Ther is a new series of books planned that takes that approach. Some controversy has erupted in the "Christian" press; here is an excerpt and a link:
New take on Rapture puts authors in apocalyptic feud
08:05 PM CST on Friday, November 5, 2004
By IRA J. HADNOT / The
What if the Rapture has already happened?
What if Revelation's prophecies have been fulfilled?
These questions are unthinkable for those Christians who believe that the end of the world is, well, still to come ? and that it will unfold in accordance with apocalyptic interpretations of the Book of Revelation?.
That's more or less the story line hewed to in the phenomenally popular Left Behind series. Now, however, Tyndale House, the Christian publisher of Left Behind, is planning a new fictional series with a very different view ? one that posits that Revelation actually tells the story (in code) of the first-century persecution of Christians and of the fall of the Jewish Temple.
The Last Disciple, the first of at least three books planned, depicts the Roman emperor, Nero, as "the beast." In the book, Christians in and are suffering through the Tribulation. Nero is trying to find the Apostle John's letter (the Book of Revelation) and destroy it. To survive, the early Christians must decipher a mysterious code. (The code for Nero's name is the number 666, regarded by many as the mark of the Antichrist.)
The Last Disciple ? is based on the notion of "preterism," which holds that most if not all major prophetic events in the New Testament have happened. When Jesus talked about the end of the world, according to preterists, he was referring not to the physical world but to an old worldview held by Jews in his time.
Here?s a link to the whole story (may require you sign up for free password)