“But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”.
I lost a dear friend a few years ago, and I miss him a lot. I often go and sit by his grave and talk to him.
I know he doesn’t hear me, but I talk to him anyway, who knows right?
One Sunday morning while I was at his grave, It occurred to me that he had been dead almost two years. And I wondered how long he had been in heaven.
Some time after that, My Pastor and I had to work a funeral. A young woman had passed away, leaving 3 young children and a loving family behind.
In the months prior to that, I had been pondering about time in heaven, and when it came my time to speak and comfort the family, I reminded them that their mother, their daughter, their wife, their sister was with the Lord in soul and spirit, (rev 6:9, Ecc.12:9) and reminded them that by the time THEY get there, she probably would not have had any time to miss them.
For her, when they see her again, the time apart from them would seem as only be a moment, all tears would be wiped away, and they would never again be separated.
I asked them to encourage themselves with that thought. She was no longer suffering, and she was with her loved ones who had gone before her, and much happier than we can ever hope to be in this world. I asked them to take comfort in that.
Later that week at church, I was asked how I had reached that conclusion about how time passes in heaven.
So I explained it this way, using three very profound verses of scripture.
2 Peter 3:8 “but, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day”
Ecclesiastes 12:9 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Revelation 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:
So let’s examine what Peter says in 2 Peter 3:, let’s break this down, take it for what it says literally, and see if it makes any sense.
If a thousand years in heaven is a day, or 24 hours here, then a year here is a little over a minute in heaven, about 70 seconds, meaning my friend who has been gone almost three years has been with the Lord about 3 minutes at the time of this writing.
My friend has not had time to even miss me, he is at a family reunion hosted and sponsored by our Lord Jesus, and when I do see him, it will be like I just walked in the door after he woke up one morning. I mean, he hasn’t even had time to fix a pot of coffee, so we can pick up where we left off before he left me.
That thought has been a great comfort to me concerning him, and when I think of all my loved ones that have gone to be with Jesus.
So here’s the math I used to come to my conclusion. I pray it is a comfort and a blessing to you, and anyone you share it with.
1000 years divided by 24 hours here = 41.6 yrs. So an hour in heaven is about 41 years and 7 months HERE.
Which means If you lost a loved one ten years ago, they’ve been in heaven about 14 minutes. They have barely had time to miss us. 20 years ago? maybe thirty minutes, 50? a little over an hour.
We don’t have to worry about our loved ones resting in the grave. Their body is there, but their soul and spirit are with the Lord. And we believe in Jesus, we will see them again, and it will only seem as a moment has passed when we do. We can take comfort in that , and comfort others as well. God is so good!
Copyright James Dixon 2022