This argument from silence proves absolutely nothing coming from the PreTrib camp. Here are the facts.
1:1 ~ "to shew unto his servants"
1:4 ~ "to the seven churches"
1:13, 20 ~ Christ walks among the churches.
Chapters 2 and 3 show that the contents of these messages are for the churches. There is NO mention in the text that John and Christ are addressing a completely different group of people.
In the subsequent chapters we have the words
"saints" (13 times in chapters 5, 8, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20),
"kings and priests",
"the souls of them that were slain for the word of God",
"those washed white in the blood of the Lamb",
"those who have the testimony of Jesus Christ",
"the blessed dead",
"them that had gotten the victory over the beast",
"the martyrs of Jesus",
"called, and chosen, and faithful",
"ye that fear Him, both small and great",
"the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus",
"those who lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years",
"they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life",
"he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book",
Then at the close of the book of Revelation, we have this epilogue.
"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things IN THE CHURCHES."
The book opens to the churches, it contains truth for the churches, and it closes as being TO THE CHURCHES. Yet so many dispensationalists with a preconceived framework to prove, carve out entire sections of this book as being completely inapplicable to whom Jesus originally addressed it to. That’s sad.
Have fun and stay busy – Luke 19:13
-The Orange Mailman