8 March 2010 (Shanee/Matzah)
Did Yahweh Create Time?
Solving an Insoluble Connundrum
In our family devotionals last night I was asked if Elohim created time. Pretty much everyone assumed that He did. This got me thinking: how do we know? Might time be something uncreated like Elohim Himself?
Comments from Readers
I suppose it really depends what kind of time you are referring to. First, there's experiential time and is a part of our individual awareness - it can drift slowly for the young who are impatient for adulthood or it can flee all too fast for those of us who want to prolong time as much as possible. Second, there's conceptual time like an imaginary straight line extending to infinity in either direction having no beginning and no ending. And thirdly, there is physical time which is measured within certain frames of reference by physicists as when atoms change or stars explode.
Experiential time is a peculiar species - it goes fast when we're having fun and slowly when we are bored. It is somehow shaped by the state of our psyche. Conceptual time is more of the mind and becomes pronounced when we are logically analysing it. And physical time only seems to matter when we are doing physics or cosmology. So you might say there's physical time, mental time and psychic time. But what of the spiritual? or even the philosophical?
The philosophical view of time is a nightmare because really this just reduces to verbal fencing. If we ask the question: Did God create time? we end up with a dilemma. If we define time as the continuum of experience with events passing from the future to the present to the past, we have to posit that time was passing as God decided to create it - which is impossible. In order to create anything, time must already exist, unless it weas instantaneous (but even that implies a tiny fraction of time has passed, however quick). So philosophically God could not have created time - it must have been there in the first place.
Oh really? What if man invented time to explain why everything doesn't happen in the same instant. I'm joking, of course. Or am I?
From the point of view of a human-being, the only reality is the present. Even more baffling is the question: how long does the present last? There isn't even time to analyse it because the moment you decide to, it's already in the past. The past has happened but it exists no more. And the future - well, that's just a potentiality - it hasn't happened yet so it isn't real. Yet Yahweh stands before past, present and future - He sees it all, even to the point of being able to prophesy correctly infallibly. Even more baffling, perhaps, is the fact that Yah'shua was not only slain at a particular point in time but, according to Scripture, was "slain from the foundation of the world" (Rev.13:8, NKJV), just as He simultaneously existed on earth and in heaven:
Yah'shua was not only in heaven but He has also come down from Heaven and was speaking to Nicodemus anbout being born again - He who had already been slain and was about to be slain. How do we compute this?
"And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He (Yah'shua) that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven" (Jn.3:13, KJV).
I think we are forced to admit that past, present and future are all equally real but within a certain dimension - mortality - can only be seen and experienced in the present. And yet I have been shown in vision things of the future so that I was living them in some non physical way in the present. This is, of course, something strictky 'supernatural' which is imposed momentarily by Yahweh on man - we would go nuts if we could see and experience past, present and future simultaneously. All we can 'manage' or cope with is the present. And yet is is it not true that some of our memories can be so alive that it seems as though we are reliving them? In my experience, yes. But is that all that's real?
Obviously not. If it is, then reality is merely subjective, not objective. To someone in 1939, their present and 'reality' is to us past and 'unreal'. To someone in 2050 their 'present' and 'reality' is 'future' and therefore 'unreal' to us on the same grounds. Reality, then, is entirely a thing of the ego - of personal conscious-awareness. But Yahweh's Ego is not bounded like that - it embraces all. Therefore to Him all is real and, in a sense, 'present'. And since He is the 'Ultimate Reality', time and space must be eternally real and uncreated. It's a 'block reality', if you like.
This does not negate the concept of sequential time - just because Yahweh sees it all doesn't mean there wasn't/isn't/won't be a sequence. Birth must take place earlier than death. Events in time are, by definition, either 'earlier then' or 'later than' any one event of complex of events. To make sense of this we must somehow view time as both sequential and eternal. This is mind-boggling to the Westerm mind but not to the Hebraic which has the concept of echad - of one and many simultaneously existing...one Elohim (God) yet several Persons who are Elohim. It is the same with time - time is both sequential and continually present but we only see and experience the sequential aspect.
My belief is that as humans in physical bodies we for the most part only experience time sequentially. Yahweh must be able to too but He, being Elohim, must also experience past, present and future constantly before Him. Yah'shua - who is both man and Elohim - binds the two universes together, as it were, and experiences both. Indeed, perhaps the Father experiences this through the Son.
I am not sure I have actually answered any questions about time today other than to point out that time is experienced in different ways. I asked earlier how the spirit experiences time. My guess is that it does so in the same way as Yahweh does and that it is when we are united to our spirits through the Ruach haQodesh in us, we are able to have the shalom that comes from somehow 'knowing' that since everything - past, present and future - is berfore Elohim that everything in sequential time is ultimately under His control. This is Good News for those who have not yet tasted of the spirit because it means that that assurance is available, if they will receive it on the terms on which Yahweh-Elohim offers it.
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19 ESV).
Change "shall" to "will have been" to better reflect the Greek. :)
Yehoshua is thus saying that we have the authority to make things happen on Earth that ALREADY have happened in Heaven (DR, USA, 8 March 2010)
Just as Yahweh is Love , He is also Time (Timelessness) . When Yahweh Created our World, He bestowed on us the gift of entering into the realm of Time which is synonomous with Life. All living cells have the Age factor. After the Edenic Fall, the gift was modified to Mortality. There are different Times referred to in the Word. For example Kairos Time = the Fullness of the Time. Yahushua came in that Time. Other Times [are] mentioned in The Word. The Signs of The Times, The End Time, The Times and the Laws of Yahweh. One thing is for Sure, we are to Study the Times, for the Days are Short....
The Omega Man
has Wound Time in His Hand,
and ha satan is frantically raging around,
Bent to destroy & decieve
the Elite set apart band
that have washed their Robes in His Blood ...
The Fullness of Time Itself is coming Soon! (AK, Australia, 9 March 2010)
Some thoughts to throw out:
What is the 'sample' of 'time' we experience as in the 'frame rate'?
As a simple analogy to that question, you could watch a movie that had 10 frames per second or 1000 frames per second. One having less substance than the other. Not really taking longer but experiencing more in the same amount of 'time'. Simple analogy because there is more to expand upon that.
What is the 'frame rate' of our perception? Is it tied to a frequency that science knows about?
Maybe so and that frequency has changed over the past few years. Maybe making time seem to fly by faster but maybe has only changed our rate of perception...?
Well, also thinking of the creation as a 'book', who wrote the book and if we do that analogy, what page are we on in the book? From our perspective we are on the page of Now, not past nor future.
And if we know that there is a book of All Life, how awesome of a book is that?
And in that book there is the Lambs portion that contains the eternal names of those who have been written there? What book do we see at the right hand of YHWH in the Revelation? And who has the Key to "Decrypt" what is written there sealed by seven seals?
(Torah/Bible Codes.... what about the real being of those things? Existing in YHWH?)
Is reality more literal than we think? Is YHWH closer than we think? Light/Love
Light forms every element there is, a different frequency of Light spinning with great great power and energy. (We see what happens when man splits the atom...)
We look at everything from the 3rd dimension we are living in. What perspective could see the whole book at once, beginning to end and end to beginning?
Well, enough for now, and once we are seeing even the bits and pieces we are shown from that perspective seated with our Master Yahushua far above all principalities, powers and rulers of darkness in high places, we enter into the battle of Now knowing we have already overcome all things.
The best chapters of the Book Yahushua are coming up and He will "read" from His Book perfectly and will do exactly what He has given us in witness of Him (RDR, USA. 9 March 2010).