What more could John and Jesus possibly say to communicate when this prophecy was to be fulfilled?
They said it over eleven times in many different ways.
What happens next, in many interpretations, however, is funny.
Many traditions say that the book suddenly – and without warning – shifts topics and historical settings.
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.
The first point to consider about Revelation is WHEN it was written. • Francis Nigel Lee, Revelation and Jerusalem (Brisbane: 1985) • Peter J. 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. This may sound like an academic concern, but it is actually quite relevant. Leithart, The Promise of His Appearing (2004 PDF) • J. Marshall, Parables of War: Reading John’s Jewish Apocalypse (Studies in Christianity and Judaism, 10; Waterloo, Ont.: 2001) ; `Who’s on the Throne? 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.