Examples of boundaries in dating
The events in the letter would be fulfilled “soon”, “shortly” and they were “at hand”. A plain reading of the time statements are KEY to understanding the meaning and nature of the whole message. Friesen, Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, 116; Leiden: 1993) ; Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (New York: 2001) ; `Satan’s Throne, Imperial Cults and the Social Settings of Revelation’, JSNT 27 (2005): 351-73.
the things that are about to take place.” Revelation – “… is about to come upon the whole world.” Revelation says no less than six times at the beginning of the letter, and five times at the end of the letter, that ALL of its contents are to surely take place “SOON”. • Adela Yarbro Collins, The Combat Myth in the Book of Revelation (Harvard Theological Review; Harvard Dissertations in Religion, 9; (Missoula: 1976) ; Crisis and Catharsis: The Power of the Apocalypse (Philadelphia: 1984).
Not only will the internal and external piles of –largely unknown today- evidence surprised you, but his early date explanation puts the message of Revelation in the same vein as other messages that God gave people in similar situations. “A pre 70 AD date would make the purpose of the Revelation the same as was Isaiah’s prophecy — that is, to see the faithful people of God through the extremely difficult times ahead as THEIR then known WORLD was going to be shaken to its very foundation by the judgment of God against Babylon. Green, A Handbook of Church History from the Apostolic Era to the Dawn of the Reformation (London: 1904), p. • David Hill, New Testament Prophecy (Atlanta: John Knox, 1979), pp.
(Ovid Need Jr, Revelation: Date, Time and Purpose, 2001.) Revelation is introduced as something that “must” – not might – but which “MUST” soon take place. Garrow, Revelation (New Testament Readings; London: 1997). Gentry, Before Jerusalem Fell, An Exegetical and Historical Argument for a Pre-A. 70 Composition, (1989) • Robert Mc Queen Grant, A Historical Introduction to the New Testament (New York: Harper & Row, 1963), p.
Berkof says that no one in church history has undertaken a thorough study of eschatology. The Reformers were fighting the salvation wars, thus, Calvin and Luther wrote a commentary on every book of the Bible but Revelation.
Luther didn’t even think Revelation should be in the Bible!