Not only Historicists such as yourself, but Preterists would say the same thing. As a futurist, I disagree with both preterists and historicists. I see chapters four through the end of the book prophetic of the end time, NOT ongoing history taking place throughout the last two thousand years.
I also disagree with your interpretation of Rev. 1:19. But we would be getting far afield from what this thread is all about for us to get into a big brouhaha over it. Start a separate thread on it, and we'll discuss it.
You do not see the book of Revelation that Yeshua commissioned the Apostle John to write.
I’m no historicist; I simply read what is written in God’s word, and believe it.
I do believe we can classify the different positions in regards to Revelation, and also in regards to the “groundwork position” for the interpretation of prophecy in the Bible.
The fact of the matter is that in ALL POSITIONS, one is going to say that they are taking that position because that’s what the verses of the Bible tell them ... :-) ...
And ... face it ... we’re all looking at the VERY SAME VERSES. It’s only the “framework” for the interpretation of what those verses mean, that changes things. That meaning will differ according to what the framework of interpretation is.
SO ... while one may not like the “classification” (of the interpretation) ... it’s actually there and it’s valid (to “classify”) — even if one doesn’t realize that they are in that classification.
Usually, if someone doesn’t like the “classification” of their position, then that usually means that either they do not have a standard position (and it’s actually a mish-mash of stuff bearing no rationality) - or - they are trying to avoid people really knowing their position until they can be “sucked into it” a little bit further.
And ... believe me ... with about two thousand years of Christian history and writings on it - we do have the standard and identifiable positions,
What I do, right up front, is I don’t mess around and I just state the position in shorthand form, as I have done on my Freeper page.