I have several theories about time, I am quite sure we have the concept of time wrong, but I’m not so sure how, so it is worth exploring. This is one such exploration I came to by looking at patterns, and also the fairly advanced technology of the people of long ago that don’t exactly fit historical models:
For us we can only be certain of time in our lifetime, what came before us we are taught by others who have been taught, but no one knows for sure. Our view of time comes from the mercy of God, and His willingness to show us what life would be like if He didn’t help. It also shows the repeating pattern in history in differing lights. In short our understanding of history is wrong and each empire (world power) lasts perhaps 70 years or so as a world power. This goes for the modern day American empire (aka world power) as well as the old Egyptian, Roman, and whatever else was the world power at the time.
Each one was basically comparable to our modern living, each one had TV’s cellphones, computers etc. Each empire builds itself up in a pyramid power structure fashion to a point where the ones at the lowest level, who bear the most weight, finally cry out to God, God removes them and the empire collapses, then another empire rises. Rince and repeat.
So why do we see our progress in history and show that the old empires lasted for 100’s or 1000’s of years or so. It is for us to see what it would be like without the mercy of God, how harsh it would be for us to a point that we wonder if humanity would survive at all. But it also shows the harsh reality of what is hidden under the surface today, that slavery that still exists today as it did back then, it’s just hidden, God does not allow us to see ourselves as slaves though many are - a slave who just thinks he is a worker going to work everyday may have a better outlook on life then a slave who knows he is a slave.
Our ability to tell time is distorted, but also we have a ability to age things in our mind and items age/transfigure to a more ‘primitive state’, what was once new, after several years have passed now we remember it as old and antiquated and we age it in our minds so we have the illusion of progress. Devices such as the antikythera mechanism were possible iphones of the day, just aged/transfigured to give the illusion of progress, and to set the device properly in the time period as God wants us to understand it for our learning. Right now the return to alcohol powered and electric cars is a echo of the past when cars ran on those fuels before gasoline took over, repeating the pattern. Will gasoline retake the center-stage for another 70 year run of the Chinese (or whatever) empire? A fuel that you just pump out of the ground like water is hard to compete with in terms of price.