Dating the book of revelation gentry
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".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.In fact, the evidence is persuasive enough that it convinced such notable scholars Moses Stuart, F. If Revelation was written around 64AD then I could be right. 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.
For it has not been long since it was seen, but almost in our own generation, about the end of Domitian's reign."And to give you confidence, when you have thus truly repented, that there remains for you a trustworthy hope of salvation, hear a story that is no mere story, but a true account of John the apostle that has been handed down and preserved in memory.
Some tradition has up until recent times regarded the date Revelation’s authorship to be around 95AD. The implications of course for rightly determining the date of Revelation's authorship and which method of Biblical interpretation we employ are related.
This has been based almost entirely on one vague statement by the second century Church Father, Irenaeus. Gentry on dating Revelation has concluded that it must have been written in the “mid to late 60s” rather than in 95AD- There are suggestive evidences within the book to date it in the mid- to late-60s of the first century. If Revelation was written in 95AD, then my beliefs are wrong.
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It would be remiss of any serious student of Revelation not to at least do a cursory examination of the historical context to which Revelation is back-dropped. If Revelation was written in 95AD, what event happened within months or few years of its publication that could be seen as fulfilling the great sense of imminence contained within its pages? But if Revelation was written around 64AD the question is easily answered by pointing to the great persecution which commenced in 64AD and the campaign against Jerusalem which began in 68AD.