Late dating the book of revelation
The Historical Context At The Time of Revelation's Authorship It was a dark time for the Church.
Since the death of Stephen in Acts 7, the Jewish Temple authorities had been waging a violent war against the Church.
is somewhat ridiculous and a discredit to the several lexicons which have succumbed to this faulty reasoning.
When after the death of the tyrant (previously identified as Nero) he removed from the island of Patmos to Ephesus, he used to journey by request to the neighboring districts of the Gentiles, in some places to appoint bishops, in others to regulate whole churches, in others to set among the clergy some one man, it may be, of those indicated by the Spirit.
Most scholars regard there being only two possible dates. Leon Morris explores this adequately in his Tyndale Commentary series volume on Revelation, and I recommend that this widely available commentary be read. I believe this parallels Matthew 25 where we find several long-time references (the Bridegroom was "delayed", vs. At the end of Revelation 20 a fire appears from heaven which delivers the godly.
In the case of most books of the Bible, determining the date of its authorship, while certainly important, is not necessarily crucial to its interpretation. I believe this is the physical return of Christ, which is also described in 2Thessalonians 1:7-8 as being "fire from heaven".
That sentence can be taken to mean either that John or that John’s apocalyptic vision was seen toward the end of Domitian’s reign.Furthermore, if the apostle John were indeed writing in AD 95, it seems incredible that he would make no mention whatsoever of the most apocalyptic event in Jewish history — the demolition of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple at the hands of Titus.This would be tantamount to writing a history of New York City today and making no mention of the destruction of the World Trade Center at the hands of terrorists on September 11, 2001.He declared that everyone in the Empire must acknowledge that was Lord and King.
Christians were publicly humiliated, ostracized and martyred throughout the Empire by both Jews and the Romans as they refused to declare that Caesar was either their Lord or their King (titles they exclusively reserved for Christ) or that the Old Covenant had any hold on them.But this is absolutely not the case with the Book of Revelation. Therefore, the entire concept promoted by the Left Behind series is built upon a ridiculous method of Biblical interpretation which places nearly all of the contents of Revelation into the yet-to-be-fulfilled category.