GOD AND TIME
I have noticed recently that there are many theories being discussed about God and time.
Theologians have been discussing and debating the topic of time for many years and since I am simply writing a blog I will not be delving deeply into the topic. I have recently been involved with several conversations and the same interpretive problems crop up over and over again. I would like to bring clarity to three passages that have caused a lot of confusion.
1. No More Time? The argument is made that there is no time in the spirit realm because this verse says that in the future, there shall be no more time.
“And swore by him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that are therein, and the earth, and the things that are therein, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:” (KJV) Rev 10:6
Yet this verse is simply a poor translation as the NIV brings out the true meaning much better. There will be no more delay!
“And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, "There will be no more delay!” (NIV) Rev 10:6
2. Slain before the foundation of the world? Then the case is made that God lives in the timeless zone because Jesus is the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.
“…whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” (KJV) Rev 13:8
Again the translators have butchered the meaning of this verse. I am not debating whether God is outside time or not, but this verse does not prove it when it is translated correctly as follows.
“…everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.” (ESV) Rev 13:8
The names were written before time, the lamb was not slain before time. This was a large shift in my thinking, I know it may be stretching for you too, but please consider this shift.
3. Day is as a thousand years? If there is one passage that is abused more than almost any other, it is 2 Peter 3:8.
“But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.” (NASB) 2 Peter 3:8
Countless people have used this passage to make prophetic mathematics work in their wild theories. Yet Peter was simply quoting from Psalm 90:4, he was not proposing a formula by which to figure out the end of the world.
“For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.” (NIV) Psalm 90:4
Peter is NOT saying that to God, time is nebulous or relative. Peter is quoting from a Psalm, which shows us that time is of little value or importance to an infinite eternal God.
Time is real to God, but not in the same way as it is for us. I hope that this brings clarity to these passages and will further intelligent discussion of God and Time.