The message of Revelation to the 7 ecclesias occurs on the opening of the Lord's Day which is the 70th week of Daniel's prophecy which is now being unsealed after God told Daniel to "close it up" centuries before.
Let's not forget what the apostle Peter said about a "day" when it is used in prophecy: "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." [2 Peter 3:8] It would apply especially, it seems, to the phrase "the day of the Lord," because he goes on to say, "the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night." [vs. 10]
Dan. 12:9-10 indicates that the prophecies of Daniel (especially the time prophecies, it seems) are sealed to some, but the "wise" will understand them. The wise, I suggest, would have to be those who are "enlightened" by the Spirit of Christ, who understand what is the hope of his calling, and "the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints." [Eph. 1:17-18]
We know the 70th week is a prophecy to Daniel's people because it is so stated as a recurring theme in Daniel chapter 12.
Daniel 12:1 describes a resurrection, and a deliverance for those whose names are found written in the book. The book of life includes the names of all the saints, as Paul refers to the "women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life." [Phil. 4:3] It includes all the 'elect.'
John said that those whose names are not
in the book of life, worship the beast. "And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world." [Rev. 13:8]
There is a powerful warning addressed to all those who worship the beast, in Rev. 14:9-10.
Then there is an unsealing of these words to Daniel's people at the "time of the end", vs 4 & 9. Now move forward to the opening of the Lord's day in Rev 1:10 at which time the 7 ecclesias receive an unveiling of the messages about the 70th week. How does the context of these prophecies to Daniel fast forwarded to the "day of the lord", have anything to do with the Christian church? The context is all about the Jewish people, there is absolutely no Christian church context to any of Daniel's prophecy, all context is only about Israel & Jews.
Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks concerns "thy city Jerusalem, thy holy mountain" as mentioned in Dan. 9:16. He identifies Jerusalem with the "holy mountain," mount Zion. He said "O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name." [vs. 10] Now this must be the same mountain that he described in the prophecy in chapter 2, which is about the remarkable dream of Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel said, "Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces." [Dan. 2:34] And he added, "...and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." This stone which becomes a mountain is Christ, and his kingdom. "And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed." [vs. 44]
The New Testament identifies Christ as the stone, and the foundation foretold by the prophets. Isaiah said, "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste." [Isa. 28:16] For example, Paul said, "For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ." [1 Cor. 3:11]
Christ's kingdom was established when he ascended to his Father's throne in heaven. The apostle Peter said, on Pentecost, "Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made the same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ." [Acts 2:36] Being "made Christ" means he fulfills all the promises about Christ, including receiving an eternal throne, the throne of David, over all Israel. Those who are part of his kingdom are the true Israel, and the Jerusalem above, while Jews who did not believe were cut off, and became "branches broken off from their tree," as Paul says in Romans 11. That means, they are no longer Israel. See Acts 3:21-24, where Peter quotes the law of Moses as saying they have been "destroyed from among the people" meaning the people of Israel. This means they have been destroyed in a spiritual sense; they are not the people of the promises, but Paul says, "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." [Phil. 3:3] But many, it seems, do not believe this. They want to remain Gentiles.
The significance of all this, for understanding Daniel's prophecy of the 70 weeks, is that when the first 69 weeks were fulfilled, Christ began his ministry, and his ministry was the first part of the 70th week; when he was crucified, there was another half week yet to be fulfilled. Notice that all of the sixty-nine and a half previous weeks, up to then, applied to the earthly Jerusalem, and the times of the prophecy till then are in earthly units, of weeks of years, and weeks of leap years, etc. But when Jesus ascended to heaven, Jerusalem, and the mountain of the Lord's house, were raised up too, as foretold by Isaiah.
The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it
This was fulfilled; Jesus was raised up to his Father's throne, "the top of the mountains" and exulted above the hills, and Jerusalem was raised up too; this was understood by the apostles, who afterwards spoke of Jerusalem as "heavenly" and "Jerusalem above." The earthly city was cast aside, and identified with Hagar, the bondwoman, who was cast out of Abraham's house.
So after Jesus ascended to his Father's throne, the times of Daniel's prophecy apply to the heavenly city, not the earthly one. And we see that in the last half of the 70th week, earthly units of time no longer apply; God's time does not depend on the earth's revolutions, or its orbit around the sun. The units of the final half-week are spiritual, and figurative. It is represented by 1,335 days, and by the phrase "a time, times and a half." These represent the whole age of the church when Christ continues to confirm his covenant. The numbers used to represent this period do not correspond to a literal three and a half years. [42 literal months is about 1,240 days; 1,260 days is short of a literal three and a half years, which is about 1,278 days, or about 1,272 days, counting 3 solar years and 6 lunar months; 1,290 days is too long; also 1,335 days is way too long]
The numbers in each case do not fit a real three and a half years in any calendar.
Because the contexts of Daniel's prophecy is written only to Israel & Jews of the endtime, why in the world would we expect Christ to send the unveiling messages written down by John then give them to Christian organizations that are not Jewish, makes no sense. If three of the four ecclesias are warned about congregants not being Jews all the while claiming the opposite, what religious culture is the focal point of discussion here? Certainly not Christian culture! How many Christian churches have you ever heard of who are concerned about non-Jews in their midst? Yet Christ is warning these ecclesias of just that problem.
Christians are those who are "sealed with that holy Spirit of promise." [Eph. 1:13] They are called the "Israel of God." [Gal. 6:16]