Minutes, hours, days, years… Do I dare say a decade? Once something is Proclaimed be The Creator, IS STANDS!!! Amen. We have shared re: Joseph and his being shown in a dream what would be. Why doesn’t this happen more? That is a hilarious 😂 question! Let’s discuss briefly: there was no mention of how he would reach a point where the other sheaths of wheat and constellations bowed to his! If he knew his path to Egypt would be as a slave, would he have stayed or run? We see another Man sent by God who ran! Jonah. Yes, he was sent to share The Word of God with a people known for pride and injustice: Settlement at Nineveh first occurred by about 6000 BC, and by 2000 BC the city was a center of worship of the fertility goddess Ishtar. Sennacherib (ruled 704–681 BC) transformed Nineveh into a magnificent city with new streets, squares, and a canal system within a walled area and built a vast and splendid palace. The primary theme of the story of Jonah and the Whale is that God’s love, grace, and compassion extend to everyone, even outsiders and oppressors. God Loves all people. A secondary message is that you can’t run from God. Jonah tried to run, but God stuck with him and gave Jonah a second chance.
At the end of the day, Jonah is a cautionary tale because he never repents, and while God sent Jonah to Nineveh because they were far from God, they would ultimately repent and Jonah would find himself to be the one far from God.
So, a full disclosure is at times not such a positive thing! To be sent by God, is the greatest thing in existence. The Creator of ALL, moved to lead you to do! The global human population will reach 8.0 billion in mid-November 2022 from an estimated 2.5 billion people in 1950, adding 1 billion people since 2010 and 2 billion since 1998. An individual is 1 in 8 billion at this current date! To be Spoken to by The Creator of ALL is unthinkable!
My brief story was an accident where in my non drug induced coma, I was allowed to come back to share my experiences. Rather than dwell on an over discussed fact. I will simply ask:
1. IF Heaven and Hell are real; what does it mean to be in Hell. Heaven is a much better option! The Presence of He Who made the Sun, a star The source of light, warmth, photosynthesis etc. Is far more desirable than being outside.
We have ‘Time’ here on Earth. Caused by the rotation of the Earth on its axis and around the Sun. In other galaxies, the concept of ‘Time’ differs from what we view as Time!
Time is the continued sequence of existence and events that occurs in an apparently irreversible succession from the past, through the present, into the future. Time has duration, a quantifiable period between events. Time has a privileged present, only now is real. Time seems to be the universal background through which all events proceed, such that order can be sequenced and durations measured. Time as we know it is only time here on Earth!
In Physics, the Greek thinker Aristotle spelled out a fairly modern-sounding definition of time as “the calculable measure of motion with respect to before and afterness.” This idea of time as a fixed sequence of events would survive with only minor modifications until the work of Einstein in the early 20th century.
Once again, Time is the progression of events from the past into the future. Time moves only in one direction. It’s possible to move forward in time, but not backward. Scientists believe memory formation is the basis for human perception of time. But, specific to Earth – our domain.
Benjamin Franklin reminded us that time is “the stuff life is made of.” Our earthly existence is marked by time. We “waste” it and “spend” it and “save” it; we have “time on our hands,” or we “make up for lost time”; we speak of those who have “all the time in the world,” while others are “running out of time”; and, then, “when our time is up,” we exit this world. What about in heaven? Will we still experience time as we do now? The short answer is we really don’t know.
First, let’s be clear that, when we say “heaven,” we are referring to the dwelling place of God. Revelation 21:3–4 says, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” The chapter goes on to describe the New Jerusalem, where believers will dwell for eternity.
Some argue that we will not experience time in heaven because we are told, “The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp” (Revelation 21:23; see also Revelation 22:5). If the cycle of day and night is done away with, perhaps that signals the end of time—or at least our measurement of time. Also, we know that God exists apart from time (2 Peter 3:8), so perhaps those dwelling with Him will also be outside of time.
However, others point to what seem to be clear references to experiencing time in heaven. For instance, Revelation 8:1 says, “There was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” Was the “half an hour” simply John’s measurement of the period of silence from an earth-bound perspective, or did the residents of heaven also realize the passage of time?
Those in heaven appear to be aware of the passage of time on earth, and they may even describe it as “long.” Revelation 6:9–10 says, “I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?’” Without a doubt, how long is a time-related phrase. These examples occur prior to the eternal state, but they may support the idea that time factors into our existence in the dwelling place of God.
Revelation 22:1–5, speaks of the New Jerusalem: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. . . . There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.” The mention of “every month” and “for ever and ever” indicates the passage of time. One might suggest that John was only able to explain his vision in time-bound terms, and that his words do not exactly represent the reality of the vision. However, month is still a time-related word.
When God created the world, He created time—there was a “beginning” (Genesis 1:1). He called the creation, including the reality of time, “very good” (Genesis 1:31). It seems, then, that time is something good and well-suited for God’s creation. As part of God’s creation, we are subject to time. Will that change in eternity? We cannot be sure.
Heaven is beyond our understanding. But we can rest in the fact that our God is good and what He has prepared for us is good. “He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ He said to me: ‘It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children’” (Revelation 21:5–7)
Dear Lord, when our life on Earth is done, may we stand before You and hear the words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Father, we know our time on Earth is but a few words in the cosmic story. Help us to use our time wisely, and leave our mark when our time is done. In Jesus‘ name we pray, Amen.