Early dating of revelation
I don't have the research notes anymore (where I explored both sides to come to this conclusion).The date wasn't the thesis, so I didn't have to explore both sides. I'd have to do that research anew and time is compressed these days.
The internal testimony is wholly in favor of the early date.” “One of the oddest facts about the New Testament is that what on any showing would appear to be the single most datable and climactic event of the period — the fall of Jerusalem in A. After the destruction of the Temple the synagogue became the center of Jewish life; after the destruction of Jerusalem there was no clear location of the seat of authority for the Christian church. were the persecuting Jews who betrayed their fellow countrymen to the tyranny of the Sanhedrin. After the temple was destroyed, those unbelieving Jews were either killed, or enslaved, or lost their authority.
Doesn't the first 3 chapters of Revelation reflect both of these facts? Any survivors may very well have established new assemblies, but they were not persecuting the Christians anymore. the first being Augustus who was ruling at the time of christs birth ( see the ten kings/ horns of daniels last beast) he is the first king of the ten horns ( the same prophecy also reads as the ten kings that come to power one hour with the papal beast king- daniels prophecy is a double prophecy) Julius ceaser was and even now is never officially considered an Emperor.
The meaning of "at hand" cannot be stretched across 2,000 years. 18:6, "Now in the twelfth month, that is, the month Adar, on the thirteenth day of the same, when the king's commandment and his decree drew near to be put in execution, in the day that the enemies of the Jews hoped to have power over them,..." (KJV) He didn't mean thousands of years later. 24 was close to them in that century in which He spoke the words.
Since Christ came to them in the fullness of time, and since He told them the Kingdom was "at hand", then the kingdom was associated with His manifestation on earth in the first century A. Shortly: Gen , Joseph explained Pharaoh's dream of the famine, The meaning of the word "shortly" as used in the NT did not change from its use in the OT.
The 8th king the beast is the papacy which is connected to Domitian the sixth Emperor of Johns 7 Emperors / kings.
due to the fact he like the papacy fulfilled all , all except one that is , of the Prophecy Daniel recieved of the little horn and its prophesied antichristian deeds.
They have turned the literal statements inside out, and upside down. Therefore, the time was important, and the time in which Christ spoke and of which He promised is important.
Surely we can all agree that Christ was manifested on earth in the first century AD. Christ came preaching that the kingdom was "at hand".
You say that "the proper dating of the book would have huge implications for how the contents were interpreted". There are basically four ways of reading Revelation (preterist, historicist, futurist and spiritual). For some of those choices the dating is not an issue at all. The book was written during a time when Christians were persecuted (Rev 1: 9 etc) and this was taken to be during either the reign of Nero (54 -68 CE) or Domitian (81 - 96 CE).Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating