The “soon”, “the time is at hand”, and “shortly” references in Revelation are often dismissed by futurists as “soon in God’s time”, that is “a day is as a thousand years”. But this is to miss the point both of the Peter verse and the soon passages in Revelation.
The point in Peter is that God is faithful in all His promises, whether is scheduled to happen the next day or in a thousand years. The point is not that God uses a special meaning for “soon”.
But another interesting avenue to underscore that the events in Revelation truly were to happen soon after the book was written is to compare Daniel 12:9, 13 with Rev. 22:10.
Dan. 12:9 He said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are shut up and sealed until the time of the end.
v. 13 But go your way till the end. And you shall rest and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days.”
Rev. 22:10 And he said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near.
Do you see the contrast? In Daniel the time is far off. So the words are shut and sealed.
But in Revelation the time is short. So the words are not sealed up. They require immediate attention.
Now, according to the futurist interpretation, both Daniel and Revelation speak of the so-called future end times. How is this possible, seeing one is spoken of as “far off” and the other “near”?
Probably 19 out of 20 Bible students, faced with this puzzler – if they even understand why it is a great incongruity – will go first to their commentary or favorite author, rather than search the Word.
It is hard to go against tradition, the majority, and (in most of our experiences) the factory setting we were given when we first went to church, but it behooves us always to see if our beliefs square with Scripture. If, in the time of Christ on Earth, there were traditions that made “the Word of God of no effect” is it a stretch that the same canker would not be at work today?