Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation

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What does it matter when the book of Revelation was written? Much more than one might imagine! In fact, this seemingly obscure historical detail has become the central focus in the debate over Bible prophecy. The ramifications of the debate reach far beyond the theoretical. When Revelation was revealed to John and written down for the Church to read and understand, it had an immediate impact. Christians were about to witness one of the most devastating judgments in history -- the destruction of the Holy City of ...
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Overview

What does it matter when the book of Revelation was written? Much more than one might imagine! In fact, this seemingly obscure historical detail has become the central focus in the debate over Bible prophecy. The ramifications of the debate reach far beyond the theoretical. When Revelation was revealed to John and written down for the Church to read and understand, it had an immediate impact. Christians were about to witness one of the most devastating judgments in history -- the destruction of the Holy City of Jerusalem. For centuries scholars have argued over when the Book of Revelation was written -- before or after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The most accepted but not the most compelling date is around the time of Domitian, at the end of the first century when John would have been nearly 100 years old. A more compelling date for the writing is during the reign of Nero Caesar, just a few years before Jerusalem's destruction at the hands of the Roman commander Titus. The evidence for this conclusion is found within the pages of Scripture. The Bible itself tells us when the Book of Revelation was written. We do not have to depend on people who wrote a hundred years or more after the fact to get the accurate story. God's own Word sets the record straight. Through careful and painstaking work, Dr. Gentry deals with all the evidence. He weighs all the arguments.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780930464202
  • Publisher: Institute for Christian Economics
  • Publication date: 11/1/1989
  • Pages: 409

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Revelation Studies 3
2 The Approach to the Question of Dating 17
3 Introduction to the External Evidence 41
4 Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons 45
5 Clement of Alexandria 68
6 Additional External Witnesses 86
7 The Role of Internal Evidence 113
8 The Theme of Revelation 121
9 The Temporal Expectation of the Author 133
10 The Identity of the Sixth King 146
11 The Contemporary Integrity of the Temple 165
12 The Role of Nero Caesar 193
13 The Role of Jewish Christianity 220
14 The Looming Jewish War 232
15 Introduction to Domitianic Evidences 259
16 The Role of Emperor Worship 261
17 The Persecution of Christianity 285
18 The Nero Redivivus Myth 300
19 The Condition of the Seven Churches 318
20 Concluding Remarks 333
Appendix 339
Select Bibliography I: Modern Writings 355
Select Bibliography II: Ancient Writings 374
Ancient Sources 375
Scripture Index 379
Modern Authors Index 387
Ancient Authors Index 395
Subject Index 397
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2000

    A must for students of eschatology who haven't wrestled with Postmillennialism

    This is an excellent resource that Robert Van Kampen, Hal Lindsey and their brand of end-time predictors need to read. I suggest that several Gentry books could correct the shortsighted views of the dispensationalists and the historic pre-millennialists. Try, 'He Shall Have Dominion' as well. Add a sprinking of Marcellus Kik (An Eschatology of Victory) to gain some assurance that this isn't a novel idea. Zack Anderson

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2000

    'Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great!'

    In this work Mr.Gentry has absolutely compiled the best evidence found to support the earlier writing of the book of Revelation. This book contains an enormous amount of historical references. If one finds the dating issue unimportant,you would enjoy this one just as a history lesson. An absolute must if this issue is critical to your studies.

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