Preterist dating the book of revelation
Another internal evidence of a late date is that this book was penned while John was banished to Patmos (1:9). Surely it would have required more than eight or nine years for that city to have risen again to the state of affluence described in Revelation.
It is well known that Domitian had a fondness for this type of persecution. The church at Laodicea is represented as existing under conditions of great wealth. The doctrinal departures described in Revelation would appear to better fit the later dating. Persecution for professing the Christian faith is evidenced in those early letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor.
To come up with such an interpretation one must: All of this reveals a truly desperate attempt to find a reference to Nero in the text.
Additionally, Leon Morris has pointed out that Irenaeus discussed a number of possibilities for deciphering the 666, but he did not even include Nero in his list, let alone regard this as a likely conjecture (1980, 38).
It is claimed that Revelation must have been penned before A. 70 since it has no allusion to the destruction of Jerusalem; rather, it is alleged, it represents both the city and the temple as still standing. Second, the contention that the literal city and temple were still standing, based upon chapter eleven, ignores the express symbolic nature of the narrative.
The church in Ephesus, for instance, was not founded by Paul until the latter part of Claudius’s reign: and when he wrote to them from Rome, A. 61, instead of reproving them for any want of love, he commends their love and faith (Eph. Yet, when Revelation was written, in spite of the fact that the Ephesians had been patient (2:2), they had also left their first love (v.
4), and this would seem to require a greater length of time than seven or eight years, as suggested by the early date. 60, though, Laodicea had been almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake.
We have only to compare this vision with the parallel vision of a measuring-reed seen by Ezekiel (ch.
40), in which the prophet is commanded to measure—surely not the city which it is stated had been demolished fourteen years previously, but the city of the future seen by the prophet in vision (1904, 238).