John believed that the things that he wrote about would happen soon, within his own lifetime.
After nearly 2000 years, believers still believe that "the time is at hand" and
that the events described in Revelation will "shortly come to pass." 1:1, 3
"Every eye shall see him," including those who executed him. Everyone will "wail because of him." But
millions have lived and died without ever seeing him coming "with clouds."
John quotes Jesus (1900 years ago) as saying, "Behold, I come quickly." 3:11,
22:7, 12, 20
"And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth...." To John, the stars are just little lights a few miles away that can
easily fall to the earth. 6:13
"And the name of the star is called Wormwood."
Some believers say that the 1986 nuclear disaster at Chernobyl was the fulfillment of the
third trumpet in 8:10-11. 8:10-11
"And there was no more sea."
For an old sailor like me, this verse, if it were true, would
be one of the saddest verses in the Bible. 21:1