If this is true, then the expectation is that the Great Tribulation described in the book was far off in the futuremaybe in our own time.But a candid look at the evidence requires a date shortly prior to 70 when Jerusalem and the temple were utterly destroyed, as Jesus prophesied would happen in the Little Apocalypse, Matthew chapter twenty-four. Revelation 1-11 alludes frequently to the fall of Jerusalem.John is called to measure the temple, without any suggestion that it is destroyed (11:1). Thus, it is evident that Revelation was written before that judgment.Jesus told His disciples that within their generation, not one stone of the temple would be left on top another (Mt. Furthermore, the emperor Nero is mentioned as still being alive: There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (). The first five Caesars Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudiushad already died (fallen) at the time of the writing of the book of Revelation. After him arose another Caesar, Galba, who only continued a short spacejust a little over six months. Moreover, Revelation 13:8 identifies the emperor with the number equivalent of Neros name: 666. 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.The angel Gabriel told Daniel that the 70 weeks were to end with the destruction of Jerusalem (Dan.
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".In Hebrew the name is nrwn qsr: n (50) r (200) w (6) n (50) q (100) s (60) r (200), which totals exactly 666.(1) The numerical values of the Hebrew alphabet are well established.(2) How totally contrived and arbitrary are naive and misguided efforts to force this historic number on twentieth-century English names such as Henry Kissinger or Ronald Wilson Reagan!There is also the a priori teaching of Scripture itself that all special revelation ended by 70.Mc Clintock and Strong, in contending for the later date, declare that “there is no mention in any writer of the first three centuries of any other time or place” (1969, 1064).Upon the basis of external evidence, therefore, there is little contest between the earlier and later dates.