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But the Revelation was given by God to Jesus then to John in the last decade of the first century after Jesus’ ascension and He said the things were to take place shortly (2Pet 3:8); not about things that were already in effect like Jesus sitting at God’s right hand which occurred in 33CE.
But Revelation also includes revelations about things that have already occurred.
Note that the expressions about Jesus’ power and salvation and authority and kingdom are part of the introduction to Revelation, before any vision has been recorded:
(Revelation 1:5, 6) May you have undeserved kindness and peace from “the One who is and who was and who is coming,” and from the seven spirits that are before his throne, 5 and from Jesus Christ, “the Faithful Witness,” “the firstborn from the dead,” and “the Ruler of the kings of the earth.”To him who loves us and who set us free from our sins by means of his own blood— 6 and he made us to be a kingdom, priests to his God and Father—yes, to him be the glory and the might forever. Amen.
This is also about past events which had already made those who conquered to be a kingdom. Jesus had already set them free from sins (salvation) by his own blood. He was already the firstborn from the dead, the King of Kings, the Faithful Witness. He is called the Lamb as a reference to this past event. Jesus was already called King of Kings in this introduction.
Much of what John sees is not just things to come in the future, but also “things that are” — things already true.
(Revelation 1:19) 19 So write down the things you saw, and the things that are, and the things that will take place after these.
This is a feature of “revelation” in the Bible, where sometimes what is revealed is what has already happened or is currently happening. Note that this is true when the “curtain” is peeled back at the start of the book of Job. It’s even part of the revelation explained by Micaiah mentioned earlier. Granted that the overall goal of Revelation is all about how these things that are true will culminate in the future for a final fulfillment, but this does not discount all the verses that show that salvation, kingdom, power and authority were already given to Jesus at his resurrection and his sitting at God’s right hand. The idea that Revelation is really about Jehovah’s control of the entire “sweeping history of Christianity” past, present and future, is also implied in names like “the first and the last” and above, “the One who is, and who was, and who is coming.”