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Time has a beginning and ending


We live in, among other things, a time dimension where one event follows another. Time passes, everything ages. Just as God created the universe and everything in it. God also created time. There was a beginning of everything, including space and time. Consequently, God is outside of a space and time. This means that God is unchanging ( Malachi 3:6; James 1:17). He had no beginning and has no ending. He is eternal. He sees the beginning and the end (Revelation 1:8, 21:6, 22:13). "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). At the end, John glimpsed the long- promised new heaven and new earth (Revelation 21:1).

The Bible is the most widely read book of all time. Within it, the most read page is probably the first page of Genesis. The first three words on that page, "In the beginning" are the best-known group of three words of all time. By reading the fourth word, one sees that God was there at the beginning. Another key insight comes from John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. This verse tells us who was there when time began. Verses 1, 2, 3, and 14 of John 1, tells us clearly that it was Jesus Christ.

The story of the Bible runs from creation to new creation, from the cradle of civilization to consummation of all things from Eden's garden to the new Jerusalem.

The last two chapters of the Bible (Revelation 21-22) are an amplified echo of the first two chapters of Genesis 1-2. In the final paragraphs of Revelation, the elder John sees a new heaven and a new earth, a holy city where God Himself dwells with humanity, a place where tears have evaporated and mourning is muted and pain has passed and death has died. A sparkling river flows from the throne room of God and fruit hangs ripe from trees of life on either side of the river (Revelation 22:1-5).

Time will be no more, eternity will begin. Amen!