Irenaeus dating revelation
evelation is a confusing book to most people despite the many commentaries written.
The reason most commentaries fail to enlighten the book’s contents is because they violate one or more of the three basic principles of sound biblical interpretation.
The contents of the book of Revelation also suggest a late date, as the following observations indicate.
The spiritual conditions of the churches described in Revelation chapters two and three more readily harmonize with the late date.
A few prominent names have been associated with this position (e.g., Stuart, Schaff, Lightfoot, Foy E.
In view of the foregoing evidence, a very strong case can be made for dating Revelation at about A.
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).
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.