The dating of revelation


28-Dec-2016 02:58

a Neronian date in his 1908 study of The Apocalypse of St John I-III.

First, the negative case rests on a sense of the limits of the persecution of Domitian: “The last few months of Domitian’s life were a veritable reign of terror, in which many of the noblest Romans were sacrificed.

It begins with John, on the island of Patmos in the Aegean, addressing a letter to the "Seven Churches of Asia".

He then describes a series of prophetic visions, including figures such as the Whore of Babylon and the Beast, culminating in the Second Coming of Jesus.

Among them were two near kinsmen of Domitian himself, Flavius Clemens and Domit Ula.

Their Christianity was evidently brought against them, though it is more probable that this was a mere pretext.

The obscure and extravagant imagery has led to a wide variety of Christian interpretations: historicist interpretations see in Revelation a broad view of history; preterist interpretations treat Revelation as mostly referring to the events of the apostolic era (1st century), or, at the latest, the fall of the Roman Empire; futurists believe that Revelation describes future events; and idealist or symbolic interpretations consider that Revelation does not refer to actual people or events, but is an allegory of the spiritual path and the ongoing struggle between good and evil.

Aspects of the text of the book of Revelation have been understood by some as being indicative of an earlier date. The angel Gabriel told Daniel that the “seventy weeks” were to end with the destruction of Jerusalem (Dan. -27); and that period would also serve to “seal up the vision and prophecy” (Dan. [emphasis added] We concur with Chilton’s basic premise: prophecy and vision will be sealed up at the conclusion of the 70 weeks of Daniel. This is the interpretive equivalent of “two wrongs don’t make a right.” Here is revealed another Achilles heel of reliance upon internal evidence: it is too easily subject to cross-correlation which seems supportive, but is not necessarily related.

The Book of Revelation is the only apocalyptic document in the New Testament canon (although there are short apocalyptic passages in various places in the Gospels and the Epistles).The answer to this question makes or breaks an interpretation of Revelation for preterist purposes.



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