When Moses asked God how to identify Him to the Israelites, the Creator answered, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). It was the ultimate statement of eternal existence and being. Jesus echoed this same statement when He said, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
The Ancient of Days is the eternal One who is not subject to time. He is above time; He is timeless. That’s why He calls things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17) because there is no difference between past, present, and future tense in His world. It’s all one and the same—it IS.
Yet God chose to step into time to have a relationship with the human race that exists in time, matter, and space. The record of that relationship is divinely recorded in the Bible. It is the history of God interacting personally with humanity. It is His-story, revealing His “will, ways, and wants” for all humanity.
For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will do all My pleasure’ . . . Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it (Isaiah 46:9-11).
God views natural time in a linear fashion. By that I mean there is a definite beginning point, a definite ending point, and definite stages of time in between—each of which have a unique and specific purpose in God’s will. His timing is sure and inevitable. We can count on it!
We’re fortunate to be living in a time where we can touch a screen and have instant access to the big-picture view of where we are physically positioned on this earth at any given moment. You may not realize it, but we have access to a similar system for our spiritual position as well. I call it HPS—the Heavenly Positioning System. It, too, is a triangular interaction that determines our placement: God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Spirit of grace in communion with us.
The HPS manual is called the Bible. It reveals His-Story throughout the ages. It enables us to track where we are in God’s linear timetable, where we’ve come from, and where we’re going as members of the human race. Along the way, it provides prophetic markers to confirm the exact trail.
So let’s start our journey of understanding the times with the big-picture view. We’ll tap into our identity as eagles and soar high into the heavenlies before we zoom in on the specific spots along God’s timeline, which we affectionately refer to as the chronos agenda.