Did God Turn Back Time?

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I was wondering if you know what God did exactly in Isaiah 38:8.  Did he actually turn back time or just change the earth’s rotation – which is no small feat of course.  And what is the spiritual signification of that event?

Please take your time in responding.


Hi J____,

Thank you for your question.

God caused the earth to rotate backwards ten degrees. He did not need to involve the rest of the solar system in what He did, though if He had needed to do so, it would have been no great task for Him. That is the spiritual significance for us. Nothing is too hard for God, including our salvation. Just as he caused the earth to stand still until Joshua and Israel had destroyed their enemies, He made the earth to return on its axis ten degrees as a sign to Hezekiah that He was capable of healing Hezekiah of his deadly affliction:

Jos 10:13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.

This is written from our perspective just as every weatherman on television to this very day tells us when the sun will rise and when the sun will set even though its rising and setting is merely an illusion caused by the earth’s rotation.

The earth stood still and all the catastrophes associated with such an action were suspended by God just because He can!

That is the spiritual lesson in those things for us. There is nothing too hard for God to do. If He can “raise up of of these stones children unto Abraham” then He can also cause the earth to stand still and even cause it to reverse its rotation ten degrees on the sundial.

Mat 3:9  And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. 

It is God who decides who you are, and it is God who decides who I am, and if He says I am a child of Abraham, then that is who I am:

Gal 3:29 And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

I hope this answers your question. If not just let me know.

Your brother in Christ,


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