Hello Rapunzel. Your approach is interesting and sent me to reading Revelation in the context of a work written for the current readers. I immediately came across verse 10 of chapter 1 which states: "By inspiration I came to be inthe Lord's day..."
So written for those for his time or not, the visions have the setting of "The Lord's Day" which are the end-times. As far as Daniel not being prophetic, your argument is incompetent because of the time prophecies in Daniel, specifically the "7 times" prophecy, which is applied to the "day for a year" formula (Ezk 4:6) you are dealing with a period of 2520 years. Further, as witnesses and others have also extrapolated from scripture, there is the 70 jubilees prophecy. This is the basis of the original 1925 hope/focus the Bible Students came up with. That is a period of 3500 years.
So anyone suggesting that Daniel or Revelation were books written for the people of their time, when the Daniel clearly speaks of these mysteries being "sealed up" until the last days and Revelation set in the setting of the "Lord's Day" is simply naieve or uninformed. Your theory that Revelation is typical "apocalytic" literature written to occur in the immediate future sounds interesting at first but it falls apart after just 10 verses into Revelation.
But ironically, this shows us how critical CHRONOLOGY is. It not only points to specific dates and times but also limits the loose intellectual speculation and generalizations. What we are observing is what I believe would generally a reasonable approach to this literature but without the crticial expertise to adequately understand the weakness or inappropriateness of this position. Daniel is full of CHRONOLOGY and it links to many specific things in Revelation that also dates Revelation's events, even beyond the direct statement that clearly sets this into the future during "The Lord's Day" meaning at the time of the second coming.
Case in point, even in Revelation 1 there is a reference to the Lord arriving and those beating themselves in lamentation over him and every eye setting him. That is a direct link to Matthew 24 where the "sign of the son of man" appears and likewise those that see it beat themselves in lamentation. This links chronologically Revelation to this very timed event in Matthew. The "great tribulation" per Daniel occurs between 62 weeks and 64 weeks. That is, during the 63 week. That is, between 434 and 441 years into the final 490 years of the seventh jubilee day, which is from 1506 to 1996.
In other words, the "cut off" of the messiah, which in this case would be the Jews, occurs after 62 weeks, which is 434 years, and thus begins in 1940 (1506 +434=1940). It lasts for one week, which is 7 years and thus ends in 1947. That is when two-thirds of the Jews were to pass through the fire and one third saved and restored to their homeland per Zechariah 13:8. The "sign of the son of man" occurs "Immediately after the tribulation of those days..." and thus at the very least after 1945, more specifically after 1947, the official end of the tribulation and trampling of Jerusalem by the gentiles.
So to say that the Christians or the writer of Revelation did not have us in mind is beyond inane, to use your own terms. It's a joke, in fact. My only excuse for your position being that you simply don't understand the depth of the material nor the significance of the chronology. But I still found it an interesting intellectual take on trying to water down the significance of this inspired work.
It strikes historical interest, however, when you read through the Dead Sea Scrolls and some of that other "apocalytic" literature. It is amazingly supplemental to the scriptures, even if it varies a bit from the Bible. So there were other works, but I think even those extra--Biblical works were clearly understood and anticipated to happen at some time in the distant future. Christians in general understood the "Lord's Day" was well into the future.
Your position reads well, I must say and got me curious, but it immediately falls apart with the slightest investigation, I'm afraid. Thanks for sharing what some people out there are thinking.