To answer this we can look to the seventy weeks prophecy of Daniel as recorded in chapter 9, verses 25-27.
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 Chiltons 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 dont 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.
But does Johns acquaintance with the Temple necessitate that its service was contemporaneous with the writing of the book of Revelation? We discuss these issues in greater depth in our discussion of Nero. Significantly, Zechariah also mentions measurement in association with the revelation he was given. In each case, the interpretation of the evidence is either flawed or overstated. 70 (in fulfillment of Jesus prediction)the Roman emperor Vespasian and his son Tituswere not destroyed but returned to Rome in triumph carrying vessels from the destroyed Temple. Thomas Ice, The Great Tribulation is Future, in Kenneth L. Carson notes, by the time the Romans had actually desecrated the temple in A. 70, it was too late for anyone in the city to flee. Ibid., 138.
The obvious answer is, no. Any writers knowledge is cumulative: it is often the case that a writer expresses knowledge gained from an earlier point in his life. Further, there is no reason why direct revelation from God, as is the case with the book of Revelation, might not convey details not previously known to the prophet. ); Third , the number of the name of the Beast (Rev. -18 ) matches that of Caesar Nero. While it is true that similarities can be found between the final Beast of world history and Nero (or many other anti-Christian leaders of history), similarity does not prove identity. What is probably considered to be the most significant internal evidence for a pre-A. 70 date by early date advocates is Johns mention of a Temple in Revelation Rev. In both of these Old Testament prophetic books a Temple is mentioned that is not in existence at the time the author is writing. The internal evidence which early-date advocates assert as proof of a pre-A. At most, the evidence makes a case for the possibility of a pre-A. 70 date, but cannot be taken as objective evidence of this as a necessity. The text that Jesus cited concerning the Temples desecration, Dan. , predicts that the one who desecrates this Temple will himself be destroyed. Gentry and Thomas Ice, The Great Tribulation: Past or Future? By then it would be too late for the followers of the Lord Jesus to escape; the Romans had already taken the city by this time. The name which fits the circumstances most admirably is that of the nefarious Nero Caesar. Kenneth L.
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Before Jerusalem Fell is a scholarly and thorough study of the dating of Revelation.
Cindye Coates We are about to see why it is essential to interpret Scripture with Scripture vs. With the dating of Revelation, we establish the true historical prospective.This date is determined by the following statement by Irenaeus (AD 130 to AD 202), as quoted by Eusebius, the church historian, in AD325: "We will not, however, incur the risk of pronouncing positively as to the name of Antichrist; for if it were necessary that his name should be distinctly revealed in this present time, it would have been announced by him who beheld the apocalyptic vision.For that was seen no very long time since, but almost in our day, towards the end of Domitian's reign."There are things about this statement that need to be noted: First, Irenaeus did not witness this.This study is being researched and written in an effort to try and bring to light the evidence which is available to help in the dating of this book.It is this Bible Student's belief that Revelation was written by John after the destruction of Jerusalem, during the reign of Emperor Vespasian and that it refers chiefly to the great Roman persecution of the church which occurred after the destruction of Jerusalem.