Time is at Hand (Revelation 22:10)


John is warned not to seal the book; the time is short and all that has been written will soon come to pass.  This is in stark contrast to what Daniel was told about his prophecy in Daniel 12:4 where he was told to “seal the book.”  Daniel was told to seal his prophecy which was to be completed in approximately 600 years because that amount of time was called “many days” (Dan. 10:14).  How could 600 years be considered “many days” and need Daniel’s prophecy “sealed,” and yet as futurists would have us believe that we are still waiting over 2,000 years from the time of John’s prophecy when he was told “do not seal” the Revelation prophecy because the “time is at hand”? 

No, John was divinely instructed to not seal the Revelation prophecy because I think it was clearly predicting the very time of the “opening” of Daniel’s prophecy and the consummation of the “70 weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city…” (Dan. 9:24-27), which was about to “shortly” be completed in AD 70, “…when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished” (Dan. 12:7).

In addition to John being commanded that this Revelation book be left “unsealed” for it was “at hand” is the fact that the angelic messenger used the Greek word for time “Kairos” à which means the “divinely appointed time.” (cf. Acts 17:31; 1 Pet. 4:17; Jam. 5:7-9; Rev. 1:3) (Refer back to Study Series 16 Lesson 4 on Rev. 1:3 for an in depth study into this word).  This was not some “floating time,” or any estimated “guess,” but this was “the divinely appointed time which was “at hand” right there in the 1st century when John penned this prophecy.


See also related “Topic Studies & Terms”:

Must Shortly Take Place (Revelation 22:6-7)

Mello (About to)

Time of the End


Related full “Study Series” (available upon request if not hyperlinked):

[For a more in-depth study see eschatology “Study Series 14 Lesson 4 Resurrection: Expectations/Experiences”]

[For a more in-depth study see eschatology “Study Series 16 Lesson 10 Rev. Chapter 22”]