Question: why is there so little use of this portrayal in historical Jesus study? here
I tend to, at the moment, place Revelation between 70ish and 90ish. It is not about the future, although, maybe, the ultimate future makes an appearance at the end. I tend to think that Revelation is a multi-leveled work, something I’ll explore later.
Anyway, I’m not sure I would use this so much as a portrayal of the Historical Jesus as I would the portrayal of the Historical Jesus Communities (/an/Christianity). Why? Because we rarely see Jesus. Granted, I do think that Revelation is our Fifth Gospel, interpreting not just the death of Christ (the sixth seal), but his resurrection and eventual exaltation. All of this is centered around the Jewish Revolt and in encapsulated in a Jewish liturgical hymn.
There you go.