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As they gazed upon its massive stones and magnificent structures, Jesus uttered the unthinkable: “I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down….
This generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.” Less than forty years later, this prophecy, no doubt still emblazoned upon the tablet of their collective consciousness, became a vivid and horrifying reality.
I don’t think there are too many evangelicals that hold to that proposition.
Furthermore, if the apostle John were indeed writing in AD 95, it seems incredible that he would make no mention whatsoever of the most apocalyptic event in Jewish history — the demolition of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple at the hands of Titus.
For were it necessary that his name should be clearly announced to the present age, it would have been declared by him who saw the revelation.
Eusebius says Iranaeus speaks about John :"We, therefore, do not venture to affirm anything with certainty respecting the name of antichrist.
Josephus describes the utter devastation as the altar was surrounded by “corpuses, blood flowing down the steps of the sanctuary.” He says “The temple was in flames, the victors stole everything they could get their hands on.
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.
The first point of reference would have to be to determine when Revelation was written. It is therefore my thesis that Revelation 1-19 concerns events which were all fulfilled by 70AD when Jerusalem was destroyed. Revelation 20 then introduces a greater time period- "1,000" years, which I believe simply means .
Most scholars regard there being only two possible dates. Leon Morris explores this adequately in his Tyndale Commentary series volume on Revelation, and I recommend that this widely available commentary be read. I believe this parallels Matthew 25 where we find several long-time references (the Bridegroom was "delayed", vs. At the end of Revelation 20 a fire appears from heaven which delivers the godly.
If I am right then we need to overhaul how we regard the future and our involvement in it.
The Historical Context At The Time of Revelation's Authorship It was a dark time for the Church.