1. Eternity and Prophecy

In the beginning God, (He) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light!”, and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1:1-4 NKJV)

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. (John 1:1-2 NKJV)

A few thoughts:

CREATION

‘In the Beginning…’ not only means God and Jesus and Holy Spirit existed at the start of time but also implies they existed before the Beginning. That is, the Holy Trinity exists outside the creation of our known four dimensions of space-time.

The Holy Bible is God’s revelation of His Story from the beginning to end of our created world, of specific historical actions and of events foretold but yet to take place.

ETERNITY

When Jesus unexpectedly burst – uninvited – into my life I realised that someone whom I’d thought of as only a historical personage, or supposed New Age Teacher, is still very much alive!  His existence must, therefore, be outside our space-time continuum in a dimension beyond ours = heaven and eternity.

Since that life-changing night-time visitation in 1989 He’s blessed my with a hint of that supra-dimension:

AGE TO COME

Revival 1: Glory Stories tells about what I sensed from the Lord in Winchester and then in Bath. The distinct  impression was of the existence of the equivalent of a new book to be written beyond the Bible’s rear cover; ie. following the Book of Revelation. Maybe it exists as a thought in the Almighty’s mind before it’s decreed and declared to come into actual existence? (Rather like Abraham and the patriarchs ‘waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God’ – Hebrews 11:9-19.)

That is, this invisible, immaterial book would continues Revelation’s closing prophecy of the physical manifestation of a new earth and new heaven with the City of God. It could mean eternity will be merging into time, heaven coming to earth at long last – the ‘Age to Come’.

TIME DISRUPTIONS

The following scriptures give examples of time being discontinuous, when it was:

  1. Stopped – on that unique day when the sun and moon stood still as Joshua fought the Amorites and their allies (Joshua 10:12-14).
  2. Went back – When king Hezekiah lay sick the Lord promised to lengthen his life by 15 years and gave as a sign the shadow of a sundial going backwards; or the sun’s rays were affected to bend the shadow (Isaiah 37:5-8).
  3. Split – according to the fulfilment of the ’70-weeks’ prophecy the Lord gave Daniel, of which 1+62 weeks (years) were to be continuous until the arrival of Jesus. The final 7 weeks would follow at an unspecified time in the future (Daniel 9:20-25). It is this ‘end-time’ of 7 years that’s awaited with great anticipation and expectation.

PREDICTION

This comes by the unction of the Holy Spirit to prophesy and which conveys what’s on the Lord’s mind for His people at the present time or which He will bring about. It could that, as with Apostle John, some of the prophets, both OT and NT, were also able to enter the eternal realm to perceive future events from that dimension.

(See also Prophecies & Visions hub.)

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