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Sunday, June 24 2018
A Bible Journey, 1: The Beginning Of Time
Before the Creation of the universe, God lived timeless in which no yesterdays ever happened and no tomorrows ever came
The English-language word "time" originated from a medieval Anglo-Saxon word that referred to ocean tides i.e. "time" and "tide" began as the same word. It's obvious how the relationship began, particularly when the timing of tides, then and now, can be a matter of life and death.
"Time" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced moh-aw-daw, that referred to a specific, physically-measurable, period - whether a day, a month, a season or a year (the week is unique in that it exists solely because the LORD declared it to - if there were no God, there would be no week; see the Fact Finder question below).
Time is a measurement of physical change. Time has therefore only existed since the creation of the physical universe when humans were instructed to measure years, months, days and hours by means of the observation of the movements of physical objects.
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: 1:15 And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so. 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. 1:19 And the evening and the morning were the fourth day." (Genesis 1:14-19 KJV)
God, Who is Spirit, has always existed, before physical time began. Before the creation of the universe, God lived timeless in which no yesterdays ever happened and no tomorrows ever came. God has no age and does not age. If one could see God the Father (see What Does God The Father Really Look Like?), He could just as well look like a young man as an old one - "young" or "old" is something that applies to mortal physical humans that God created "in His own image" (Genesis 1:27 KJV).
Even after the Creation, physical time is irrelevant to God because God is Spirit i.e. "one day is with The Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (2 Peter 3:8 KJV) just as His children may one day become spirit, set free from time: "And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Revelation 22:5 KJV).
Change happens when something gets either better or worse; to stay the same means no change. People change, while God never changes. God has always been absolutely perfect - God can become neither better or worse. God does not change; therefore what God says is right, or wrong, is for all time. True right and wrong is timeless (see God The Father In Law).
Genesis 1:1 is regarded as the beginning of the Holy Bible, but there is actually an account of before "in the beginning" of the Creation of the physical universe. It was written by the apostle John, who received the knowledge directly from the Messiah's teaching.
"1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made." (John 1:1-3 KJV)
Who was the "Word of God" with God? The "LORD God" Who was born as Jesus Christ (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and the Fact Finder lessons below).
"1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 KJV)
So it is then that we know Who it was that God sent to do the actual work of Creation, and Who the "Us" were in "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness." The first chapter of Genesis covers the first six days of Creation - the first "work week."
Fact Finder: (a) What work was done on each of the days of Creation? (b) How is the Fourth Commandment about every day of Creation?
(a) See the studies:
This Day In History, June 24
79: Vespasian, Roman emperor from 69-79 and founder of the Flavian dynasty, died (see The Roman Emperors: Vespasian).
109: The Aqua Traiana was inaugurated by Roman Emperor Trajan. The aqueduct delivers water from Lake Bracciano, 40 kilometers / 25 miles from Rome.
637: The Battle of Moira, the largest battle in the history of Ireland. The High King of Ireland fought the Kings of Ulster and Dalriada.
1292: Adolf of Nassau was crowned as German king at Aachen.
1310: Solomon ben Abraham Adret died at age 75. The religious leader of Spanish Jews of his time, he is remembered partly for his 1305 decree threatening to excommunicate all Jews under 30 (except medical students) who studied philosophy or science (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism).
1322: Jews were expelled from France (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).
1340: During the Hundred Years war, the British fleet battled the French at Sluys.
1441: Eton College in England was founded by King Henry VI.
1497: John Cabot, navigator and explorer, sighted Cape Breton Island and claimed North America for England.
1509: Henry VIII was crowned king of England, the second monarch from the House of Tudor.
1527: King Gustavus of Sweden assembled the Diet of Wester's for the purpose of carrying through the Protestant Reformation in Sweden.
1534: French explorer Jacques Cartier landed on what is today Prince Edward Island, Canada.
1604: Samuel de Champlain discovered the mouth of the Saint John River, site of Reversing Falls and the present day city of Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.
1611: Henry Hudson, his son, and several sick men were set adrift in present-day Hudson Bay by mutineers. After more than a year at sea, many of the crew of Hudson's ship, the Discovery, turned into cowardly, unpatriotic rebels and refused to go any further. Nothing is known of Hudson's fate.
1664: New Jersey, named after the Isle of Jersey in Britain's Channel Islands, was founded.
1812: During the Napoleonic Wars, Napoleon's Grande Armée crossed the Neman River, thereby beginning the invasion of Russia.
1813: The Battle of Beaver Dams during the War of 1812 (1812-1814). After being warned by Laura Secord of an impending U.S. attack on a British outpost at Beaver Dams, about 500 U.S. invaders, including their commander, were taken prisoner after a firefight. The site of the battle was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1921.
1916: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), the First Battle of the Somme began. More than 1 million men were killed during the five-month battle.
1947: U.S. pilot Ken Arnold reported seeing strange objects in the sky over Mount Rainier (in Washington State) looking like "saucers skipping across the water." The incident led to the first use of the term "flying saucers."
1948: The Soviet Union began the Berlin Blockade of Hitler's former Nazi capital city (see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader?).
1985: Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud became the first Arab, and first Muslim, in space, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
1994: The European Union and Russia signed a landmark friendship accord in Corfu, Greece.
2002: The Igandu train disaster in Tanzania killed 281 people, the worst train accident in African history.