Amen. wasn't the Rapture idea concocted around that time?<quoted text>
John was writing apocalyptically.... In other words he was not predicting the future, but was "uncovering the present" Showing the Age in which they lived in....i.e. Nero is 666, Roman Empire is the beast, Peter and Paul the witnesses that died for New Jerusalem.....All of it is highly symbolic.
We have been so conditioned by these idiots in the last 30 years(Actually since about the 1850s) that the Book of Revelation is some end of the world scenario, that it is difficult to see that "uncovering the present"..., apocalypse has changed its definition. Its the Age of Relativism in which we live. It has so polluted definitions that meaning has been lost. And the Hal Lindseys and his ilk lead the lost into the ditch....
I am not in the predicting business, and I see you are not either.
I know the whole left behind thing didn't become popular until mid 20th century.
More 'different Gospels' Paul warned us about.