Eternity

Chapter 16. Eternity & Infinity.

Eternity & Infinity

Mathematics can be used to understand both Jesus Christ and God. Symbols can have either/or/all mathematical, symbolic and logical meanings depending in the context being used.

Alpha (capital: Α, lowercase α; Ancient Greek: ἄλφα, álpha, modern pronunciation álfa) is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In the system of Greek numerals, it has a value of 1. In English, the noun “alpha” is used as a synonym for “beginning”, or “first” (in a series), reflecting its Greek roots.

Omega (capital: Ω, lowercase: ω; Greek ωμέγα) is the 24th and last letter of the Greek alphabet. In the Greek numeric system, the word literally means “great O” (ō mega, mega meaning “great”). The letter omega is transcribed ō or simply o. As the last letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega is often used to denote the last, the end, or the ultimate limit of a set, in contrast to alpha, the first letter of the Greek alphabet.

Twenty-Four (24) = God’s abundant or doubled organizational arrangement. This is implied in the Alpha and Omega letters (capital: Α, capital: Ω), which is figuratively and literally used by God/Jesus Christ in describing himself as the Alpha and Omega, First and Last. He exists first and last, in space and time.

Infinity: Generally refers to “space” or something other than “time”. Goes on forever and ever. No beginning, no end. The Triune God exists in all, both inside and outside of infinity.

Eternity: Generally refers to “time” or something other than “space”. Past, Present, Future. Goes on forever and ever. No beginning, no end. The Triune God exists in all time, both inside and outside of eternity.

Infinity Loop symbol (space) = Represented by a horizontal doubling and connection of the Omega number (Great O). The enclosed circle means universalness and completeness. A point on this loop indicates “what” is being relatively measured.

Eternity Loop symbol (time) = Represented by a vertical doubling and connection of the Omega number (Great O). The enclosed circle means universalness and completeness. A point on this loop indicates “when” something relatively exists.

God’s Transcendence = Represented in the space inside and outside of the Omega number (Great O). This open area means God’s is able to exist inside and outside space and time, since he created both. This also means that God is not limited to how he can choose to express himself, in his creation, in space or time. This is one of the underlying truths of prophecy and God’s plan for his creation. God is omnipotent (all powerful, all knowing) and omnipresent (everywhere in time and space). He knows what he did at creation, what he is doing now, and what will happen in the future. He is not limited by time (eternity). He is bigger than anything he created in his universe. He is not limited by space (infinity). God does not create anything bigger or greater than himself. That is illogical.

Connection point/intersection in either symbol is where its two loops meet, intersect or cross.

The Connection Point in the infinity symbol is the benchmark/middle point, of something other than time.

The Connection Point in the eternity symbol is the present (here and now, this second).

The Connection Point in either symbol also represents Jesus Christ. Forgiveness by Jesus Christ is God’s benchmark or middle point for mankind. It is not how much or little we sinned, or the greatest or least of our works done, but our humble and sincere acceptance of God’s/Jesus’ offer of forgiveness for our sins. Jesus provides our connection point with God the Father, both eternally and in infinity. Jesus intercedes for us, in the past, present and future. His redemptive work on the cross at Calvary was the most glorious gift God gave mankind in a specific point in space and time.

Infinity Loop + Eternity Loop = AlphaOmega Loop (ΑΩ); (a graphical representation of each symbol overlaid on top of each other creating four interconnected loops). The combined fours loops from the infinity and eternity symbols represent a doubling of God’s attributes in infinite space and eternal time. The AlphaOmega loop symbol represents yet another doubling of God’s attributes, by combining both infinity and eternity. A doubling signifies a solid confirmation. Combining the individual loops from both infinity and eternity symbols creates four loops. The AlphaOmega four looped symbol thus represents another doubling of a double. This confirms that He is both the AlphaOmega (double name, double description) of both infinity and eternity (double expressions of his creation of space and time), 2 x 2 = 4. The number four (4) implies universalness of symmetry. God is perfectly represented in both infinity and eternity. Universalness implies infinity and eternity. God’s perfectly aligned symmetry of creation of the universe indicates intelligent design (symmetry). The universalness of God’s attributes exist both inside and outside of space (infinity) and time (eternity). The universalness of symmetry thus expresses yet another “doubling of a double” (2 x 2 = 4).

As a Christian, it doesn’t matter how big or small we are on the infinity loop. It also doesn’t matter when we exist on the eternity loop. Redemption in Christ assures us that the least on earth will become greatest in heaven, that the last on earth will become first in heaven. God’s plan of redemption, through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ assures us (those of us who have accepted Jesus’ offer of salvation) that our sins are forgiven; what we did in the past, what we are currently doing, or what we do in the future. It doesn’t matter what we do in infinity or when we do it in eternity, if we are forgiven and accepted by Jesus Christ.

Geometrically speaking, the cross of Christ has four (4), ninety degree (90) right angles that total 360 degrees (4 x 90 = 360 degrees). A perfect circle (O) has 360 degrees, which is represented in any one of the perfect infinity or eternity loops. As such, the cross of Christ is also another symbol that inherently represents infinity and eternity. Just as God exists inside and outside of AlphaOmega loop, He also exists inside and outside of the Cross. The Cross of Christ represents that exclusive point in eternal time and infinite space when and where God choose to step into his finite creation, via his Son, Jesus Christ. As discussed above, the Cross of Christ is that middle-point or benchmark (in infinity and in eternity) where the Alpha and Omega symbols intersect. Spiritually, we can’t know God unless we know Christ. Mathematically, we can’t know God’s infinite or eternal character unless Christ (the benchmark or midpoint) intercedes for us by connecting us to the Alpha and Omega loops (God). Mathematical truth is interwoven within itself. Spiritual truth is interwoven within Christ. We can know God’s character and attributes by knowing Christ’s character and attributes since he connects us to God (via the benchmark or midpoint). The Cross represents God’s infinite and eternal love for man. The Cross represents Christ’s infinite and eternal redemption of man, for those who accept him and his offer of forgiveness.

If someone were able to mathematically or geometrically stretch the loops of the AlphaOmega symbol to infinity, the loops would become lines and form a cross. The Cross of Christ is the simplest way to express, symbolically, the infinite and eternal nature of God and of Christ’s forgiveness offered to mankind.

Infinity + Eternity + Omnipresence + Omnipotence

Encompassing All Size + Encompassing All Time + Encompassing All Presence + Encompassing All Power

So far, I have only spoken mathematically (and symbolically) of God’s infinite and eternal nature. I would be severely mistaken if I did not comment on God’s omnipresence (encompassing presence) and omnipotence (encompassing power). Both of these characteristics exist in infinity and in eternity. God’s attributes do not change. Combining God’s omnipresence with His omnipotence creates a third loop known as the Omni Loop. Hence, when the Omni Loop is added to the AlphaOmega Loop, the resulting symbol is represented below, in the form of a simple Easter Lilly flower. Notice that there are now six (6) loop nodes plus + one (1) center node which form the seven (7) nodes. Seven (7) denotes God’s divine purpose or plan. The six nodes of the three (3) loops represents God’s key attributes. The center node (midpoint or benchmark) represents Christ, or the center of God’s attributes. All of God’s attributes come together in the form of one man, Jesus Christ.

Seven (7) divine elements of God:

Infinity Loop = largest to smallest (size).

Eternity Loop = past, present, future (time).

Omni Loop = Omnipresence (always present in the past, present and future) Plus (+) Omnipotent (all powerful, in the past, present and future).

Christ = Center point, benchmark, connects man to God, connects all of God’s attributes into one point.

Without Christ at the center or midpoint, the Alpha/Omega/Omni symbol would not be connected at the middle and would be thus broken. No mathematical connections can be made if the elements are not connected. With Christ, the Alpha/Omega/Omni symbol becomes divinely complete and connected as represented by the seven (7) holy elements or attributes of the I AM. Christ connects together all the holy elements of I AM so that man can begin to understand Him. Without Christ, man has no chance of understanding or knowing God. Because God loves us so much, he took his unknowable attributes and put them into a form that all men could relate to, the form of another man (Christ). Through Christ … his behaviors, actions, words, sufferings, forgiveness of sins, resurrection, glory … is the only way we can remotely begin to understand God’s unlimited nature, spiritually, mathematically, logically, powerfully, lovingly, wonderfully and so forth. God took himself out of the unknowable and put himself into the knowable package of his only begotten Son, so that we (mankind) would have a finite way of understanding who he is. Man has finite knowledge, wisdom, sight, understanding, love and so forth. The finite mind of man can’t begin to understand the infinite mind of God. We can’t reach an understanding of God by our finite abilities, therefore, God reached down into our finite world, out of his infinite and eternal realm, so we could know him through Jesus Christ. Thus, the more you know Christ, the more you will know, and understand God. The beauty and divine elements of the “I AM” can be understood in something as mathematically simple or complex as the Alpha/Omega/Omni symbol, or in something as beautifully simple or complex as the form of the Easter Lilly. Even a child can begin to contemplate who and what God is when he is described in the form of an Easter Lilly. Each petal or node explains one of God’s attributes. The center point represents Christ and shows how he ties together all of God’s attributes (the petals) so we can know who God is. Simple enough that a child can understand this, without having to know logic or mathematics. God expresses himself eloquently so that ALL of us can know him, even those who are the smallest of us. All we have to do is look for Christ in the center of the flower and we can begin to understand.

Without the center of the Easter Lilly, the Lilly would not have something for the petals to connect to. The petals would exist is a singular or detached fashion and make no sense, and have no beauty or form. The petals would exist in a vacuum and be unknown. The beauty of the flower would be lost. God does not exist in a vacuum, detached from us so we can’t know him. God wants to be known, God wants us to see the beauty of his creation, God wants to “connect” with us, God wants to tabernacle (live and abide with) his children. How does God do this? Through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ.

I have gone from explaining God in somewhat of a complex mathematical and symbolic way using the Alpah/Omega/Omni Loop. I have used logic and words trying to explain and describe who God is and what his Son, Jesus Christ represents on God’s behalf. I hope that I have succeeded in explaining who God and Jesus Christ are in something simple enough that even a child could understand … the Easter Lilly. We can attempt to know God mathematically, logically, descriptively and through his creation. Ultimately, the best way to know God is by understanding Christ. The best way to know and understand Christ is to accept his offer of Salvation, to understand why he died on the cross and what his ressurection means for us. This what the gospel of Christ is all about.

The Insignificance of Man:

The Bible suggests that a man’s years are numbered to 70, 80 by strength. If God’s first phase of his plan for mankind is 7,000 years, then the signficance of my life time alloted in his plan is thus;

70 years / 7,000 years = .01. If I live to be 70, my existance in God’s 7,000 year plan is only one (1) percent in his current plan’s time allotment. Man exists but in a mere speck of time, in God’s eternity time loop. 1% out 100% is almost unnoticeable.

Mathematically, we can’t divide the finite by the infinite. However, to gain a bit of perspective, we can suggest a hypothetical.

If eternity were 7,000,000 (7 million) years, which we know it is not, God’s current 7,000 year plan phase is:

7,000 years / 7,000,000 years = .01 or 1% of eternity. The entire history of mankind would go almost unoticed in eternity.

Thus, a single man’s existance in a hypothetical 7,000,000 year eternity would 1% of 1%. In other works, a really small number, or not much or a long time considering eternity. Since we know eternity has no beginning or end, we can’t truly assign a number to it and calculate man’s true signficance. The point is, the longer you consider the extent of eternity, the smaller and more insignificant man becomes. The larger the number you use to approximate eternity and calculate mans signficance, the smaller he becomes (statistically) to the point of almost being non-existant. Statistically speaking, our existance would be the equivalent of having an infinite number of zero’s (0) following the decimal point (.00000000000 … 1). What are we that God is mindful of us? We don’t even represent the smallest of a flea-speck of time in eternity. When Christ acknowledges us to the Father (God), we then gain significance. We gain significance when we accept Christ’s offer of forgiveness and becomes his;

… “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” (Rev. 3:5). (Emphasis added).

Christ is the one who gives us significance and meaning in eternity (eternal life).

Final Words:

We really can’t understand eternity until we are in it. The only way we will or can exist in eternity is through our belief and acceptance of whom Christ is. The Bible CLEARLY states that Christ gives us eternal life (life in eternity), if we accept his offer of forgiveness and salvation. God will not allow us (mankind) to live in an eternal state of sin. Through Christ and his forgiveness of our sins, God allows us to live eternal life in righteousness (and not sinfulness). O.K.

Once the seven thousand (7,000) year plan of God’s divine purpose or plan for man is complete, what then?

Again, we won’t know until God reveals it to us. Does God have an eternal plan for man (or me and you)? Yes, I believe he does. Why would he go through 7,000 years of history in dealing with men, and in sending his Son to earth … all for naught? This would negate the work that Christ did on the cross, for us. If he doesn’t have a plan for all of us, you and me, why would Christ promise us eternal, glorified bodies that will never die, never thirst, never hunger, never feel pain, never be scorched or frozen? God has a plan for us, or else he wouldn’t have promised that we will exist eternally. O.K.

What might God’s plan be for us? The Bible doesn’t seem to really say anything after the Millennial reign of Christ (final 1,000 year plan of God). True enough. Let’s see what the Bible DOES say about God, and maybe we can get a hint (or two) of what might occur in eternity.

Genesis starts off by saying God created. We also know, with a good deal of certainty, the God created angels before the earth and us. Thus, God has given us an indication that he created in eternity past (angels, heavenly realm or dimension) and created presently (7,000 years of man on earth). I will suggest that God will create again in eternity future. He is not done. He will continue to create, according to His eternal plan or purpose. He renewed and recreated the earth after the flood, he renewed and recreated the earth after the Tribulation. God is constantly creating, always has, and is now, and always will. It is part of his being. God delights in creating. He delights in making his power manifest within the creation. What might he create? He created classes or groupings of angels, he created four (4) very unique creatures or ‘beasts’ who have direct access to his throne, he created the different nationalities, races, tribes and groupings of men, he created sea life, animal life, bird life, microscopic life, the physical universe (galaxies, suns, planets). There is a physical realm or dimension and spiritual realm or dimension. Might he create more variety of physical life in the physical realm? Might he create more variety of beings in the spiritual dimension? Might he create more variety in the universal realm or dimension? Might he create entirely new dimensions or realms? Might he create more or greater direct access to these dimensions or realms? What about our role interacting with God’s future creative plans. How might we fit in? What might He expect of us? What aspect of it might he want us to ‘subdue’, like his expectation of Adam and Eve with the earth at Genesis. We have to exist at his chosen point in eternity future, to find out.

I believe God will continue expanding his creation for eternity. I believe, that through Jesus Christ, God will have chosen redeemed men, from throughout the combined 7,000 years of human history, to participate in God’s continued, eternal creation. God is just getting warmed up to show his created what he can do in creation. God’s nature is to make known and expand his glory. God is not finite, but infinite. God is not ‘one and done’ with the earth or the universe. The Holy Spirit is clear when God says “he makes all things new.” This is not to infer that what God has made is inferior or broken down or needs to be replaced. That is a finite mind speaking. What I am inferring is that it is God’s pleasure to create anew, that which he wants. After God creates, he says “it is good.” The heavens and angels marveled at his creation of earth and man. Those of us alive with eyes to see and ears to hear and lips to taste and noses to smell and brains to discern, marvel at what we have on earth and can see in the night time sky. Might angels and redeemed men, participate in and marvel at God’s creative efforts in eternity future? I believe so.

This is called forecasting the future based on what transpired in the past. Simple enough. Not rocket science. In data science we call this a “trend analysis.”  God does not act in a haphazard or chaotic way, as our finite minds might believe or discern. God has a method and purpose in his activity, no matter how infinite or complex it might seem to us. The Bible is full of repetitive patterns in God’s dealings with mankind. Just look at how God deals with mankind’s sins. His pattern is consistent through Jesus Christ (the only way to the Father is through the Son). Could God choose to change the pattern or methods of his creative effort in eternity future? Sure, He is God. He can do as ever he pleases. For those of us redeemed by Christ, we can excitingly look forward to a point in eternity future when we will be blessed to see the answer to this question.

In an effort to continue providing hints at what might God and Jesus Christ have in store for those who love him, all we have to do is look at the various gifts that God gives us through his only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I won’t create a grocery list of items for you, you will need to find these in the Bible and understand them for yourself. In doing so, you will come to value and understand the gifts. Answer to yourself what the possession of some of these gifts might imply? What form or function or value would they have in eternity? Why would you need them in eternity? What purpose would they serve God in eternity, from his perspective? Good questions, and ones you can actually answer yourself.

One last hint regarding God’s future plans in eternity.

I’m going to have to start at the beginning of a short trend line, in order to bring you up to speed on the hint. We know that at the end of Tribulation period, the population of mankind has been absolutely decimated. No, man has not been completely or totally obliterated from the earth, but his number has been drastically and dramatically reduced. During the Millennial reign of Christ (final 1,000 years), we know that the planet has been renewed to an ‘Eden-like’ state (perfect environment). God allows those left on earth, at the end of the Tribulation, to regenerate and repopulate the earth. Men will live life spans equal to those lived at the time of Eden, hundreds of years long. Due to the exponential (mathematical) growth of the population living so long, there will be a population explosion. How do we know this? Rev. 20:8 indicates that at Satan’s final rebellion at the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ, he gathers (yet again) an extremely large number of men to rebel against God and Christ, “the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.” Figuratively, this number could be in the billions and most likely more. All these people come from a small remnant of people that started repopulating the earth 1,000 years earlier (at the beginning of the millennium). Putting this into perspective, today’s population is around 7.5 or 8.0 Billion. It has taken mankind 6,000 years plus to put that many bodies on the earth. Wars, famines, pestilence, sin, abortions, poverty, malnutrition, disease, etc., have all worked to keep mankind’s population numbers in check. What would happen if ALL of these limiting factors in mankind’s procreation were suddenly eliminated (or significantly reduced) at the beginning of Christ’s Millennial reign? How quickly could mankind’s population grow into the tens or hundreds of billions on a renewed and recreated earth managed by Christ’s rule?

Now, to the end of the trend line and the hint. The Bible gives no mention what happens to men on earth, after Christ’s 1,000 reign is finished. Logically, we can assume that men will continue procreating. If the earth gets full, where will they go? What happens to them? We do know that an unbelievably large number of men will be consumed by God’s fire during Satan’s final, rebellion attempt that finally results in his being thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone. “the number of whom is as the sand of the sea,” (Rev. 20:8) is how many men are destroyed at the end of the final 1,000 year period. Are we to interpret this to mean ALL men, or a subset number of all men? The Bible does not say ALL men, so at a minimum, we should interpret this to be that there will still be men on earth. These men will continue procreating as they are in fleshly bodies. Will the earth have to repopulate itself once again? Or will God allow mankind to continue growing, and repopulating to the point that men have to migrate somewhere else? Where else might they migrate to in the vast universe of God’s creation? Might God create yet another habitat for man, or will he use something he has already created? I guess we will find out in eternity future. I pray that you will be there to experience God’s plan for mankind and for you. It sound’s exciting! To be there, please accept Jesus Christ’s free offer of salvation, through his forgiveness of your sins, the shedding of his blood and resurrection. You will be given a front row ticket and a seat.

… “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.” (Isaiah 65:17).

“And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.” (Psalm 64:9).

… “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”  (1 Corinthians 2:9).

… “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Rev. 21: 1).

… “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.” (Rev. 21:5).

… To Be Continued …

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