I would very much like some input about this because, frankly, after all my studying of this subject, I am still stumped. So I’m thanking you ahead of time so much for your help.

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I’m doing a study on the words: Near ” / ” At Hand   in the Bible.

The verse in question is:   “The Kingdom of Heaven is near [at hand]”
[Matthew 3:2]

My question:  Does the word “ Near  ” or “ At Hand  ”  refer to TIME or SPACE?

Time   =meaning=   Sooner -or- Later.

Space   =meaning=   Close to us -or- Directly on top of us.

Please don’t just tell me  =TIME=  because it’s what you’ve been taught. I would like to get responses that can be connected to chapters or verses mentioned in the Bible, or in other books you’ve come across that are studies of the Bible.

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 Here’s what I’ve come up with so far in my study.
The numbers are from the Strong’s Concordance.

7126 kaw-rab  :  prim root:  approach / drawn or come near / used of man’s entrance into God’s presence/ nearness of the closest and most intimate kind. / coming near someone – as in intimacy/ 1st : Gen 12:1 : spatial proximity / close as to be able to touch the object / also of temporal nearness as though something is about to occur / also being actively involved with something [as in combat] [sexual relations] TWOT-2065, BDB-897b & 1111c
7138 kaw-robeNear [place/kindred/time]  1st Gen 19:20 – in space / neighbor – epistemological nearness [but this also sounds like “space” [in thy mouth; heart] / 7128, 7131, 7132
[7127] ker-abe  :  come near as to offer / 7126, TWOT 2978, BDB 1111c
[7128] ker-awb  :  encounter / engaging in battle / war
[7131] kaw-rabenear / intimate proximity
[7132] ker-aw-baw :  occurs 2x’s / drawing near to worship God
3027 yawd  :  Prim Root : closer to the physical hand by has symbolic meanings /  1st Gen 3:22 = conjunction with an object that can be grasped by the hand / protection / oath by shaking hands / touching someone for good or harm or submission / Silence – putting hand to mouth / nearby – a hand away / bordering / to rule [have power] / TWOT-844, BDB-388d, 406d, 1094d
1448 eng-id-zo  :  / draw, come, make – near / be at hand / approach [robin – can this be time also?] “as the day approaches… space Mt 21:1, Mk 11:1, Lk 12:33, 15:25, Acts 22:6 …  or drawing near to God Mt 15:8, Heb 7:19 / or time Luke 18:35,19:29 Heb 10-25 Mt 3:2, 4:17, 10:7, Mk 1:15, Lk 10:9 & 11,
307, 385, 392, 501, 502, 645, 868, 1670, 1828, 2020, 2464, 4317, 4334, 4358, 4685, 4951, 5288, 5289,
TDNT-2:330, 194 / BAGD-213c / THAYER 164brobin: I think that it was just assumed that the “at hand” regarding heaven – means “time”. Because this root word means both time and space
1451 eng-goos : a primary verb [squeeze / throttle] / near – of place or time / mostly means “neigh” in space – close to. Lk 19:11, Jn 6:19 & 23,  / time; Mt 24:32-33, cf, Lk 21:30-31,
316, 1448, 1452, 4139, 4317, 4334 / TDNT – 2:330, 194 / BAGD – 214a / Thayer- 164d
robin: Although “time” is involved, I think that  this verb mostly  refers to “space” =  the distance from each other.
1764 en-is-tay-mee  :  1722, 2476 / to be in the present as opposed to the past /
  1. Genesis 27:41                    7126   [Strong’s Concordance numbers]

41 So Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father blessed him, and Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”

42 And the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah. So she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, “Surely your brother Esau comforts himself concerning you by intending to kill you.

  1. Deuteronomy 15:9          7126

but you shall open your hand wide to him and willingly lend him sufficient for his need, whatever he needs. Beware lest there be a wicked thought in your heart, saying, ‘The seventh year, the year of release, is at hand,’ and your eye be evil against your poor brother and you give him nothing, and he cry out to the Lord against you, and it become sin among you. 10 You shall surely give to him, and your heart should not be grieved when you give to him, because for this thing the Lord your God will bless you in all your works and in all to which you put your hand.

  1. Deuteronomy 32:35        7138

34 Is this not laid up in store with Me,
Sealed up among My treasures?
35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense;
Their foot shall slip in due time;
For the day of their calamity is at hand,
And the things to come hasten upon them.’

36 “For the Lord will judge His people
And have compassion on His servants,
When He sees that their power is gone,
And there is no one remaining, bond or free.

  1. 1 Samuel 9:8                      3027

Then Saul said to his servant, “But look, if we go, what shall we bring the man? For the bread in our vessels is all gone, and there is no present to bring to the man of God. What do we have?”And the servant answered Saul again and said, “Look, I have here at hand one-fourth of a shekel of silver. I will give that to the man of God, to tell us our way.” (Formerly in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, he spoke thus: “Come, let us go to the seer”; for he who is now called a prophet was formerly called a seer.)

  1. Isaiah 13:6                                     7138

They come from a far country,
From the end of heaven—
The Lord and His weapons of indignation,
To destroy the whole land.

Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand!
It will come as destruction from the Almighty.
Therefore all hands will be limp,
Every man’s heart will melt,

  1. Jeremiah 23:23                7138

22 But if they had stood in My counsel,
And had caused My people to hear My words,
Then they would have turned them from their evil way
And from the evil of their doings.

23 Am I a God near at hand,” says the Lord,
“And not a God afar off?
24 Can anyone hide himself in secret places,
So I shall not see him?” says the Lord;
“Do I not fill heaven and earth?” says the Lord.

  1. Ezekiel 12:23                     7126

22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you people have about the land of Israel, which says, ‘The days are prolonged, and every vision fails’? 23 Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “I will lay this proverb to rest, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.”’ But say to them, ‘“The days are at hand, and the fulfillment of every vision. 24 For no more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel.

  1. Ezekiel 36:8                       7126

14 Consecrate a fast,
Call a sacred assembly;
Gather the elders
And all the inhabitants of the land
Into the house of the Lord your God,
And cry out to the Lord.

15 Alas for the day!
For the day of the Lord is at hand;
It shall come as destruction from the Almighty.
16 Is not the food cut off before our eyes,
Joy and gladness from the house of our God?

  1. Joel 2:1                                ???

Blow the trumpet in Zion,
And sound an alarm in My holy mountain!
Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble;
For the day of the Lord is coming,
For it is at hand:
A day of darkness and gloominess,
A day of clouds and thick darkness,
Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains.
A people come, great and strong,
The like of whom has never been;
Nor will there ever be any such after them,
Even for many successive generations.

  1. Zephaniah 1:7                   7138

Those who have turned back from following the Lord,
And have not sought the Lord, nor inquired of Him.”

Be silent in the presence of the Lord God;
For the day of the Lord is at hand,
For the Lord has prepared a sacrifice;
He has invited[a] His guests.

“And it shall be,
In the day of the Lord’s sacrifice,
That I will punish the princes and the king’s children,
And all such as are clothed with foreign apparel.

  1. Matthew 3:2                       1448

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:

“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord;
Make His paths straight.’”

  1. Matthew 4:17                    1448

16 The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”[a]

17 From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

18 And Jesus, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

  1. Matthew 10:7                    1448

But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,[a] cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

  1. Matthew 26:18                  1451

17 Now on the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying to Him, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?”

18 And He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.”’”

19 So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover.

  1. Matthew 26:45 -46          1448

44 So He left them, went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. 45 Then He came to His disciples and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? Behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”

47 And while He was still speaking, behold, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and elders of the people.

  1. Mark 1:15                            1448

14 Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” 16 And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

  1. Mark 14:42                         1448

41 Then He came the third time and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough! The hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners. 42 Rise, let us be going. See, My betrayer is at hand.”43 And immediately, while He was still speaking, Judas, one of the twelve, with a great multitude with swords and clubs, came from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders.

  1. Luke 21:30-31                               ????

29 Then He spoke to them a parable: “Look at the fig tree, and all the trees. 30 When they are already budding, you see and know for yourselves that summer is now near. 31 So you also, when you see these things happening, know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all things take place.

  1. John 2:13                            1451

12 After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business.

  1. John 7:2                              1451

After these things Jesus walked in Galilee; for He did not want to walk in Judea, because the Jews[a] sought to kill Him. Now the Jews’ Feast of Tabernacles was at hand. His brothers therefore said to Him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that Your disciples also may see the works that You are doing.

  1. John 11:55                          ????

54 Therefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.

55 And the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to purify themselves. 56 Then they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?”

  1. John 19:42                          ????

40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews’ Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby.

  1. Romans 13:12                   1448

11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.

  1. Philippians 4:5                1451

Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

  1. 2 Thessalonians 2:2       1764

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ[a] had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin[b] is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God[c] in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

  1. 2 Timothy 4:6                   [not listed in Strong’s]

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

  1. 1 Peter 4:7                          1448

For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.”

  1. Revelation 1:3                   1451

who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.

  1. Revelation 22:10              1451

Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For[a] I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous[b] still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”

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**Peace & All Feloreaw  to our Great & Mighty God**

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I hope I have communicated well enough what I understand about this. If there are parts missing, or parts that don’t make sense, please ask Him about this. I know He will fill in any gaps in understanding – in mine or in yours. What do you think?  I’m open to any input about what has been revealed to you in this.

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