For the record, I would like to assure the saints that I believe that Christ's second coming is future from now.
However, Christ Jesus our Lord commanded John the Revelator to write what he saw (and heard, etc.) and send it to seven Asian Churches of the first century.
So, if the text of what John wrote to the 7 Asian Churches did not have meaning for their first-century time frame, then there is no real point to the book of Revelation in general.
I'm sure that we all remember the reasons for Judah's captivity in Babylon to begin with:
II Chron. 36
15 The LORD, the God of their fathers, sent word to them again and again by His messengers, because He had compassion on His people and on His dwelling place;
16 but they continually mocked the messengers of God, despised His words and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, until there was no remedy.
From time to time, the notion that "The Beast" of the book of Revelation is only a future entity from now is given a great consideration by the saints.
However, the witness/martyr Saint Stephen was killed in the 1st century.
And Revelation 18:24 states the following:
24 “And in her (Mystery Babylon) was found the blood of prophets and of saints and of all who have been slain on the earth.”
Some would say that the very Word of God is a story. Now these ones are very crafty and talk out of both sides of their mouth, on one hand they will say "We never said that!" than turn around and say exactly that.
Here is an encouraging article for those who know that Genesis and God do not lie:
and a good section from it:
If someone says Genesis
"Faith and love that Justify"
It would seem a good spot to review some basics about what James is getting at in his letter. In the wider context, his main theme is how we persevere in our faith; this gives us growth in character and strength of spiritual walk. If we lack wisdom to understand, we pray and know for certain that God will give us what we need. All of this leads to one end:
4And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete,