I created this Bridge of Time diagram because I have often drawn rough sketches of it in speaking to people and thought that it would be nice to have a more detailed version online somewhere as a resource. The overall concept is that God’s eternal economy is accomplished in time, which can be viewed as a bridge connecting the blueprint of God’s plan before time with the finished masterpiece in eternity forever.
By passing through time and space God enters an irreversible process in His economy where He becomes flesh, becomes the life-giving Spirit, and ultimately becomes married to His chosen people (John 1:14; 1 Cor. 15:45; Rev. 19:7). Thus, the God at the beginning of the Bible is, economically, radically different from the God at the end of the Bible.
This thought of process is running in the background of the diagram. But my main intention was to help visualize event proximities and major happenings throughout human history. Thus I have all the prophets listed in chronological order (Obadiah is a tricky one, some place him at the beginning and some at the end), the great human image seen in Daniel, and the breakdown of the dispensations in God’s move. I tied in Christ’s status as the threefold seed in humanity with verse references related to Adam, Abraham, and David because this bears strong significance to God’s purpose and process. I supply some approximate dates for general reference, but the main thing is not the precise dates of events but the big picture.
This diagram also visualizes some lines from a favorite song of mine:
God eternal has a purpose,
Formed in His eternal past,
Spreading to eternal future;
‘Twixt these ends all time is cast.
For with time there is the process,
Time for His accomplishment;
And in time we’re merely travelers—
For eternity we’re meant.