Although this post happens to come first, it’s the internal evidence (what Scripture has to say) which is more important.
Adam Maarschalk ————————————————————————————————————————————————– In the Dispensational Futurist view, the events leading up to Jerusalem’s downfall in 70 AD are foretold mainly in (a sizeable portion of) Luke 21, and are briefly mentioned at the very beginning of Matthew 24 and Mark 13.
Quoting from Tertullian, Eusebius said, “Domitian also, who possessed a share of Nero’s cruelty, attempted once to do the same thing that the latter [Nero] did. Thompson (1990) writes that any campaign of terror during Domitian’s reign was rather selective and (unlike in Nero’s time) was generally aimed at influential members and even members of his family suspected of political conspiracy, rather than toward Christians (p. As far as these testimonies are reliable, then, John found himself on Patmos during the reign of Nero (54-68 AD). those who believe Revelation was written around 96 AD) admit that it’s very difficult to find evidence that Christians were undergoing any significant persecution from Rome in that decade. Andreas, writing in the year 500 AD, said regarding Revelation -13, “There are not wanting [i.e.
Other sources during the first several centuries after Christ also refer to an earlier date for the writing of Revelation, even explicitly.during Nero’s reign and again during the reign of Domitian).Eusebius (263-339 AD), whose own writings echoed Irenaeus’ controversial statement, wrote that both Nero and Domitian were known for banishing individuals to various islands, but that Domitian showed more mercy and restraint.At face value, it could appear that Irenaeus said John received his vision during the time of Domitian, who reigned from 81-96 AD and was the last emperor of the Flavius Dynasty.However, a number of objections have been made against this conclusion.