At the end of the letter, none other than Jesus Himself confirms that He is coming SOON – to THEM! This timing perfectly aligns with Jesus’ parallel teachings in his landmark Olivet Discourse by Matthew, Mark and Luke about how Jerusalem would be destroyed before the end of his generation. It is nearly universally accepted in Christianity that the first four chapters of the book of Revelation were addressed to their named recipients, the seven churches in Asia Minor. Pierce, The Rapture Cult (Signal Mtn., TN: 1986) • T.
HOWEVER, there is no indication from the text that a shift in audience or time of fulfillment is EVER to be made.
It is important to realize that this is a modern call imposed upon the text, not something arising from the text itself. The letter of Revelation itself says nothing about a shift in audience or subject matter. Chopping the letter up is an arbitrary idea forced onto the text.
It says nothing about a delay in timing or a change in intended audience. It is the result of a misunderstanding about when or why it was written and how it was fulfilled to its original audience. Reed (eds.), Heavenly Realms and Earthly Realities in Late Antique Religions (Cambridge: 2004): 123-41.
One popular view today is that this shift happens after the fourth chapter.
A historical partial-preterist view says that the letter shifts its topic and audience after the 20th chapter.