In each case, however, the shift is arbitrarily assigned based upon what the interpreter feels has not been fulfilled yet. al., Studies in the Apostolic Church (New York: 1902), pp.
HOWEVER, there is no indication from the text that a shift in audience or time of fulfillment is EVER to be made.
It is nearly universally accepted in Christianity that the first four chapters of the book of Revelation were addressed to their named recipients, the seven churches in Asia Minor. Pierce, The Rapture Cult (Signal Mtn., TN: 1986) • T.
Most also affirm that they were fulfilled in the first century.
Eleven Imminent Time references in the book of Revelation: tachos & en tachei mean “quickly, all at once, without delay.” Revelation 1:1 – “…things which must shortly take place” Revelation – “Repent, or else I will come to you quickly” Revelation – “Behold, I come quickly!
” Revelation 22:6 – “…things which must shortly take place.” Revelation 22:7 – “Behold, I am coming quickly! Néron: histoire et légende (Collection Latomus, 247; Brussels: 1999): 152-81. • Berry Stewart Crebs, The Seventh Angel (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1938).
There is really no textual reason to discount the time statements and their relevance to the original readers of the letters.
The only reason to do this is if you are trying to make the text fit your particular doctrine.
The first point to consider about Revelation is WHEN it was written. • Francis Nigel Lee, Revelation and Jerusalem (Brisbane: 1985) • Peter J. It is important to realize that this is a modern call imposed upon the text, not something arising from the text itself. The letter of Revelation itself says nothing about a shift in audience or subject matter. Chopping the letter up is an arbitrary idea forced onto the text. It says nothing about a delay in timing or a change in intended audience. It is the result of a misunderstanding about when or why it was written and how it was fulfilled to its original audience. Reed (eds.), Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions (Cambridge: 2004): 123-41. What you might consider is that Revelation IS John’s Olivet Discourse. And that this is why they match in content and timing.