And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
 

10:6 him that liveth. Daniel apparently saw the same glorified man in vision that John was seeing in reality (note Daniel 12:7 and Daniel 10:5-8). It may even be that both were describing the same scene, the same proclamation and the same prophecy—the prophecy that there was yet a little time remaining for human repentance. In fact, Daniel records that there would still be “a time, times, and an half” (Daniel 12:7), which corresponds to three and one-half years and agrees fully with the chronology of the remaining time indicated to John (Revelation 11:2; 13:5). Note also that the one who “liveth for ever and ever” is, of course, the Creator (Revelation 4:10-11), and yet also is the Lamb (Revelation 5:13), for they are one. “Because He could sware by none greater, He sware by Himself” (Hebrews 6:13).

10:6 created heaven. The sworn assurance that there will be a supernatural consummation of all things must appeal to the fact that there was a supernatural creation of all things. Those who deny a real creation by God tend also to deny a purposeful consummation by God (note II Peter 3:3-6).

10:6 time no longer. This does not mean that time itself will cease, for then the universe (which is a space-mass-time continuum) must also cease, and God has said it will last forever (e.g., Psalm 104:5; 148:6). Rather, God’s purging of the earth will not be further delayed after the “days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound” (Revelation 10:7).


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