Q. Eternity is outside of time, is the kingdom outside of time? I ask because when I consider Matt 26:29, when you take a sip of wine there is a beginning and a end to that sip……isn’t that a time thing? I ask because I have a hard time thinking about a place outside of time. How do you consider a timeless state of being?
A. In Matt. 26:29 Jesus said, “I tell you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it anew with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”
A couple of verses about the trees that line the banks of the River of Life in the Millennium tell us that time will still exist in the Kingdom Age.
Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear, because the water from the sanctuary flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing.” (Ezekiel 47:12)
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. (Rev. 22:1-2)
The two verses describe the same thing. The mention of trees bearing fruit every month tells us that time will still be measured in the Millennium. The reference to time in Rev. 22:1-2 serves the added purpose of confirming that Rev 21-22:6 concerns the Millennium, not eternity, and should be inserted between verses 6 and 7 of Rev. 20 to be chronologically accurate. John’s purpose in Rev 20:7-15 was to carry the two issues of Satan’s final disposition and the judgment of non-believers to their final conclusion before returning to describe the Millennial kingdom in the New Jerusalem and on Earth in Rev. 21-22:6.
Other than to tell us there is one, the Bible doesn’t address the nature of our life in eternity.