“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.”—2 Peter 3:8
One word that often trips people up when reading the opening verse of Revelation is the word shortly. The verse tells us that the things described in the book of Revelation “must shortly take place”—but it’s been nearly 2,000 years. We understand from 2 Peter 3:8 (above) that for God, 1,000 years is as a day, but is there more clarifying information here to consider? Yes!
The Greek word used here is tachos, which forms the base of the word tachometer. It speaks to the speed at which events occur once started, not the closeness or proximity of an event. In other words, the end-time events—once started—will take place in rapid succession.
The bulk of Revelation describes the events of the seven-year tribulation period. Once set in motion by the rapture and the enforcing of a seven-year agreement by the antichrist, all of the judgments described in Revelation will occur in increasingly rapid succession.
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