I am going to write an opening paragraph and a closing paragraph of a letter addressed to you and I am going to speak similarly to how John, the author of the book of Revelation speaks to the recipients of his letter back around 65ad. Then I am going to ask you a question. Ok here we go...
I am writing to you today about things that will soon take place. I am sitting here with Bob Jones of Rhode Island and we are speaking of events that must shortly take place. You will do well if you read the words of my letter to you, and heed the warnings, because the time is near.....
Lastly, these words are faithful and true. The events inside must soon take place. They are going to come quickly!
Now, if you read this letter from me, what would be your first impression? Two choices...
1) The things contained within the opening and closing paragraph MUST surely be about to take place shortly after the letter was written.
2) The things contained within the opening and closing paragraph will probably not take place for 2000 years and counting.
The answer seems pretty obvious but yet at the very least 80% of bible believers, would choose option #2.
The time statements seem clear. There are numerous ones all throughout the book but especially at the book ends. John was clearly trying to convey the point that the things WITHIN the book were about to happen. He also uses real names of real people that were alive in his day and were involved in the same events that he was involved in.
For whatever reason, (mainly pulpit influence) we choose to read the bible in a way that isn't logical.
Every other historical book we read, we take into account that there was an actual historical audience to which the things were written or said. But with the bible, we totally neglect this fact and we press onward into our own theories which has in turn led many into false expectations and false hopes.