Time is best understood by events. There are events that just took place or that took place some time ago, and there are events that are about to happen. That gives us the "past" and the "future", but what about the "present", the NOW ?
In our mortal world of birth, life, and death NOW doesn't exist ! NOW is eternal and is spiritual. NOW is seperate from "past" and "future" as thse later are what define "time", but NOW is eternal, it doesn't transient (passing especially quickly into and out of existence - Webster's) into something else as "past" does.
God lives in the Eternal NOW. It has no beginning or end, it just IS. When Moses enquired of God about whom he should say sent him to be the deliverer of the children of Israel, what did God answer ? "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you ." (Ex 3:14) and Jesus, when disputing the Scribes and Pharisees, the hypocritical religious leaders of the day, said, " Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am ." (Jn 8:58) !!! This was following a statement to the effect that how could Jesus have known Abraham, not yet having been of this life for enough "time", or being "old enough". Now we know that prior to His physical birth Jesus was with God in the Eternal NOW ; " In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God...And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth ." (Jn 1: 1,14) . In the Eternal Now "time" is not a factor.
Those who have departed this life go on to another place, a spiritual place no longer governed by the past or the future and where aging is no longer a factor as the threshold (gate, door - Webster's) of death has already been crossed. They are now in the spiritual world, The Eternal Now.
On occasion people get to have a look into the Eternal Now through dreams and visions and that is what has given us the prophecies of the Bible. The prophets or "seers" as they were called ; "(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to enquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.) ." (1Sam 9:9) would be permitted to look into the Eternal Now, where things from "life" are already all recorded, and would come away with, what is to us, a view of the future as we are still in "time" not yet having crossed the threshold of death.
History, past and future, is already recorded as a "happened" event. You can read about it in the Bible. It is already all done. The Bible's prophetic books, and in particular those relating to The End Time describe events, which to us are "future", but to the Eternal Now of the spirit world, are already recorded. The physical, including us, is merely catching up to what is already in place in the spiritual. In the spiritual things move in a instant, but then the physical has to catch up, and that takes .... time.
This also explains the phenomena known as "Deja Vu", which is the French for "Already Seen". It has been "already seen" in a glimpse into the Eternal Now, either during a moment of meditation or while sleeping. The soul doesn't sleep, only the mind and body do. So, while being instructed in the night seasons, as the Bible says, while our body sleeps but our spirit is awake ... " I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. ."(Ps 16:7), we get a glimpse into the Eternal Now and some "time" later the physical has caught up to the spiritual and you could swear that the situation or scene you are in was "already seen" before; you claim to be having a "Deja Vu", because in fact you are.
Knowing about things in advance gives us a great advantage in that we can prepare for the events that will soon be shaping history and the world instead of suffering the changes not knowing what is really going on. We, who have faithfully studied God's Word, are not in the dark as to what the "future" holds for us. We know what is going to happen. This can also at times be very frustrating as we try to share what we know with others and are met with scorn and derision. It is like the pilot that sees the fire approaching the town and tries to warn the town's folk but is laughed at just because they don't "see" it themselves. We attempted to bring this out some in our lessons .
In the Eternal Now of the spirit world things are quite polarized. The "for's" on the one side and the "against's" on the other, there is no in-between. There are a great many souls that have not yet fully entered the Eternal Now even though they have crossed death. They "sleep" awaiting the return of Christ, and as Jesus did for three and a half days following His crucifixion, we will also get to visit with these and witness to them one more time before they choose which side of the Eternal Now they will spend Eternity on. The Bible speaks of those who "sleep"; " Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory ." (1Cor 15:51-54)
There are many things that remain a mystery to us now, but for those of us who have selected to accept Jesus as God's gift of Salvation, all of these mysteries will be clear once we have joined Him in the Eternal Now. " For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known ." (1Cor 13:12) So, beloved brethren, be not afraid of sudden fear when it cometh, for greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world. Join Jesus today, and be a partaker on the right side of the Eternal Now.
Just prior to the sounding of the seventh trumpet signifying the return of Christ to rightfully rule the Earth, what did the angel declare ? "And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:" (Rev 10:5-6) Welcome to the Eternal Now !