Time is coming, not going.
Do you always feel as if you are waiting for something to happen?
When I was a child I wondered about the word “epiphany”. I understand it better now. Let’s think about the ‘Epiphany’ and an epiphany that might explain time in light of an old earth and still agree with the account given in Genesis.
One thing I know, the Genesis account is accurate. Scientists say they ‘know’ the earth is too old for this to be true. With God, all things are possible. I am going to copy something from a book Beth Moore wrote in Voices of the Faithful. Please read it and stay with me for a few minutes:
Give careful attention to the wording, “when the time had fully come.” On the kingdom calendar of God, time does not go. It comes. Humans, in our egocentricity, perceive that time came when we were born and has been going ever since….for us time seems fleeting; for God, time is arriving. From His desire for the fellowship of nations, God slipped this thing we call “time” out of eternity and the first beginning was born. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth: (Genesis 1:1) Then the time came for God to breathe a soul into Adam. And the time came for Eve. And the time came for Abraham and the time came for a covenant in which “all peoples on earth” would be blessed through one man. And the time came for a covenant in which “all peoples on earth” would be blessed through one man. And the time came for Egypt. And the time came for Exodus. And the time came for… The time came for silence. Then the time came for the loudest “Word” God would ever shout as the living Logos, Jesus Christ was made flesh to dwell among us. For God so loved the world…John 3:16 Time fully came…
Time is important. Time centers on the Epiphany, the birth of Christ. The time came for the cross and the time came for the resurrection as well. The time will come when Jesus will come again. The time will come when every knee will bow–from every tongue, tribe and nation–and every tongue will confess, “Jesus is Lord!”
Now to my epiphany. (I am sure this isn’t new.) Let’s suppose that during the time of Genesis, when God created all things; suppose time wasn’t constant. Suppose time has been speeding up since the beginning.
NASA recently learned that:
This sounds pretty bizarre, but consider that we are using a non-proper coordinate system in the first place. It is possible that time changes somehow inside a black hole, but that is an experiment we will never be able to test because we can never receive information from inside a black hole.
We all know that people say it seems time is going by faster now than it used to. Maybe it is. We know that people lived longer in Old Testament times. Suppose not only did they live longer, suppose the 24 hour period was longer, they just didn’t realize it. Suppose an hour then was more like a day is now. Suppose prior to that an hour was what we consider a week. Suppose it took the earth 24 hours to orbit the sun, but each of those hours took as much time as we have in a month, or even a year or more. Suppose “in the beginning” an hour was MUCH longer.
Regardless, as Beth Moore said and as it is written, ‘time is coming.’ We need to be ready.
I am not a scientist and I do not know that time is speeding up in any way. I do know that the Bible is true. God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. He did this in a seven-day period, however long that was at the time. I know that when the days were completed Jesus was born. I know that when the time came for Him to be received up he set His face to go to Jerusalem. I know there will be an end of time as we know it in this present age, and He has control of this as well.
Surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:20
So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7
Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem…Luke 9:51
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.” Acts 1:7