The Book of Revelation has been nothing but a theological pain in the ass since it was written. While the Church of God claim to unveil or reveal it, they actually don't and know precious little about it's origins or original intent. I will plainly say that the Book is NOT for our time and was NOT written for our times. It is a failed first century prophecy or really a book meant to encourage Jews and Christians alike around the chaotic time of the sacking and destruction of Jerusalem , by the Romans, in 70 AD.
Revelation was written by a man, not THE man who called himself John. It may have been written either just before the Fall of 70AD or just after to encourage the Jews and also, with adaptations, Jewish Christians in the siege or surviving the aftermath to hang in there. It promised that the Romans would be gone in three and half years max and the Messiah would come and rout the Romans. Revelation has a lot of wowisms in it. With hyperbole and hubris, the author was using the Book of Daniel as the template for his visions of Revelation. It was not uncommon to go back into the Old Testament to find scriptures that helped explain the new times one found themselves living in. Daniel was a book written in the 160's BCE (not in the 500'sBCE) by priests trying to encourage the Jews in their struggles back then with the Romans. The author of Revelation, John (not any disciple or Apostle John) reasoned that if Daniel was meant to encourage Jews against Romans back then, it could be used to encourage Jewish Christians against Romans in his time. The author himself may have been greatly traumatized by the fall of Jerusalem or what he saw coming.
Revelation is a Jewish Christian document. The book harbors precious little toleration for Gentile Christianity under the "Apostle" Paul. It is very likely that the Beast was, to the author, Vespasian who had laid siege to Jerusalem and was not going away. Even more fascinating and in my view as well, the False Prophet of THAT day was our dear Gentile Christian Apostle Paul.
To the Church in Ephesus