GOD'S BLUEPRINT OF TIME
In this discourse, the spiritual realm of God is equated to another dimension. NOT because there is any Biblical evidence for this, but simply to make what follows easier to understand from both the Biblical references used and our knowledge and experience within the parameters of our own dimension.
God has created a universe, the size and proportions of which stagger the imagination. This universe confounds our knowledge as to its dimensions and purpose. Science endeavors to explain the obvious questions this universe poses to our inquiring minds. In its efforts to decipher how this immensely vast universe works, science has discovered many things. Nonetheless, what mankind has learned of the universe is microscopic compared to its size and purpose. In fact, science has no way of rendering a purpose for this universe. A universe we can so wondrously see on a clear night. Yet, within its wonderment of galaxies, suns, planets, dust, gases and vacuum, everything has and does serve a purpose toward the whole. Its components interact with no concern to the arrow of time. These components simply follow the laws laid down for them, unconcerned with the eons that are attached. Just as the letters within this document serve to combine into words to make it readable. To assume these letters fell into place of their own accord is foolish. To assume the universe serves no purpose is to disregard the obvious.
I build model ships as a hobby. I lay a keel then add ribs. To the ribs are added planking. In the process of building this model I use a blueprint. From the blueprint each piece is cut and glued to what it is being attached to. I then test each glued joint to be sure I have mounted it correctly. I, like any other model builder do this to be sure I have not overlooked what might be a flaw in the final product. To allow a flaw to escape me, particularly in the keel, means to repair or correct it would require dismantling the whole model. Therefore there are occasions when a flaw is temporarily built into the model to help shape or attach a stubborn piece. When the temporary flaw has served its purpose it is removed. So what I am describing is not really a flaw at all but part of the building process. It would stay a flaw only if allowed to remain. All of this takes patience. All of this takes time. Still, no matter how hard I try, I cannot build to perfection for I am imperfect to begin with. God is not.
What God builds, He builds for eternity, and what He builds glows in perfection. He has no intention of dismantling the universe to repair its foundation. Therefore, He also uses temporary flaws to cement the whole. Imperfect man, what some see as a flaw in God's perfect universe, is already in the process of being removed. Imperfect man has served his purpose. Imperfection of any kind has no permanent place in the Kingdom of God. Yet, imperfect man served a fundamental purpose in the plan of the Kingdom of God. A Kingdom that has been part of the plan of God from its very inception. The removal of that flaw of imperfect man like everything else takes time. Time as God sees it; not as man sees it.
GOD'S VIEW OF TIME!
Ominously, huge gray clouds darkened the sky. Their swift gathering blotted out the clear blue which had filled the sky only minutes before. Seconds dragged into minutes. These minutes dragged into hours as blood dripped slowly from the wounded man's side; spattering the ground below. The pure redness of his life's blood seeped into the soil as more agonizing time slowly ticked away into the void of eternity. The dying eyes of the man could look out and see the horizon dimly as his life ebbed ever so slowly and painfully away. Time itself seemed almost to stand still. With each passing second, the man found it harder and harder to draw air into his tortured lungs. The clouds grew thicker and blacker, blanking out the sun completely as the very ground beneath him began to rumble and shake. With the last of his body's dying strength he called out, "Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit."
Thus ended the human life of the King of Kings, as the veil that separated the Holy of Holy's from the rest of the temple, in that moment of time, was torn in two from top to bottom. This was a symbolic action by the Holy Spirit, signifying the acceptance of the ransom by the Father and God of Jesus. Signifying that this Holy of Holy chambers, which had housed the ark of God's covenant, and into which a mortal human high priest came once a year, had been replaced by something far better. A spiritual, eternal high priest.
The scene above is well known by every Christian that has ever lived. It is portrayed as told by the apostles Matthew, Mark and Luke in the Bible. As Jesus died, the pure red blood shed by him seeped into the earth beneath him, absorbing the sins of every man that ever walked the soil of this earth. It is the single most important event ever to have happened in the history of mankind. It marked the beginning of the end of imperfect mankind. The first step towards removing the temporary flaw from the master blueprint of God's Kingdom.
During the hours it took to drain that life; Jesus could view the three dimensions of length, width and height from the scene before him. He could also view the fourth dimension. The dimension of time! This is a dimension all men are aware of. Just the same, few men understand time as variable. Few realize that time is something that is changeable for each and every one of us. Something that moves at a different rate depending on what one is doing and how quickly that person is doing it. In short; time is relative. True, the difference is imperceptible to man as opposed to the arrow of time he is accustomed to. Nonetheless, its fluctuations are there.
We can only understand dimly some of time's ramifications from Einstein's special theory of relativity along with his general theory. They both gave us a working model of the substance through which light travels and the reason gravity holds this magnificent universe together. In a nutshell, what these theories tell us is, that space and time are exactly the same thing. This boils down to one indisputable point.
Time began when this universe began.
Nothing we know of within this universe existed before God created it. No time, no space, nothing. Absolutely nothing! Not even the little dot that was supposed to have been the source for the big bang theory.
Since all Christians understand that God created the universe, this means God understands time down to its Pico Pico milli micro instant. He understands it because it was God that set the laws that governs it in motion. It also means that God Almighty existed before time. That God existed before this universe existed. Nothing, not even God, could enter this universe before he created it, any more than one can enter a house before it is built. This also means something else. God exists outside of, or in at least one other dimension besides the four that have been mentioned; height, width, length and time. This dimension or realm God exists in, we understand as a spiritual dimension. A very real place! Just as the universe is a very real place to you and I as we journey through time.
This explains a lot of things within the context of the Bible. For instance, it explains why we cannot see God with our eyes. In order for us to do that, we would have to be in the dimension that God exists in. Since this fifth dimension is outside our realm and our spectrum of sight, it is not possible to experience. In short, it is not within the physical abilities of our earthly bodies.
Angels live in this realm, or dimension, along with God. We know this Biblically through men the Bible speaks of. Since angels have materialized visibly to men in the past, men such as to Lot and Balaam, this means it is possible for them to do so within our universe. Our dimension! Yet we also know that, even though our physical eyes cannot see their dimension, we can view it through the eye of our mind. Prophets of old did more than this with visions from God. In other words God built communication with this other dimension into our brain for just that purpose. This is also Biblical in that men such as Daniel, Isaiah, Ezekiel and others were given instructions in this manner. Although angels can move through and in our dimension, we cannot, in human bodies, move into or physically see this dimension or realm that our Creator exists in. Our flesh and blood bodies were not designed with that ability.
This puts into perspective why Jesus is telling us we must be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Being born again is a spiritual event, not a denomination. Being born again allows us a body, a spiritual body, designed to exist in this other dimension or realm. Since our physical bodies cannot exist in this different dimension that God exists in, His blueprint for creation included a system that makes the life force we know here on earth as individuals, compatible with His plans for us within His kingdom of Heaven. This plan for mankind to be adaptable to the spiritual dimension of God has, from the beginning, been an intricate part of the master plan.
Then why, one may ask, if God wants us to live in Heaven, didn't he just put us there to begin with? The answer to this is simple. It is the purpose of God to establish an unblemished spiritual family. As has been said the answer is simple; the process is not. Nonetheless, what has just been said is wholly documented within the word of God. In fact it is one of the reasons God had the Bible written to begin with. Let us begin with the Bible's explanation of this purpose at:
Romans 8:28-29 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God fore knew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers." (New International Version)
Notice in verse 28 "called according to his purpose" and in verse 29
Christ, God's son, "is firstborn among many brothers. " Many brothers are part of one family. Notice also in verse 28 these brothers will "be conformed to the likeness of his Son."
Seems very clear to me. Still, if one has doubts, then let us look at:
Heb 2: 10-11
10 "In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering.
11 "Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers." (NIV)
Notice in verse 11 both Christ and those made holy, "Are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers."
If you take the time to read the complete chapters of the verses quoted above you will see that these scriptures are not taken out of context. Rather they are very much a part of the context. The reason the chapters were written. Clearly the plan, or purpose of God, is to establish a spiritual family. A family adopted from the earth.
Nonetheless, that still has not explained why the earth was needed to begin with. Again why didn't God just do all this in the dimension of Heaven itself. Save that extra step so to speak. The answer to this is, that extra step is very much needed and very much a part of God's plan as a whole for two very sensible reasons. The first is the fact that men multiply; angels do not.
Matt 22: 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven. (KJV)
Christ is telling us in the scripture above that angels do not mate. For the above scripture is a response to a question concerning a woman married 7 times without any children. However, on the other hand, mankind was told to do just that "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth (Genesis 1:28) Of course there is no Biblical reference, as far as we know, of angels not being capable of reproducing themselves either. Still the indications are strong that they do not. Not only for the first reason but also due to the second reason. That second reason, we know as free will. To understand why this second reason applies to angels requires some Biblical background information.
Both mankind and the angels have been given this freedom to choose what they do concerning the worship of the creator. We know this because Satan chose not to serve God when he instigated the fall of Adam and Eve. It is not implied here that Adam and Eve were not responsible for their actions. They most certainly were. Although they did not know the difference between good and evil they most certainly did know the difference between right and wrong. Eve even stated this when she was being deceived. (Genesis 3: 2)
Since mankind, consisting of only two people at that time, was not yet ready for the knowledge of good and evil; it could be considered a good bet they would do what they did. Still it was not God who forced them to be disobedient. No one forced them. It was a choice both they and Satan made on their own using the freedom of will they were given. This action of disobedience to God's word, on the part of all three, now had a direct effect on their time. That effect was to limit their time of life. It limited the time for the life of both mankind and the angel we now know as Satan. For mankind it meant their life span would exist for only one day.
Gen 2: 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (King James Version)
Notice . "In the day thou eatest thereof" .
How can this be, one may ponder, for we are told Adam lived to be 930 years old. (Gen 5:5) It is so because the time specified was in the manner that God relates time to our days.
2 Peter 3: 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day, (KJV)
The above scripture makes it clear that as God sees time, Adam died the very day that he was born. How God views the length of a day for a man has nothing to do with how fast the earth spins on its axis. It also makes clear that the way we see time and the way God sees time are two different things. It might also be pointed out here that God, in his mercy, allowed Adam almost a full day before his penalty for disobedience was carried out. God would have been justified in destroying Adam, Eve, and Satan on the spot at the moment the act of disobedience occurred. Indeed many have asked: why didn't He? God knows all; why did He allow the misery, pestilence, disease, wars, etc. to happen on earth to begin with?
There are a whole series of reasons.
Let us deal with the most startling first. It was calculated for in the master design. What, you exclaim; you mean that God deliberately intended this to happen? NO! That is not what is being said. What is being said is it was calculated for. When Eve bit into that fruit, God did not have to throw away his blueprints and rush out to get new ones. In the master blueprints is the tree of knowledge of good and evil. In front of the tree is a path that leads to the tree and then forks. One fork was the path God told man to follow. (Do not eat this fruit) On this path is written the word life. The other fork is a path that mankind in his free will could take. He did not have to take this path but he could if he chose. On this second possible path the words death are clearly written. Death was a word known to both Adam and Eve. (Gen 3: 2) Unfortunately, Eve chose this second path. She chose this path because she believed Satan when he lied and told her she would not die. Of course she and Adam did die. We do not need the Bible to prove this. Graveyards do that quite adequately.
This is still the beginning of creation and not just mankind, but the whole heavenly hosts of angels are involved. Satan, it should be made clear here, is an angel. (Job 1:6) In fact in Ezekiel 28: 14 we are told he was created a cherub. Verse 13 tells us he was in Eden. Satan not only tempted man but was also a test point for all the host of angels as well. It might be pointed out here that the difference between right and wrong and good and evil is very large. It was wrong for Eve to eat from the forbidden fruit. It was evil for Satan to entice her to do so by telling her "you will not surely die" (Gen 3: 3) That Satan knew the difference between good and evil and right and wrong is attested to in verse 5 of Gen 3.
The difference between right and wrong and good and evil can also be summed up in the following way. If a man chooses to walk off the cliff, he is not doing something evil... it is simply wrong. When he goes splat all over the ground at the bottom of the cliff, he would realize just how wrong it was! However, if that same man were to decide to push someone else from the top of the cliff... this would be an EVIL act.
Nonetheless, what both angels and mankind have in common is that they are both mortal. It may be surprising to you that angels can also die. Yet we know this is so because Satan is slated for death. The following scriptures are God telling Satan what his end will be.
Ezekiel 28: 18-19 "By your many sins and dishonest trade you have desecrated your sanctuaries. So I made a fire come out from you, and it consumed you, and I reduced you to ashes on the ground in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you are appalled at you; you have come to a horrible end and will be no more." (NIV)
Most assume that angels are immortal. If that were so they could not die. Just as God cannot die. However, eternal life, just like the life we have now, short as it may be at present, has always been a free gift to all by God. Life is a major component in the master blueprint. Just the same since Satan, who was created an angel, is slated to die this means angels are not immortal.
Reason 3 for not destroying all three and starting over.
Why Satan chose the path he chose to oppose God is not given within the pages of the Bible other than to say he was impressed with his own beauty which corrupted his wisdom which you will also find in chapter 28 of Ezekiel. One might speculate that Satan, aware of what the blueprints had in store for mankind, allowed jealousy to overpower his reasoning. Or perhaps it was envy of the Creator that triggered his foolish rebellion. One might speculate many things, all of which are of no concern to mankind. What is not speculation is, Satan threw a challenge at God claiming he could get man to worship him just as if he were the Most High. The following scriptures are Isaiah's comments on Satan.
Isa 14: 12 How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart, "I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High."
15 But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit. (NIV)
There were, in the heavenly host of angels, those that thought in a similar vein as Satan and chose to align themselves with him. These angels that followed Satan are known in the Bible as demons. What instigated Satan and his demons is not really the question. The real point is that they also had the freedom of will to worship their Creator, or not, as they themselves chose.
Well you might ask; so what? Instead of three, God could have destroyed all that opposed Him. Who would have known the difference or even cared? The answer to that is God would have cared. It would have meant discarding the original blueprints of time and starting over. It would have meant the original blueprints were faulty or badly designed. As to who would have known, God would have known and so would his Son and so would the rest of the heavenly host. If God had destroyed all that opposed him, even though God would have been justified in doing so, the question of whether Satan could have had all mankind worship him would never have been answered. Destruction of all opposition would have left a major flaw in the final product of creation. Why? Because that question would always be there to crop up at any time along the line. However, the folly of the history of mankind under Satan has answered that question very emphatically once and for all.
But remember, that disastrous path is clearly marked on the master blueprint. Where does that path lead? It leads to exactly the same place as the path God told Adam and Eve to follow. Remember the purpose of the blueprint is to create a spiritual family of and for God. However, those who opposed God chose the path, which brought about a temporary flaw in creation. A flaw already calculated into the master design. Already foreseen and prepared for. Therefore there is nothing wrong with God's blueprint of time. How do we know this? Because the salvation of man by Christ was planned before the universe was begun. The first step in removing the temporary flaw. A flaw designed to bend a stubborn plank to conform to the keel. (Eph 1:4, Matt 25: 34)
This is the heavenly hope offered to all of mankind if you follow the commands of Jesus as given to Him from His Father. Doing so allows you, right now, today, a detour from the path we are on now , the path of death, to the path of life Eve should have taken. It explains why Christ is telling us these detours to the right path are narrow as opposed to the broad path to death we were born on. All of which makes this magnificent plan of God logical, sensible, reasonable and easy to understand. It explains why the grace of salvation was brought to us through His only begotten son Jesus Christ with no mysteries attached to it.
What has all this to do with time? Just this; time is the space which we exist in. Although God understands time, because He created it, that does not mean He is subjected to it in the same way, shape, or manner we are. In fact, time may not even exist in the dimension God exists in. Or it is possible it may exist in a form we do not have the slightest inkling of. This is hinted at in Rev 22:5. Whether this is true or not does not alter the fact that God is in no way limited by time in any sense of the word. To give you an idea of what is being said here, imagine you could live on the surface of the sun. If you could, when would your day begin? Or when would it end? More to the point, how would you know? What would you use for a reference?
The fact that God, within the pages of His Word, uses time differently than we do is Biblically provable. The sun and moon were put into place on the fourth day of creation as signs for seasons and for days and years. Gen 1:14-18. Those lights were put there FOR US, not for God. He already had light for his purposes. (Gen 1:3) This light was the first thing God did. What was that light? It was Christ! (Rev 21:23.) The only begotten Son of God. (John 3:16) This means that Christ was begotten or sired as a spiritual son in the dimension that God exists in. This explains the statement "let US make man in OUR image.
This adds a whole new dimension to the Son that we know as Jesus Christ. This only begotten Son of God gave up a spiritual form to take on a lower earthly form for the sole sake of OUR salvation. That isn't just love, it is supreme love. It is beyond supreme love. In fact, I would say that there is no word or combination of words in any language that can possibly do that love justice.
Even so, why the Son did this is made clear in Proverbs 8:22-36. The NIV translation refers to Christ here as the master craftsman. It was under God's power and direction through Christ that all things came into being. No wonder the angels shouted for joy as creation was accomplished. I would have shouted joyfully right along with them. I find it joyful to think about today, even without having been there, to witness this wondrous creation in progress.
But why would a being, so far superior to men, want to take on an earthly flesh and blood body, and suffer the torment he did? Jesus himself told us why many times.
"To do the will of my father." That is what Christ delighted in from the very beginning of creation. What his Father wants is what Christ wants. This is not because He fears his Father's wrath, but because Christ delights in pleasing his father. That is why, at the transfiguration, Peter, John and James were enveloped in a bright cloud and heard the voice of God declare:
Matt 17: 5 " This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased. LISTEN TO HIM! " (NIV)
That is not a plea or a request, folks. That is a command from the one and only God Almighty. "Listen to Him." It is the reason there is no salvation without acceptance of Jesus. God demands that we acknowledge the complete and perfect sacrifice Christ made on our behalf. If we don't we are deemed unworthy to stand in the presence of the Almighty. It is a demand justly and rightly called for. It is the reason the Almighty Jehovah has anointed Christ as our King and High Priest over his Kingdom. Christ has earned the respect that title gives him. He earned that position as ruler of God's Kingdom. It is the reason Jehovah has set his Son over all things but Himself. It is the reason Christ asked to be restored to the glory he had before when He was with his father in the beginning. Since God Almighty acknowledges the work done in His name by His son; we are commanded to do the same.
There are No mysteries here, folks. No deep dark secrets understood by just a select few. Rather it is a clear, sensible, logical plan reasonably laid out for reasoning minds. It is a marvelous plan executed within the time frame God has decreed. A plan instituted before creation was begun. Yet a plan that mankind has done absolutely nothing to deserve. Just the same, it is a plan that moves along exactly on the time schedule Jehovah has set from the very beginning. In short, right on time. It does so because it suits His purpose. A purpose for which, fortunately for us, includes mankind as a major part.
How do we know this is the plan God has so precisely executed in time? Could not have God done this without wars and disease and pestilence along with all the other woes of mankind including death itself? He most certainly could have. He most certainly would have, had man himself not chosen the wrong path. Let us move back in time and examine the above question and the statement that followed it. We can begin by examining why God told us so much about the first two humans to walk upon his earth; made as perfect beings. What does being perfect actually mean?
We are here talking about physical perfection. A heart designed to perform its function unerringly and endlessly. Eyes with 20/20 vision. The sense of hearing and smell all performing in a body honed to its maximum potential. A perfect mind capable of outdoing the most advanced computer one could imagine. In other words, a body not subject to decay or disease. A body designed to perform its functions perfectly for all time.
Now, understanding that a perfect body means it has all that is needed to perform endlessly within the universe it was created in, doesn't mean that it can do no wrong. Take that perfect body and toss it off the edge of a cliff, and that perfect body will be subject to all the destruction it will receive at the bottom of that cliff. It is also subject to something else. It is subject to the purpose of God. That purpose we have discovered from His Word is the creation of a perfect spiritual family. Nonetheless, that perfect earthly body cannot exist in the spiritual world of God. That is why God set in motion the process of being born again. This is not just a mental state. It is not an imaginary existence in an unknown realm. It is a very real existence in a very real place. The very same place God Almighty exists in at this very moment.
Now let us go to Gen 2: 17 where God is telling Adam that if he eats from the tree of Knowledge of good and evil he will die. What is on the other side of that coin of death? LIFE!
[For your own edification, note that the next verse is focused on a completely different subject, a helpmate for man. In short that was the end of that discussion.]
It was not God's intention that mankind should suffer disease, pestilence, wars and death. That was the result of disobedience. God did not curse the earth until after they had broken his command. This curse was the end result of mankind breaking the one law that had been given to them by God. Through Satan's deception, and Adam and Eve's participation, death entered into the world of mankind.
To reiterate, man was given the choice of two paths. One led to life; the other to death. Man chose the path we are walking today using the free will he was given. Nonetheless, the purpose of God could not be altered by this very poor choice on man's part. A path filled with disaster. As has been said before, both paths led to exactly where God had designed man to go from the very beginning. What is the final destination of these two paths? God's Kingdom! His purpose would be accomplished in spite of the folly of both man and angels. Which should, at this point, be apparent to all that the folly exhibited by these beings was calculated or taken into consideration from the very inception of Gods divine plan. How can we be sure of this? Because we are told that salvation through Christ was part of the plan from the very beginning.
Matt 25: 34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world." (NIV)
Eph 1: 4 For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will --- (NIV)
Marvelous, isn't it. No matter what we think or do, those that love God fall under the wing and protection of the Creator himself in spite of ourselves. No matter what these princes and powers in high places [namely Satan and his demons] do, righteousness will prevail at the exact time allotted and prescribed by the Creator.
For time itself is under the command and rule of our God Jehovah.
". Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done ."
So it was written, so let it be.
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