Time vs Eternity

What happens when we die, do we simply run out of time? What happens when we enter eternity? Does time ever end? When there are no more clocks to watch, what will be doing? Will we be singing and working, or will we be burning and screaming? That is the question for this moment in time for all of us. We are wise to NOT focus only on this life. A teaching by Derek Prince: “Many Christians today only think in terms of what God will do for them in this life. This life is microscopic compared to what our Father has in store for us throughout eternity. Revelation 10:5-6 BRG “And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer” Eventually every one of our lives will end when there will be NO MORE TIME. Somebody has said the clock behind all clocks is the human heart and, when the human heart ceases to beat all clocks cease to tick. Each of us individually passes out of time into a new realm, an eternal realm. Eternity is not just a very long period of time. Eternity is a total different realm of being.

A scientist might say: Because of the accumulation of moss on a certain stone, one million years has passed. With the same evidence a philosopher observes the stone and believes that the moss appeared one million times faster, that the moss appeared after one year had passed. Time depends on Who is the observer! I’m content to say that time is a mystery. The truth remains that one day we all will pass out of time into eternity. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 speaks about the difference between the eternal and the temporary. “For our light affliction which is but for a moment is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.” Praising God when afflictions arrive is wise. A promise from God: “In this world we will have problems.” So, when we feel the heat from the fire, that fire is purifying us, it is preparing us, it is working in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory! “While we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen.” In other words our affliction only works good in our life while we keep our eyes on the eternal. When we take our eyes off the eternal and just focus on our problems we begin to feel sorry for ourselves. Paul puts before us two different realms: the realm of what is visible the physical and material are what is temporary. In the realm of what is unseen (the invisible) that is what is spiritual, or what is in the eternal realm. Everything that we encounter in the stream of time passing…. is temporary. When our Father asks us to be watchful, He is not suggesting that we depend on a clock. He asks us to watch the signs of the times.

“We live in a fallen world. IF we are honest, in the world as we know it today, there is much more misery than there is happiness. There is much more strife than there is peace, there is much more sickness than there is health. Let us NOT be painting a pretty picture of the world because that is NOT the truth. The truth is that we live in a fallen world, a world that has been marred, corrupted, and tainted by sin. Thank God our final destiny is not in this world.

Many Christians seem to be totally preoccupied with what happens in this life. (The election of 2020 or 2024) Their concept of Christianity is how to get the most from God in this world.  That is absolutely alien to the picture of the New Testament.  It’s very healthy for us to be pressured by the Holy Spirit, into considering the end of time and the beginning of eternity. In Hebrews 13:14 the writer says: We have no continuing city here but we look for the one which is to come.”  How is that true of you? Where is your permanent life? Is it in this world or do you realize that this is only temporary? We’re just passing through. Our permanent destination is in the realm of eternity. If you only can see the things within the constraints of time, you will be an unhappy person who is frustrated easily. Frustrated people are always be complaining that life is not going the way they hoped and prayed it would be. With a world perspective and NOT the kingdom of God perspective, people can quickly sink into depression. With a healthy fear of God we must look at His view of eternity. I’ve come to this conclusion that God will not sacrifice  the tiniest portion of eternity for the greatest length of time. Time is not permanent, eternity is. How much are you building in your own life for eternity? Scripture says that God has given us, through wisdom — in the book of Proverbs, enduring riches.  What are enduring riches?  It is NOT money in a bank, stocks, a fancy car, or a home with a pool. What does the Bible say about enduring riches? Jesus said: Sell what you have and give it to the poor and you’ll have treasure in heaven. That’s enduring riches. Jesus said: whatever you give to the cause of the gospel, God will give it back a hundredfold in eternity. That’s ten thousand percent.

All our gifts will cease when life ends. Our predictions, our miracles, our words of knowledge, will all come to an end. We will not take them with us; they’re only for this world, only for a blinking eye of time. The one thing we will take with us is our character. Our Character is permanent. Our enduring character takes us through trials and polishes us like gold. We are to endure hardships like Paul and maintain a steady faith in the One who saved us and equipped us for His purpose. Our character will determine what we will be throughout eternity. Steadfast, striving to honor God, or ourselves? Our character is lasting, it is the enduring love for God’s Word, it is our faithfulness to the cause of His church, with a pure and humble reverence. (HISTORY: On April 30, 1789, George Washington placed his hand upon a Bible and took the oath as the first President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln referred to the “Almighty ruler of nations,” in his 2nd inauguration at the end of the Civil War in 1865 — Lincoln’s speech famously honored God in Washington, D.C. — Ronald Reagan’s 2nd inaugural mentions God 8 times. Richard Nixon mentioned God 6 times. Both of George W. Bush’s inaugural speeches he mentioned God 3 times. Both of Obama’s inaugural speeches mentioned God 5 times. Who will hear God say… “Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’ Matthew 7:23 – God says that He will honor ONLY those who honored Him!)

Many believers have lost confidence in the Prophetic Word of God. Don’t let the misuse of something good turn you away from something perfect. Derek Prince said “In my lifetime, which has been quite lengthy, I’ve seen all the gifts of the Spirit misused at one time or another. But that has not caused me to despise the gifts of the Spirit. It just makes me more careful as to how I use them. The same is true of biblical prophecy. We need it because without the written Word of God we stumble in the dark.” 2 Peter 1:19-21. “We also have the prophetic word made more sure.” The ‘prophetic word’ is the written prophecies in the Bible. We’re not talking about the gift of prophesying, we are talking about the written Word made more sure. Peter says we do well to pay attention to them because they’re a light shining in a dark place. The world in which we live today is undoubtedly a dark place and according to prophecy, it will continue to get darker. The light that God provided is the prophetic revelation of Scripture. People can be miraculously saved, a Bible quoting Christian and yet be walking in the dark. We MUST avail ourselves to the light of prophecy.  I believe it’s utterly unrealistic to expect politicians to solve the problems of humanity. They’ve been trying a long time and it seems to me the mess is worse.

January 20, 2021 Joe Biden had the National Guard at his inauguration

To think that man can change darkness into light is to teach of humanism. Humanism is an anti-Christian force, which is at work in most world governments today. Peter goes on to say “ it doesn’t originate with men but it comes from God.” Deuteronomy 29:29 Moses said to the children of Israel: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever that we may do all the words of this law.” So there are two kinds of things, the secret things and the things that are revealed. The secret things belong to God and no person can understand them. The things that are revealed are for us to act on. Derek Prince “I think the main reason why people mess up the study of prophecy is they’re trying to understand the secret things, and at the same time they’re not obeying the things that are revealed. When I speak on prophecy almost always somebody comes up to me afterwards and asks “Pre-, mid- or post-?  I am comfortable answering “ I don’t know and I’m not ashamed for not knowing. Furthermore, I don’t believe anybody knows. I don’t believe even Jesus knows because it says that day and hour no one knows, only the Father knows. So if I don’t know something that Jesus doesn’t know it doesn’t embarrass me. The problem is people want to know things that can’t be known. And do you know what the motivation behind that is? Pride. REMEMBER: Pride is the sin that God hates. Pride therefore is  the most dangerous of all motivations. If we have heard truth and obey, God will give us more. If we don’t obey it — He won’t give us any more. People are seeking God that He will show them more. Our Father thinks ‘you haven’t acted on what I’ve already shown you so why should I show you any more?’ Get to know the things that God wants us to understand and don’t bother God about the things that He doesn’t want us to understand. Whatever God reveals to you, obey it, act on it. Matthew 24:14:” This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations and then the end will come” So when will the end come? When this gospel of the kingdom has been preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations. Who’s job is that? You and me.

When we obey His word, we will be surprised by what God will show us next. If we haven’t acted on what He has shown us, He will not show us more. Derek Prince “I don’t want to set dates, but I can say that within the next fifty years everything that’s written in the Book will have happened. I’m not saying it will, I’m saying I could believe it could.” Isaiah 60:1-2 God says “Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you for behold, darkness shall cover the earth and deep darkness on all the peoples but the Lord will arise over you and His glory will be seen upon you. Nations will come to your light, kings to the brightness of your rising.” The glory of God will shine upon us and in the midst of the dense darkness that is surrounding us on all sides, God will use those that shine His light. We should not be expecting that the darkness will end. It will continue and it will grow deeper. We win if we’re the light. The parable of the wheat and the tares is about a farmer who sowed good seed in his field and then in the night an enemy came and sowed tares. The weeds looked like wheat but there’s just one thing, they don’t have any fruit, they don’t produce anything that’s worth having. The workers in the field said: Shall we go and pull up the tares? The farmer said, No, because when you try to pull up the tares you may pull up some of the wheat. Let them both grow together to harvest. And then in interpreting the Scripture Jesus says the harvest is the end of the age. He says at the end of the age the angels will come forth and sever the wicked from among the righteous. The wicked will be bound up in bundles and cast into the fire, the righteous will shine as sons in the kingdom of their Father. But bear in mind that right up to the close of the age the wheat and the tares will be growing up side by side. If you want to be sure you’re wheat and not tares, check on the fruit that you’re producing because that’s the difference. The church is not going to be fully purified until the end of the age. And then we’re not going to do it. I’m glad I don’t have to do it. The angels are going to do that. Revelation 22 right near the end of the Scripture, a word from Jesus Himself.

Rev 22:10-12: “He, the angel that brought the revelation, said to me: Do not seal the words of the prophecy, for the time is at hand. He who is unrighteous, let him be unrighteous still; Who is filthy let him be filthy still; who is righteous, let him be righteous still .He who is holy, let him be holy still.” A truly remarkable statement since it comes from God. If you want to be unrighteous, go on, you don’t have long, live it up. If you want to be filthy, be still more filthy. But if you’re righteous be still more righteous, if you’re holy be still more holy because this is the parting of the ways. Jesus says in the next breath: Behold, I am coming quickly. My reward is with me to give it to everyone according to his work. So this is immediately before the return of the Lord. The wicked and the righteous are side by side. The wicked getting more wicked; the righteous getting more righteous. We cannot remain static. You have to be going forward or backward. The pathway of the righteous is like the shining light which shines more and more unto the perfect day. Righteousness is not a standstill, it’s a pathway, it’s something you move in. If you’re moving in that the light is getting brighter every day. If you’re living today by yesterday’s light you’re beginning to be a backslider. Luke 21:25-28. “There will be signs in the sun, in the moon and the stars, on the earth distress of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring. Men’s hearts failing them for fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. The whole globe is going to be shaken. Then they will see the Son of man coming on a cloud with power and great glory. “ That is the coming of Jesus.  He’s speaking to His disciples: When these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads because your redemption is drawing near.” So how do we react to all the turmoil and the conflict? Do you get depressed and discouraged or do you say: Praise God, our redemption is very near? Our reaction tells you where your heart is. Jesus spoke about birth pangs of a new age and He described them in Matthew 24.Times will be very unpleasant. I’ve never given birth to a baby but I understand it’s never an easy experience. Birth pangs are associated with it. The question is do you want the baby? YES!  If you want the baby, you’ll put up with the birth pangs. No birth pangs, no baby. So again you can check your own attitude by how you respond. If you say things are getting worse and worse: This is depressing, I feel miserable, where is God? I don’t see Him doing anything? you’re rejecting the birth pangs. What it really means is you’re not waiting for the baby. What is the baby? It’s the birth of the kingdom of God on earth. It won’t come without birth pangs. The birth pangs are guaranteed. What we have to determine is how we will respond to them. The church has a task to complete, to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to all nations.  Matthew 24, verse 7: “For nation will rise against nation – ethnos against ethnos, ethnic conflicts kingdom against kingdom. There will be disasters in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pangs”  We MUST endure the birth pangs. There’s no alternative. We will be hated by all nations for the sake of Jesus’ name. Verse 10: Then many will be offended and will betray and will hate one another. Many who? Many Christians. The pressure will be too great, they’ll give up. To save their own skins they’ll betray their fellow believers. (2021 we saw betrayal in DC)

This has been happening in China and the Soviet Union for a generation or two. It’s not confined there, believe me. Verse 11: Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. The world is full of false prophets and a lot of them are inside the church. Lawlessness will abound the love of many will grow cold. 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 reminds us that a great falling away must occur before Jesus returns. Do we see lawlessness increasing in the world today? Jesus said. Lawlessness will abound. What’s the result? The love of many Christians will grow cold. The word for love there is agape, the word used for Christian love. So, under the pressure of the lawlessness in the world some of us will let our love grow cold. Verse 13: But he who endures to the end shall be saved. Actually the Greek is more specific, it says: He who has endured to the end shall be saved. So how do you stay saved? You have to endure, You’re saved now but to remain saved you have to endure. The book of revelation says “that no one was found worthy” The only one way to learn to endure and that is enduring. If you’re in the midst of enduring right now, bear in mind God is training you to live it through to the end of the age.  Times are going to get harder and harder and harder. It’s going to take guts to go out and preach the gospel. The situation is not going to get any easier; it’s going to get harder. The church that Jesus wants is not going to be deterred by opposition or persecution. It’s committed to Him and to His purposes and to His tasks. I’ve met some Bible scholars that believe that they did know the correct order. I’m prepared to leave it with the Lord. I don’t badger God for answers .I just let Him show me the things He wants to show me. The key to understanding biblical prophecy is to let the Holy Spirit focus your attention on the things He wants to show you at any given time. Don’t be an unweaned child that screams to get what he wants right now. The resurrection and judgment of true Christians. How do you feel about the rapture?  Some Christian scholars will tell you the word rapture isn’t found in the New Testament. That’s rather a naive statement because it depends on what translation you use. I could use a translation that contains the word rapture; it would be a perfectly accurate translation. This is what the Lord says through the apostle Paul.  1 Thessalonians 4:15: “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep, those who have died.” In other words, the fact that we are yet alive when the Lord comes will not mean that we get to heaven sooner than the ones who have died. On the contrary, Paul says: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. I don’t know how people believe in a secret rapture. To me it is nothing is more public than something that’s announced from heaven with a shout, the voice of an archangel and the trumpet of God. I mean, what secrecy is left at the end of that?

And the dead in Christ will rise first. Before we who are alive are changed. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them. Now ‘caught up’ could perfectly well be translated ‘raptured.’ The word rapture comes from a Latin word which means ‘to seize something forcibly. In the Greek it’s used of a thief entering a house and stealing something. It’s used of a wolf coming amongst sheep and taking a sheep from the flock. It basically indicates a sudden, forceful grab. That’s what the rapture will be like. Jesus will grab us. He’ll reach down and take us suddenly, forcefully. There’s just one difference between Jesus and the thief. Do you know what that is? The thief takes what doesn’t belong to him. Jesus will only take those who belong to Him, those who are His at His coming. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up. Paul says elsewhere we’ll be changed in a moment, in the blink of an eye. This is very exciting to me. If you don’t get excited, that’s your problem. Here we are, we’re sitting in this meeting, looking at one another. Mike is looking at Barbara and he blinks. Suddenly she’s totally changed. She’s a glorious, gorgeous, shining creature. He’s changed, too. She looks at him in amazement. It doesn’t take a long time. In a moment, the twinkling of an eye, we shall be totally transformed. Do you believe God can do that? I do. I think it’s exciting. The rapture is followed by the judgment of Christians. Some Christians don’t realize it but we will be the first to be judged.  2 Corinthians 5:10. “ For we, Christians, must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.” The word translated appear means actually ‘to be made manifest’. I think it’s a very frightening word. Everything about us will be totally known, there’ll be no secrets. We’ll all be made manifest before the judgment seat of Christ. The judgment seat in Greek is bema; it’s what a Roman official sat on when he conducted judgment. That’s what Pontius Pilate sat on when he judged Jesus. This is the judgment of Christians.

Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” It is not a judgment of condemnation. It is a judgment to assess the quality of our service and to give the appropriate rewards. Paul says we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: That each one may receive the things done in the body according to what he has done, whether good or bad. And notice there are only two categories, good or bad. John says in the first epistle all unrighteousness is sin. When Satan rules humanity, which he will for about three and a half years — that will be the worst period in human history. God’s plan is to permit this as He gives justice to those who denied His Son. “you’ve made your choice, you’ve rejected me, you’ve rejected my Son, so this is the consequence of your choice. Humanity is going to get the most terrible lesson that humanity has ever had. “Give us Barabbas and crucify Jesus.” At the end of this age the human race will do something similar. They’ll shout we don’t want this Christ, give us the leader of our choice! They also said to Pilate; we have no king but Caesar! Revelation 19:19-21 AMP “Then I saw the beast and the kings and political leaders of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against Him who is mounted on the [white] horse and against His army. 20 And the beast (Antichrist) was seized and overpowered, and with him the false prophet who, in his presence, had performed [amazing] signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were hurled alive into the lake of fire which blazes with brimstone. 21 And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds fed ravenously and gorged themselves with their flesh.”  Jesus, the One called Faithful and True judges and makes war! On His thigh a name written: King of kings and Lord of lords.” We don’t win by violence, we don’t win by hatred, we don’t win by being tough. We win by laying our lives down and entrusting our victory to Jesus. Proverbs 3:7 AMP “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord [with reverent awe and obedience] and turn [entirely] away from evil.”   

Taken up into Eternity

A GREAT PROMISE TO HOLD ONTO: “To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.” Jude 1:24-25 – The content of this post is a precious transcript SAVED herein just in case all Christian videos are suddenly taken down.

2 thoughts on “Time vs Eternity

  1. The 2020 Election was not about the right man to lead us, it is about who were we following? Locked down with plenty of time to reflect about who is leading me? God or man? Who do I honor with my thoughts and actions? To some people who wonder WHY can’t they see things like I do??? Romans 11:8 AMP “God gave them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that do not see and ears that do not hear, [a spiritual apathy that has continued] to this very day.” The rules that govern what we see God doing in our midst. Romans 11:29 AMP “For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable [for He does not withdraw what He has given, nor does He change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call].” God chose us, God anointed us, and God calls each one of us to stand firm and honor Him as we listen for the Holy Spirit’s lead – and follow Jesus. Praise Him in the storm, Praise Him because He is worthy, Praise God because after the storm, we will be in the number that are taken up in His wonderful Harvest.

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  2. Amir’s Bible Bites Devotionals January 26, 2021 —-“The risen Christ appeared to them, but they didn’t recognize Him. After some initial discussion, He began to explain to them from the Scriptures all that had just taken place. The Bible then says, as they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus’ intent was to continue on. But they constrained Him saying, “‘Abide with us for it is towards evening and the days far spent.’ And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?’” (Luke 24:29-32) —–The oft overlooked lesson in this encounter is that these men had lost hope. Even after all the time they had listened to Jesus’ teaching, the reason they had lost their hope was misguided. “We were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel”, meaning they thought that Jesus’ mission was to get the Jews out from under Roman dominance. Yet, despite their confusion, Jesus still chose to engage these two sad and hopeless disciples. He did not go first to the eleven disciples. He did not appear to the Council who had condemned Him. He did not appear to Pilate who tried to wash his hands of any guilt in the matter of Jesus’ death. Instead, He appeared to two men who were in despair because they had lost hope. As the trio walked along, the two men explained to Jesus that some women had claimed to have had an angelic encounter after finding the tomb empty and no sign of the body. Jesus then said to the men: Luke 24:25-27—-“O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.” Amir’s Bible Bites Devotionals January 26, 2021

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