Before jerusalem fell dating the book of revelation
We will then explore the four major methodologies used to interpret the Revelation.
He has written several books on eschatology, including The Beast of Revelation; Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation; He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology; and The Greatness of the Great Commission: The Christian Enterprise in a Fallen World. Finally, John repeatedly makes the point that the great tribulation he describes must shortly come to pass (Rev. This was a comfort for persecuted Christians: deliverance was at hand! Shortly does not mean a quarter of a century laterlet alone 1900-plus years later!John is called to measure the temple, without any suggestion that it is destroyed (11:1). Thus, it is evident that Revelation was written before that judgment.Jesus told His disciples that within their generation, not one stone of the temple would be left on top another (Mt. Furthermore, the emperor Nero is mentioned as still being alive: There are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space (). The first five Caesars Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula and Claudiushad already died (fallen) at the time of the writing of the book of Revelation. After him arose another Caesar, Galba, who only continued a short spacejust a little over six months. Moreover, Revelation 13:8 identifies the emperor with the number equivalent of Neros name: 666. Sproul's work, "The Last Days According to Jesus", I sought out BJF and read it with an open mind that had already dumped any pre-tribulation view after the Y2K "mess" and had starting thinking more about the nature of the Olivet Discourse. Digging through the pages of history of the early church fathers, citing excellent commentaries from the late 19th and early 20th century, and taking Scripture with the seriousness that any scholar should, Gentry gives overwhelming evidence that Revelation was written prior to A. 70 and also gives us answers into some of the mysteries such as Who is the Beast? If you are into any view that calls for a tribulation of any kind, should you decide to read this book, you will definitely be affected and challenge to make a change of such a view.
Gentry not only presents and defends his side with hard exegetical evidence, but also takes the time to present other views and then explains, using this same method, why they are not true. as well as demonstrating that the majority of Revelation, all of the Olivet Discourse and the 70 weeks passage in Daniel was fulfilled in the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Gentry shows that, as should always be the case, that prophecy is easier to understand after it has been fulfilled than before.
The external evidence is shown to be very much inconclusive, contrary to so much late-date rhetoric.
Most importantly, concerning the external evidence, Dr.
Bock, ed., Three Views of the End of History (Zondervan); and Thomas D. Gentry, Jr., The Great Tribulation: Past or Future?
Kenneth Gentry's book, "Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation", is one of the most enlighting readings I have ever come upon. All evangelicals KNOW that there will be a pretrib rapture, KNOW that drinking alcohol is a sin, and KNOW that Revelation was written AD 95-96. Gentry offers us up a tasty serving of beef from one of these sacred cows. The internal evidence is effectively argued, and is most persuasive.
In Hebrew the name is nrwn qsr: n (50) r (200) w (6) n (50) q (100) s (60) r (200), which totals exactly 666.(1) The numerical values of the Hebrew alphabet are well established.(2) How totally contrived and arbitrary are naive and misguided efforts to force this historic number on twentieth-century English names such as Henry Kissinger or Ronald Wilson Reagan!