One popular view today is that this shift happens after the fourth chapter.
But perhaps, just perhaps, Revelation’s fulfillment gave us what we desperately needed – and not what our material appetite wanted.
Maybe it is our traditional doctrine of doubt that has made this letter more complex and enigmatic than it needs to be. The early church was fighting the Trinitarian wars. Gingrich, A Greek—English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (1979).
The events in the letter would be fulfilled “soon”, “shortly” and they were “at hand”.
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.
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 you might consider is that Revelation IS John’s Olivet Discourse.
And that this is why they match in content and timing.
Not only will the internal and external piles of –largely unknown today- evidence surprised you, but his early date explanation puts the message of Revelation in the same vein as other messages that God gave people in similar situations. “A pre 70 AD date would make the purpose of the Revelation the same as was Isaiah’s prophecy — that is, to see the faithful people of God through the extremely difficult times ahead as THEIR then known WORLD was going to be shaken to its very foundation by the judgment of God against Babylon. Green, A Handbook of Church History from the Apostolic Era to the Dawn of the Reformation (London: 1904), p. • David Hill, New Testament Prophecy (Atlanta: John Knox, 1979), pp.