Before Jerusalem Fell
Dating the Book of Revelation
An Exegetical and Historical Argument
Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., Th.D
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50 page Preface answers objections by critics. Careful exegesis of Scripture and meticulous research of ancient authors. Not only resolves technical question of Revelation’s date, but provides much helpful exposition of Revelation. “An academic work clearly argued, with full documentation and detailed footnotes on the subject” (Banner of Truth). “Thorough and outstanding” (George W. Knight). “Impressive job of collecting evidence…. Well researched and cogently presented” (Criswell Theological Review). “A strong case for the early external evidence” (J.P.M. Sweet, Journal of Theological Studies). “Comprehensive survey of the issues, sources and modern writers” (E. Earle Ellis).
Table of Contents
PART I: PRELIMINARY CONSIDERATIONS
PART II: THE EXTERNAL EVIDENCE
PART III: THE INTERNAL EVIDENCE
PART IV: ALLEGED DOMITIANIC EVIDENCES EXAMINED
PART V: CONCLUSION
(On the Significance of A.D.70)
(On the Dating of Revelation)
(On the 144,000)
“The final collapse of Jerusalem and the Temple.. Through these events the Jews were to “see” the Son of Man in His judgment-coming in terrifying cloud-glory: clouds are symbols of divine majesty often entailing stormy destruction. The members of the Sanhedrin and others would experience such in their life times (Matt. 26:64; Mark 9:1; cf. Rev 1:7 with Rev 1:1,3).” (ibid. 348)
“The nature of the event has to do with a ‘Cloud-Coming’ of Christ. It is necessary here to understand the Old Testament backdrop for a proper comprehension of the matter. The Old Testament frequently uses clouds as indicators of divine judgment.” (Before Jerusalem Fell; Bethesda, MD: Christian University Press, 1997; p. 121)
“In Mark 9:1 Jesus promises that some of his hearers would not “taste of death” before witnessing the “coming of the kingdom with power.” This almost certainly refers to the destruction of the temple at the behest of Christ…” (p. lii)
“The Jerusalem holocaust was coming in that generation… I Thessalonians 2:16 speaks of Jews who ‘always fill up the measure of their sins’ and upon whom ‘the wrath has come…to the utmost.’ Hebrews 12:18-29 contrasts Judaism and its fulfillment, Christianity, and notes that there is an approaching ‘shaking’ of the old order coming.” (Before Jerusalem Fell, p.235)
(On Revelation 17:10)
(On Revelation 22:10)
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Date: 23 Aug 2012
Interesting: John mentions Antipas as having been martyrd. Every scource of church history both christian and not states that he was killed around 94 a.d. The mere fact that john mentions him by name clearly indicates that Antipas was a well known man to all.
Interesting: Jesus calls the church of laodicea
a church that is rich and in need of nothing. The city along with collosi was destroyed by an earth quake around 63 a.d. Most in the city were killed. If revelation was written in 66 a.d. it seems very hard to believe that it could have been rebuilt and be known as a place were even the church was considerd rich.
Another argument given is that the temple must have been standing or john to have been able to measure it. Not neccesarily so. John like ezekiel was in the spirit on the lords day and just like ezkiel he was measuring a future temple. By the way john was on the island of patmos when he was measuring the temple. So either he was bouncing back and forth between patmos and jerusalem ” which the scriptures do not say or as the scriptures say he was in the spirit on the day of the Lord.
Date: 23 Nov 2011
these commentaries are extraordinary!I like it very much!