Tuesday, April 28, 2015

"At Hand..."

© B. K. Chadwell

"At Hand" is the second and final teaching of a two part teaching;

1. "The disciples were astonished"
2.  "At Hand"

"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. 

John who?  

Simply put, I believe "John" may have been mistaken 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. 
Was Revelation 1: verse 2 written by "John (the Apostle)" OF John (the Baptist) and not of himself? If that were true, then it follows that the activity described only in verses; 1 & 2, would all have been historical  and; "AT HAND' (not future) at the time "John (the Apostle)" wrote the book of Revelation.  If true, there would be much for many Christian scholars and theologians to reconsider and in the opinion of this writer would far better fit with the words which Jesus spoke to His disciples.."The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand". 

Let's see if there is any scripture to support or even suggest such a thesis could be true:" ...

The term "at hand" is not a particularly common term today.  However, whatever the origins, the term's use and history are obviously, at least, as old as the King James English. Today, we can see the first use of the term "at hand" in the King James Bible, in Genesis 27:41.