Time How Would You Define Time

What is time? What does the word time mean? How would you define time?

Basically, man defines time as a measured duration. Examples include decades, months or years, days and even in music we say three quarter time or common time. Time, a measured duration.

Most scientists do not believe the Bible.  So scientists try to define things based on experiments or things they can explain or guess at. An example is scientists chose to believe a man, Darwin, over God’s word. They guess at a “big bang” creating everyone and everything and they say it took millions of years but they can not answer where the first cell of life came from in their big bang.

God though, explained that first breath of life came from God when he breathed the breath of life into Adam. And because scientists do not believe in God, they reject God’s explanation and choose Darwin’s explanation. After all, it takes faith, (believing someone or something you can not see, God).

And man measures time linear. Man measures time in hours, days, weeks, months, years and so forth. If you take your pen and draw a dot on a piece of paper then at the dot, draw a horizontal line and at the end, put another dot. At the first dot you put date of birth and the 2nd dot, date of death and a person’s life is measured linear.

Linear time means time is measured with a beginning point and end point. Like a line. In Genesis 1 God says, In the beginning and in Revelation 1:3 God says, the time is at hand. So does God have a beginning and end? No. God Is. When Moses asked God, who should I say sent me, God told Moses say, I AM. You might ask, then why did God say I am Alpha and Omega ( beginning and end). Actually, it was Jesus who called himself Alpha and Omega in Revelation 1:8 KJV  “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”

I heard someone explain this the other day and it was a good explanation. Look at your dots and line you drew on paper. Now put a big circle around that. Man defines time linear in this world but God IS. It is like God is the circle with no beginning and no end.

Have you ever heard of an angel dying? Clearly the spirit world is not on linear time as man and animals. And God tells us he knows the end from the beginning but God does not have a beginning or end, He IS. So knowing the end from the beginning  shows God explains things to man linear because God knows mankind in the flesh thinks linear. One way God explains things to mankind is prophecy.

Prophecy is stating or speaking something that has not happened yet but will happen in the future. So called  prophets  speak things to the people. One main test of a prophet was the prophet had to be 100% accurate all the time. If the prophet was wrong on just one point, he was a fake, see Jeremiah 28:1-17. Or if the prophet always spoke peaceful things or lied he was a fake, see Jeremiah 23:17-22 and Jeremiah 23:25-34.

Scripture identifies some of God’s prophets – Isaiah, Iddo, Samuel, Jeremiah and many others. Scripture even speaks of women prophets called prophetess. Some women prophets include Deborah in Judges 4:4  and in Isaiah, Isaiah’s wife in Isaiah 8:1-4. Luke 2:25-40 speaks of Anna, a prophetess who was at the temple when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the temple.

King David asked Nathan the prophet what to do. God would tell Nathan to go to David and say thus saith the Lord and an example of this is in 2 Samuel 7:1-3.

But Jesus said in John 16, when the Holy Spirit came the Holy Spirit will guide you in to all truth. John 16:13 KJV
” Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” Notice it is going to be the Holy Spirit showing you things to come, the future.

That is a shift from the Old Testament. No longer would prophets like in the Old Testament speak to the people of God, but the Holy Spirit would speak to God’s people. And none of Paul’s epistles speak of prophets like in the Old Testament. Paul does say God sets some “in the church” prophets in 1 Corinthians 12:28 KJV  “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”

Don’t forget, when Paul said this, there were still prophets and prophetess. Look at Acts 11:27-30 and notice “in these days”? When this was written Paul had already gotten saved so Paul knew of the prophets. And in those days (in these days) came prophets from Jerusalem.

Remember when the Holy Spirit came in Acts 2? Look at Acts 2:17-21 and the rest of the chapter and you see Peter explains to Jews what happened and he references King David.

But Paul never mentions any prophets like they were named in the Old Testament. What do prophets do? Speak prophecy. What is prophecy? Speaking things that have not happened yet. And we see Paul does mention prophets in the church in Ephesians and Paul explains why God set some “in the church”    “Ephesians 4:11-12 KJV
” And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
[12] For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:”

But notice after Paul mentions prophets and other gifts in 1 Corinthians 12.  And notice in verse 10 of that chapter prophet is not used but prophecy is used. Then in verse 28 Paul says prophets and then look at chapter 13.

Modern versions use the word “love” but the King James says charity. This is important because charity means more than just love. There are different types of love. God loves the world but only those who receive his love, Jesus, go to heaven. In 1 Corinthians 13 Paul explains  1 Corinthians 13:8-10 KJV
” Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
[9] For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
[10] But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.”

But now, as Jesus said, the Holy Spirit tells those in the church things to come. There are believers, saved NT believers who love and study prophecy. God has given them a “gift” in understanding prophecy and prophetic events. And then there are those who, well, I will just leave it as, and then there are those.

God is not on linear time but God knows mankind is. So God explains things to man in a linear and spiritual way. The linear deals with man in the flesh on earth and the spiritual way deals with our spirit man. So why post this? Because when it comes to mankind, God has a timeline. And God changes things in this world to work his timeline. And God reveals things about his timeline through his word and he gives some in the church wisdom, understanding and knowledge of his events just as God sent Gabriel to help Daniel understand, God the Holy Spirit helps believers understand.  Until next time.

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