Rev 1:1 KJV The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
The first verse in the Book of Revelation provides the timeline of its fulfilment; the 1st century AD. Yet, 2000 years later we are repeatedly presented with false predictions of the ‘end times’.
Rev 1:3 KJV 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.
The 1st century Church understood the vision. It would have been unreasonable to insist on their obedience otherwise. Now, it is considered the most difficult book to understand. From personal experience, the problem arises when studying from a futurist perspective.
Rev 22:7 ‘Behold, I come quickly’
Futurists willingly provide a literal explanation for ‘I come quickly’ interpreting the phrase ‘swiftly or suddenly’. Although, Strong also translated [G5035 tachu] shortly, without delay, and soon.
Surely, it is inconsistent to accept a literal interpretation of Revelation 22:7, while rejecting the literal meaning of the others.
Rev 22:6 ‘…the things which must shortly be done.’
Rev 22:10 ‘…for the time is at hand.’
The foregoing in the final chapter are self explanatory. Could the Lord have made it any clearer?
Alexander Gibb