There is reason for me to believe that we live in a parallel universe right now. Yes, one of those universes that the scientists talk about in purely scientific terms. We exist there now with our same memories and personalities (although possibly much more mellow), but in a timeless place where we are free to move back and forth in what to us is time. In that place everything that has already happened, or will ever happen in our present or natural universe is available to all the inhabitants of the other universe.
The inhabitants of that other universe just don’t have the same ability that we have to change anything in our universe (the one we live in now) as they go along. But they can visit our past, our present, and our future at will. That place is called Heaven by us, and the only “catch” as we would characterize it is that everyone is already dead, risen again and with the Father. You, I, everyone we know, all our individual ancestors and all our children, and all their descendants are already there. And we are still stuck here. Thankfully, it is temporary and we will then cross over the veil into that other universe – to Heaven.
This concept is all based on one of the most interesting visions I’ve had, a revelation on the nature of Heaven and of our spirits. It is the brief one the evening after my father died. I called it the Vision of Crossing Over – Timeless Heaven. In it a voice, presumably from an angel, told me this about my father who had died earlier in the day:
“Take comfort! The Spirit and Heaven, like God, are timeless and have no beginning and no end. Your father has not gone to the present Heaven, but to the future Heaven! You and your descendants, as well as your ancestors, are all there to greet him!”
Do you understand what that really means? Most of us can fathom the concept that “God is timeless” – capable of moving back and forth in time, that “He knew us from the beginning” and planned and “created us from the first day of creation”. In other words, timelessness is a special attribute that we associate with God. Yet when we hear that God has known us from the beginning of creation, we just take it for granted that He is able to do that. He planned us and when we would be born, live and die. Now the timeless spirit word from the angel tells us that we were actually present at the beginning too – the spirit is “timeless and have no beginning and no end” – confirmation of what we have been told.
The voice told me that our spirit and the Heaven that we go to are both timeless. A timeless heaven and a timeless spirit (our spirit) resolves the conflict between the idea of Revelations 20 whereby we are all resurrected together and the idea that we hope is true – that we are taken immediately to Heaven. If Heaven and our spirits are timeless, then we both go immediately (one at a time) and at the same instant arrive together. Jesus told the criminal on the cross:
…”Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise” Luke 23:43
This criminal went straight to Heaven, but we thought perhaps it was a special case. This timeless Heaven, timeless spirit revelation resolves the quandary I hear all the time. “I’m sure that my Mother is in heaven, but I’ve also been told that we rise together at the end of 1000 years – at the end times. When do we go? Is she there already or not?”
They both are true, because in Heaven all times are the same time. She dies well before you, rises immediately (at the instant of death) at the end times and is greeted by you and all your ancestors and your descendants who also arise at that same instant. She can look down on you at any time she chooses, and so can you.
What a concept! What a revelation! Heaven’s inhabitants can visit any of our natural times at any time their spiritual bodies wish. We arrive together but it is instantaneous upon our death, which may be many years apart as we measure it, but is the same instant as God, Heaven, and the Spirit measure it.
In this parallel universe of a timeless Heaven, we can move back and forth in time, visit with ancestors and visit situations with our descendants. We likely won’t be concerned with what is happening because we already know the outcome and are already with whoever we were visiting with. I can’t see any reason for this visiting except as a chance to smile and say: “Now look how worried you were! And now you know it was all for nothing!” or just to review and witness how our families developed.
Ever had a déjà vu moment? The experience of déjà vu seems to be very common; in formal studies 70% of people report having experienced it at least once. Déjà vu has been described as “remembering the future.” Perhaps our own spirit, already in Heaven, has given us a quick glimpse of this moment and we did not realize it. Ever had an inspiration that seemed to come out of the blue? An idea, a solution, a thought that you did not understand how it popped into your head? Perhaps an ancestor, descendant, or self was present.
Parallel universe – or Heaven! What do you think? I think Heaven is all around us, not just “up there”!
For the scientists and physicists:
Those of you with a scientific curiosity and mind may want to check out how I’ve presented this timeless concept to the physics world: Does time exist? What I’m really talking about there is the realm of photons – light. It was inspired by the vision mentioned above. God is the light, Jesus is the light of the world. If this parallel universe we call Heaven is timeless, perhaps it exists in the same universe that photons – light – does. It makes sense to me. It tells me where Heaven really is, not necessarily up there, but all around us – we just can’t see it – yet! This other presentation is purely scientific. You and I know the rest of the story.
Yes, science and religion can co-exist.