Time is the fourth dimension of the created realm, where all things are measured by length, width, height, and age. For practical purposes, time has a beginning and extends in a straight line and in a single direction. Time is a linear scale that arranges all physical and spiritual events into an ordered sequence. Like a one-way tunnel, time is a discretion that surrounds the created realm, aligning every action, single file, to its proper place. Everything in creation is organized by time. The affairs of history are understood by their order of occurrence. All created beings draw their sense of purpose from their position in time. Even the significance of today was prepared by yesterday, and this forms the foundation for tomorrow. For there is a time there [on earth] for every purpose and for every work.
Man is born into the peculiar environment of time and labors all his life within its bounds. Always suffering from a deficiency of time, man is “result” oriented. This means that getting to the end of a task is far more satisfying than the process that achieves it. Fast food, a fast buck, and a short marriage, seem to compliment his brief existence, while he scuttles for quick and easy solutions. A scarcity of time and craving for conclusion are symptoms of created beings. Man is governed by an awareness of time, and derives meaning from an ordered sequence of events. People are always late for one thing or early for the next, and there is always more to do than can be done. Hours bulge with priorities, becoming days pregnant with obligation, and the end of each week seems always laden with the undone.
As adolescence slips away, life quickly evolves into a time-eating monster that munches down days and gobbles up years. Like a train hurtling through a tube, time is a one-way ride with no stops. Decades fly by and are gone, counted by the stars and commemorated in the hoary head as a monument to the purpose of God. Make haste unto me, O God: thou art my help and my deliverer; O LORD, make no tarrying. The “Created Realm,” by definition, is that area enclosed by the boundaries of time. This domain includes the observable universe and all physical and spirit beings. Within this realm all things live a fleeting existence of perpetual decay. Unless they are replenished by God they deteriorate, and as time passes, eventually wear out.
Because of this, the Created Realm is the dominion of “death.” Created beings are not independent sources of life. Men, angels, and stars must be sustained by their Creator. Their lives are limited, and their continued existence is subject to his constant review. The workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so. Time is understood by the stars. A year is known by a planet’s circuit around the sun. A month is observed as the moon revolves about the earth. A day is a single rotation of a planet on its axis. The seasons rise and fall as the earth moves in orbit about the sun. Even your birthday was marked by the stars and is commemorated by the travels of earth. By the astral bodies time is discerned and measured, they are its progenitors. From the stars, time flows to the Created Realm.
As the stars course through space and move from place to place, time moves with it. Time is thus a function of position. This can be observed in the time zones of earth. When it is three o’clock in Seattle, it is six o’clock in Boston. When it is Saturday in the United States it is Sunday in Australia. Even the units of time’s measurement are valid only to a particular location. One “day” on Venus is 243 days on earth. Your position in the galaxy defines your position in time, and influences its interpretation. Since the stars are very far away, their light takes a long time to get to you. Viewing them on a clear night without a telescope, you are seeing the stars exactly as they existed, up to two million years ago. As you look at the stars, you enter the past. If you could suddenly travel to the far side of the galaxy, you would change your position in time. Thus time is local in character and valid only for a specific site.
Because it is a function of position, time is a limitation only for creatures that must live in a fixed place. If you could be in two places at once, you would exist in two different times. This is easily accomplished by increasing your size. If you could grow until you reached three thousand miles long, you could lay down on the United States with your head in Seattle and your toes in Boston. Then your head would exist at a time that is three hours behind your toes, while your toes would be three hours in the future. You would exist in more than one place, and therefore you would exist in more than one time.
If you continued to grow until you could place the earth in your pocket, time would become irrelevant, for you would then be in all the time zones of earth, at the same moment. You would dwell beyond the borders of earthly time. But this would not be a problem for you, because then you would not choose to live in any particular time zone. Rather, you would simply exist in the permanent “Now.” This is the situation with God. He is very big. Since he exists at all points in the universe, God dwells in every time. He is not limited to the confines of a single time or location. God is ubiquitous and timeless. He is everywhere at once, and all times are open before him. Though he be not far from every one of us: for in him we live, and move, and have our being.
To God, all the places and times of creation are visible and accessible. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. God is not constrained to a linear sequence of events. He is big enough to place the created universe in his pocket, and thus he is larger than time. For wisdom and might are his: and he changeth the times and the seasons. Because he has unlimited time, God is not “result” oriented, rather, he is “process” oriented. And in process of time it came to pass. His plans span eons of time and he works in infinite detail, savoring each moment of every process. God is never hampered by any constraint or uncertainty, and never in a rush to accomplish anything. Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return.
Though God reigns both inside and outside of time, it is we, that presently find ourselves living in a temporal world exacerbating a perceived permanence in our condition and lives. How long O Lord? I am just “old” enough to remember a song growing up entitled, “I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in”. A little truth here, because we have just dropped in, so to speak, for a brief moment called a wisp by Scripture. God Has Ordained the Ebb and Flow of Human Activities. For everything there is an appointed time, a time for every matter under heaven: a time to bear and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to root up what is planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build up; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to mourn and a time to dance; a time to throw away stones and a time to gather stones; time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek and a time to lose; time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to tear and a time to sew; a time to be silent and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace. What does the worker gain in his toil? No One Understands God’s Mysterious Plan. I have seen the business God gives to ⌊humans⌋ to preoccupy them. He has made everything suitable in its time. He also has put the past in their hearts, yet no one can grasp what God does from the beginning to the end. So I realized that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and enjoy themselves during their lives. And for anyone to eat and drink, that is, to enjoy the fruit of all his toil, this also is a gift of God. I know everything God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken from it, for God so acts that humans might stand in awe before him. What is—it already was, and what will be—it already is, for God will do what he has done. Harris, W. H., III, Ritzema, E., Brannan, R., Mangum, D., Dunham, J., Reimer, J. A., & Wierenga, M. (Eds.). (2012). The Lexham English Bible (). Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press.
In the meantime we rejoice in the Lord and follow these instructions found in .We will not hide them from their children, telling the next generation the praises of Yahweh, and his power and his wonders that he has done. For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children, so that the next generation might know—children yet to be born—that they might rise up and tell their children, that they might set their confidence in God, and not forget the deeds of God, and ; but keep his commandments and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.