Representations of things that must go on immediately

From the prologue and the epilogue of the Revelation we (along with the original reader's) seem to be given the sense that the whole of the Revelation is representing the events of the immediate period transpiring until the glorious return of Israel's Messiah.

The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show (represent) to His bond-servants, the things which must shortly take place (that which must go on immediately); and He sent and communicated by His angel to His bond-servant John, who bore witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, even to all that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near (ready, at hand) Revelation 1:1-3.

And he said to me, "These words are faithful and true"; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show (represent) to His bond-servants the things which must shortly take place (that which must go on immediately). "And behold, I am coming quickly,. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book." And I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. And he said to me, "Do not do that " I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book; worship God." And he said to me, "Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near (ready, at hand). Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and let the one who is filthy , still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and let the one who is holy, still keep himself holy. Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end." Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying. "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, the bright and morning star." And the Spirit and the bride say,"Come." And let the one who hears say, "Come." And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost. I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen. Revelation 22:6-21.

Again there are things which must go on during this whole season of anticipation which is looked upon by the faithful as "a little while longer while the number of your fellow servants is filled up".

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