NEARNESS IN REVELATION 1:3

PMW 2022-091 by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.

In the preceding article I began simply listing the Bible translations of Revelation 1:1 and 1:3 to show that all versions of these verses clearly speak of the nearness of its fulfillment. Then following these two articles, I will present three articles answering the leading objections to the nearness of the Revelation events. When I speak at conferences on Revelation, I always challenge the attendees to look up these verses in any reputable version and note the clear near-term implications.

So, in this article we are now ready to list the versions and how they translate Revelation 1:3

Rev 1:3 in the Versions
(see below for identity of these abbreviated translation names):

KJ21
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.

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

AMP
Blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and who keep the things which are written in it [heeding them and taking them to heart]; for the time [of fulfillment] is near.

AMPC
Blessed (happy, to be envied) is the man who reads aloud [in the assemblies] the word of this prophecy; and blessed (happy, to be envied) are those who hear [it read] and who keep themselves true to the things which are written in it [heeding them and laying them to heart], for the time [for them to be fulfilled] is near.

BRG
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.

CSB
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it, because the time is near.


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A summary of the evidence for Revelation’s early date. Helpful, succinct introduction to Revelation’s pre-AD 70 composition.

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CEB
Favored is the one who reads the words of this prophecy out loud, and favored are those who listen to it being read, and keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

CJB
Blessed are the reader and hearers of the words of this prophecy, provided they obey the things written in it! For the time is near!
CEV
God will bless everyone who reads this prophecy to others, and he will bless everyone who hears and obeys it. The time is almost here.

DARBY
Blessed [is] he that reads, and they that hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things written in it; for the time [is] near.

DLNT
Blessed is the one reading, and the ones hearing the words of this prophecy and keeping the things having been written in it, for the time is near.

DRA
Blessed is he, that readeth and heareth the words of this prophecy; and keepeth those things which are written in it; for the time is at hand.

ERV
Great blessings belong to the person who reads the words of this message from God and to those who hear this message and do what is written in it. There is not much time left.

EHV
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy and blessed are those who hear it and hold on to the things written in it, because the time is near.

ESV
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

ESVUK
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

EXB
·Blessed [Happy] is the one who reads the words of ·God’s message [L the prophecy], and ·blessed [happy] are the people who hear this message and ·do [keep; obey] what is written in it [C the context envisioned is a leader reading to a congregation]. ·The time is near when all of this will happen [L For the time is near].

GNV
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.

GW
Blessed is the one who reads, as well as those who hear the words of this prophecy and pay attention to what is written in it because the time is near.

GNT
Happy is the one who reads this book, and happy are those who listen to the words of this prophetic message and obey what is written in this book! For the time is near when all these things will happen.

HCSB
The one who reads this is blessed, and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep what is written in it are blessed, because the time is near!


ICB
The one who reads the words of God’s message is happy. And the people who hear this message and do what is written in it are happy. The time is near when all of this will happen.

ISV
How blessed is the one who reads aloud and those who hear the words of this prophecy and obey what is written in it, for the time is near!

PHILLIPS
Happy is the man who reads this prophecy and happy are those who hear it read and pay attention to its message; for the time is near.

JUB
¶ Blessed is he that reads and those that hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written therein, for the time is at hand.

KJV
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.

AKJV
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.

LEB
Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who hear the words of the prophecy and observe the things written in it, because the time is near!


TLB
If you read this prophecy aloud to the church, you will receive a special blessing from the Lord. Those who listen to it being read and do what it says will also be blessed. For the time is near when these things will all come true.

MSG
How blessed the reader! How blessed the hearers and keepers of these oracle words, all the words written in this book! Time is just about up.

MEV
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy and keep those things which are written in it, for the time is near.

MOUNCE
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and those who hear and keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

NOG
Blessed is the one who reads, as well as those who hear the words of this prophecy and pay attention to what is written in it because the time is near.

NABRE
Blessed is the one who reads aloud and blessed are those who listen to this prophetic message and heed what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.

NASB
Blessed is the one who reads, and those who hear the words of the prophecy and keep the things which are written in it; for the time is near.


Blessed Is He Who Reads: A Primer on the Book of Revelation By Larry E. Ball

A basic survey of Revelation from an orthodox, evangelical, and Reformed preterist perspective. Ball understands John to be focusing on the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in AD 70. Insightful. Easy to read.

For more Christian studies see: www.KennethGentry.com


NASB1995
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.

NCB
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who keep what is written in it, for the appointed time is near.

NCV
Blessed is the one who reads the words of God’s message, and blessed are the people who hear this message and do what is written in it. The time is near when all of this will happen.

NET
Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and blessed are those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near!

NIRV
Blessed is the one who reads out loud the words of this prophecy. Blessed are those who hear it and think everything it says is important. The time when these things will come true is near.

NIV
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

NIVUK
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

NKJV
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

NLV
The man who reads this Book and listens to it being read and obeys what it says will be happy. For all these things will happen soon.

NLT
God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near.

NMB
Happy is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein. For the time is at hand.

NRSVA
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

NRSVACE
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

NRSVCE
Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it; for the time is near.

NRSVUE
Blessed is the one who reads the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear and who keep what is written in it, for the time is near.

NTE
God’s blessing on the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and on those who hear them and keep what is written in it. The time, you see, is near!

OJB
Ashrey (Blessed, Happy) is the one reading and the ones hearing the divrei hanevu’ah (words of [this] prophecy) and remaining shomer regarding what is written in it, for karov (near) is HaYom [the time of crisis and the events related to the Bias HaMoshiach].

RGT
Blessed is he who reads, and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.

RSV
Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.

RSVCE
Blessed is he who reads aloud the words of the prophecy, and blessed are those who hear, and who keep what is written therein; for the time is near.

TLV
How fortunate is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and those who hear and keep what has been written in it—for the time is near.

VOICE
Blessings come to those who read and proclaim these words aloud; blessings come to those who listen closely and put the prophetic words recorded here into practice. The finale is approaching.

WEB
Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and keep the things that are written in it, for the time is at hand.

WE
God will bless the person who reads the words of this book. God will bless those who hear the words of this book and obey the things written in it.

WYC
Blessed is he that readeth, and he that heareth the words of this prophecy, and keepeth those things that be written in it; for the time is nigh.

YLT
Happy is he who is reading, and those hearing, the words of the prophecy, and keeping the things written in it — for the time is nigh!

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One thought on “NEARNESS IN REVELATION 1:3

  1. Noble Berean II January 20, 2023 at 8:34 am

    The translations given for this verse coupled with 1:1 (your previous article) present an iron clad time referent for this book relative to when it was written that cannot be refuted. In considering these to be inerrant scriptures containing the very words of God, one should never handle them in a cavalier fashion by adding to or twisting their plain sense and meaning.

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