Cogitation XIV: God And Time

The Book of Revelation has to be the scariest literature ever produced. What with all those strange creatures that Marvel and Star Wars movies borrow from! Even the image of God in Revelation is scary. There’s so much energy coursing through him – enormous amounts of energy: “Immediately I was in the Spirit, and a throne was standing in heaven with someone seated on it! And the one seated on it was like jasper and carnelian in appearance, a rainbow looking like it was made of emerald encircled the throne.” Revelation 4:2‭-‬3 NET‬. ‬‬Those colours are energy spectra, God is not a stone. It’s why John says he’s LIKE jasper and carnelian. Carnelian is reddish brown. Jasper is brownish. Those colours are wavelengths of energy. There are flashes of lightning and thunder from that throne. That’s because there’s so much energy electricity is being generated. It’s why we can’t move near God physically. Too much radiation. ‬Now we can understand why Jesus is the intermediary. He stepped down the power and energy the way you step down voltage: “The Son is the radiance and only expression of the glory of our awesome God, reflecting God’s Shekinah glory, the Light-being, the brilliant light of the divine, the exact representation and perfect imprint of His Father’s essence…” Hebrews 1:3 AMP. ‬‬

We’re told that in front of God’s throne is a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal; that in the centre and around the throne are four beasts: “The first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him.” Revelation 4:7-8 KJV. Imagine having a dream about those beasts! Just imagine them chasing you in your dream. And we’re not yet talking about certified scary stuff like the bottomless pit that oozes smoke like a huge furnace. There’s so much smoke it blighted the sun.
If you have an adventurous understanding of science however you’d realise as you read Revelation that the writer was grappling with describing 4th dimension realities. He struggled to convey these realities as anyone in 98 AD would. When he wrote, “And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within” he was trying to describe creatures in the fourth dimension. Revelation 4:8 KJV. Those “eyes within” according to the Amplified translation enable the four living creatures to see everything and know everything that is around them. Revelation 4:6 AMP. To understand what John wrote better let’s put on our imagination cap. Let’s dive into the world of dimensions. Scientists talk about dimensions. There’s one-dimensional world, two-dimensional world, three-dimensional world, etc.
A one-dimensional world is a line. A two-dimensional world is a plane, like a piece of paper. A three-dimensional world is a cube. It has length, breadth and depth. Humans are three-dimensional. There are different realities for each dimension, and the interactions produce stranger realities. If you as a three-dimensional being were to appear to the inhabitants of a two-dimensional world – a world like a piece of paper, the beings in that world will see you in sections. Remember everything to them is like paper. They will see you in slices. Your fingers will be like discs to them. Just imagine being sliced up like the CT scan does and you’ll understand what they’ll see. They can’t see anything in 3-D. No up and down. Everything is flat. If you go in with your head they’ll first see one circle, then you’ll be three circles after your shoulder and arms go in; then two circles as your legs emerge. That’s what they’ll see. You’ll be an apparition of coordinated slices going through their 2-D world. Those circles will be boundaries of your skin.
A hyper being from the four-dimensional world who enters our three-dimensional world will also be distorted to us. Indeed a 4-D being will be a god to us. The 4-D being will see everything in our world, just like those creatures with eyes within that can see everything in Revelation 4. The being will be able to perform surgery, remove and rearrange organs without cutting someone open. The 4-D being will be able to remove breakfast from your stomach without surgery, the same way you can remove a paper dot from a circle on a 2-D paper without cutting the circle. You just lift it up into the third dimension. The 4-D hyper being will be able to remove things before your very eyes, giving you the impression the objects disappeared; just by lifting it up. It’s like with the 2-D world. Anything that goes into the third dimension “disappears” to beings in the second dimension. Was Jesus lifted into the 4th dimension when he seemed to disappear before those people trying to kill him? The Bible says he walked right past them. He walked through the crowd. Luke 4:30.
The 4-D hyper-being can also see inside any 3-D object or life form. He can remove anything inside. He can remove tumours from the brain without burrowing the skull. And he can remove someone from one location in 3-D and plunk the person in another location, just like Phillip was teleported from one location to another location. Acts 8:26-40. In other words Jesus very much operated like a hyper-being while on earth. He had the capacities of a being from a 4-dimensional world. Is the spirit realm therefore a four-dimensional world?
Truth is, many of the things we find bizarre in the Bible are not strange notions to physicists. A lot of the reported stuff have to do with dimensions. A 4-D being accessing our 3-D world will be “all knowing” to us. Capacities are determined by dimensions. A 2-D creature has greater capacities than a 1-D creature for instance. As you study the Bible and study science you begin to see that God is a higher dimensional being. He’s not 3D like us. It’s why he can do all those “miraculous” stuff. Those are 4-D capacities. But Jesus manifested in 3D. That limited his capacities. He literally scaled down. And so you can understand this passage: “…Who (Jesus), although He existed in the form and unchanging essence of God… but emptied Himself without renouncing or diminishing His deity but only temporarily giving up the outward expression of divine equality and His rightful dignity by assuming the form of a bond-servant and being made in the likeness of men He became completely human but was without sin, being fully God and fully man. After He was found in terms of His outward appearance as a man for a divinely-appointed time, He humbled Himself still further by becoming obedient to the Father to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:6‭-‬8 AMP. ‬‬‬‬‬
The Bible is thus accessible through science. It’s also believable through science. All you need do is study certain subjects in physics – dimensions, concept of time, etc. With the Bible God expressed physics in prose. Physicists can better grasp some of the statements made by Jesus for example. It doesn’t mean non-scientists won’t have understanding but the physicist will enjoy the Bible more. A physicist can better understand the Book of Revelation. There’s all that stuff about energy spectra and four-dimensional beings. I wish Sunday school were taught differently. The Periodic Table for example is very useful in teaching kids the creation story in Genesis. We can explain the gold tar in heaven with the Periodic Table. It’s Au on the Table, Group 11. To God gold is just chemistry. Was synthesized in the early phase of the universe.
Truth is, many of the statements God made about himself are scientific expressions. When God says “I am that I am” it’s an interesting take on the concept of time in science. When WE think time we imagine a clock. A scientist doesn’t see time that way. Einstein for example saw it as a dimension – like length, breadth and height. That’s how we got the expression, “space-time.” The three dimensions of space are length, breadth and height. When you add time to the combo you get space-time. As our everyday conversation shows we can’t separate space from time. If I tell you to meet me in Lagos you’d ask “When?” And if I tell you to meet me at 4pm you’d naturally ask “Where?” You can’t separate space from time.
Now, even though everyone is pretty cognisant with time, truth is, the average human doesn’t know much about time. For one, time is not universal, as we imagine. And this has been confirmed experimentally. Motion affects time. If you put a clock on an airplane and one on the ground the time on the airplane will be slower than the one on the ground. This has been confirmed using atomic clocks. Motion affects time. The faster you go the slower time becomes. This is called time dilation in physics. If you travel to space at very high speed by the time you come back you’ll be younger than the rest of us. In fact every time you fly you age slower than those on ground! But what is even more bizarre is that scientists are saying there may indeed be nothing called time. That it’s all in our imagination! They say time is an illusion. This is what Amrit Sorli, David Fiscaletti, and Dusan Klinar are proposing in a paper they submitted to Physics Essays. Our measurement of time, they say is nothing more than quantification of a series of events. The pendulum of a clock swings left to right and we call that a second. In essence what we call time is a series of events. Independent of these events time cannot be observed. There’s no evidence time exists outside our mind. We just deem a series of events like the ticking of a clock time. But because those events are real we imagine time is real.
In fact scientists are now saying that the past, present and future exist simultaneously. Einstein wrote: “Us physicists believe the separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one”. To understand the theoretical foundation of this seemingly zany idea you need to watch this YouTube video
Indeed the past, present and future co-exist simultaneously. Which makes some of the stuff said by Jesus not crazy after all! Remember “Before Abraham was I am”? John 8:58. Perhaps the notion of the past, present and future existing simultaneously is why God is described as “the Lord God Almighty, who was, who is, and who is coming.” Revelation 4:8. Means God exists in the past, present and future simultaneously. That same fact was what David was trying to convey in Psalm 90:2: “Before the mountains were born or before You had given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are the eternal God.” In other words according to Psalm 90:2 God exists in the past, present and future at once. And you can now understand this famous passage: “Jesus Christ is eternally changeless, always the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 AMP.
The ability of God to dwell in the past, present and future simultaneously is what the Bible technically refers to as “immortality”: “He alone possesses immortality and lives in unapproachable light, whom no human has ever seen or is able to see. To him be honour and eternal power! Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:16 NET. It’s why the word “eternal” is closely associated with God. There’s even his “eternal purpose.” Ephesians 3:11. This is how Paul captured God’s timelessness: “Deep honour and bright glory to the King of All Time – One God, Immortal, Invisible, ever and always.” 1 Timothy 1:17 MSG.
If you’ll like to receive Jesus into your life please pray this prayer: “Father I acknowledge that I am a sinner, that Jesus died for me, that you raised him from the dead. Father please forgive me. I accept Jesus today as my Lord and my Saviour. Amen.”
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