God’s concept of time is different from man’s understanding of it, for there is a non- mathematical understanding of time in biblical prophecy which changed from the Garden of Eden. Scripture contains numbers which are predictive, but should not be taken just in a mathematical context because there is a spiritual application to every phase of prophecy. The revelations of Daniel and the Book of Revelations are just two books which can be interpreted as outside of man’s understanding of time as we know it and the predictions of the return of Jesus the Christ.
God is outside of time, but it matters more to us to keep tract of time because we can count time; whereas, God uses events in human terms in order for us to have a better understanding of our expectations of what should happen and when. This is why many have misinterpreted scripture because they are looking at numbers; however, God still uses mathematical time in the bible, but it is not always used to predict an event. There have been accurate predications of time. The timing of the plagues in Egypt, the timing of the generation that died before reaching the promise land, and the timing of the birth of Jesus using the Magi’s calculations of astronomy are all mathematical timing.
In the Garden of Eden there was no concept of time, aging, or death. It is the concept of time that brings an end because there is a beginning in time; therefore there must be an ending. Man’s fall initiated the changes in time when he committed an act against God by his disobedience and then the mathematical interpretation of time began because of the finality of events such as the changing in the seasons and death. Adam and Eve’s actions in the Garden of Eden brought about the concept of time which brings an ending. We can travel in space and time is different. We can not comprehend or reach the speed of light because we have limitations in time and we don’t physically exist outside our time, but we still spiritually exist both in the present time and beyond time because even when our bodies die our spirits still exist.
The rules of time do not apply to God who exist outside our time as we know it. The incarnation of Christ Jesus resurrected because you can not kill God. Jesus has the spirit of God and is God. He is one with the father. If we have the spirit of God, we are also not bound by time we are only bound to the physical which is bound to time; therefore, spirit never dies. Our souls are a record of who we are to God and what we have chosen to be. The spiritual never ceases to exist.
The Prophet Daniel interpreted dreams. God gave him this prophetic calling because God needed to use him as a sign to others and also to explain and write prophecy. When Daniel interpreted the King’s dream, he knew what the angel Gabriel was talking about. In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 9, he sees one being that looked like a man. What was Daniel’s concept in time? It was two fold. A mathematical time frame and also a symbolic time frame. There is a mathematical interpretation in symbolic form In Daniel 9:26, the sixty-two (62) weeks and the last week mentions the anti-Christ. The Hebrews associate numbers to mean symbolic terms. Sixty-two weeks is not sixty-two weeks as we know it, but it is a period or season of time as God knows it. Six (6) means man, and sixty (60) is the height of an image which was Nebuchadnezzar. Six cubits wide, sixty cubits high, and the six which is Nebuchadnezzar. Two could mean two more sixes which makes it 666 weeks when Messiah would be cut off and he will not reign. This is the time of the anti-Christ or 666 . It is not a time frame, but a symbolic number not an actual number of weeks.
In the book of Revelations the opening of the seven seals exist as a spiritual time frame even though there are similar events in history as well as events to come. In order to understand Revelations, you have to understand all of the Bible because the books work together to further reveal spiritual thoughts in the Book of Revelations.
We can not determine when Jesus will return because God does not think in terms of our time. There are still warnings and dreams, but our interpretations sometimes go astray. It is not meant for man to know the actual date of Jesus’ return. Acts reads: “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons which the Father has put in his own power.” No world event or purposeful cause to make war, terrorist attack, or building of a temple will hasten the return of the Christ because all of these actions are man’s terms and conditions not God’s. God thinks outside the box and outside the times as we know it.