Finally, those who hold that the book of Revelation was written in AD 95 face an even more formidable obstacle!
Consider one of the most amazing prophecies in all of Scripture.
More directly, imagine writing a thesis on the future of terrorism in America and failing to mention the Manhattan Massacre. Imagine that you are reading a history concerning Jewish struggles in Nazi Germany and find no mention whatsoever of the Holocaust.
Would it be historically ridiculous or historically reasonable to suppose this history had been written prior to the outbreak of World War II? Just as it stretches credulity to suggest that a history on the Jews in Germany written in the aftermath of World War II would make no mention of the Holocaust, so too it is quite unlikely that Revelation could have been written twenty-five years after the destruction of Jerusalem and yet make no mention of the most apocalyptic event in Jewish history.
However, after reading many different sources on the subject, I have not found anyone who has addressed Hegesippus’ testimony as it relates to the dating of the book of Revelation. Yet, he never even mentions Hegesippus’ testimony by the same historian (Eusebius).
Eusebius was a fourth century historian who preserved many early writings. Logically speaking, if the early date is correct and Hegesippus’ testimony is also correct then John was in exile for some thirty years. then we would know for sure that the early date is inaccurate.
____________________________________________________ (1) Merrill C. Tenney, ed.; The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, 1976; Vol.
The debate took place on December 10, 2007 at the annual Pre-Trib Study Group meeting in Dallas, TX.
In contrast, the Left Behind series is based on the assumption that Revelation was written in AD 95, long after Jerusalem’s destruction.
It asserts, in fact, that Revelation describes events that will likely take place in the twenty-first century rather than the first century.
He is credited with quoting Irenaeus’ testimony (abt. D.) that John wrote the book of Revelation near the end of Domitian’s reign. If John wrote the book of Revelation while on the island (as early date proponents support) then we are left wondering how he got the document off the island in time for it to provide comfort to the reader before the destruction of Jerusalem (70 A. Of course, we are assuming that John had access to scarce writing materials while he was a prisoner on a secluded island. If we add the testimony of Victorinus (late 3rd century) and Jerome (late 4th century) we come to the same logical conclusion.
He acknowledges “the strongest arguments for the late date”(3) are made concerning Ireanaeus’ testimony.
The external evidence used in this article to support a later date for the writing of the book of Revelation is from the 2nd century to the 4th century. Ogden; The Avenging of the Apostles and Prophets, Ogden Publications, 1991, pg.