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The World God Set in Your Heart is an Eternity

Your connection to God is very important to you. That should be obvious. What’s not always obvious is how to have that connection reset in your life to live in the oneness that God intended for all of His family to live. There is a connection to God in both heaven and earth. If I were to ask you to define God, you would have difficulty explaining Him without using symbols to describe Him. You might say He is a Spirit, a Word, or even Love, but how do you describe invisible things. It is difficult to do without connecting images and actions to God to represent Him. The Scriptures are full of examples of God in manifestation, which is the invisible made visible. Jesus is the greatest example of God’s description, and He was God manifested in the flesh, or the Word made flesh. These images help connect us to God so that we can somehow relate to Him in a small way.

 

Let’s also try to describe eternity. We use words like forever, always, or perpetual, but they are all another variant of eternity. To describe it, you would have to use an example of one who lives in the kingdom of God for all eternity, or forever. That idea will help bring context to the word eternity but doesn’t fully explain it to you. Beyond having a new resurrected body living forever in eternal life, it would be hard to imagine eternity. With that said, God does promise us an eternity with Him so let’s begin to at least imagine some form of it. I want to put you in that imagination in this teaching. 

 

When I talk about God here, try to imagine Him as an eternity. Once again, this word is also hard to describe because it has no limits, no structure, or object to fill a space. Eternity is never-ending, never ceasing, and is constantly expanding. Eternity has no beginning or reference to time because you cannot contain it in time. Does this sound like God to you? Hard to imagine through the carnal mind, which only thinks of earthly things. Eternity is different than the earth because the earth is visible and has a beginning and an end. One description of comparison might be that we live in the earth, but eternity lives in us. Our existence is made up of eternity. With that idea in mind, we can start to believe that we will live forever because we are the offspring of God. We are an eternity in a shell called our body. This statement leads us to realize that we can live in eternity while living on the earth.

 

If we are an eternity, and eternity lives in us, then when we physically die on the earth, our eternity still exists because we are in God, and God is in us. We are still eternal beings, whether we live unto eternal life or eternal damnation (death). Therefore we have no end, and we want to make sure that we have the right eternity in our hearts when we die. Let’s look at a key teaching in our churches that has been part of our foundation. This teaching centers around the scripture in Ecclesiastes 3:11, using the King James Bible.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 God has made everything beautiful in His time: He has also set the world in their heart so that no one can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end. 

 

You will find in this writing that I will interchange the word eternity with the world. You will understand why as you continue to read.

 

The rest of the story in Ecclesiastes 3:11.

 

We’ve learned that living on the earth is a separation from God. It wasn’t always meant to be that way, but it can go many different directions when you include people with choice. The problem with choice for God is that not all of His children choose Him over the world. Their sight is limited to the earth they live on; therefore, the eternity of the Spirit is overlooked and forsaken. We need to return to this eternity (of God) because it connects us with God.

 

God made each of us with an eternity inside us. For many, that eternity is simply a dead-end that cashes in at the end of their earthly life. That’s what they think anyway. For others, eternity is a world of God that is ready to be revealed if we can stay on the narrow path to get there. Not so easy to do when all you think about is the corruptible world in your heart. This world does not know God or recognize Jesus as its savior. But there is an answer to changing the eternity that’s inside you.

 

The book of Ecclesiastes is an amazing book written by the King of Israel, Solomon. He teaches us that man’s only reward is to rejoice in the life he has in front of him and the works he accomplishes. God’s gift to a man on the earth is the ability to work and rejoice over what he’s done. (Ecclesiastes 2:18; 3:22; 6:12; 8:7; 10:14) Because we have this gift from God, we can create a life in the flesh that serves our best interests. While it may seem fair to control your own life, it misses the point that life without God is nothing more than a life of selfishness with earthly rewards. At the end of your life, you will only be back where you started, in perpetual damnation, which is eternal death. 

 

Solomon, the wisest King of Israel, set his heart to discovering the earth’s secrets. When he found his conclusion, he wrote it in a book. Ecclesiastes 1:12–18 is a small summary of what he had to say about his findings.

 

12 I the Preacher was King over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: it is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of man to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit. 15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is lacking cannot be counted. 16 I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 and I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit. 18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increases knowledge increases sorrow.

 

Solomon describes a person living on earth with the wrong world in his heart. While he did say that the wisdom and knowledge of the earth is vanity, he also expressed that the only thing to rejoice in is the work that we accomplish in our life. But when it’s over, someone else gets to have it all. That doesn’t sound like much of a reward when you consider that everything we do on the earth will get old and break down. It will all fade away and either be destroyed or forgotten over time. 

 

Even if some remember you and your work, it will be interpreted by distant people who want to place you in whatever light makes sense to them at the time. (Considering how hard we work in our life, it’s no joy to know that our legacy will be remembered how others say it should be remembered. Someone else’s perception usually writes the history of what happened.) While there are some joys in living on the earth, it will not bring us anything beyond the earth itself when life is finished. Back to the dust we go. 

 

The world in your heart is eternity.

 

Does the question now become what does get remembered? If that's the question, then the answer is your eternity. It's your eternity that gets remembered by God and every spiritual being that experiences eternity with you. To clarify the term eternity, let's look again at what Solomon said about it.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 (KJV) says that God has made every thing beautiful in His time: He has also set the world in their heart, so that no one can find out the work that God makes from the beginning to the end. (He cannot find out what God has done from beginning to end.) 

 

This one verse tells a big story about your life. We have said that this verse shows us a spiritual world in our hearts. This world hides the secrets of God. It is also not the world of God. It's a world full of vanity, corrupted by man's lustful desires and the works of the flesh. This teaching is true, but let's think bigger. The King James Bible uses the word "world" in this verse. Some other translations use the word "eternity." That's because, in the Hebrew (עוֹלָם' ôlâm), eternity is a more accurate translation. 

 

Although the word world is a good translation, and I love to use it in its proper context, eternity helps stretch your thoughts beyond time and distance. This word is much bigger than what might be perceived when using the word world. The original Hebrew word is used as "eternity." It's also used as evermore, always, forever and ever, or perpetual. With this understanding, we have added a great deal to the context of this verse. Now let's read it with this in mind.

 

Ecclesiastes 3:11 God has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has put eternity into man's heart yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

 

This eternity is meant to conceal or hide something. That something is the true eternal life that God has promised you. This verse says that God's eternity is hidden from you and has been replaced with an eternity that will keep you in a perpetual cycle of death on the earth. This mystery makes sense when you understand that Adam was removed from the garden, and his eternal fate was sealed up in him. He lived in perpetual damnation on the earth until Christ came and broke the curse of eternal damnation and restored eternal life. (Remember that every generation of man until Jesus Christ was Adam.)

 

Solomon, the preacher, penned this letter to reveal an important secret. If we have the wrong eternity in our hearts, all we have in this life are the fruits of our labor. To rejoice and do good in this life will be our greatest and only accomplishment, yet at the end of the day, we know that something deep inside our being is missing. What is missing is the right eternity. God has been good to us as a people by giving us the gift of God, which is the opportunity to work hard and have a good life, but it still keeps us in the eternity of death when our life ends. We will not know anything beyond the earth. This statement may seem odd, but God’s gift keeps man in His favor until He can reveal salvation to him. God uses great wisdom and mercy in dealing with people who reject Him. He has, however, given us a way of escape from eternal damnation; we need to make some changes to our eternal story. This website is full of answers on how to accomplish that.

 

Where do you find your eternity? Look in your heart. Your heart is your eternity.

 

Who can find the work of God or the work of eternity?

 

People spend all their time on their own work to prosper in this world. The works of God in eternity are hidden from them. He knows nothing beyond his earthly existence. When you have filled your life with all your earthly rewards, who will show you what comes after your worldly life? Your eternity is limited to the eternity (world) in you. Is your eternity just the life you live now? Is the life you live now all that you have in your heart? You need to ask yourself these questions, and if the answer is yes, you need to reconnect with the eternity of God, and eternal life, which is Jesus Christ. Jesus is the door to eternal life. He is the way to the spiritual world that God wants to put in your heart to replace the corruptible one.

 

One example of a simple earthly-minded eternity was Pilate. He was a Roman governor, a man of earthly kingdoms. When Jesus was standing trial, he asked Him—What is truth? (John 18:38) This question is significant because it proves the point that sinners, sons of men, cannot know what the truth is beyond their earthly life. He could only see the conflict between Jesus and the Jews by looking through the eyes of flesh. He didn’t know who Jesus was because he didn’t have the revelation of Jesus working in his world. Jesus came into the world to bear witness to the truth. (John 18:36-38) The truth of eternal life. The truth that you are not of this world. But Pilate couldn’t see it because his truth was built upon the eternity in his heart. There are many examples of people in the Bible who get trapped in the wrong eternity. Many people among us get trapped in the earthly eternity as well. That’s why your perception can only see earthly things. The eternity of God must replace the temporal eternity that’s in your heart.

 

Some would ask why God would put an eternity in man’s heart that was death. The answer revolves around choice. Good and evil, eternal life, and eternal death have always been present in males and females. The ability to learn both is what gives your choices the ultimate rewards. God uses eternal death to reveal eternal life and vice versa. Therefore because eternal death has been manifested in our hearts through the world, we have the opportunity to repent from it and now choose eternal life. Jesus has shown us what the eternity of the Spirit is and how to obtain it. Our choice will usually determine our outcome when we align it with God’s will. There is nothing more rewarding than learning between good and evil and choosing to be good.

 

A new world, and a new eternity.

 

We connect to God through the world that he puts in our hearts. If He set the world there to hide the secrets of God, what would happen if God changed your world—if He changed your eternity? You would now understand the works of God from beginning to end. Then you could create the right eternity with God. You could change your world. The prophet Isaiah and the apostles Peter and John all describe this new eternity in one way as a new heaven and a new earth. This is the new world you’re looking for, where the corruptible earth does not govern your heart. It’s governed by heaven. In this world is where you live free from sin and death as the children of the kingdom, born free of flesh and blood. This world is where you reconnect with God.

 

If the world in your heart is connected to the physical world, your emotions, desires, perceptions, and soul is generally going after the physical world. It would make sense that the secrets of God are hidden from you until the word of God comes to your world and changes you and a new God of the world is installed as Lord and King. Jesus came to the world not to fix the earth, which comes later, but to fix the heart of people and change the world they live in. He came to give you spiritual life, an eternal life, and it starts now and continues forever and ever. The physical body can’t contain the eternity that God creates in you. You must leave your body one day to fully possess it. That day is guaranteed for all of us, so it’s a good time to let the Lord transform your eternity.

 

The world is an age, not just a place.

 

Luke 20:27–38 follows a question presented to Jesus by a Jewish party called Sadducees. These were Jews who denied the resurrection. The question was concerning a woman who was married to seven different brothers. The first brother married this woman, but he died before they could have children. After he died, the next brother took her to be his wife, but he died with no children. This situation happened the same way to all seven brothers, yet not one of the brothers had any children with this woman. She had seven husbands and no children, and then she died also. The question they presented to Jesus was, who’s wife is she in the resurrection, since she was married to all seven brothers, yet she had no children by any of them. Let’s pick up in verse 33.

 

33 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife. 34 And Jesus answering said unto them, The sons of this ”world” marry, and are given in marriage: 35 But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that ”world”, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: 36 Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the sons of God, being the sons of the resurrection. 37 Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed, in the passage about the bush, where he calls the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. 38 For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto Him.

 

We find something interesting in Luke’s account of this conversation with Jesus. In verse 33, they are asking Jesus concerning the resurrection. His answer is stunning. After He shows what men and women do in this earthly world, which is marry one another, He proceeds to separate the temporal world by showing another world. In verse 35, He says that the resurrection is a world. A world where you’re equal to the angels, and you don’t marry as humans do. A world that you’re born into by the resurrection of Jesus. A world where you can’t die anymore. He’s talking about the world in your heart being changed into a world of resurrection, eternal life. Imagine all the cares of life being done away with when the resurrection world enters your heart. Now you can say eternal life has been created in you. Your eyes are changed, your ears are changed, and greater than that, your whole body is changed. This world is the new man you’ve believed God for in your life. Your eternity becomes a resurrected eternity. That’s called living forever!

 

Now let me repeat something I said earlier in this teaching concerning the word "world.” Here in Luke, we find the same scenario as in Ecclesiastes 3:11. The word used here in Luke is ”world,” again used by the King James Bible. Some other translations use the word "age.” That’s because in the Hebrew (αἰών aiōn), age is a more accurate translation in the sense that it covers eternity and not just a world setting as you might think. It is used as an eternity that is not limited to people on the earth. Like in 1 Timothy 1:17, “To the King eternal (or the King of the ages), immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”. Also used in 1 Corinthians 2:7, “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world (ages) unto our glory:”

 

When people use the word world, they will often be limited in their mind to form a planet, similar to the way you limit a building to a structure. What you’re thinking of is earth. The writers show us something more significant than just earth in these passages. The world is often used not to describe the earth itself but as a state of being, or a consciousness, which is an eternity. It describes your spiritual heart. There are times to explain things in objects or places, like when Paul said in 1 Corinthians 3:9, “you are God’s field, God’s building.” We have a body, a temple for God to abide in. These are necessary for using descriptions that connect you to your life.

 

But in this teaching, I want you to allow yourself to be provoked by the Spirit to look past earthly objects and not only realize you have a world in your heart but an eternity. This world of resurrection is forever, just like eternal life is forever. Now imagine having that world, that eternity, in your heart today while you’re still a physical person. What would your life be like if you had the right eternity in your life? It would be a life full of everything that pleases God. A life full of edifying truth and walking in the Spirit. You would obey the commandments of eternal life and produce the fruit of the Spirit every day. And not only that, but you would realize that all the saints of God who came before you are connected to this same age or eternity you live in. Seeing them and talking to them by the Spirit of God is not just an idea; it can be a reality when we all live in the same eternity.

 

 In John 17:1–5, your new eternal life is summed up by Jesus Himself in His prayer to His father.

 

17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted his eyes to heaven and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work you gave me to do. 5And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world existed.

 

You may say you already know who God is and Jesus Christ whom He sent, but which eternity do you know them in? If it’s by an earthly eternity, you will only judge them after the flesh. Jesus didn’t say eternal life was an object; He described it as knowing God. That’s something that can only be accomplished by learning to live in the Spirit of God and getting to know Him outside of the flesh. If you know them in a heavenly eternity, you know who they are by the Spirit who has revealed their secrets. There is a big difference between the two. We see that play out in the gospels, and the apostles’ writings between those who judge Jesus by the flesh versus those who see Him by the Spirit as the true God from heaven. 

 

1 John 5:19–21

19 We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one. 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols.

 

Conclusion 

 

For years Ecclesiastes 3:11 has been used among our churches to simply prove that we have a spiritual world in our hearts. Let’s all think higher about this great mystery. It’s not just a world that we have in us; it’s an eternity that makes us immortal beings, who, though in the flesh, have access to the “forever” of God. Knowing the difference between just having a world in us versus an eternity is important because eternity is bigger than the world as we know it. Eternity allows you to work in prophecy and transcend time to work in the Spirit through what was, is, and is to come. Eternity is God, and everything works in God. There are no limits in eternity when you are a spirit of God who understands the Spirit realm itself. 

 

Jesus told His disciples that “there is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God, who will not receive many times more in this time, and in the age to come eternal life.” (Luke 18:18-30). The reward of eternity is great for our future, but as Jesus said, it starts now in this time and takes us to the fullness that we have all looked for in Jesus Christ.

 

 

God inhabits eternity.

 

Isaiah 57:15 (ESV)

15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, 

who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: 

“I dwell in the high and holy place, 

and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, 

to revive the spirit of the lowly, 

and to revive the heart of the contrite.

 

The eternity is your heart and the Spirit searches your eternity.

 

Romans 8:26–27 (ESV)

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

 

God will change your eternity.

 

Jeremiah 24:7 (ESV) 

7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart.

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