People have always been fascinated by the subject of ‘time’ and the idea that people could someday have the technology to be able to travel in time. In my last blog on ‘God’s Nature’ I went through the idea that God is at least a 10 dimensional being and that we live in three and half dimensions; height, length, width and one direction in time. In this blog I want to discuss God’s Nature and how time impacts Him or if it impacts Him at all. As before we must look at our own circumstance of how time affects us because after all we are made in God’s likeness. This is probably the most difficult concept for any of us to fully comprehend because we have the prejudice that there are only three and half dimensions and we perceive time as a straight line that goes from one side to the other and never ends. Bible believers and scientists both believe that the earth had a beginning and everything in the physical realm has an end so it is very difficult for our puny brains to perceive a being with no beginning and no end. Yet eternity has been put in our hearts; people throughout all of time have done everything they can to live forever. Scientists these days are working on the ability to transcend themselves into computers so they can live forever. Two questions that a friend named John Black asks is:
· Do we move in time, or are we just carried along by it?
· When we are changed to spirit, and therefore not material, would time have any effect on us?
I will also do my best to answer:
· Does time have effect on God?
These are very difficult questions so go easy on me and please comment and let me know what you think!
We owe a lot of credit to Albert Einstein for his work and observations around time. He created two very popular formulas; E=mc2 and the General Theory of Relativity. These formulas have proven that time is a physical property. Let me prove to you that these formulas are accurate and that time is a physical property in our reality. There are two atomic clocks, one in Boulder, Colorado and one in Greenwich, England. These clocks are accurate to better that one millionth of a second per year, however, the clock in Boulder ticks 5 microseconds faster per year than the one in Greenwich. Why? Boulder has an altitude of 5,400 feet above sea level and Greenwich has an altitude of only 80 feet above sea level. Due to the elevation difference the time is different because gravity is different thus proving that time has a physical property and if time is physical then time can be manipulated in one way or another. We can discover by reading God’s Word that time is different from His point of view. 2 Peter 3:8 and Psalm 90:4, tell us that 1,000 years to us is but one day to God. It also appears to me that God created time; in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, (there is time), God created the Heavens, (there is space), and the earth, (there is mass).” This also in my opinion confirms Einstein’s theory, because without time there is no space, without space there is no mass and depending on where you are in space dictates gravity’s effect on the mass. I believe that we move in time, but God is outside of our time. To better understand this lets enter back into the 2D world. Let’s create a 2D flip book, I’m sure we all made one of these growing up at some point. From our perspective we can view the past, the present and the future and we can also enter into every point that we desire to. If time were to speed up, how would they know? How would we know? If time stopped how would they or we know? If it were to stop and then they would continue at exactly the moment we moved them along. God is at least a 10 dimensional being and He can see time as it truly is. He can decide to go in at any point of time whether it be past, present or future. How else do we explain prophecy of the bible or how else can you explain Jesus being present before the foundation of the world?
The next question is if we become spirit and massless then does time have an effect on us? According to Einstein’s theory time only has an effect on mass, in space. Let us take a deeper look at God’s nature though to be sure. Colossians 2:16-17, “16 So don’t let anyone pass judgment on you in connection with eating and drinking, or in regard to a Jewish festival or Rosh-Hodesh or Shabbat. 17 These are a shadow of things that are coming, but the body is of the Messiah.” It appears that there is a reality that God is preparing us for and this is just a ‘shadow’ or a glimpse of what is to come. God also has His own calendar that He commands us to keep. There are three aspects of God’s calendar that I would like to look at; first: the moedim, second: sabbatical years, and third: jubilee years. First if you look at Leviticus chapter 23, it talks about God’s moedim or translated: His appointed times. The moedim are the: seventh day Sabbath, Passover, First fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. After each one of these appointed times is talked about in this chapter it is commanded that we have a “Holy Convocation” during this time. What is a Holy Convocation? Convocation could actually be translated as rehearsal so what God is actually calling us to do is to rehearse what we will do in the future, the future wedding that God has with His bride. Like a wedding rehearsal! So if God is calling us to keep His commandments and His appointed times on His calendar then He is obviously trying to draw us into His reality. I will say this again, a thousand years to us is like a day to God! So for instance if we are commanded to rest after 6 days doesn’t that make sense why God is going to reign on earth for a thousand years or technically a day to Him. It appears that God has a 6,000 year plan to redeem His bride.
Let me move on to sabbatical and Jubilee years. A sabbatical year is every seventh year and a Jubilee year is every 50th year. Genesis 6:3 says, “Adonai said, “My Spirit will not live in human beings forever, for they too are flesh; therefore their life span is to be 120 years.” I find this interesting that God numbered man to 120 years because if you understand God’s calendar then you will understand that He meant 120 jubilee years. 120 multiplied by 50 is 6,000; so again it appears that God has a 6,000 year plan to deal with man. So to finally answer weather time will affect us after we become spirit, it seems that time will at least be present in His reality. I believe that God is above all dimensions and that He will be here forever and ever; but God is not a lawless God. Scripture tell us that God will not sin, Numbers 23:19, “God is not a human who lies or a mortal who changes his mind. When he says something, he will do it; when he makes a promise, he will fulfill it.” He also call His people not to be lawless and He says be perfect for He is perfect. (Matthew 5:48) I believe that God is all powerful but could you imagine for one second God sinning? I think life would cease to exist. Fortunately God is love and if you love God keep His commandments. His commandments seem to be His way of life and it is true love and He desires that we all walk in this same light because the second you let sin into your life you are subject to time and all things die in time.
So in essence God is above all dimensions and He can use all dimensions for His good. The reason that God can do this though is because He is perfect for if we were not perfect then He would not be God and we would not be above all dimensions but instead He would be living in the same dimensions we are. God loves us so much that He put us here to teach us love and to eventually bring us to His kingdom. So is God subject to time? And will we be subject to time? No, as long as we love with all our hearts and all our souls and all our might then God and we will be above time and time will be subject to our will.
I pray that anything I have written that is not the will of God that it falls dead at your sight and does not bear bad fruit.