At the end of the letter, none other than Jesus Himself confirms that He is coming SOON – to THEM! This timing perfectly aligns with Jesus’ parallel teachings in his landmark Olivet Discourse by Matthew, Mark and Luke about how Jerusalem would be destroyed before the end of his generation. 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.
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).
What you might consider is that Revelation IS John’s Olivet Discourse.
And that this is why they match in content and timing.
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 Gospel of John is mysteriously without an Olivet Discourse.
By the time John writes his Revelation of Jesus Christ, the time frame of the Generation Promise was almost up. Bruce, New Testament History (Garden City: 1969), p.411.
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.
One popular view today is that this shift happens after the fourth chapter.