Christ pointed in his eschatological discourses to the destruction of Jerusalem and the preceding tribulation as the great crisis in the history of the theocracy and the type of the judgment of the world, and there never was a more alarming state of society. It was at this unique juncture in the history of mankind that St.
John, with the consuming fire in Rome and the infernal spectacle of the Neronian persecution behind him, the terrors of the Jewish war and the Roman interregnum around him, and the catastrophe of Jerusalem and the Jewish theocracy before him, received those wonderful visions of the impending conflicts and final triumphs of the Christian church. . The "early" date for Revelation (often considered the "Neronian date") would roughly span the years 64-70 A.
If responsible scholarship should support a date for Revelation prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A. In order to understand the various proposals, the reader would do well to remember the history of the Roman/rulers, as here listed for the relevant periods: First Triumvirate60-46 B. The essence of the "early date" for the writing of Revelation is the belief that John composed the book sometime to the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A. Philip Schaff, once an advocate of the later (post-70 A. The tribulation of the six years preceding the destruction of Jerusalem extended over the whole Roman empire and embraced wars and rebellions, frequent and unusual conflagrations, earthquakes and famines and plagues, and all sorts of public calamities and mysteries untold.
D., there would be no need to imply the rebuilding of the city and temple so that they could be destroyed again - an implication taken by some to manifest exegetical "double vision." To postulate a "revived" Roman empire and a "restored" Jewish temple and community, when the contemporary facts fit every requirement perfectly, seems to be a work of supererogation. D., Domitian) dating of Revelation who subsequently publicized how strong internal evidence from Revelation had persuaded him to amend his outlook and advocate the early date, summarized the view in this way: The early date is best suited for the nature and object of the Apocalypse, and facilitates its historical understanding. It seemed, indeed, that the world, shaken to its very centre, was coming to a close, and every Christian must have felt that the prophecies of Christ were being fulfilled before his eyes.
On the other hand, having studied the case for the to offer their readers a fair assessment of the genuine extent of evidential support for that position.