Dec
2017

The Greek word “ἐγγύς”

Found thirty-two times in the New Testament, the Greek adverb “engus” meant “close to” or “near.”  Jesus spoke of “summer drawing night” (Mt. 24:32).  A Passover was “at hand” (Jn. 2:13).  Bethany was “nigh” to Jerusalem (Jn. 11:18).  Jesus was crucified “nigh” to the city” (Jn. 19:20).  Gentiles were “made nigh” by the blood of Christ (Eph. 2:13).  When writing the book of Revelation, John used this term to begin and end this book (Rev. 1:3; 22:10).  John claimed the events he wrote about were “at hand” versus thousands of years later.