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Friday, March 24 2017

The Meaning Of Time In The Bible

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"

The English-language word "time" originated from the same Anglo-Saxon word as the English word "tide" - the periodic rise and fall of sea level due to the gravitational pull of the moon. That is no mere coincidence - it adheres exactly with the LORD's declaration, at the very "time" of Creation, "1:14 And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years." (Genesis 1:14 KJV; see also Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word).


The single English word "time" (or "times" in plural) is used to translate many different Hebrew and Greek words of the Holy Bible. Examples of Hebrew words translated as "time" or "times":

  • the Hebrew word pronounced yome, which means to be warm, used to refer to the time between sunrise and sunset

  • the Hebrew word pronounced ayth, which means now or when

  • the Hebrew word pronounced paw-am-aw, which means to strike, as in a musical beat

  • the Hebrew word pronounced tekh-il-law, which means to begin

  • the Hebrew word pronounced mow-ad-dawh, which means appointment or a decided time

  • the Hebrew word pronounced id-dawn, which means an appointed length of time

  • the Hebrew word pronounced zem-mawn, which means a set length of duration

Examples of Greek words translated as "time" or "times":

  • the Greek word pronounced ep-pee, which means an epoch, or an era with distinctive character

  • the Greek word pronounced chronos (from which the English word chronology originated), which means the order or arrangement of events

  • the Greek word pronounced may-pot-eh, which means not ever

  • the Greek word pronounced tote-eh, which means then, or at that time

  • the Greek word pronounced ar-khah-yos (from which the English words archaic and archaeology originated), which means original or having existed from the beginning

  • the Greek word pronounced kairos, which means the proper time

  • the Greek word pronounced ek-pal-ahee, which means long ago, or for a long time

Fact Finder: What "time" was the Messiah Crucified?
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This Day In History, March 24

1401: In his sweep through Asia and the Mediterranean, the Tatar ruler Tamerlane conquered Damascus (see Damascus In History And Prophecy).

1449: England captured Fougeres from the French, leading Charles VII to renew the Hundred Years War.

1603: Elizabeth I, Queen of England over 40 years, died. James VI of Scotland succeeded the throne as James I (the King James Version of the Bible is named after him), uniting the thrones of Scotland and England.

Elizabeth I

1603: Emperor Go-Yozei of Japan proclaimed Tokugawa Ieyasu the title of shogun (a hereditary military governor), thereby establishing the Tokugawa Shogunate.

1644: Britain granted a charter to Roger Williams for the colony of Rhode Island.

1707: The Acts of Union of 1707 officially united the Kingdoms of England and Scotland to create the Kingdom of Great Britain.

Elizabeth I

1720: Count Frederick of Hesse-Kassel was elected King of Sweden by the Riksdag of the Estates.

1829: The Parliament of the United Kingdom passed the "Roman Catholic Relief Act of 1829." It allowed patriotic Roman Catholics (i.e. patriotic to the United Kingdom rather than to the popes who demanded that the United Kingdom return to rule by the papacy) to serve in Parliament.

1832: Mormon leader Joseph Smith was beaten, tarred and feathered in Ohio.

1882: Robert Koch announced his discovery of mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that caused for tuberculosis (see also Leviticus 13: Bacteria).

1904: Admiral Tojo had 7 Russian ships sunk as the Japanese strengthened their blockade of Port Arthur.

1905: Jules Verne died at age 77. The French author produced numerous science fiction works (including From the Earth to the Moon, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in Eighty Days), some of which accurately predicted actual scientific achievements of a century later.

Jules Verne

1924: Greece became a republic.

1944: During the Second World War (1939-1945), 76 Allied prisoners of war broke out of the German POW camp Stalag Luft III. The escape was later dramatized in the film The Great Escape.

1945: Egypt declared war on Germany.

1972: The United Kingdom proclaimed direct rule over the province of Northern Ireland.

1976: Isabel Peron was deposed as president of Argentina in a bloodless military coup.

1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz, aground in the English Channel since March 16, split in two, spilling the last of its 1.6 million barrels of oil.

1988: Former nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu was found guilty in an Israeli court of treason for revealing Israel's nuclear secrets.

1989: The Exxon Valdez ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing a massive oil spill of 240,000 barrels.

1993: Ezer Weizman was elected president of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

1993: Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. It was unique in that it later broke apart and collided with the planet Jupiter in July 1994 thereby providing the first actual observation of a collision of Solar System objects (see also The Christian Universe).

1999: NATO forces began air strikes against Yugoslavia.


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