It wouldn't make much sense

Dating the book of revelation

Nothing could be further from the truth. First, Jerusalem is spoken of as still standing.

The book makes numerous reference to the imminence of the predicted events. The end of Old Covenant Israel was at hand. He states these things concerning the Apocalypse in the work referred to. Preterists point out that Irenaeus erred before in his writing, when he claimed that Jesus was forty years old when he died.

However, another element was added to this warning. Therefore, let us proceed to examine the evidence for an earlier dating. That alone should be proof enough. Application of these time elements and allusions to events thousands of years later, and to centuries yet to come, does violence to the text.

Indeed, Paul affirms that the apostasy associated with the latter times was well under way when he wrote Timothy. Of course, we are assuming that John had access to scarce writing materials while he was a prisoner on a secluded island.

Conclusion These are not all the evidences that point to an early date of composition, but they are among the most critical and most concise. Either view would still make Revelation future for the futurist.

For instance, Zane Hodges is a futurist, who holds to the early date of Revelation. Notice that Jesus told the disciples that they would see this event. Revelation alludes frequently to the fall of Jerusalem. No other period witnessed such moral depravity, license and wanton abandon as did the empire under Nero. This is a direct allusion to the Jewish tribal system.

Therefore, the book of Revelation must have been written before that event. But a candid look at the evidence requires a date shortly prior to A. Historically, Nero is the one that persecuted Christians beyond all comparison. It has been accepted by generations of people without really questioning it or examining it in light of the book itself.

Therefore the book was almost assuredly written sometime between these dates. Over and over, Jesus gave personal warning to the churches that he would come upon them quickly in the events of the vision and catch them unawares if they failed to repent. Furthermore, the manner of death boiling in oil is consistent with the cruel deaths and tortures devised by Nero for Christians reported by Tactitus. Sproul writes, If the book was written after A.

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Other Preterists argue that Irenaeus erred when he made his assertion about the dating of the book of Revelation. The external evidence against an early date for the writing of the Book of Revelation is pretty solid.

Therefore the book was almost