Time

Many espouse a so-called “Young Earth” view of Creation. However, the Holy Scriptures are very clear:

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water[1]

Clearly the old world is the world before the flood. And the Scriptures remind us today that the old world is of time and times that belong to the ancient of days, and that time is in fact relative:

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.[2]

This warning to remember the relative nature of time was not idly presented to us in these times when men walk after their own lusts and deny the old world and the veracity of Holy Scripture. One might argue there was morning and evening and a day, however, Peter and Moses knew full well that in a chronological thousand years were over 365,000 mornings and evenings! And this is certainly not a precise accounting or the purview of man to rashly overlay our experience onto the Almighty without recourse through the Son who said:

Verily I say to you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

But of that day and hour no man knows, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

With God and the time of God, evening and morning speak of the beautiful time of prayer. A time of eternity and a time far above and beyond chronological time. It is the time of beauty, the time of grace, the time of prayer and the time of love. This is gentle mystery. It is Holy in mystery.

For Moses in his Psalm teaches us three forms of time understandable in the world, to go further and reach for a time beyond the world. The three worldly forms of time given in the Psalm are generational[3], wall clock time that is relative to the speed of light[4] and numbered, quantized or event-based time[5]. However, when praying the Psalm of Moses one learns to enter into the deeper form of time that is eternal in three forms reflecting the Holy Trinity. In the generations that go to the Father, through Noah to Son of Enos, Son of Seth, Son of Adam, Son of God, in the relative time that goes to the light of the world, Jesus Christ, and in the numbered time of constant prayer in the All Good Holy and Life-Giving Spirit as we mark with our prayer beads; establish the work of our hands for us, yes establish the work of our hands[6] and He teaches my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken in my arms.[7]

In the creation account of Genesis, given to us by the Lord through Moses, we have a fairly firm notion of chronological time with respect to the 6th day of creation of old forward in our temporal, chronological experience. However, for the first five days of creation where God alone is the witness, we must be careful of projecting chronological time onto eternal time as Moses warns in is his psalm that embodies our humble approach to the Almighty Father:

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.[8]

Truly, ‘we are like the new grass in the morning, though it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered.’ Being consumed by the anger of God, being terrified of His just indignation for our manifold sins and wickedness, and calling to Him in deep humility, how do we dare intrude on things too high for us, and too Holy as to splay our sense of Chronological time onto His? Except through His grace as we admit we experience them with Him as but a day, but we know they are an eternity for in Him we exceed the bounds of this Cosmos and all books that could be written in it.  

Our probity must recognize proper bounds. We can certainly compute ages from Adam, and as Christ has come we can reckon the five first days of creation into our calendar as twenty four hour liturgical days as we would experience them liturgically in prayer. However, this is how we would experience perhaps thousands of years of those days in Him with Him. This retains the mystery of God.

It is therefore right to say that this work written in latter 2022 is written in 7530 since creation by the Byzantine old calendar (not yet September 1 old calendar for change of year). For the old calendar speaks of the continuity with respect to the time of old but respects the limits of chronological reckoning, and the boundless beauty of time above time encountered in prayer.

Glory to Jesus Christ, Glory to Him Forever!


[1] II Peter 3:5

[2] II Peter 3:8

[3] Oh Lord, thou has been our dwelling place throughout all generations. In higher mathematics, in the solution of systems of equations, generational time is expressed as the reciprocal of eigenvalues

[4] For a thousand years in thy sight are as a day that is past… Sight is informed by light which moves at the speed limit c in the Cosmos.

[5] Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom… In the world this is quantized events.

[6] Psalm 89/90 last phrase.

[7] Psalm 17/18:34 The bow of steel is a bar of hell. Pray to attain to eternity beloved, pray always.

[8] Psalm 89/90:4

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