“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.”
John is told to “seal not” the contents of the Revelation. In other words, he was to begin sharing the visions he had received with the other Christians around him. Why was he to not delay? Because “the time is at hand”… the contents of the book were relevant for the people in John’s day, and would continue to be relevant until the second coming of Christ.
John, as we, are living in the last days with the next event in world history being the second coming of our Lord which will begin our eternity with Him. We are now living in the last days. The need for God’s revelation to man is obvious. The events in the Revelation account that lead up to the second coming are, and will, take place during this time period in which we live. This is the “last days” before Christ will come again.
Not only are these the “last days” prior to His second coming, but they are, more importantly, the “last days” of God’s increasing revelation of Himself to man. This is a much overlooked, Biblical meaning behind the phrase “last days”…
Prior to Christ’s coming, the revelation of God was made up of an incomplete revelation based upon the messages He delivered to His prophets. From the time Christ appeared on the earth at His first coming, God’s revelation to man was transformed by two amazing events:
- With the coming of Christ, we have God being presented fully in the life of Christ, the fullness of the Godhead revealed to men in a bodily fashion (Col 2:8-9). This was God revealing Himself to man in radically different way than ever before.
- Also, very shortly after Christ’s ascension, we have the written Word brought to completion with the writing of the book of Revelation by John. This event brought an end to God’s divine revelation to man prior to eternity (Jude 3, 2 Peter 1:3 etc).
God’s full revelation of Himself is the hallmark of “the last days” time period. Please notice Hebs 1:1-2….
“God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;”
The coming of Christ, the very Word of God brought unto us “the last days”. In other words, the days when God Himself to man was brought to completion. This is the final period of history that brings to an end God’s revelation of Himself to man. With the taking of Christ from the earth (at the ascension) and the completion of the written Word with the writing of Revelation by John, God’s continually increasing revelation to man came to an end. There will be no other periods in world history that will add to His revelation of Himself to man. This was the last period on this sinful earth for the addition of God’s revelation to us.
The next main event that will bring and addition to God’s revelation to man will take place at the second coming of Christ when, once again, we will be able to see God in a bodily fashion and then dwell with Him eternally.
The time period beginning with Christ and ending just prior to His second coming is the “last days” of His revelation of Himself to man. No further revelation of Himself will come to mankind until eternity begins at His second coming.
May we never forget that to live in “the last days” not only means we are living in the time period just prior to Christ’s second coming, BUT IT ALSO MEANS WE ARE LIVING IN THE TIME PERIOD WHERE GOD FINISHED HIS REVELATION OF HIMSELF TO US.
When Christ came physically and revealed God to mankind on this sinful earth and then, when John wrote this wonderful book of Revelation, God completed revealing Himself to man. This marked the “last days” of His revealing Himself to mankind. No other revelation of Him will come to us prior to the second coming of our Lord.
His revelation is complete and His second coming is “at hand”, truly this is the last days.
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