Dating revalation

Some tradition has up until recent times regarded the date Revelation’s authorship to be around 95AD. The implications of course for rightly determining the date of Revelation's authorship and which method of Biblical interpretation we employ are related.

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".

But this is absolutely not the case with the Book of Revelation. Therefore, the entire concept promoted by the Left Behind series is built upon a ridiculous method of Biblical interpretation which places nearly all of the contents of Revelation into the yet-to-be-fulfilled category.

However, this is the early Palestinian Christian Eucharist prayer Maranatha, which Paul himself used at the end of a letter: "Our Lord, come!

It would be remiss of any serious student of Revelation not to at least do a cursory examination of the historical context to which Revelation is back-dropped. If Revelation was written in 95AD, what event happened within months or few years of its publication that could be seen as fulfilling the great sense of imminence contained within its pages? But if Revelation was written around 64AD the question is easily answered by pointing to the great persecution which commenced in 64AD and the campaign against Jerusalem which began in 68AD.

But the temporal scene which Rev sketches fits no epoch of primitive Christianity so well as the time of the persecution under Domitian. In all likelihood, therefore, Rev was in fact written toward the end of the reign of Domitian, i.e., ca.

Also favoring the end of the first century as the time of origin of Rev is the fact that according to 2:8-11, the church of Smyrna has been persevering for a long time, while according to Polycarp (Phil 11:3), at the time of Paul it did not even exist; and describes the community of Laodicea as rich, while this city had been almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in A. 90-95, in Asia Minor, in order to encourage Christian communities threatened by a destructive persecution to endure and to make them confident of the imminent victory of Christ over the powers of the Antichrist.It begins with a salutation in the Pauline style: "To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. But then it continues: "Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, every one who pierced him; and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Similarly, the closing benediction, "The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. It is a reminder that for all its surface strangeness, the book of Revelation is not to be separated from the rest of the New Testament.Amen" (), is in the Pauline style, but it is preceded by a prayer for the coming of the Lord, "Come, Lord Jesus" (). The hope it represents is a fundamental feature of a major part of the New Testament.To read about Amazon Smile, or to sign up, go to: Amazon Smile Good Birth Ministries is raising funds to subsidize Kenneth Gentry’s exegetical and theological research. If you would like to read more about Good Birth’s project or make a tax-deductible donation, please go to: Good Birth Ministries website. The book's own testimony indicates that it originated in the province of Asia in a time of severe oppression of Christians, which is most readily conceivable under Domitian.If you sign up for Amazon Smile on, the Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible Amazon Smile items.

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