As the apostle John records his observations, he is reporting with a certain urgency to encourage readers the importance of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. By indicating that the "time is near" (Rev 1:3), the theme of urgency is with certain immediacy. However, it is with human history that makes apparent that the context of time is not measured on a human scale.

From Revelation: An Explication © A resource for learning how to read the Bible.