Does the Bible talk about the possibility of time travel?

Scripturally, the Bible does not have any definitive answer about whether time travel is possible or impossible for humans. Time travel has interested humans for generations and is a popular science fiction theme. As far as we can tell, man exists in a linear timeframe. The Bible indicates that every person has a time appointed for his death (Hebrews 9:27) and that God knows every person's days before they happen (Jeremiah 1:5; Psalm 139:16; Acts 17:26). Man cannot change the time of his birth and death in history. The Bible also mentions that every event happens according to God's timing and plans (Genesis 21:1; John 7:8; 1 Timothy 2:6). If we take the messages in these verses for what they're worth, we learn that even if man could travel through time, the events would still remain in God's control and adhere to His timing.

Although Scripture does not mention humans traveling throughout time, there are several instances in the Bible that mention that God has an understanding of time that is nonlinear. This means that God is independent of time. This does not necessarily mean that God "time travels," but it does mean that God sees time in a way that surpasses our own understanding of it (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 3:14; 2 Timothy 1:9; 2 Peter 3:8). God has complete knowledge of all things; He is "omniscient." Isn't it spectacular that when we pray, we pray to a God who exists in past, present, AND future?

Sometimes, God will allow His people to have visions, which permits them to see future events coming to pass (Revelation 1:9–11; Daniel 7:13–14). There are arguments that the visions John experienced in Revelation were "time travel," because he saw the events that will accompany the apocalypse.

It is important to note that if we were able to time travel, it would not change our relationship with God any more than if we were able to defy other laws of physics. Psalm 90:12 says, "So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom." We should treat each day as a gift and live them wisely, because we do not know how many days we will experience in this life, and we do not have "do overs" (Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5).


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