Time And Eternity

Q. In your article Seven Things You Have to Know to Understand End Times Prophecy, you say “A Millennium is obviously a defined span of time, while by definition Eternity is the absence of time.” You say similar things about there not being Time when we are in our eternal state in other parts of the articles. I am curious why you think there will be no time on the New Earth. Is it from Revelation 10:6 where the KJV translates it “there should be time no longer”? If so, shouldn’t that be interpreted to mean “no more delay”?

A. For the record, I didn’t say there would be no time on the New Earth, but in Eternity. And I didn’t get the idea from Rev. 10:6 but agree with you on it’s actual meaning.

Since the Bible doesn’t describe eternity beyond saying that there will be one, no one else can accurately describe it either. But the word implies an absence of time. Isaiah 57:13 says that God inhabits Eternity. As an eternal being, God is not simply someone with a lot of time, but is outside the time domain altogether. That’s how He knows the end from the beginning.

When He created the Earth He established time for its governance. One of the most revered Rabbinical Scholars of all times explained that when the Bible says that on the 7th day God rested, it means that he permanently established the space-time reference that would govern Earth. And in Micah 5:2 where it says that the Messiah’s origins were “from of old, from ancient times” it literally means “from before time and perpetual” proof of the Messiah’s eternal existence.

In summary there is no description of eternity in the Bible, but the use of the word itself implies an absence of time. And how can God be ageless except in the absence of time?

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