TIME IN BIBLE PROPHECY

WHAT IS TIME?

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In any discussion of time, time travel, relativity, teleportation, or interdimensional travel, the definition of time itself is often ignored.  

     What is time?  Time is entropy.  Entropy is what occurred when Adam fell from his state of grace and innocence in Genesis 3--sin entered the equation on all that was created.  

     Entropy, therefore is the visible consequence of sin--decline, decay, destruction, and death (both physical and spiritual).  

     It is spiritual death, while not seen, that is the biggest dilemma man will ever face in this temporal universe.

DETERMINISM AND THE CONCEPT OF TIME

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     Another interesting discussion point that enters into the equation of time travel is the topic of determinism. In Proverbs 16:9 it says, "Man deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps."  

     Note the use of the colon, which is to amplify what follows.  In this case, the use of the colon is emphatic, namely, that while men may convince themselves, or even believe, they have control over their lives, the exact opposite is true . . . God is directing their steps.  

     While the doctrines of election and sovereignty also reinforce the principle of determinism, they also address the matter of man's redemption.  The doctrine of election says that man cannot save himself therefore God must do so.  

     Scripture is quite clear that God's hand will always overrule men when an irreversible threshold of sin is approaching, or sin's threshold has been crossed.  

     In Proverbs 16:1 it states that when it comes to the implementation men's  devisings, verse 9, that God's hand, NOT man's, prevails.    

ETERNITY VS. TIME

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     In any discussion of prophecy, how time is viewed from God's perspective, which is an eternal perspective, is always ignored. 

     The phrase,  "the day of the LORD," appearing in a number of different time contexts is one of those scriptural anomalies that quickly disappears when time is viewed as God, the Father, views it.  

     In Mark 13:32, where it says Christ does not "know" the day or the hour of his return, only a careful analysis resolves the difficulty.  The word "know" means to know by experience, namely, that Christ has not returned yet.  It is then the apparent contradiction disappears.  At this point Christ is fully God and fully omniscient.      

. . . one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day (II Peter 3:8)

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Before Abraham was, I am. John 8:58

RADICALLY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES OF TIME: GOD AND MAN

  

The problem confronting the study of prophecy is man wants to impose his temporal, sequential perspective on God, the Author, who is infinite and eternal. God and man’s approach to time, regarding prophecy, is radically different. The key to understanding events in prophecy and their timing; therefore, are tied to the fact that God is in heaven and man is upon the earth. 

A careful analysis of II Peter 3:8 reveals that the context of this verse is the day of the Lord (II Peter 3:10). Given this fact, what is uttered in verse 8 should be taken literally. If one ever hopes to recognize the timing conflicts inherent in the other prophetic views and move toward a harmonious resolution of seemingly contradictory verses, The Day of the LORD view is the only avenue toward a resolution of these conflicts. If this truth is ignored, men will pigeonhole God and doctrines will emerge (and have emerged) that are not consistent with the nature of God, nor his overarching prophetic plan for man.

  


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What Are They: Past, Present, Future

The Image Above (Three Clocks)

 

1. The upper left clock represents the past. It is that second which has already elapsed. It is the "twinkling of an eye" which just slipped behind the present. The "twinkling of an eye" is the smallest individual unit of time known, and is the only unit of time which is indivisible. It is the point at which time ceases. It is light—the attribute that most superlatively distinguishes God from the rest of his creation. This light is the holiness of the Godhead. It is reflected in the righteousness of God's character. It is evident in the person of Jesus Christ!

2. The upper right clock represents the present. This is a period which is sandwiched between the past and the future. It is that moment which is slipping into the past and bursting forward into the future. Is this present, which is so infinitely small, and God who is so infinitely large, capable of allowing Providence to interpose himself in such a period of time as this? The present also separates us from life on this side of the grave, and death which is awaiting the breath of God to be extinguished on the other side of the grave. Death, or sin, is the cause for the past and the future, for it is in the effects of sin (and entropy) man ages.

3. The bottom clock represents the future. It is tomorrow. It is next week. It is a year from now. It is a human lifetime. It is separated from the past by the present. While the future cannot glimpse into the past, the future ultimately slips into the past. The future looks forward as we anticipate it from our youth. The past, recollecting our youthful memories, causes us to peer into the past that can never be re-claimed.

4. The #1 represents how God views time and how an eternal perspective profoundly affects what is understood from God's viewpoint regarding prophecy. The #1 is what ties all of the clocks together, namely, eternity. Because history is seen by God through the lens of the present, this eternal perspective solves all of the timing problems with men who are caught between the past and the future. A great example of this 'supposed dilemma' can be found in Revelation 20:2 where those killed during the three and half years are considered part of the "first resurrection." Of course, so are those saints who were resurrected and raptured at the commencement of the opening of the sixth seal. They, too, are part of the "first resurrection." Lest we forget the saints who die during the millennium, they are also part of this "first resurrection." Remember, Jesus spoke of only ONE resurrection of the just. God's present (eternity) is the key that unlocks the door of many future prophecies still awaiting fulfillment.

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First New Prophetic View in Over 20 Years

Only 3.5 years remain of Daniel's Seventieth Week

Several key things to remember when examining Daniel 9:24-27:

  1. The subject in all four verses is Jesus Christ.  Subject pronoun agreement prove this.  Context also proves this
  2. In verse 27, Jesus was cut off in the middle of the week (7 yrs.).  Jesus' earthly ministry, 3.5 years, we read about in the gospels, the other 3.5 years is in The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ
  3. These verses are THE bedrock verses establishing the basic framework of time for viewing predictive prophecy
  4. Contrary to the most widely circulated prophetic views, there are only 3.5 years remaining in Daniel's Seventieth Week, NOT 7 years
  5. Why is Bible prophecy important?  Because if what you have been taught is wrong, how will that impact your faith?  When what you have been told does not come to pass, will you reject the inerrant scriptures, or your seminary trained pastor, Roman influenced denomination, or the 'trusted' leadership in your church?
  6. A connection of these verses with Jesus' Olivet Discourse, or parousia passages (scriptures describing Jesus' return and events prior to his return), reveal no difference between the tribulation and great tribulation.  They are one in the same!
  7. Also an examination of the parousia passages also disclose that we are NOT anticipating the tribulation, we are in it.  There have been wars, rumors of wars, famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in divers places since the Lord's ascension.  To think this has not been happening is to ignore the witness of history
  8. Finally, because Christ is the only way to the Father, it is only through his Holy Spirit the believer is born again (spiritually regenerated).  Known as baptism by the Holy Spirit, this is the quintessential event in a person's life, that determines the difference between justification or condemnation.  Many may be called, but few are chosen!  Without the Holy Spirit, the believer's teacher, scripture and its deeper wisdom remains sealed.  "Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed?" (Acts 19:2).  "Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his." (Romans 8:9)