THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
TUC #09-1519
by – Stuart H. Pouliot
February 24, 2015
Simultaneous Time, Turning Points, Chaos
Over the years, I have come across a few believers who wanted nothing to do with what comes from the secular
world, especially from science, as if they might be steered away from some biblical truth or that it might challenge
their doctrine. The reason for this type of thinking runs the gamut from fear and superstition to arrogance and
pride. I believe we all need our beliefs and biblical understanding to be challenged and exercised, for this is one of
the ways we learn and we grow in Christ. At times, the challenge might be so great that it shakes to the core
something we have held for years. This is good if it leads us into greater depths of God's truth; even if we have to
discard things we thought were truth but are not. I have had to do this several times in my walk with the Lord, and
this has involved major doctrinal issues that I was taught from the pulpit or through books of well-known
expositors that were recommended reading. Actually, the more I seek the Lord, the more questions and, at times,
doubt I have. These doubts don't change the framework of my basic beliefs, but they do challenge my thinking on
many other levels.
In these last days before the coming of our Lord, I believe we need to tune our ears and our hearts to the voice of
God. We need to stand in His counsel to hear and perceive His Word on our own, not the word of men, even ones
that claim to speak for God, for there are many false teachers and prophets in our day. As I have noted in other
writings, God speaks through any and all sources He so chooses. For our part, we need to be open and alert to His
voice and not pick and choose, that is, not restrict Him through our biases.
Well, what follows does not actually fall into the category of doctrinal challenge. It is more like listening to what
science has to say about time, cycles, and chaos and showing how these things might match scripture, that is, how
they complement each other, not contradict.
To begin, let us start with Albert Einstein. Did you know that, based on his mathematical equations, he saw time
as a single existence. He saw time existing simultaneously as the past, present, and future, and the separation of
these is " only an illusion, although a convincing one ." Given this, one might ask: What is the purpose of time?
Einstein's answer is: " The only reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once ."
To humanity stuck in time and fixed on one tiny planet called earth , time existing simultaneously makes little
sense. After all, we don't experience time that way, and from our perspective, it is true that everything does not
happen at once. We cannot go back or go ahead in time to see what we are doing. We cannot see time, but we
surely see the results of it as we age and as the world goes through its many cycles of death to life; nations that go
from war to peace, falling into ruin and rebuilding into greatness, and economies that go from poverty to
prosperity, deflation to expansive growth, and depression to inflation, to name a few. This is life on planet earth
that is in the care of a fallen race. Is it all an illusion? Is God really in charge of this planet? Is everything being
worked out according to His purpose? Don't be afraid to ask such questions. God knows your heart.
Over the years, I have heard it said many times that God is outside of time; after all, He is eternal. Maybe I am
overreacting, but I stay clear of the word eternal as much as possible. This stems from the fact that the Greek
word that is often translated as eternal is from the Greek root word aion , meaning age , a period of time, generally
of long duration. I have made this point frequently over the years, so I won't repeat the argument here. Frankly, I
don't see God as eternal (as in forever, everlasting, without end, etc.). Surely, He is all of these, but these are
inadequate descriptors of God. I see Him simply as I AM , that is GOD IS . He can be in time and outside of time in
what many call eternity because He IS . His very existence or identity does not depend on either concept.
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God said to Moses, " I AM WHO I AM " (Exodus 3:14). Jesus said, "Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was
born, I am." (John 8:58). In other words, I exist who I exist ! This is the framework or sum total of God. Given this,
God exists in the realm of Einstein's simultaneous time, and this is supported by scripture.
Remember ye the things named in advance from age-past times,—For, I, am, The Mighty One, and there is none
else, The Adorable and there is none like me! Declaring from the beginning, the latter end, and from olden
time, that which had never been done,—Saying My purpose shall stand, and All my pleasure, will I perform….
(Isaiah 46:9-10 Rotherham)
According as it has been written, "I have appointed you [i.e., Abraham] a father of many nations;" before God,
whom he believed, the One making the dead live, and calling the things that are not as if they were . Gen. 17:5
(Romans 4:17 LITV)
The expression God calls it as He sees it came to me one day, and this is exactly what both Isaiah and Paul state.
God calls it as He sees it because He exists in simultaneous time. He sees the end from the beginning and tells us
of things that to us are currently not as if they are. Obviously, Paul knew this as well, for he tells us that He made
us alive together with Christ, and raised us up together and seated us together in the heavenlies in Christ Jesus,
that He might demonstrate in the ages coming on, the exceeding great riches of His grace in kindness toward us
in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6-7). This is an objective truth that will be manifested in the ages to come. In a
spiritual sense, which I suppose we could call a simultaneous time sense , we are already there. But, let's face it; in
a practical sense, we have a ways to go. After all, death seems to surround us. Praise God, He makes the dead live.
Now, in the space that remains, I want to bring time back down into our realm. Princeton Economics International
has constructed the largest database in the world of how money (as well as many other things) has performed
throughout the world for thousands of years, and, based on this huge pile of data, they are able to "forecast
turning points in TIME days, weeks, months, quarters, years, and decades in advance." By the way, based on their
forecast data, a significant turning point is coming in 2015.75 (October). In a recent blog titled "How to Utilize the
Fourth Dimension Time," Martin Armstrong wrote: "It is here that we must explore to understand how the
economy unfolds not by the will of politicians , but by the order that appears to be chaos ." In describing what he
calls the Chaos Modeling for the Dow Jones , he wrote "that there is a hidden order within what appears to be
chaos."
I don't know much about Mr. Armstrong other than he is well-known and controversial. I definitely do not
understand much of what he sees in the matter of global capital flow for thousands of years. In one of his recent
blogs, he denies religion or any belief system, but instead holds to doing unto others as you would want them to
do unto you. He is driven only by facts and data and not opinion. Given this background, one might wonder why I
would even listen to one like this, or perhaps even Einstein. My answer is a question: Why not? Do Christians have
a lock on wisdom and truth? After all, I have found that I have to carefully pick through Christian doctrine,
theology, eschatology, exegesis, or whatever lofty word one might have to describe the so-called tenets of faith to
find the meat and to throw out the bones, so to speak. I trust you have to (should) do likewise with my material.
Three things caught my attention in the above quotes. First , there are turning points in time, and these points
bring about change in their respective realm. Mr. Armstrong's computer models have been quite accurate in
forecasting these turning points. I am not sure if he uses these words, but I would call these points cycles , eras , or
perhaps, on a much larger scale, ages . Another way to state this is by the common expression history repeats
itself . Clearly, this matches up to God's "doings" in the history of mankind. As I note periodically, there are many
prophetic cycles that have been (are currently being) repeated down through the centuries. I believe we are in a
21-year cycle leading up to 2021-2022, which will be a major turning point. Second , these turning points do not
come by the will of men (politicians). This reminds me of Romans 9:16: It does not depend on the man who wills
or the man who runs, but on God who has mercy (Romans 9:16). Third , there is a hidden order within what
appears to be chaos. In other words, what we think is chaos is actually God's order being worked out. There are
immutable and higher orders of divine law at work as God's plan marches on toward His ultimate purpose. We see
man's chaos, but it is God at work in His kosmos to bring about His ultimate divine order. God calls it as He sees it!