An interesting post at De Regnis Duobus today, about how time turns pleasure into vanity:
Perhaps you have been haunted by the inexplicable feeling that your very environment, the only environment you have ever known (namely time), is foreign. Could time, the very stuff of life and building block of society that greets us every morning with the buzzing of the alarm clock, and then pushes us through each day, actually be an enemy? As bizarre as it sounds, I suggest that it is, and as the Preacher argues in the book of Ecclesiastes, this enemy adversely affects all of our toil under the sun. In a word, time renders all of man’s earthly pursuits utterly pointless.
That’s a pretty bold statement about time, and it made me wonder: Is time inherently a force of decay? Will time join the three space dimensions of X, Y, and Z in their ReCreation for the New Heavens and New Earth? Will there be time in the consummation, or will God be bringing us out of time, as He is? Is that why heaven will be “eternal”? Rev 21 tells us that heaven will have no sun, no moon, and no night. The given reason for no sun or moon is that there will be no need of light; but the stated reason for their creation was “for signs and for seasons, and for days and years”, so wouldn’t their removal possibly indicate that there is no further need to mark time — because there is no more time?