A Brief History of the End of Time
— 1. What is the End of Time? —
Are we living in the End Time?
Wherever I go, people come up to me and ask me — wide-eyed and visibly hoping for a mere confirmative nod — whether I believe that we're living in the End Time. And although my verbosity is notorious from shore to shore, I rarely say more than, "Gosh, I wouldn't rightly know."
The phrase "End of Time", or rather, "End of Days", is a rather common way of speaking of the end of an era. Its usage goes back as far as the days of Cain and Abel and occurs at the following locations (KJV21):Genesis 4:3
And in process of time it came to pass that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.2 Samuel 14:26
And when he cut his hair (for it was at every year's end that he cut it, because the hair was heavy on him; therefore he cut it), he weighed the hair of his head at two hundred shekels according to the king's weight.1 Kings 17:7
And it came to pass after a while that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land.Nehemiah 13:6
But in all this time I was not at Jerusalem; for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I came unto the king, and after certain days I obtained leave from the king.Jeremiah 13:6
And it came to pass after many days , that the LORD said unto me, "Arise, go to the Euphrates and take the girdle from thence, which I commanded thee to hide there."
Most often the person proceeds to assure me that we indeed are, and we part glad that he or she took care of both sides of the conversation, since that is least confusing for everyone involved.
The End of What?
In order for us to entertain thoughts about the end of something, we must first study the something itself. Time has baffled many for long, because what is it? Where does it come from? How come it's only going one way?
Einstein once said that time is that which prevents everything from happening at once. This statement is, of course, miraculously clever, but it doesn't lead anywhere but to a hardy chuckle.
Einstein is famous for figuring out that time is really the fourth dimension of the universe, and we've been talking about space-time ever since. Time has to do with the nature of space: an hour is the twin of the mile; both indicate a specific length measured in space-time. So, what happens outside space-time? And where does space-time end?
To answer these questions, we must first realize that all space sits inside the universe. If you come across a bit of space, you know you're inside the universe. And that means that there is no outside to space. You can't travel across the border, because if there is room to move you are still inside, and if there's no room to move, you can't travel.
And just like there is no last mile before the edge of space, there is also no last hour before the end of time.
The End of Space
Einstein discovered that space is that what happens between two or more objects. Take away the objects and you also lose the space.
Time, being the mile's twin, happens when objects (particles) interact with each other. Without interaction there are no before and after situations, and therefore no past and present; in short: no time.
And Jesus stated that where two or more are gathered in His name, there He will be. Same thing, just 2000 years earlier.
The end of space is not a point in space, and the end of time is not a point in time. Where there is no space, you can't travel. And where there is no time, there is no causality; no cause and effect, no events that unfold.
And that means, very scarily, that the End Of Time lies neither in the future nor in the past! You won't have to wait for it, or hope for it or pray for it. The End Of Time is nigh, but no less nigh than the drug store around the corner or your coffee break in twenty minutes. The End Of Time is that where the mighty rules of causality begin to be overruled.
In effect, it's where the jurisdiction of law itself becomes surpassed.
Let's have a closer look at where and how a dimension such as time ends.
Where Dimensions End →