‘…to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass…’ Revelation 1:1. In my opinion, many scholars redefine ‘soon’, ‘at hand’ and ‘shortly’ to accommodate their Futurist ‘end times’ theory. David Guzik wrote ‘…When John says these things must shortly take place, what does he mean? How short is short? How near is near? Short and near are relative terms, and this is God’s timetable, not man’s.’
Our timeless, eternal God is the creator of time and His timetable is the only one. The Old Covenant ordinances could not have functioned with two different timetables, why should the New Covenant Age be any different? If public transport used two different timetables the result would be confusion and chaos. Thankfully, God is not the author of confusion…1 Corinthians 14:33.
David Guzik continues, ‘Yet for 2000 years, history has been on the brink of the consummation of all things, running parallel to the edge, not running towards a distant brink.’ By this reasoning, the consummation would never have taken place; parallel lines never meet.
David Guzik concludes ‘Shortly is the ancient Greek phrase en tachei, which means “‘quickly or suddenly coming to pass,’ indicating rapidity of execution after the beginning takes place. The idea is not that the event may occur soon, but that when it does, it will be sudden.” (Walvoord) Here we go again, how soon is soon? According to Revelation 1:3 the consummation was at hand/near at the time of writing. Therefore, ‘shortly’ was relative 2000 years ago.
Alexander Gibb