Thank you for a wonderful review! I find a reading of apocalyptic that is anchored in what its authorial intention was for its original audience to actually be more applicable to contemporary readers than forcing apocalyptic into a historical time line straitjacket that admits only one fulfillment, and also only one specific application.
IOW, the typical Adventist historicist reading of Revelation finds the papacy and the US colluding on Sunday law enforcement as the only concrete fulfillment of a locked in series of images, that depict a locked in historical trajectory towards this single fulfillment. However, a preterist type of reading, that sees Revelation as an unveiling of what the real challenges to faith that Christians in 1st c. Asia were facing, and as a warning and exhortation to remain faithful to God and his future in Christ, ends up being applicable to believers at all times, and living in all sorts of circumstances that challenge their faith.
The first is a misreading and mishandling of apocalyptic, that has led to a chicken little approach to eschatology. The second acknowledges what apocalyptic is, what its original purpose was, and can lead to a variety of healthy applications concerning how to live out our faith in whatever life situations we may find ourselves, between Christ’s resurrection, and the resurrection promised to all of us who believe.