Time According to the Word of Truth
Isaiah 57.13 When thou criest, let thy companies deliver thee; but the wind shall carry them all away; vanity shall take them: but he that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain;14 And shall say, Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumblingblock out of the way of my people.15 For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.16 For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.
Revelation 2.21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.
When did time start according to the bible? Most say it started in Genesis 1.1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Further study brings about a thought that it started in Genesis 1.16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. As I question God about when time started He brought to me the fact that all the near death experience that I have listened to or read about stated the same thing, that time did not exist or that it was not present at all during the near death experience, the testimonies are consistent in that during the near death experience time was mentioned as being absent. This brings me to think that time started in the passage found in Genesis 3.19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
I find in Genesis 3.19 the word till brings out the limiting of the verse, that all these things mentioned will happen till death occurs.
Read this passage and see for yourself…
Genesis 3.17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
till thou return unto the ground; This is what God said to Adam and Eve, we know He said it to Adam therefore we know that it also applied to Eve.
Genesis 5.2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
Time: a period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues.
Till: until, up to the time of.
Genesis 1.26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Let us make man in our image… that was a perfect creation, an exact copy of the original, no flaws and no reason for limitations. When God said till (in vs. 3.19) of Genesis that was a restriction and a limitation placed on the man (Adam). The question that needs to be asked is why would God place a limit on His perfect creation the one that He loved the most? (Genesis 1.31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.)
The answer is found in Gods nature and in His name.
I Peter 1.16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Isaiah 57.15 (whose name is Holy)
God could not accept the man in the corrupted state therefore God had to do something to correct the matter, thus the start of the redemption process, be ye holy for I am holy.
Genesis 3.22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
God stated that the man was able also to take of the tree of life, that word signifies that man was taking from some other source than the tree of life, perhaps the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, I think so or else God would not have used the term also. The term also means that man was now corrupt or mingled. God is served or worshiped in pureness and in spirit and truth.
Matthew 12.33 Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
Also: in addition too.
Thus far we have a new creation, a new being created in the perfect image of God, no flaws present and no limitations or restrictions in place. Then an event takes place where the man and the woman seek another authority to satisfy a want or a desire, and they feed from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Time begins, Genesis 3.19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
With the use of the word till we can infer that time is nothing more than a restriction placed on man and has a built in end point, time is not a part of eternity. Without the restriction of time the man would be free to live forever always eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God not only put a limitation on the man with the institution of time He also instituted the principle of separation as found in Genesis 3.22.
Genesis 3.22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
Mark 1.14 Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. In the passage of Mark 1.14 The time is fulfilled, there could be no fulfillment of something if it was not instituted in the first palace. Jesus instituted time in Genesis 3.19.
Genesis 1.14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
In Genesis 1.14 (signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years) this verse occurs before the curse on man is announced (Gen 3.17). This verse and this portion of creation takes place in the perfect state of creation that is the incorrupted (non-corrupted) state and there was no need for God to place any limits or bounds on the man.
Day: the period of light between one night and the next
Night: the period between dusk and dawn
Signs: a gesture expressing a command, wish, thought or a symbol
Seasons: one of the divisions of the year (as spring or summer) a special period
Years: the period of about 365 1/4 solar days required for one revolution of the earth around the sun
We notice that in Gen 6.3 that God limited the days of man to 120 years and made a rather gigantic statement, for that he also is flesh. When God said this He was also saying that man was also spirit.
Genesis 6.3 And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years.
Man had become mingled. He was neither hot nor cold, and God wants us to be hot or cold, however He makes it clearer that we are not to be lukewarm.
Revelation 3.16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
The days of Adam were 930 years.
Genesis 5.5 And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.
Remember the verse before Eve took of the tree of knowledge of good and evil that said (Gen 3.3“Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. Gen 2.17 for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.) Yet there is another verse that comes to mind, Gen 4. 1 And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
In this verse you will notice that after the fall and after the curse process and after the exile from the garden Adam and Eve had children and their children grew up to be adults and offered an offering unto the LORD. This should lead someone to question, how, under the rules of time process, could God state to the man that in the day that you eat from this certain tree that you will die on that day. One would have a lot of explaining to do when the guilty party not only made it to the next day but had adult children. The only explanation is in the use of the day as a separation of events rather than a unit of time measurement. Man was not created to die, he was created to rule over all of Gods other creation on the earth. Man (Adam) got in “trouble” when he turned from God to another. It doesn’t matter what a person turns to in life, the only thing that matters is that they turn to God and follow after His ways. Adam died years after the curse proving that time started in the garden as a limiting force to enable man to seek to regain a relationship with God through the redemption process, to have that daily walk with God every morning in their heart. God’s word is pure and right so God says what he means and means what he says. Don’t seek to prove God wrong, seek to prove God right and then you will find your place with God.
Genesis 4.3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
“process of time” in Genesis 4.3 this is the first mention of time in the bible.
Genesis 4.1-8 starts the redemption process, so it could be stated that the purpose of time is to separate the two natures of man so that the original nature is reborn and the corrupted nature is put to death. The only way for this to take place is under the process of time. The redemption process takes place while time itself is in effect.
Read Revelation Chapter 6.
Revelation 1.3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 10.1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
Written by Tim Barker