God and time is a combination that in most cases can expose an almost unreasonable human fault. Impatience. Have you ever been waiting on God for something and lost your patience? The Lord knows I have. Actually for a long time I would (sort of) jokingly say that impatience is one of my finer qualities. In this post, we are going to take a look at what the Bible says about God and time.
There are a few Biblical references that we will go over concerning this topic. This was touched upon in the Waiting on the Lord post I did a while ago. Waiting on God is difficult most of the time, but it is a blessing when you’ve seen it through, and eventually find out why he had you waiting in the first place. All that was covered in the other post, but now we’re going to check out what the Word actually says about time from God’s perspective.
God and Time in the Bible
There are two verses that come to mind. These actually have been misinterpreted over time, suggesting a longer creation period than the account gives us in Genesis. The first is found in the book of Psalms, the other is in 2 Peter.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.
2 Peter 3:
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Now both of these verses are giving us similar information. I suspect that Peter was resting on what was he knew was in the book of Psalms and slightly expanded it. Where some people take this out of context is assuming that this must be etched in stone, meaning when Genesis tells us that it took six days to make everything, that it must mean six thousand years. In other words, a day can’t be just a day with God, it has to mean a thousand years.
That is just flat out misunderstanding the Word and limiting God to time. This also suggests that God is inside time as we are inside time. A straight shot from the beginning till the end. Scripture actually clues us in about how that thinking is not correct.
9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
How can anything that is bound by time ever declare the end from the beginning? You may say that he is God, and can just make sure it happens his way. Sure, that’s a good point and I guess you could say that he could. But that is still suggesting that God is bound by time. In my view that is not the case. I think it wouldn’t be taking things too far if we were to add to these verses something like, one moment to man is as ten thousand years to God, and one moment to God is as ten thousand years to man. It’s just simply a statement saying that God perceives time differently than we can.
We often make the mistake of attributing to God the same things that would either limit us, or for a better way to put it, keep him in the same box that we’re in. In the two verses above counting a thousand years as a day, or as yesterday, is simply saying that he is not bound by our rules, particularly by the laws of time that we are bound to. He is not stuck inside of his own creation. That is a suggestion that would limit him in many ways. He is omnipresent. The only thing that he has decided to bind himself to is his Word.
Omnipresent: To be all places at all times.
God is everyplace all the time. He has the ability to declare the end from the beginning because he was already there at the end, the same time he’s declaring it from the beginning. Gary Stearman and Chuck Missler both do wonderful work concerning time. Gary Stearman has a book out about the time travelers of the Bible (see below), and Chuck Missler has held many discussions you can find on YouTube talking about God’s relation to time. I would strongly suggest you check them out.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Pictures from the Lord
Back somewhere in 2012, or maybe 2013, I was just trying to wrap my mind around this topic for some reason and the Lord helped me out. I’ll be the first to point out, I am not a very deep thinker. Nothing profound is ever produced from my brain. I’m happy to come to terms with that, because it helps me out when the Lord decides to give me a revelation.
He does quite often give me revelation into his Word, and is one of the reasons I’ve carried on with this site, because these revelations into his Word are not just for me at all. But for anyone who is willing to read it. That doesn’t mean that there’s anything special about me, or he’s giving me inside information because I’m so important. Not at all. All I did was ask, and he answered. That’s it.
So there’s my disclaimer. When I’m deeply into God’s Word, or in prayer, and information way deeper and smarter than me arrives on the forefront into mind, that’s the Holy Ghost leading me into all truth, Just as promised in John 16:13. It’s happened quite a bit over time. Honestly, it’s happened more since I’ve been writing content for this site than ever. So anyways, let me share with you what the Lord showed me concerning his interaction and relation to his most limiting creation, time itself.
The Fish Tank
It’s pretty quick and simple actually. He showed me a fish tank filled with water. Suspended lengthwise in the center of the fish tank was a regular wooden ruler. Yes, I know that wooden rulers float, but this one didn’t. As I said, it was suspended lengthwise in the middle of the tank. So that was the picture.
Then the Lord spoke to me concerning what I was looking at, and my mind was immediately blown at the depth but also simplicity in his words. He said;
“This is how I see time. The ruler is time itself, and with one glance I can see both ends of it and everything in between.”
That was like light dawning on a marble head. I got what he was saying immediately. And for me anyways at the time, it answered about ten questions I had concerning God and Time. Just that simply, they were answered. But he continued and said a few more things about this visual that gave even more perspective;
“That part you can understand but this part you can not. Not only am I outside of it all, looking upon the entirety of it, but I am also in the water around it. Furthermore I am on every surface of the ruler and also inside every fiber making up the substance to the ruler. And this is all right now at the same time.”
I had a ‘things just got real’ moment with that last statement. Just with that second part, if you think about it can cause all kinds of challenges to how we actually think God perceives things. We can’t even begin to imagine what that must be like. It’s impossible, and so far out of our reach that trying to even imagine it is just futile.
It seems to me anyways, according to the picture he showed me about this, that almost endless possibilities can be speculated. What I mean is, does this mean that God walked with Adam in the cool of the day, told the disciples about Jesus when he said, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him;” and is now present with you reading this, all at the same time? I’d say that’s exactly what that means.
Timeline of Earth
There is a much more recent picture that the Lord had loaded into my mind as I was doing research for a different post. I was working on the Demons are Real series, and going through all the history and all the back and forth that transpires spiritually in battle as well as physical battles over this earth. I was just kind of absorbing all of the thousands of years of history and wars that had come and gone.
And while I was going through the Old Testament, I asked the Lord, “Why would you let this thing just drag on the way you’ve allowed it to. So many thousands of years of all kinds of things going on. Man has been fallen for so long why does it have to take all that time to get everything over with?” And then he answered me.
He showed me a piece of paper positioned so the long of it was going from left to right. there was a line running from off of the page to the left, straight across the paper, then off the page on the right. I understood it to be a blank timeline. The only thing coming out of that line was a small thick line that popped up a few inches in from the left hand side connected to the line, resembling a mark in the timeline. But that was the only blip on the line, the rest was, well, a line with no more on it. The blip on the line was about as thick as a permanent marker would make. And the only thing that he said to me about this was the following:
“This mark is the history, and future of the earth in it’s entirety. It hasn’t been long at all.”
So there’s another instance where the Lord blew my mind. The implications behind this simple picture are enormous. Specifically when you start to think about where you are going to spend your time right down that endless line. The Bible says that our lives are but a vapor:
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
According to what the Lord showed me, we could attribute that same concept to this earth itself. As our life is like a vapor, this world that we live in is like a blip on a radar. The understanding that I came away from it was; if we could take everything that’s ever happened all over the world since it’s creation, and add to it all that is going to happen in the future, and squeezed it into, say, one hour of time, that’s how long this whole thing has been going on in the eyes of the Lord.
Back to Patience
Another thing that I do take from the two examples that the Lord showed me about how he interacts with time, is an explanation for his extreme amount of patience with us. And thank God for that! So who are we to not be patient with him? And when we ask him for something, perhaps the answer is no, as he’s already been there to see what would happen in your life if he granted you what you asked for. Nobody knows the clay better than the potter. God knows all that we need before we need it. That’s because he’s already there to know what that need is. Also when that need is.
This page is about what the Lord has shown me concerning how he moves through time, and works in and out of it. It should be no surprise to learn that there have been people who have had the privileged to actually take a ride through time by the hand of God. An interesting view on the topic of time and time travel itself would be the work Gary Stearman put into his book Time Travelers of the Bible.
He doesn’t just cover the prophets that shattered the barriers of time-space (as the cover states), but asks several questions that some may be interested in knowing the answers to. What is the substance of reality? Do we live in a multidimensional universe? Is there a unified theory of everything? Is time travel possible? These and so many more very interesting and complex topics are dealt with in a manner that some average guy like me can understand. If I can understand it, so can you!
So I’d like to encourage you if you’ve always been interested in time and the workings of what the Lord has established concerning time – space, check out his book. It’s well worth it!
Anyways, I just wanted to throw that in there for the possibility of making people think. God not only knows his stuff, but he knows our stuff as well, actually better than we do. Thank you for reading this, I hope it’s helped you out to better understand our Lord and to take advantage of the glimpse that he was willing to share about himself. After all, that’s what he desires; for us to get to know him better and to learn of him. I hope that you’ve enjoyed this page about God and time, and God bless you!