A plain reading of the time statements are KEY to understanding the meaning and nature of the whole message. Friesen, Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 116; Leiden: 1993) ; Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (New York: 2001) ; `Satan’s Throne, Imperial Cults and the Social Settings of Revelation’, JSNT 27 (2005): 351-73.

There is really no textual reason to discount the time statements and their relevance to the original readers of the letters.

(Ovid Need Jr, Revelation: Date, Time and Purpose, 2001.) Revelation is introduced as something that “must” – not might – but which “MUST” soon take place. Garrow, Revelation (New Testament Readings; London: 1997). Gentry, Before Jerusalem Fell, An Exegetical and Historical Argument for a Pre-A. 70 Composition, (1989) • Robert Mc Queen Grant, A Historical Introduction to the New Testament (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), p.

The events in the letter would be fulfilled “soon”, “shortly” and they were “at hand”.

HOWEVER, there is no indication from the text that a shift in audience or time of fulfillment is EVER to be made.

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.

This is because if Revelation was not written before 70AD, then it was likely not warning its audience about the Destruction of Jerusalem in 70AD.

And if Revelation was written before 70AD, then it likely was a letter to real people who were about to go through the terrible holocaust of 70AD.

” 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).

” Revelation – “Behold, I am coming quickly.” Revelation – “Surely I am coming quickly.” εγγυς, engus means “at hand, near” Revelation 1:3 – “The time is near.” Revelation – “The time is at hand.” μελλει, mello, mellei means “about to, on the point or verge of” Revelation – “Write … • David Chilton, Paradise Restored (Tyler, TX: 1985); and The Days of Vengeance (Ft. • William Newton Clarke, An Outline of Christian Theology (New York: 1903). • Gary De Mar, End Times Fiction ; Last Days Madness: Obsession of the Modern Church • George Edmundson, The Church in Rome in the First Century (London: 1913 PDF). Fisher, The Beginnings of Christianity, with a View to the State of the Roman World at the Birth of Christ (New York: 1916), pp.

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