1. The Date of Revelation
2. Timing and Theme
3. The Beast
4. The Millennium
When was Revelation written?AVOID THE QUICK FIX OF 96
When confronted with the Preterist view of Eschatology people often say, "Wasn't the Book of Revelation written after 70 A.D.?" They point out (incorrectly) that Revelation was written in 95 or 96 A.D. This is known as the "quick fix of 96" for if Revelation was written under Domitian's reign then the Preterist view has a problem. The fact is the Book of Revelation was written before Before Jerusalem Fell as hyper creedalist Ken Gentry shows in his book. There are two kinds of evidence regarding the composition of the Apocopypse, internal evidence and external evidence. Internal comes from within Revelation itself and is therefore the most important kind of evidence. External evidence is evidence from outside Revelation such as writings of the early church fathers. External evidence does not hold as much weight as internal evidence. Below is the tip of the ice berg for internal evidence to prove Revelation was written under the reign of Nero Caesar before 70 A.D. For more in-depth study read the book Before Jerusalem Fell.
1. Revelation was written at a time when Christianity and Judism were operating in the same circles. This was not the case after the destruction of the temple in 70 A.D.
2. Revelation chapter 11 tells us that the temple was still standing. We know the temple was destroyed in 70 A.D.
3. Nero Caesar was the reigning emperor at the composition of Revelation as chapter 17 indicates. Nero was the sixth emperor.
4. If Revelation was written in 95 or 96 A.D. there surely would have been mention of Herod's Temple having been destroyed 25 years earlier, but there is silence on this issue.
See the article Date of Revelation by Timothy King.
The Time and Theme of Revelation
At the very beginning of the Book of Revelation we are told explicitly when the prophesies contained in the book were to be fulfilled! The timing of the prophecies is the key to understanding Revelation.
1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near. (Revelation 1:1-3)
John was not writing to Christians living in America in the 21st century. He was writing to seven churches in Asia which have long since disappeared. Revelation cannot be understood apart from this fact.
4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia:
Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, (Revelation 1:4)
The theme to the Book of Revelation was the Second Coming of Jesus against the apostate Jews in A.D. 70. This was prophesied by Jesus in Matt. 10:23, 16:27-28, Ch 24, etc. The phrases “they who pierced Him” and “all the tribes of the land” are two familiar designations for Old Covenant Israel.
7Lo, he doth come with the clouds, and see him shall every eye, even those who did pierce him, and wail because of him shall all the tribes of the land. Yes! Amen! (Revelation 1:7 YLT)
John clearly identified himself and the seven churches in Asia Minor as living in the tribulation!!!
9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. ( Rev 1:9 NKJV)
Jesus said to the church in Thyatira:
25 But hold fast what you have till I come. (Revelation 2:25)
Question: Is the church at Thyatira still holding on to what they have? Are they still waiting for Jesus to return? Obviously not. The church at Thyatira is long gone now. So did Jesus fail? Did He deceive that church? Or did He come back in their lifetime as He promised?
Jesus said to the church in Sardis:
"Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown." (Revelation 3:11)
Question: Is the church at Sardis still holding on to what they have? Are they still waiting for Jesus to return? Obviously not. The church at Sardis is long gone now. So did Jesus fail? Did He deceive that church? Or did He come back in their lifetime as He promised?
The Lord told the seven churches in Asia in the first century He was coming quickly in their time.
“Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” (Revelation 22:7)
10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. (Revelation 22:10)
Contrast with Daniel 8:26 which reads:
26 “ And the vision of the evenings and mornings Which was told is true; Therefore seal up the vision, For it refers to many days in the future.”
There was only about 500 years between Daniel and Revelation.
“And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work.
He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! (Revelation 22:20)
The Beast of Revelation was Nero Caesar
The following is taken from the book The Beast of Revelation written by hyper-creedalist Ken Gentry. He proves beyond any reasonable doubt that the Beast of Revelation was Nero Caesar. The Beast is not the same as the Antichrist and he is not in our future but in the past.
1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero's character was like a leopard, a lion, and a bear which John compounded in his imagery.
1. Nero castrated a boy named Sporus and married him.
2. He played a game where he was let loose from a cage and he attacked the private parts of men and women bound to stakes.
3. He plotted his own mother's murder.
4. He ordered one of his tutors, Seneca, to commit suicide and he did.
5. He divorced his wife, Octavia, to marry his mistress, Poppaea. Octavia was beheaded upon Poppaea's orders. Poppaea was kicked to death by Nero while she was sick and pregnant.
6. He falsely accused Roman nobles of various crimes in order to confiscate their estates.
7. He blamed Christians for a fire that destroyed much of Rome.
8. He had Christians persecuted.
9. He committed suicide by having a servant stick a sword in his throat.
3 And I saw one of his heads as if it had been mortally wounded, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world marveled and followed the beast.
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero was the head of the Beast (Roman Empire) who had the fatal wound. The Beast (Roman Empire) revived after civil wars which occurred after Nero's death. The Roman Empire lived on after Nero's death.
4 So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?"?
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero was worshiped. There were statues of Nero that had inscriptions that read "God Almighty" and "Savior."
He demanded worship as no other Emperor did.
5 And he was given a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies, and he was given authority to continue[a] for forty-two months. 6 Then he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme His name, His tabernacle, and those who dwell in heaven. 7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero persecuted Christians from late November 64 until his death, June 9, 68. Except for a few days this was a period of 42 months.
10 He who leads into captivity shall go into captivity; he who kills with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero both lived and died by the sword. He persecuted Christians, among others, and he literally died by having a sword stuck in his throat.
18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.
FULFILLED IN NERO
Nero's name in Hebrew equals 666. Some manuscripts have 616 instead of 666. Nero's name transliterated from Latin to Hebrew equals 616. This was probably done to help those less familiar with Hebrew to decipher the name.
9 Here is the mind which has wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sits. 10 There are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, and the other has not yet come. And when he comes, he must continue a short time.
FULFILLED IN NERO
The first seven Kings of the Roman Empire were:
1. Julius Caesar
2. Augustus Caesar
3. Tiberious Caesar
4. Gaius Caesar
5. Claudius Caesar "Five have fallen"
6. Nero Caesar "one is"
7. Galba "must remain for a little while"
Galba was the King for only seven months.
The 1,000 year reign of Christ in Revelation 20 is not a literal 1,000 years. The number 1,000 is used throughout Scripture in a symbolic way to denote completeness. Why should we take it literally in the highly symbolic book of Revelation if it is always used symbolically in the rest of the Bible? The Millennium was from A.D. 30 to A.D.70.
Leviticus 26:8 (New King James Version)
8 Five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight;
your enemies shall fall by the sword before you.
Deuteronomy 32:30 (New King James Version)
30 How could one chase a thousand,
And two put ten thousand to flight,
Unless their Rock had sold them,
And the LORD had surrendered them?
11 May the LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times more numerous than you are, and bless you as He has promised you!
9 “Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
Job 9:3 (New King James Version)
3 If one wished to contend with Him,
He could not answer Him one time out of a thousand.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine,
And the cattle on a thousand hills.
17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand,
Even thousands of thousands;
The Lord is among them as in Sinai, in the Holy Place.
10 For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
4 For a thousand years in Your sight
Are like yesterday when it is past,
And like a watch in the night.
Psalm 91:7 (New King James Version)
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Song of Solomon 4:4 (New King James Version)
4 Your neck is like the tower of David,
Built for an armory,
On which hang a thousand bucklers,
All shields of mighty men.
Isaiah 7:23 (New King James Version)
23 It shall happen in that day,
That wherever there could be a thousand vines
Worth a thousand shekels of silver,
It will be for briers and thorns.
Isaiah 60:22 (New King James Version)
22 A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time.”
Daniel 7:10 (New King James Version)
10 A fiery stream issued
And came forth from before Him.
A thousand thousands ministered to Him;
Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him.
The court was seated,
And the books were opened.
Amos 5:3 (New King James Version)
3 For thus says the Lord GOD:
“ The city that goes out by a thousand
Shall have a hundred left,
And that which goes out by a hundred
Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”