Are Time And Eternity Different?

Q. I read in one of the questions that you answered that there will be no time in eternity. I always believed that, too, but have read in a few Bible versions and books that Rev. 10:6 means “no more delay” rather than “time no more”. What do you think about the interpretation of it as “no more delay”? Are time and eternity different?

A. The dictionary gives a theological definition of eternity as being a timeless state, which makes them different by definition. But in saying “time shall be no more” in Rev. 10:6, the King James is a bit confusing, because it doesn’t mean eternity will have arrived at that point. Today, we might say something like, “We’re out of time” or “there’s no more time”. Some English language versions say, “there will be no more delay” which is an acceptable translation. Rev. 10-11 deal with events leading up to the Great Tribulation. In Rev. 12 Satan is expelled from Heaven, in Rev. 13 he indwells the anti-Christ, and the Great Tribulation will have begun. No more delay.

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