Time, as we all know, is inexorable and relentless. All our lives long! We never have enough time for some things in life. We hope to do a lot of living in this short life and not miss the point of it all. Sometimes we are bored silly with "time to kill"--we have "time on our hands, or "time to spare." When we "run out of time" we easily get short tempered. When we are having fun the "quality of time" changes dramatically for the better.
I remember well my junior high school days when recess never came, as we watched the old Regulator pendulum clock on the wall counting the slow agony of subjective time, usually after lunch or in June when we thought summer recess would never come. As small kids we became all too painfully aware that we did not choose when to be born, and where. We did not have any say in who our parents were, nor whether we'd grow up rich or poor, white, black, red, or in between. We might not even have been wanted by our mom and dad. Yet we all all stuck with each other down here on this small planet, come hell or high water.
I started being seriously interested in the nature of time when I hit grad school in physics at Stanford in 1954. Up to then I supposed there was a master clock embedded in the fabric of the universe somewhere keeping time precisely the same everywhere for everyone. There were three dimensions of Euclidean geometry: length, height, and width--we learned about this in math class. Audaciously a Jewish unlettered physicist named Albert Einstein changed everything in 1916 when he added time to the three dimensions of space creating what became known as "the space-time continuum."
Plain, ordinary time is determined by one rotation of the earth on it's axis: one day. The Moon revolves around the Earth in a (lunar) month. The earth circles the Sun in one year. If that's all you know about time you'll probably survive until your appointed time to die. But you'll be missing a lot! If you want to know more about team, read on. For instance it's your body that is trapped in time, not you spirit and soul. We are all mostly Software not Hardware. You are an eternal spirit and will live forever somewhere! Psalm 90 by Moses gives an excellent overview of our live from a man who lived 120 years. Teach me to Number my Nanoseconds (Psalm 90). But perhaps an overview on the Complexities of Time will be helpful? What is Time? There is a Subjective Quality to Time that's worth noting I think, The Quality of Time. Yes, there is something "broken" about time as we know it now: Man's Lost Dominion. Historical Time as far as human experience is concerned is non-linear: Time Warps, A Joint in Time, Times and Seasons, Geologic Ages and Real Time.
By the Way, God is Outside of Time altogether. He is "the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity." Our past, our present, our future are all NOW before Him.
We also live in Times of Stress and Perilous Times.Deep Time
A great friend of mine, a retired Petroleum Executive living in Alberta, Canada, wrote: "Your post, ‘Til the End of Time, looks to be a relatively exhaustive dossier on time. I actually, physically experienced the title of this dossier. (I tell you this personal story, for, 1) it relates to your post, 2) I don’t want to forget the details.) I had a supernatural experience with God August 2016 while praying to Him. I remember worshiping Him and giving Him thanks, having a sense of peace in Him. (While my eyes were closed) I suddenly saw Jesus, just about 3 -4 feet in front of me. There was a very fine while wavy translucent cloth-made veil between us. I could see Jesus wearing a dusty white coloured robe, he had a slight beard, shoulder length dark hair, but the veil kept me from seeing defined details of His face. But I saw His hands clearly. He held 7 stained-glass colourful glass balls, a bit smaller than a tennis ball, in His open hands - palms up. They were beautiful and bright. He said (with no spoken words) these glass balls represented blessings that He wanted to give Karyn and I, but couldn’t because we needed to, “let go”. He then said to me that I could touch the veil. He said that the veil was the edge of eternity and I could touch it. (I physically was sitting on my bed while praying, with Karyn in my left arm.) I physically reached my right arm up and touched the veil in an area across from His face, with the open palm of my right hand, fingers pointing straight up. As my hand touched the veil, I instantly had an incredible sensation, it physically took my breath away as I gasped, pulling my hand back from the veil. I tried to think of what I just felt, Eternity, to tell Karyn. I only had two words to describe what I felt. No time. Jesus let me touch Eternity. I actually felt, No Time. Then the vision ceased. Since that moment Jesus has been showing us both, what we needed to “let go” of. Blessing has come into our lives in many normal, coincidental and unusual ways. Each time, Jesus reminds me that He wants to bless us. I am so looking forward to Eternity where Jesus has made everything to be right. The tasks and assignments are going to be adventurous and fulfilling in Worship to our King Jesus. Soon one day, I will be talking with Him and in the twinkling of an eye, I will finish my sentence with Him face to face.
Thank you very much brother Jim. My experience of time since my NDE has been radically different than ever before. It feels as if eternity in now starting to invade the rigid time frames of the old creation.
Many of my days seem to be a thousand years long experientially. I often look back on the previous 24 hours with utter amazement because so much happened. My body is one day older but that seems to be unimportant. I am at a loss for words in wanting to tell people to let go and give Jesus full permission to live in and through us 24/7. Yes, it’s all about “letting go!”
But I do appreciate that revealed truth from God is highest order truth. My experience in life, the wisdom I have acquired through the years is less reliable than what God has written down for us in His Word. I am especially misled or deceived or carried away by my emotions. Even “love is blind” some of the time.
By the way, psychedelic drugs such as LSD and Mescaline can greatly distort one's subjective view of time (and of reality as well). Been There! Done That! See What LSD Did for Me.
From C. S. Lewis:
"You cannot take all luggage with you on all journeys; on one journey even your right hand and your right eye may be among the things you have to leave behind. We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork you must make a decision. Even on a biological level life is not like a pool but like a tree. It does not move towards unity but away from it and the creatures grow further apart as they increase in perfection. Good, as it ripens, becomes more different not only from evil but from other good. I do not think that all who choose wrong roads perish; but their rescue consists in being put back on the right road. A wrong sum can be put right: but only by going back till you find your error and working it afresh from that point, never by simply going on. Evil can be undone, but it cannot 'develop' into good. Time does not heal it. The spell must be unwound, bit by bit, 'with backwards mutters of dissevering power'--or else not. It is still 'either-or.' If we insist on keeping Hell (or even earth) we shall not see Heaven: if we accept Heaven we shall not be able to retain even the smallest and most intimate souvenirs of Hell. I believe, to be sure, that any man who reaches Heaven will find that what he has abandoned (even in plucking out his right eye) was precisely nothing: that the kernel of what he was really seeking even in his most depraved wishes will be there, beyond expectation, waiting for him in 'the High Countries.'" (C. S. Lewis, preface to The Great Divorce)
Time and Eternity
My LSD Trip (subjective time)
Suggested comparison of traditional Dispensational time with sequential events in an individual's life:
The Stages of Life
1. Our relative Innocence as small children (Age 0-5)
The Seven Dispensations
The Gospel of JohnChapter Five
|After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Honor the Father and the Son For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. “For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.“For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them,even so the Son gives life to whom He will.
“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, “that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.
“Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. “For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
“Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
“But I have a greater witness than John’s; for the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. And the Father Himself, who sent Me, has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. I do not receive honor from men. But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek the honor that comes from the only God?
“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”
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