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Joshua Light’s books and blogs on Time Travel and the Once Upon a Time Traveler book series.
Here we discuss all-things-time and welcome feedback on any aspect of the Time Travel genre.
This site’s perspective on Time however, derives from the Holy Bible, more specifically the description of events and people in time and history:
“That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.” – Ecc 3:15
If we unpack the above, we find several profound aspects of time:
History repeats itself (that which as been is now)
The future has already happened (that which is to be, has already been)
History is immutable (God requires that which has past)
We’re also told God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He does not change (no shadow of turning) and his very name is the embodiment of all points in time at once (“I AM”)
A proposition here is God is everywhere, and every”when”. God is present at the beginning of time, the end of time, and every nanosecond in between. This extends His “omnipresence” into a much higher realm than simply being “everywhere at once” into “everywhere forever”.
Jason Lisle points out how God’s laws are immutable. God does not “suspend” laws or break his own laws. God claims all of his laws will stand forever. What does this say of the laws of physics? We have a gravitational law but also the laws of aerodynamics. They are integrated to work together (aerodynamics doesn’t work without gravity to support an atmosphere). We are aware of aerodynamics because we see creatures fly.
Some analogies follow:
Time is like a river, where we are on a boat in that river with a thick fog in front and light fog behind. We can see “some” of history but not all of it. We can see “none” of the future. God created the river and is with us on the boat, is waiting for us at the end of the river, and is present at the river’s beginning. Waiting at the end of the river is the Judgment Seat of Christ, the Great White Throne, the Rapture, The Millennial Reign of Christ, and all of the events seen by the Apostle John.
How do we know this? In Henry Morris’s “Revelation Record”, he points out how some of Revelation is symbolic and the rest is literal. If John claims he “looked” or that he “saw” or that he “measured”, we have no reason to believe he wasn’t physically present while doing these things. This means God transported John 3000+ years into the future so that John could see these things and report back. John was told to physically measure things. He was there. To John, these things have already happened. To us, we haven’t experienced them yet, but they have still “already happened”. In short, time travel is not only possible, God has demonstrated it for us through John in the Revelation.
Moreover, at the Transfiguration, Christ is visited by Moses and Elijah. They are not ghosts, but living beings. How is this possible unless Christ folded time and space to intersect these prophets to his own presence?
To the prior note on laws, we know of the laws of aerodynamics because we see creatures fly. We can also know time travel is possible (there are laws to support it) because God demonstrated it with John, Elijah, and Moses.
The Bible claims the angels of little ones “do behold the face of God continually”. How is it possible an angel can watch over a child while his face is always beholding God? Firstly, guardian angels (Cherubim) have four faces (human, eagle, bull and lion) so have at least one face to spare. This also tells us the cherubim can fold space and be present in two places at the same time, one to guard the child and one to behold the face of God.
Folding space is a simple concept. No two objects can occupy the same space at the same time, but this does not preclude one object from occupying two spaces at the same time. Folding space is like folding a sheet of paper one corner to the other, such that the corners that were once some distance apart are now side-by-side or even one-and-the-same.
Time is like a book. Each page has events, people, words, etc. We are written into some of the pages (our lives) but many pages already exist in the book before we are written-in, and many more pages exist after we are gone. The book itself is complete. The pages turn as we experience history, but the pages are already in place. The pages have aspects that are already written (such as the Rapture, the Great White Throne, etc) with some blank spaces on the pages. We just don’t know how much blank space there might be, and how much of the book is already “foreknown” by God.
Foreknowledge – The aspect of “foreknowledge” is a human concept. If applied to God however, it limits God’s capacity to understand the future. Conceptually, it presumes God is trapped in time, experiencing the clock in second-per-second form (as humans do), and God can merely “foresee” what’s coming in time. This reduces God to the H.G. Wells version of a “Frantic Director”, where God is busy orchestrating or directing the Grand Performance in real-time while attempting to foresee what is to come. Either way, it firmly places God’s presence in real time (right now) rather than across all time.
If however, God is present in past, present and future all-at-once, then God is sovereign over time itself. One person said “time has always been”, but Scripture would disagree – God has always been, and God created time when He created space and matter. It simply means God is in all places at once, and all times at once. The “once” is only relative to God since “once” in our understanding means a particular point in time, not all time-and-forever.
A Grand Architecture. Think about the Trinity in terms of physics. If Space is a representation of the Holy Spirit (God pervasive in the Universe), and Matter is a representation of Jesus Christ (God in physical form), then Time is a representation of God the Father (as a controlling factor). Thus Space, Matter and Time are an expression of the Trinity, or rather an architect’s “fingerprint” on His creation. Representative patterns like this abound throughout the creation. It is mighty and Grand Architecture, and we shortchange God’s wisdom if we try to understand it purely in human terms.
Back to foreknowledge. Does God have “fore” knowledge, or does he simply have “knowledge”? If time is his creation, and he knows what will happen in every nanosecond from beginning to end, then his knowledge simply “is” and there isn’t any “fore” involved in it. Past, present, after, before, fore/aft and other concepts are useful to humans because we are trapped in second-per-second time. They are irrelevant to a being like God, who is sovereign over Time.
Time Expresses God’s Greatest. Another aspect of this is simply: God created Time as a means to express his greatest characteristics to his creation, and simultaneously avoid his own holiness instantly destroying his creation. How do these things work?
Firstly, God’s holiness is depicted as both his primary nature (purity) and as a compelling quality. God cannot tolerate sin, but his holiness also compels him to judge it. Think about how holiness is compared to darkness and light. When light shows up, does the darkness have any choice but to flee? God’s holiness is like this, an active, compelling quality to vanquish evil simply by showing up.
God’s greatest qualities – mercy, forgiveness, longsuffering, grace, etc can only be experienced through time. If time were non-existent, God’s holiness would instantly annihilate his own creation. There would be no time repent. Justice would be instantaneous. Mercy would be nonexistent. Instead, Time is a means for God to express and even constrain his own nature so that humans (and the creation) can experience God’s Greatest qualities.
In this regard – time expresses God’s greatest glory.
In the blog, we will explore more of these concepts in detail.
Impetus for Once Upon A Time Traveler
Many years ago I thrilled to the “Time Tunnel” television series. A crook runs into the tunnel, chased by a cop. Week after week the crook eludes the cop much like The Fugitive series. This finally ran out of steam when someone realized if the cop has access to Time, all he has to do is go back in time to before crook showed up. Let’s say he’ll arrive at the World Trade Center at 9am. The cop shows up at the same place at 8:55am and waits for the crook.
In other words, if someone has complete control of time, there can be no chase sequence. This and many other issues tend to “snag” a storyline until one of the stories loses track of time, or rather, the writers aren’t staying within their own storyworld and jump outside to express a creative idea.
Hopefully the reader of this series will get a consistent experience. Otherwise the curiosity of the human mind will naturally chase-down the anomalies and become a distraction in themselves. Please keep in contact if you have any questions about the characters, their adventures, the aspect of time-travel in particular – we love to interact with readers.