What IS time?

In this world, we see Time as Past, Present, Future, but is that a “manufactured” system that’s built only into the physical universe but not the larger, spiritual Reality? Did the Big Bang start our clock ticking?

Is there a Yesterday and Today in heaven?

“With the Lord, a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” (2 Peter 3:8) 

The Bible seems to indicate that believers’ names have been written in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world

Did God mark us as His before He even created the universe?

The flip side of the Time question is Revelation 6:9, where we see souls who’d been killed for their faith, huddled under an altar. “How long, Sovereign Lord, before we’re avenged?” The answer: “Hang in there, guys! More martyrs still to come. Vengeance is Mine!   It.  Will.  Happen!” This seems to indicate Time, though perhaps from an earthly perspective.

Is Time simply a matrix, ushering us into a better system? Is life here only a prelude to what’s to come—new bodies in an awesome, never-ending, holy Present?

Which brings up the subject of death—or at least in Time as we know it.

Time, like an ever-rolling stream, bears all its sons away;
They fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.
(Isaac Watts)

A.W. Tozer has this to say:

“The days of the years of our lives are few, and swifter than a weaver’s shuttle. Life is a short and fevered rehearsal for a concert we cannot stay to give…. How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none. Eternal years lie in His heart. For Him, time does not pass; it remains, and those who are in Christ share with him all the riches of limitless time and endless years.”

Here’s my own, made-up theory: Everyone throughout history arrives at the throne at the very same instant, in heaven’s way of keeping time—sheep go to the right in welcome, goats go left for judgment.

Then let the worship begin!

What are your “timely” thoughts ? Please comment below, or email egus@me.com