What Is The “Time” At Hand?

“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

Revelation 1:3

In Romans 13:12 Paul’s exhortation is to turn to God by casting off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light. 

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”

And in 1 Peter 4:7 the apostle tells us that “the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.”

Philippians 4:5-6 says: 

“Let your moderation be known unto all men The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” 

The word moderation is “patience,” “gentle…”

In James 3:17 we are taught to seek the wisdom that is from above and this is then described as wisdom that is pure, peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated (or good for persuasion), full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 

What I am also finding in the study of Revelation is, God wants to renew our minds with this knowledge. He wants to reform our strong characters and teach us the gentleness and meekness of Jesus.

Some of the most important messages God has ever given concerning character formation are found in the book of Revelation. 

Notice the urgency of the message in Revelation 22:11 and 12.

“He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

This is a declaration marking the close of probation.