the Word of God, then we do not have knowledge of God and we are not saved.
Occupy Till He Comes…
The church is commanded to preach the Word in season and out of season, and this is what we must do. The expectation of a future golden age is not derived from Scripture, for part of preaching the Word is declaring that the present age is an evil age from which we must be delivered, and that our deliverance from it is a secondary intended goal of our Lord’s death on Calvary. This is the hope of sinners convicted of their sins, restoration to fellowship with God now and in the age to come. Our hope is not in a golden era in the present age, but in our Lord’s destruction of his enemies and establishment of a new heavens and new earth in which righteousness dwell so that our communion with him will be unhindered by remaining sin within ourselves as well as in the world.
Soli Deo Gloria.
 Gal 1:3b-4a.
 See Matt 12:32; Mark 10:30; Luke 18:30; Eph 1:20-22; Heb 6:4-6.
 1st John 2:17.
 Matt 24:14.
 Although commentators disagree regarding the extent to which the Gospel will preached, they nonetheless agree that it will continue to be preached until Christ returns.