Does “Shortly Come To Pass” in Rev 1:1 Mean The Events At The End Of The “1000 Year Reign” in Rev 20 Happened In The First Century Timeframe?

If a mother said in a letter …

Here is what my family is doing next week:

· my husband is taking a new job which should last him through retirement in ten years

· my son is graduating from Med School and plans to work in ER for the next few years

· my daughter is getting wed and I hope she has a long and happy marriage

You wouldn’t think her husband was retiring next week, would you?

You wouldn’t think her son was only going to work in ER for a week, would you?

You wouldn’t think she was hoping her daughter’s marriage would only last a week, would you?

Now use the same logic with the book of Revelation. The phrase “shortly come to pass” most certainly means the events prophesied about in the book were to happen (as a general rule) in the first century time frame, but when you read in Rev 20:4 about Jesus’ reign of a “thousand years” (a phrase that is used quite frequently in the Bible and always refers to a long period of time), then you know the events slated to happen at the end of that thousand years were not to shortly come to pass relative to the time of the writing of the book by John.

Conclusion: The “great white throne” scene pronounced by Rev 20:11-15 as happening at the end of Jesus’ thousand year reign is describing the judgment day (Matt 25:31-46, etc.) that is to happen when Jesus comes back at the end of the world (II Pet 3) – still future to us.

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