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The time traveler

There have been many books and films in the realm of science fiction about time travel. Some propose that Einstein’s theory of general relativity as well as quantum mechanics show the possibility of time travel. Some even say time is not an actual thing, but merely a perception or point of reference. There are many scientific, moral, and logistical dilemmas regarding time travel, but they are strictly academic because man cannot travel backwards or forwards in time. However, there is one that can. God is eternal, and He is the Creator of everything including time. In Genesis 1, He created everything in six literal days. He set up the first time marker as evening and morning making a day indicated by a period of light called day and a period of darkness called night. Since the darkness was first and the phrase “evening and morning” is used here, the Jews mark the beginning of the day with sundown. There is much that can be said about the symbolism of light and darkness such as light representing God, truth, righteousness, understanding, direction, etc.; and darkness representing the devil, evil, ignorance, loss of spiritual direction, etc.

On the fourth day of creation, God created the sun, moon, and stars as specific sources of light and markers for the passage of time. Man still goes by these markers. As we know, the earth rotates on its axis. Each side of the earth takes a turn facing the sun in a 24-hour period we call a day. Seven of these periods are called a week. Thirty of them are called a month. The earth rotates around the sun and it takes one year to complete a circuit. Even those that deny the existence of God and the validity of the Bible use these scriptural time markers.

God created time and space, so He is not subject to them. He is “the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity (Is 57:15)”. God can be in the past, present, and future all at once. He said, “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 (Rev 1:8).” He is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever (Heb 13:8)”. When God was addressing the idolatry of Israel, He showed that He is the only true God by reminding them that He knows and predicts the future (Is 41:4 & 26, Is 46:10, Is 48:3-16). He “calleth those things which be not as though they were (Rom 4:17)”. He is the only real time traveler.

What does that mean for us? He can go into our past and bring up our sins (Jn 4:16-19), but He prefers to go into our past and heal our wounds whether they are self-inflicted or inflicted by others (Lk 4:16-21, Jam 5:13-18, 1Pet 2:24). He can be in our present to help us (Lk 18:30, Rom 8:38, 1Cor 3:22, Gal 1:4, Titus 2:12). He can be in our future before we get there preparing the way for us (Jn 14:1-6, Eph 1:21, 1Tim 4:8). If He can prepare eternity for us, He can also do the same in the temporary things of this life when we put Him first (Mt 6:19-34). Time is no restriction to God. We have difficulty relating to things we have not experienced, so the eternal perspective of God is beyond our comprehension. When it seems like things are out of control or our opportunity has passed, we must remember the Time Traveler sees all, knows all, and has all power in heaven and earth (Mt 28:18).

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