It asserts, in fact, that Revelation describes events that will likely take place in the twenty-first century rather than the first century.
This is how Tim La Haye puts it: “Revelation was written by John in AD 95, which means the book of Revelation describes yet future events of the last days just before Jesus comes back to this earth.” Dr.
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La Haye has gone so far as to dismiss the notion that Revelation was written before AD 70 as “historically ridiculous.” A closer look at the evidence, however, reveals not only that such dismissive language is unwarranted but that the late-date position is untenable.
First, let me say this: it’s instructive to note that the late dating for Revelation is largely dependant on a single — and markedly ambiguous — sentence in the writings of a church father named Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons.
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.
And further, the two accounts of Tertullian and Hegesippus leave it difficult to doubt that Domitian himself stopped the persecution.
Beyond [the mention by Hegesippus of the arrest of Jude’s grandsons and] the vague statement of the late Orosius, there is not a particle of evidence for persecution beyond Rome, and there is nothing in external events as far as they are known to lead either to that or to any great disturbance of society.
The external evidence for the late dating of Revelation is of the highest quality. The testimony of Irenaeus, not far removed from the apostolic age, is first rate. Irenaeus seems to be unaware of any other view for the date of the book of Revelation. Even Moses Stuart, America’s most prominent preterist, admitted that the “tyrant here meant is probably Domitian.” Within this narrative, Clement further speaks of John as an “old man.” If Revelation was written prior to A. 70, it would scarcely seem appropriate to refer to John as an old man, since he would only have been in his early sixties at this time.
He places the book near the end of Domitian’s reign, and that ruler died in A. Victorinus (late third century), author of the earliest commentary on the book of Revelation, wrote: When John said these things, he was in the island of Patmos, condemned to the mines by Caesar Domitian.
Some writers, however, have advanced the preterist (from a Latin word meaning “that which is past”) view, contending that the Apocalypse was penned around A. 68 or 69, and thus the thrust of the book is supposed to relate to the impending destruction of Jerusalem (A. Wallace Jr.), and for a brief time it was popular with certain scholars. In fact, the evidence for the later date is extremely strong.