The subject of time is vast and is worthy of many books. Too many books bogs most readers down so they may miss the basics.
Suppose 5% of Americans now living possess a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? This fraction equals approximately 1.5 million individuals will go home to live forever with Jesus when they die. Suppose the average American following Jesus lives 100 years, then 150,000 American Christians will go home today.
The present total world population numbers about 7.5 billion. Assuming 1% are “saved” this equates to 750 million persons. If the average lived 100 years 7.5 million Christian individuals leave earth every day and time travel to the first phase of the Second Advent of Jesus, the event called “the Rapture.”
The number of people being born daily, and the death rate can be seen in two clocks found at
We are so accustomed to thinking only in terms of linear (historical) time, we are stretched when we stop to contemplate eternity.
“Eternity” is not the absence of time, a kind of suspended animation or being “frozen” forever. Only God enjoy unending time where past, present and future are all panoramic “now.”
“For thus says the High and Lofty One
Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy:
‘I dwell in the high and holy place,
With him who has a contrite and humble spirit,
To revive the spirit of the humble,
And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.’” (Isaiah 57:15)
When any person “dies” physically the person (soul and spirit) exits earth time and “instantly” time travels to the next scheduled event in the unseen realm. Forget for a moment that our usual understanding of time. Events in the spiritual realm are not simultaneous for a time traveller compared to their depiction in the Bible. In linear time as understood by an observer trapped on earth, the Rapture and The Judgment Seat of Christ are understand as ~1007 years apart. A non believer, upon dying, does not enter limbo, a waiting room and stay there for the interval in history between his physical death and the Last Judgment.
Jesus said to the thief on the Cross “this day you will be with me in Paradise.” The forgiven thief was Immediately there as soon as he died.
In the account of the rich man and Lazarus we see the two communicating back and forth across a great barrier between them. Both are conscious and aware of where they are.
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
“Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ Abraham said to him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’ ” (Luke 16:19-31)
Subjective Time and the Quality of Time
Time in Heaven
Visiting the Past
Time During the Time of the End
Time and Eternity
Time's Arrow in Physics
Patterns in Time
The Quality of Time
Atomic Time and Dynamic Time
Seasons of Time
How Old is the Universe?
The Uniqueness of Creation Week
Times of Stress