It is believed that Time is ‘multi-dimensional’ which would explain many mysteries, like the UFO phenomena, and others. From what I gather, we live in what’s called Linear time, which is a straight line with a past, present, and future. Because God dwells in Eternity, outside of time, he’s not subject to its limitations like we are. He’s the “I AM,” the Ever Present (Omnipresent) One; having no beginning and no end – Heb 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually. Because he isn’t limited, we can travel backward and forward through time and space in the Spirit. There are quite a few examples in the Bible of ordinary mortals who were transported to another dimension, like the ‘third heaven,’ incidentally, where Yahweh’s Throne is (Isa 57:15) –
The Apostle Paul – 2Co 12:2 I know a man in Christ, fourteen years ago (whether in the body, I know not; or whether out of the body, I know not; God knoweth), such a one caught up even to the third heaven.
2Co 12:3 And I know such a man (whether in the body, or apart from the body, I know not; God knoweth),
2Co 12:4 how that he was caught up into Paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.
Elijah the Prophet – 2Ki 2:11 And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, which parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.
Note that Enoch was an ordinary flesh and blood mortal man when he was ‘taken up to heaven.’ What was special about him the Bible says, is that he “walked with God” – Gen 5:24 and Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him. Did you get that? He WALKED WITH GOD! That means he was in God’s Presence every single day! ‘took’ = H3947 לקח lâqach, to be taken from or out of, to be taken away, be removed; snatch, take away (Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew Definitions)
Jesus’ Ascension – Luk 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven. ‘carried up’ G399 ἀναφέρω anaphero = to carry or bring up, to lead up; to lift up one’s self, to take upon one’s self (Thayer’s Greek Definitions).
And one day, awaiting Christians – 1Th 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in no wise precede them that are fallen asleep.
1Th 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first;
1Th 4:17 then we that are alive, that are left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. ‘caught up’= G726 ἁρπάζω harpazo 1) to seize, carry off by force 2) to seize on, claim for one’s self eagerly 3) to snatch out or away (Thayer Definition)
This is time-travel God’s way, and those who belong to Christ won’t need a time-travel machine, spaceship, or flying saucer to get to heaven. Jesus will beam them up in the “twinkling of an eye!” – 1Co 15:52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Yahweh God is All-powerful (Omnipotent) and reigns over the entire Universe. Once he caused the Sun and the Moon to “stand still” for an entire day – Jos 10:12 Then spake Joshua to Jehovah in the day when Jehovah delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel; and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; And thou, Moon, in the valley of Aijalon. Jos 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, Until the nation had avenged themselves of their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stayed in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. In another biblical account the prophet Isaiah prayed and God performed a miracle whereby the Sun’s rays turned backward ten degrees on a sundial – 2Ki 20:11 And Isaiah the prophet cried unto Jehovah; and he brought the shadow ten steps backward, by which it had gone down on the dial of Ahaz. One commentator on this passage states that the ‘shadow’ cast by the sun only appeared to go backward because the Shekinah glory of Yahweh, which is thousands of times brighter than our sun, blocked out all other light sources so that no shadows could be cast.
There are other ways to alter time and events in the Spirit, one is through prayer and forgiving others. This truth was brought home to me in Jan 2014 when I know that my prayers for someone coupled with forgiveness, forever changed time and events; past, present, and future. That sounds a bit ‘out there’ I know, but it happened. The Hebrews have a very interesting view of time, they believed time wasn’t a separate creation outside of themselves as did the Greeks, but that time was human events. They also saw time more in terms of ‘quality’ versus ‘quantity,’ something people in modern society’s fast paced life miss. For a mind stretching exercise check out this link http://ldolphin.org/time.html (Warning: it could blow your mind just a little).
While our perceptions of time vary, there’s one element of time that every Believer can enter into, but not many do, and that’s eternal time. Eternal time has a different quality and feel to it than linear time. It’s far richer and deeper, and you’ll know you’re in it when you don’t feel rushed, and when it feels like there’s an endless supply of it; more than enough to get all your stuff done! How does one enter into it? By getting into the Presence of God – remember, he lives in Eternity, outside of time. So it’s in and through him that we may enter eternal time.
On that note, I’ll end wishing every time-traveling believer in Yeshua (Jesus), an endlessly joyous journey to the outer realms of his glorious Kingdom!
Debra R. Stout, June 6, 2015