Do the churches of Revelation show a historical timeline?

In what ways does this view fit with history?

The mystery view is not a prophecy of secular events. The Lord is unfolding the attack of evil on His golden lampstands. Rather than fixing the dates by secular events, it is likely best to see general periods during which these influences predominated. The effect of these attacks began earlier and lasted longer in some areas. Clearly some of the conditions coexist until the Lord’s return, since the letters to the last four churches particularly point to His coming. "Church history" adds tremendous color to what the Lord discloses, but pressing the details too specifically has led to contradictory and sensational "interpretations."

D. Oliver