Defining the Times

There are no less than 65 definitions for the word “time”. Is it any wonder we have trouble discerning exactly what someone means in the use of this word. I am sure you know that the Bible has a lot to say about time and it got me wondering if I could match some of these 65 definitions with an appropriate Scripture.

*”the system of those sequential relations that any event has to any other, as past, present, or future; indefinite and continuous duration regarded as that in which events succeed one another.”

“For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. Selah.” Psalm 32:4

“Even the darkness is not dark to You, And the night is as bright as the day. Darkness and light are alike to You.” Psalm 139:12


*“a limited period or interval, as between two successive events: a long time.”

Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to cast some of you into prison, so that you will be tested, and you will have tribulation for ten days. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.” Revelation 2:10    

*”duration regarded as belonging to the present life as distinct from the life to come or from eternity; finite duration”

For then there will be a great tribulation, such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will.” Matthew 24:21

*”a period of work of an employee, or the pay for it; working hours or days or an hourly or daily pay rate.”

But he answered and said to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for a denarius? ‘Take what is yours and go, but I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. ‘Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with what is my own? Or is your eye  envious because I am generous?’ “So the last shall be first, and the first last.” 
Matthew 20: 13-16

*”to appoint or choose the moment or occasion for; schedule”

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” Daniel 2:21 (NKJ)

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been declared to you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?” Isaiah 40:21


In the beginning God created…time! Time is created for us. God doesn’t need it or exist by it. Time exists by God.  Without God time would be irrelevant and so would we! With God time should be our servant, but often we are time’s slave. And with God, we shall continue to “be” even when time is no more.

“In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare aplace for you.If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.” John 14:2-3

(All Scripture is NASB unless otherwise noted)

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