The Time is Near
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near (Rev. 1:3).
The time is near. If you were a Christian in the first century, this promise would have been like water to a weary soul. Our dear brothers and sisters, who are now cheering us on from the balconies of heaven, were familiar with tribulation. You only need to read early church history for a record of the immense sufferings the first Christians experienced because of their testimony of the Lord Jesus. The nearness of the time would have provided the jolt their hearts needed. These words would have spurred their faith and electrified their race.
What does this mean for the church in 2014? It has been 2,000 years since our Lord’s revelation of Himself as Messiah and the promise of His second coming. The Greek rendering sheds some light on the nearness of the time:
Time (Kairos)- a fixed time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for and the right time!
Near (Eggys)- of times imminent, soon to come to pass, or near in place or position
It would seem to the first century recipients that things were definitely critical, and their time should have been the Kairos time. Men and women were being imprisoned and even killed on account of their faith. However, the right time was only nearer to them than it had even been to the prophets. We know that God’s time and our time do not closely resemble each other. For the bondservant of our Lord left us with these words:
But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day (2 Peter 3:8).
Nearly 2,000 years has passed from the time of His Revelation, yet; on God’s calendar it is like two days. The Psalmist declared:
Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the Lord tested him (Psalms 105:19).
Every word of the Lord has been designed to test and refine us until the kairos time. If you surrender to the refiner’s fire, impurities are gradually removed. Course, uncouth and even vulgar substances that hinder our love for Jesus are replaced with a genuine, pure faith.
Naysayers will mock prophecy and shake their heads at your hope. Even fellow believers will say “Where is the promise of His coming?” We know that hope does not disappoint. Beloved, we are closer now to our Lord’s reappearing than we ever have been. The time is near.
Father I am greatly encouraged that the time is near. All the prophecies in this book will come to pass. Jesus is coming soon, and my eyes will see His glory. Maranatha!
Scriptures to Meditate On:
LORD, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble. (Isaiah 33:2).
Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will behold a far distant land (Isaiah 33:17).
For the day is near, Even the day of the LORD is near; It will be a day of clouds, A time of doom for the nations (Ezekiel 30:3).
And now I am standing trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers (Acts 26:6).
Yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20).
Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it (Hebrews 4:1).
And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise (Hebrews 6:15).
The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9).
But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells (2 Peter 3:13).
And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near (Rev. 22:10).