“Third, in Revelation John notes that he along with the seven churches have already entered “the tribulation” (Rev. 1:9 a): “I John, who also am your brother, and companion in the tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” John and the seven churches all are in “the tribulation” together, as he writes. In Revelation 2, 3 there are allusions to greater problems currently brewing on the world seen. For example, John speaks of “the hour of trial which is about to come upon the whole world” (Rev. 3:10).
Clearly John is writing to particular historical churches about their current grave circumstances. The original audience factor cannot be overlooked. This leads us to consider Revelation’s:”