posted on Oct, 28 2011 @ 11:54 AM
v11 The apparent gist of this verse is that both the righteous and the unrighteous should remain in their present state. One can understand why he
should want the righteous to remain righteous, but why would he not want the evildoer to cease doing evil?
The problem is similar to Isaiah ch6 v10, when Isaiah is told to preach,
they see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
And understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed".
It is sometimes suggested that what appears to be a declaration of God's intentions is more in the nature of a prediction. God is saying that they
listen and turn and be healed, apart from a minority.
Perhaps this verse in Revelation should be taken in the same way.
The best way to understand this verse might be to take vv10-11 together as an "updating" of Daniel ch4 v10, where the message was that the message
should be sealed up until the distant end, and in the meantime "many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase."
Suppose we take "many shall run to and fro" as describing an alternation between being holy and being evil. "Knowledge" (of God) shall increase, but
people will be slow to make the final choice between following and rejecting him.
Then these two verses in Revelation would be "updating" Daniel by saying that the message should no longer be sealed up, because "the time is near",
and in consequence there will be no time left for people to hesitiate between the two choices. They will no longer be "running to and fro". Their
choice will become final.
edit on 28-10-2011 by DISRAELI because: (no reason given)