And now we have people in the modern the world doing the very same thing to the NT writings as well. A guy like pastor Hagee is looking at Revelation as though it speaks of earthly kings and kingdoms all of which have passed save the very last few, placing our generation as the 'end times' generation and the second coming of Christ very close at hand. They're misusing verses out of context to get the result they want. And those versed in scripture can see through it.
Indeed. If only guys like Hagee, Jack Van Impe, Hal Lindsey, Perry Stone, etc., etc., had any clue as to what the historical setting was for the apocalyptic writings of early christianity. The authors literally believed Jesus was coming back in THEIR life time. Even though the gospels should make that clear enough, in the apocryphal work, which if I recall correctly is the Apocalypse of Peter, the author specifically says that Jesus would return within 150 years after he first left. Which, interestingly, if the author believed Jesus died in the reign of Tiberius, then 150 years after that would be right around the time that Montanus and his cult were leading somewhat of a Millerite frenzy of their own, and is also, as I pointed out in my vids, is evidently the same setting & time that the book of Revelation and many other apocalyptic works were written in.
This stuff was in no way about our times here today.