Christ breaks the rules of language and tenses with the statement “before Abraham was, I am”. God did this too,
and Yahweh said, `Am I concealing from Abraham that which I am doing? 18 and Abraham TO BE HE IS a nation great and mighty, and blessed in him have been all nations of the Earth
Genesis 18:17-18 YLT 2019
הָיֹ֧ו יִֽהְיֶ֛ה TO BE HE IS means he is and is to become. As Jesus is, and is to come. The Jesus who was, is the crushed, killed, and sent away Azazel scapegoat (Lev. 16:8).
It is a complete anomaly of any ancient language to play on or with the written language yet God does it frequently and very deliberately, to outsmart the rulers of this age:
And comes forth the sun, and goes in the sun. And to his place panting [running the race, Ps. 19:5, Heb. 12:1], coming forth he there.
Walking toward the south and turning around towards the north, around and around, walking the spirit, and on his circuit returning the spirit [John 3:8].
The whole of the rivers are walking toward the Sea, but the Sea is not full. Toward the place the rivers are walking, there they return to walk.
The whole of the words are wearisome [the Bible]. Man is not able to speak [mute]. The eye is not satisfied to see [blind]. The ear is not filled to hear [deaf].
What HAS BECOME, is he who IS. And what has been made, is he who will be made. And nothing of the whole is new under the sun [the sons of Day, 1 Thes. 5:5].
Is there a word [the son] of whom he says, ‘See, this is new’? He already HAS BECOME to the ages, which he HAS BECOME from-to before us. There is no remembrance for the first ones; nor also for the last ones WHO ARE; He is not for them a remembrance with those who are for the last one.”
Ecclesiastes 1:7-11 Concrete, literal translation
Can you wrap your mind around that? Time is not linear. This is called smashing the rules of how we conceive of God’s order from within and out of time. See, we took the ancients for uneducated, culturally suppressed, nomadic tards who just needed a little extra help from us superior-minded, liberated gods. When the reality is it is just the opposite. You’ve been had. There are deep teachings about God, order, and time in the Bible but they are covered up because translators can’t wrap their minds around God’s riddles, and they seem to be trigger-happy with changing texts rather than striving to understand it, and then if they can’t, they don’t allow anyone else to. In fact they all change this one:
For now we see in a mirror in an enigma, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.
1 Corinthians 13:12 Literal Translation
The Bible is an enigma. When you open the Bible, do you see yourself in the Scriptures? (James 1:23-24). Were you fully known from ancient times and revealed within the pages of the Book? Are you yourself a word of God? If you are, you are not new, but very, very old. You are ancient. You HAVE BECOME from us and to us. Several verses make it clear that the elect WERE from the foundation of the world:
according as He did choose us in him before the foundation of the world. Eph 1:14 YLT
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world Matt. 25:34 KJV
I will utter things hidden since the foundation of the world.” Matt 13:35
everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb… Rev. 13:8
For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; Rom. 8:29 NASB
Read that line again from Ecclesiastes 1:11. The first and the last are in the plural:
no remembrance for the first ones; nor also for the last ones, WHO ARE;
Jesus is the first and the last and the one WHO IS. But guess what. He isn’t the only one. The Bible is living and active. We are writing its story today. Our deeds, paths, risings, and sittings, are being searched out today (Ps. 139) and are being written down for us before the foundation of the world. A circular flow of time like of the rivers flowing to the Sea and returning to where they came. The Bible is living. It is not about believing in Jesus (the demons believe, and shudder) but believing in the name of Jesus. His name is your name, your name his His name. You abide in him and he abides in you. Therefore,
And without faith it is impossible to be well-pleasing unto Him [God] ; for he that cometh to God must believe that HE IS [you], and that He [God] is a rewarder of them that seek after him.
Hebrew 11:6 ASV