The Greek word “ἐγγίζω”

Found more than forty times in the New Testament, the Greek verb “engizo” meant “come near,” “approach,” “bring near.”  In Mt. 3:2, the first time this term is used in the New Testament, the meaning is “at hand” (John the Baptist was speaking about the kingdom of God).  This same sense is found in Mt. 4:17 where Jesus spoke about the kingdom.  Along with describing the kingdom of God which was established in the first century (compare Mk. 9:1; Col. 1:13), this term is also associated with the hour of Jesus’ betrayal (Mt. 26:45), drawing near to a city (Lk. 19:41), and drawing near to God (Jas. 4:8).