My inspiration to write this article comes from Doctrine & Covenants 88:78: “Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;”
Herein is a “theory” as before mentioned, there has been no attempt made to identify any new doctrine, principle, nor law of the gospel. Perhaps theory is the lesser of these, my hope is that it may have some usefulness nonetheless.
Science is slowly catching up to what Prophets have known for dispensations, which is that time is not flat; time is thus experienced differently depending on one’s physical location in the universe.
“General relativity combines the time dimension with the three dimensions of space to form what is called spacetime. The theory incorporates the effect of gravity by saying that the distribution of matter and energy in the universe wraps and distorts spacetime, so that it is not flat.” Stephen Hawking, “The Universe in a Nutshell”, 35; Bantam Books, November 2001.
Simply put this means time is experienced faster or slower depending on the location of the one experiencing the time. Those on our planet measure/experience time based on the laws that govern it.
David understood this cosmic fact, “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.” Psalm 90:4.
Peter taught the same, “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.” 2 Peter 3:8.
Abraham learned this as he spoke with the Lord under a star decked night. “And the Lord said unto me, by the Urim and Thummim, that Kolob was after the manner of the Lord, according to its times and seasons in the revolutions thereof; that one revolution was a day unto the Lord, after his manner of reckoning, it being one thousand years according to the time appointed unto that whereon thou standest. This is the reckoning of the Lord’s time, according to the reckoning of Kolob.” Abraham 3:4.
The Prophet Joseph Smith gave us the equation in his explanation of Facsimile No. 2. “One day in Kolob is equal to a thousand years according to the measurement of this earth” Note on Facsimile No. 2.
From these sacred writings we have our formula of measurement of 1,000 earth years is equal to 1 heaven day (1,000 earth years = 1 heaven day). Many interesting thoughts and insights can be gained from this equation alone; for example this was our reckoning of time prior to our mortal births. Therefore if a spirit is born into mortality, leaving Kolob and enter a womb on this earth, and lives here for 62.5 years then dies, if that spirit then were to return to heaven it would have been absent from heaven for only 1.5 hours. As minutes and hours pass by there, lifetimes pass by here. Thus Adam did truly die in the same day that he ate the forbidden fruit, because he died prior to turning one thousand years old on this earth. According to our reckoning of time Adam lived to be 930 years old, thus Adam was never older than one day old, according to the measurement of time as assigned to Kolob.
An understanding of this equation is necessary to understand the full meaning of other certain passages of scripture. Before looking into these scriptures however, one other scripture concerning time ought to be considered.
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” Revelation 5:1.
Doctrine and Covenants 77:7 states: “Q. What are we to understand by the seven seals with which it was sealed? A. We are to understand that the first seal contains the things of the first thousand years, and the second also of the second thousand years, and so on until the seventh.”
Meaning that the book sealed with seven seals is a symbol of the temporal existence of our earth broken down into seven periods of time (a thousand years each) from Adam until the end of the Millennium totaling seven thousand years.
Most people erroneously believe that the entire seventh seal, or seventh period of one thousand years, is the Millennium. While most of the seventh seal is made up of the Millennium, the entire seal is not. For clarification we go to the scriptures briefly.
“And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets.” Revelation 8:1-2.
If we go to the calendar and accept it as is, meaning that it is currently the year 2016, then we are currently in the 16th year of the final and seventh seal. The quick math on this- the 4000 years prior to the birth of the Savior and the 2000 years following his birth give us seals 1 through 6 respectively, rounding the numbers for simplicity. We call it the year 2016 but in reality it is the year 6016 from Adam. In these terms the seventh seal is from 6000 to 7000, thus we are 16 years into the seventh seal as of 2016.
Although we are 16 years into the seventh seal, this does not mean we are 16 years into the Millennium, it is evident that we are not in the Millennium because the Second Coming has not yet occurred. So, the question begs…then where are we? Or better yet when are we in our earth’s history?
The key is in the above verse…… “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour”
This time of “about the space of half an hour” is after the reckoning of heaven. Let us refer back to our prior formula which is 1 day in heaven equals 1000 years on earth, therefore 1 minute in heaven = 251.85 days on earth. Thus 30 minutes in heaven would equal 20.7 years here on our earth. This would mean, again following our current calendar, the seventh seal spans from the year 2000 to the year 3000, again rounding numbers for simplicity; therefore from the year 2000 until mid-2020s no trumpets would sound for that is the time the angels are preparing them in heaven. After this silence in heaven for the space of half an hour the second coming is not far off.
“And there shall be silence in heaven for the space of half an hour; and immediately after shall the curtain of heaven be unfolded, as a scroll is unfolded after it is rolled up, and the face of the Lord shall be unveiled; (D&C 88:95)
The account found in Doctrine & Covenants and the account found in New Testament do not contradict if you consider that one is a record from the perspective of heaven and the other from earth.
It would appear that this before mention “silence in heaven for the space of about half an hour” is experienced as approximately 30 minutes in heaven and approximately 20.7 years on earth- is a time of preparation, after which the “face if the Lord shall be unveiled.”
We know we live in the time of the hastening of the work as mentioned in Doctrine & Covenants 88:73 “Behold, I will hasten my work in its time.” Interestingly following this period of hastening the rest of Doctrine & Covenants 88 foretells of the final events leading up to the Second Coming.
Consider it. Could it be that this time of “hastening”, in which President Monson has stated we are living in, be the very fraction of time following the breaking of the seventh seal, even the silver of time just prior to the Second Coming and Millennial reign of our Savior Jesus Christ? Could it be that we are currently living in the time described as “silence in heaven about the space of half an hour”…. If so, the Second Coming is much closer than most expect.