Before jerusalem fell dating the book of revelation
Flavius Josephus, the Jewish contemporary of John, clearly points out that Julius Caesar was the first emperor of Rome and that he was followed in succession by Augustus, Tiberius, Caius, Claudius, and Nero (Antiquities 18; 19). We must remember that even Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, took Jewish vows and had Timothy circumcised. They are not true Jews in the fundamental, spiritual sense, which was Pauls argument in Romans 2.We discover this enumeration also in other near contemporaries of John: 4 Ezra 11 and 12; Sibylline Oracles, books 5 and 8; Barnabas, Epistle 4; Suetonius, Lives of the Twelve Caesars; and Dio Cassius Roman History 5. John continues: The other is not yet come; and when he comes, he must continue a short space. This would suggest a date prior to the final separation of Judaism and Christianity. 80s the Christian writer Barnabas makes a radical us/them division between Israel and the Church (Epistle 13:1)., at the time John writes, things are in the initial stages of a fundamental change.The two passages speak of the same unique event and even employ virtually identical terms. Thus, while John wrote, the Temple was still standing, awaiting its approaching doom. The first of seven benedictions occurs in his introduction: Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein (Rev. And just after the vision itself is given in Revelation 17:1-6, an interpretive angel appears for the express purpose of explaining the vision: And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel?According to Revelation 11:2 Jerusalem and the Temple were to be under assault for a period of forty-two months. This is a period of forty-two months, which fits the precise measurement of Johns prophecy. If John wrote this twenty-five years after the Temples fall it would be terribly anachronous. I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns (Rev 17:7). Due to time constraints, I will succinctly engage only three of the internal indicators of composition date. But rather than committing an ad verecundiam fallacy, let us move beyond any appeal to authority to consider very briefly the argument for the early date of Revelation.And 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. His reign lasted but six months, until January 15, A. Revelation could not have been written after June, A. And although there are several aspects of this evidence, we will just briefly introduce it.
But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months. In addition, verse 8 informs us that this is the city where also our Lord was crucified. For example: Isaiah 48:2; 52:1; Daniel ; Nehemiah 11:1-18; Matthew 4:5; . I will only summarily allude to the arguments from tradition before concluding this matter. The internal evidence should hold priority for the evangelical Christian in that it is evidence from Revelations self-witness.