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Everything from the mighty sun to the tiniest cell is governed by time, and has a beginning and an end. Until the last century scientists believed time was eternal and absolute.
Even Isaac Newton (1642-1727), the famous scientist who discovered gravity, believed time was eternal. It was only during the 20th century that Einstein's theory of relativity and the detection of cosmic background radiation, among other findings, indicated time actually had a beginning and was woven into the very fabric of space.
Also, all the known ancient religious books except for the Bible describe time as being eternal. Only the Bible boldly claims there was a moment when time, as we know it, did not exist and this concept is mentioned in several places.
As the astrophysicist Hugh Ross points out: "Because humans are trapped in time, where time is linear and cannot be halted or reversed, the idea that anything could exist 'before' time defies imagination. Yet, both the Old and New Testaments, uniquely among pre-modern texts, refer to God's activities 'before the beginning of time' (see for example Proverbs 8:22-23; John 1:1-3; 1 Corinthians 2:7; 2 Timothy 1:9)" (Why the Universe Is the Way It Is, 2008, pp. 128-130).
God "inhabits eternity" (Isaiah 57:15)—in other words, it is His dwelling place from where He can intervene at will in the universe (Isaiah 46:10). The Bible reveals that not only has God always existed, but that He made great plans for humanity "before time began."
The reason you and I were created is to have an unending relationship with God the Father, His Son Jesus Christ, and all whom They would eventually glorify (Hebrews 2:10).
As 1 John 3:1-2 tells us: "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!... and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is."
The grace of God, His undeserved favour toward us, is something that was planned before time began. "God . . . has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began" (2 Timothy 1:9).
Prior to the beginning of time, God established a way for us to be forgiven of our sins. Before mankind existed, God the Father and the Word who became Jesus Christ (John 1:1-3, 14) were willing to have Jesus, beloved Son of the Father, sacrificed in suffering and death as a substitute for our sins. "And if you call on the Father...knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things...but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you" (1 Peter 1:18-20).
God planned the universe and our existence down to the smallest detail and has revealed His marvelous plan through His prophets and apostles. This plan of salvation is outlined by the festivals of God laid out in the Bible, which reveal seven main steps. This plan of salvation culminates in the opportunity for all who have ever lived without knowing God to be resurrected and offered the chance to accept Jesus Christ's sacrifice for their sins. They will at last have the "veil" of deception removed which kept them blinded from God's spiritual truths during their lifetime in this age (Isaiah 25:7-8).
God's gift of eternal life, His grace and the hidden brilliance and wisdom of His wonderful and gracious plan for the salvation of mankind was established prior to creation for all to one day choose and enjoy.
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