“Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. “
for the time is near
The word for “time” here refers to a unique time (kairos) of the end. Thus, “time” here does not refer to chronology (chronos) but to the nature of an event, an event next on God’s prophetic calendar. The motive for reading and applying Revelation to our lives is the proximity of the coming of Christ (Re 22:6; cf. 10, 12, 20).
The idea of “near” here is not the nearness of time but the nearness of prophetic revelation. The prophecies of Revelation carry proximity to fulfillment. The prophecies of this book are imminent (Romans 13:12; James 5:8). Nothing needs to come to pass or any sign fulfilled before God chooses to fulfill it.
“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light” (Romans 13:12).
” You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand” (James 5:2).
“But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers” (1 Peter 4:7).
Thus, the idea is that of imminence. Imminence does not necessarily mean near in time. The word “near” carries the idea of impending. No prophecy needs to be fulfilled before the Lord comes. He could come in the next few minutes, or He might not come for another hundred years. The primary thought is His coming is the next event in God’s prophetic program.
Jesus coming could happen today. No prophecy needs fulfillment before Jesus comes back. That is why the apostles looked for Jesus to return in their lifetimes. They were disappointed but not mistaken.
Since Jesus could come any moment, we should be at the top of our spiritual health.
When Jesus comes, we will not have time to prepare to meet Him. Since we do not know the time of His coming, we will not have time to bury the hatchet with our enemy. He will rapture us in the state He finds us, even in our carnality. God gave no sign that needs to be fulfilled before the Rapture. It will come like a thief in the night, unannounced, unheralded, and momentarily. He will whisk us away to receive reward or loss of reward.
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21).
If Jesus were to come today, all those with cancer and those paralyzed would have their bodies changed in a moment, from paralysis one moment to complete health the next.