Presentism is the theory of time that states that the only thing that exists is the present. The “past” is not a place one can travel into and change. The “future” is not a place that one can travel into and change. We live in an ever changing “now”.
This theory of time is the most natural for humans to understand. After all, this mirrors our real life experiences. The past is a memory and the future is not yet real. At an early age we learn that if we break our toys they will never be the same.
It is not a coincidence that this is the view of the Bible. The Bible speaks in real time. Past events are always memories. Future events are always future. There is no time travel in the Bible. There is no traveling into the past to change events. The past is set and gone. The future is open.
God is described throughout the Bible in terms of presentism, even the verses commonly used to support “timelessness”:
Rev 1:4 … from Him who is and who was and who is to come…
Psa 90:4 For a thousand years in Your sight Are like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night.
Heb 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
Notice in each “proof” of timelessness the understanding that time is real and experienced in the present. God was, is, and will be. A thousand years disappear into the past. Jesus was, is and will be. Days and years are spoken of as experienced time. And this is not assuming any of the above verses are idiomatic. All of this is the reality of the Bible.
Throughout the Bible, the presentism is strong.
Gen 9:16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”
God here says that He anticipates doing something in the future that will remind Him of the past.
Deu 7:18 you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall remember well what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
Here God remembers Egypt as the past and then calls on others to recall those events to shape their current thoughts.
Throughout one of the primary passages used by negative theology advocates, God speaks exclusively in presentism:
Isa 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, And new things I declare; Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”
Things “spring forth”. They come into being. Other things are “pass”.
Isa 42:14 “I have held My peace a long time, I have been still and restrained Myself. Now I will cry like a woman in labor, I will pant and gasp at once.
Isa 42:15 I will lay waste the mountains and hills, And dry up all their vegetation; I will make the rivers coastlands, And I will dry up the pools.
God speaks of enduring for a long time and now He has reached a point of action.
Isa 43:3 For I am the LORD your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Isa 43:4 Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored, And I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, And people for your life.
God reminds the people of God’s acts in the past. God then mentions His past love for Israel. God lastly mentions what He will do in the future for Israel.
Isa 44:7 And who can proclaim as I do? Then let him declare it and set it in order for Me, Since I appointed the ancient people. And the things that are coming and shall come, Let them show these to them.
God challenges other gods to do what God does: declare what will happen in the future (things that “shall come”).
The entire text of the Bible speaks in these terms, any verse concerning time-frames is evidence of this. The concept of timelessness is not existent in the Bible. Events will happen, are happening, or have happened. There is no time travel, past or future. There is no “viewing time from outside of time”. The writers of the Bible were presentists: all that exists is now. The past is gone and the future is not yet.