from my topic notes; B. Keith Chadwell
The last two times the term; "at hand" is used in the King James Bible and the only times the term is used in Revelation, is in the first chapter and finally, in the last chapter.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand,
Rev 22:10 And he said unto me, "Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand.
I believe the misunderstanding of the term; "at hand" in the first chapter of Revelations, verse 3 has contributed to some misunderstandings of the last chapter and of the term; "at hand" used therein as well. Therefore, as usual, one understanding builds a foundation for another understanding or as I believe, in this case, misunderstandings.
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John;
Rev 1:2 who bore record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
John who? Simply put; "John" has been mistaken, by many, for "John", which is not hard to do when "John" is only identified as; "John" and there is more than one "John" to be considered.
If we read from John 3:27-36 & Luke 3:2-18 We see that "this prophecy" that is referenced in Revelation 1:3 is the one that "John" the baptist came out of the wilderness, under a mandate from God, to deliver.
I am convinced, that Revelation 1: verses 1-2 is written by John, the Apostle, OF John (the Baptist) and not of himself! It follows, then, that the activity described in Revelation 1: 1 & 2, would all have been historical at the time John (the Apostle) wrote the book of Revelation. Which, then, makes the time of the fulfillment of that prophecy, that is referenced in Revelation 1:3, completed in Christ and therefore as John, the Apostle, is writing the book of Revelation, it is, in fact; "At Hand".
Listen to a small part of that prophecy given by John, the baptist, from the new testament book of John, chapter 3: 26-27...."...He that believeth in the Son hath everlasting life; and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him."
(further reading on this subject) ("AT Hand" detailed teaching)
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