John “bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 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” (Revelation 1:2-3 NKJV). 1) Readers should “read,” “hear,” and “keep” what is written in a book “revealing Jesus.” That would be impossible if it describes events preceding the end of the world, or so open-ended that it is confusing and not clear! 2) The Book says “the time is near,” or “at hand,” meaning, close to the 1st Century readers, and closes with: “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand” (Revelation 22:10 NKJV). From beginning to end, the Book of Revelation dealt with 1st Century events, not future history!
This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.