The Book of Revelation Was Written Before AD 70

St John on Patmos, Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665)
St John on Patmos, Nicolas Poussin (1594-1665) | Source

Introduction

In my opinion, John received the Revelation prior to AD 70, to encourage and prepare the Church for the events leading to the vision's imminent fulfillment. I believe therefore, Christ's second coming described in the Revelation took place during the ‘great and the dreadful day of the Lord’ in AD 70.

On that 'day' of judgement, Old Covenant Israel ended with the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem; the remaining survivors of the Jewish nation were enslaved and dispersed throughout the Roman Empire. All the Lord's promises to Old Covenant Israel were fulfilled by AD 70, with the establishment of the New Covenant Age.

Futurists, Dispensationalism in particular, adamantly oppose this view by insisting on a post-AD 70 date, in an attempt to refute Preterism. However, the AD 95 date is heavily dependent on the writings of certain Church Fathers, primarily a 2nd century quotation taken from the writing of Irenaeus, found in the works of Eusebius, Book 5, and Chapter 8.

I will attempt to explain why I am convinced the pre-AD 70 date is the correct one, by allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture. Thereby, affirming the Revelation was a vision of the destruction of Old Covenant Israel, not an apocalyptic event 2000 years later.

Saint Irenaeus

Saint Irenaeus (c130-202) Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France)
Saint Irenaeus (c130-202) Bishop of Lugdunum in Gaul (now Lyons, France) | Source

Irenaeus’ Quote: the only Grounds for the Late Date Theory

'We, therefore, do not venture to affirm anything with certainty respecting the name of antichrist. For were it necessary that his name should be clearly announced to the present age, it would have been declared by him who saw the revelation. For it has not been long since it was seen, but almost in our own generation, about the end of Domitian’s reign.’ (Irenaeus, Against Heresies).

I fail to understand why most scholars today confidently date the Revelation around AD 95 based on the above quote. The source of the statement is from a Latin translation, which does not instil confidence in its accuracy. I can only conclude it accommodates their 'end times' theory.

Several Church Fathers also wrote that Domitian (AD 51-AD 96) was Roman Emperor when John received the Revelation. However, it is possible that they too based their information on the writings of Irenaeus.

Evidence in support of the pre-AD 70 date includes a quote from Clement of Alexandria (AD 150-AD 220), who plainly stated it was Nero who banished John to Patmos, not Emperor Domitian.

The Word of God is our final authority and it makes sense to search the Scriptures to find the answer, rather than depend on an ambiguous quote passed down by the Church Fathers.

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Hebrews 12:22-24 and the Revelation

  • Heb 12:22-24 KJV But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The Epistle to the Hebrews AD 61-63 (Halley) includes quotes from the Revelation. The writer and the Hebrew believers were obviously familiar with the Revelation given to John.

The writer to the Hebrews, AD 61-63 (Halley), quoted and alluded to phrases unique to the Book of Revelation.

Phrase
Hebrews
The Revelation
‘mount Zion’
Hebrews 12:22
Revelation 14:1
‘city of the living God’
Hebrews 12:22
Revelation 3:12; 21:10
‘heavenly Jerusalem’
Hebrews 12:22
Revelation 3:12; 21:10
‘company of angels’
Hebrews 12:22
Revelation 5:11; 7:11
‘church of the firstborn’
Hebrews 12:23
Revelation 3:12; 7:4; 14:1
‘God the Judge of all’
Hebrews 12:23
Revelation 20:11-13
‘spirits of just men’
Hebrews 12:24
Revelation 14:3-5
‘Jesus the mediator’
Hebrews 12:24
Revelation 5:6-9
‘blood of sprinkling’
Hebrews 12:24
Revelation 5:9

'On the Epistle to the Hebrews: 'In short, it is placed beyond all reason-able doubt that since the author of the Apocalypse cannot be supposed to have drawn his description from the epistle, the writer of the epistle must have derived his ideas and imagery from the Apocalypse.'

— James Stuart Russell (1816-1895)

St James the Apostle

St James the Apostle, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640)
St James the Apostle, Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) | Source

James 1:12 and the Revelation

James is also worthy of mention because of one small but significant gem of information.

  • Jas 1:12 KJV Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

  • Rev 2:10 KJV Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

'the Lord hath promised' The Epistle of James AD 60 (Halley) contains the only reference to the Revelation’s 'crown of life'. James referred to the promise of Jesus to the Church at Smyrna!

Is it unreasonable to suggest the Apostle James had read the Revelation?

2 Peter 2:15 and the Revelation

  • 2Pe 2:15 KJV Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

  • Rev 2:14-15 KJV But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumblingblock before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. 15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

Nicolaus in Greek has the same meaning as Balaam in Hebrew; John called the followers of Balaam, ‘Nicolaitans’.

The dilemma troubling the Revelation’s Church at Pergamos was the same issue addressed in the epistles of Peter and Jude. Peter even included Asia amongst others on his mailing list...1 Peter 1:1. He wrote that some were ‘following the way of Balaam’ which was precisely the charge against the Nicolaitans in the Revelation!

Since the AD 67 (Halley) date is attributed to 2nd Peter and Jude, the early date for the Revelation can hardly be denied.

This proves the Revelation is not a 'stand alone' book in the Bible; it played a significant part in the pre-AD 70 Church.

Nero

Bust of Nero at the Musei Capitolini Rome
Bust of Nero at the Musei Capitolini Rome | Source

Caesar Nero and the Revelation

  • Rev 17:10 KJV And 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 Historian Suetonius’ Chronology of the Emperors

‘five are fallen’ Julius; Augustus; Tiberius; Gaius/Caligula; Claudius

‘and one is’ John wrote in the present tense, Nero was ruling at the time John wrote the Revelation. Nero was Roman Emperor from AD 54-AD 68.

‘the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space' Galba ruled only a matter of months. He was the first of the 'year of the four emperors' in AD 69, which was a time ‘of wars and rumours of wars’…Matthew 24:6.

Four Emperors ruled in remarkably quick succession, which was evidence of the turmoil in the Roman Empire leading to AD 70:

Galba; Otho; Vitellius; Vespasian

The Temple and the Revelation

  • Rev 11:1 KJV And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

Revelation 11 'The reference to Jerusalem and the Temple in chapter 11 seems clearly to imply their existence at the time the Book was written; and this, together with the expectation of Christ’s speedy second coming, accords well with the early date. If this view be correct the Revelation was the first of John’s Writings, not the last, though its subject-matter naturally gives it its place as the conclusion of the New Testament and of all revelation.'

— W Graham Scroggie, DD (Edin), Know Your Bible

John was to measure the temple, the altar, and them that worshipped, which strongly implies the temple was still standing when he wrote the Revelation.

A Quote from Adam Clarke’s Commentary on the Bible

Revelation 11:1 'And there was given me a reed - See Eze_40:3, etc. Measure the temple of God - This must refer to the temple of Jerusalem; and this is another presumptive evidence that it was yet standing. Revelation 11:2 ' But the court - is given unto the Gentiles - The measuring of the temple probably refers to its approaching destruction, and the termination of the whole Levitical service; and this we find was to be done by the Gentiles, (Romans), who were to tread it down forty-two months; i.e., just three years and a half, or twelve hundred and sixty days. This must be a symbolical period.'

The measuring rod was a building term. The rod was for the demolition as well as the construction of a building. Metaphorically, the temple awaited its impending destruction.

  • 2Ki 21:13 KJV And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria, and the plummet of the house of Ahab: and I will wipe Jerusalem as a man wipeth a dish, wiping it, and turning it upside down.

2 King 21:10-13 is an example of building terms used in times of judgement and destruction.

A Quote from John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

2 Kings 21:13 'And I will stretch over Jerusalem the line of Samaria,.... The Targum is, the line of destruction; and the sense is, that the same measure should be measured to Jerusalem as was to Samaria; that is, the same lot and portion should befall one as the other, that is, be utterly destroyed: and the plummet of the house of Ahab; the Targum is, the weight or plummet of tribulation; signifying, that the same calamities should come upon the families of Jerusalem, and especially on the family of Manasseh as came upon the family of Ahab. It is a metaphor from builders that take down as well as raise up buildings by rule and measure, see 2Sa_8:2.'

  • Rev 11:2 KJV But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

A Quote from Easton's Bible Dictionary

'Several remains of Herod's stately temple have by recent explorations been brought to light. It had two courts, one intended for the Israelites only, and the other, a large outer court, called "the court of the Gentiles," intended for the use of strangers of all nations. These two courts were separated by a low wall, as Josephus states, some 4 1/2 feet high, with thirteen openings. Along the top of this dividing wall, at regular intervals, were placed pillars bearing in Greek an inscription to the effect that no stranger was, on the pain of death, to pass from the court of the Gentiles into that of the Jews.'

It has been suggested by those who promote the AD 95 date of the Revelation that the temple in John's vision was not Herod's temple, since it was destroyed in AD 70. Nevertheless, it is interesting to note John's reference to the Court of the Gentiles, which was an extravagant addition, commissioned by Herod. Therefore, it is likely John saw Herod's temple in the Revelation.

Forty and Two Months and the Revelation

  • Dan 12:7 KJV And I heard the man clothed in linen, which was upon the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand unto heaven, and sware by him that liveth for ever that it shall be for a time, times, and an half; and when he shall have accomplished to scatter the power of the holy people, all these things shall be finished.

'to scatter the power of the holy people’ Daniel prophesied a sign of the end Old Covenant Israel would be the dispersion of the nation. History records that catastrophe occurred in AD 70.

'forty and two months' Daniel also prophesied it would be accomplished during ‘a time, times, and an half', which most commentators agree that in prophetic language a ‘time’ is one year, ‘times’ is two years, and ‘half’ is half a year, equivalent to forty-two months.

  • Luk 21:24 KJV And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

During the Olivet discourse, Jesus foretold the events leading to the destruction of the temple, Jerusalem, and the dispersion of the people in AD 70. He also taught this national calamity was the fulfillment of Daniel's prophecy in Daniel 12:7.

  • Rev 11:2 KJV But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Jesus affirmed in the Revelation the timeline of Daniel's prophecy, which was exactly the duration of the pre-AD 70 Jewish-Roman War. Therefore, the Revelation existed before the destruction of the temple. Albert Barnes made the following insightful observation:

  • Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)

A Quote from Albert Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Matthew 24:15 ‘The abomination of desolation - This is a Hebrew expression, meaning an abominable or hateful destroyer. The Gentiles were all held in abomination by the Jews, Act_10:28. The abomination of desolation means the Roman army, and is so explained by Luk_21:20. The Roman army is further called the “abomination” on account of the images of the emperor, and the eagles, carried in front of the legions, and regarded by the Romans with divine honors.

Spoken of by Daniel the prophet - Dan_9:26-27; Dan_11:31; Dan_12:11, see the notes at those passages.

Standing in the holy place - Mark says, standing where it ought not,” meaning the same thing. All Jerusalem was esteemed “holy,” Mat_4:5. The meaning of this is, when you see the Roman armies standing in the holy city or encamped around the temple, or the Roman ensigns or standards in the temple. Josephus relates that when the city was taken, the Romans brought their idols into the temple, and placed them over the eastern gate, and sacrificed to them there, “Jewish Wars,” b. 6 chapter 6, section 1.

Whoso readeth ... - This seems to be a remark made by the evangelist to direct the attention of the reader particularly to the meaning of the prophecy by Daniel.’

The Imminent Factor and the Revelation

The Revelation predicated the Lord's imminent return. So why do most Bible commentators ignore or misinterpret what is clearly in the Scriptures?

The Lord made it transparently clear on four occasions in the first chapter and four times in the final chapter. In my opinion, it is an insult to the intelligence of believers to teach and adamantly maintain the Revelation applies to a generation in the far and distant future!

It would have been cruel to say the least, if the Lord gave the Revelation to John for the encouragement of believers, during a time of great tribulation and persecution under the Emperor Nero, containing a message of His imminent glorious return, knowing the event would not transpire for thousands of years.

The AD 95 Factor

If the correct date of the Revelation is AD 95, what major imminent event took place within months or a few years of its publication? The answer is none!

The Healing of the Cripple of Bethesda

The Healing of the Cripple of Bethesda, Pieter Aertsen (1507-1575) painted a few weeks prior to his death.
The Healing of the Cripple of Bethesda, Pieter Aertsen (1507-1575) painted a few weeks prior to his death. | Source

'Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of' Jesus in His reply to James and John explicitly predicted their martyrdom. Did Jesus get it wrong? Of course, He did not.

Topography and the Revelation

(Topography: the study of the detailed mapping or charting of the features of a relatively small area, district, or locality.)

  • Joh 5:2 KJV Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.

Most theologians assign all John's writings to AD 90-95. If scriptural evidence for a pre-AD 70 date were available, academic credibility would be seriously in question. Topography provides an irrefutable argument for the pre-AD 70 date of John's Gospel.

John told of a pool by the sheep gate called ‘Bethesda, having five porches’. This is a significant statement because the destruction of the porches took place in AD 70.

In John 5:2, John clearly stipulated ‘there is at Jerusalem’ not ‘there was at Jerusalem’. If he had written his Gospel in AD 95 he would not have used the present tense, therefore, John must have written prior to AD 70.

See C H Dodd’s Historical Tradition In The Fourth Gospel, for further study along this line.

John 5:2 ‘There is in Jerusalem - Hence it appears, that St. John wrote his Gospel before Jerusalem was destroyed: it is supposed about thirty years after the ascension. Having five porticos - Built for the use of the sick. Probably the basin had five sides! Bethesda signifies the house of mercy.’

— John Wesley, Explanatory Notes

The Jewish people suffered the ultimate calamity when the temple and Jerusalem were destroyed in AD 70. Additionally, the nation suffered defeat, devastation, and humiliation; the survivors were dispersed and enslaved throughout the Roman Empire. Yet, John failed to mention the fulfilment of Christ's prophecy during the Olivet Discourse!

A Quote from John A T Robinson (1919-1983)

‘one of the oddest facts about the New Testament is that what on any showing would appear to be the single most datable and climactic event of the period - the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, and with it the collapse of institutional Judaism based on the Temple - is never once mentioned as a past fact.’

Robinson commented further saying ‘the silence is nevertheless as significant as the silence for Sherlock Holmes of the dog that did not bark’.

Speaking more specifically on John's Gospel, Robinson wrote ‘there is nothing that suggests or presupposes that the temple is already destroyed or that Jerusalem is in ruins’.

A Quote from Robert Young's Concise Commentary on the Holy Bible

'The Gospel of John was most probably written at Ephesus, A.D. 68, and, judging from the comparative purity of its Greek, after the composition of the 'Revelation' in Patmos.'

The post-AD 70 date for the writings of John was never an option for the highly respected translator and theologian Robert Young (1822-1888).

John's Demise and the Revelation

  • Joh 21:22 KJV Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

Not only is there conflict of opinion over the dating of the Revelation, the year of John’s demise is also open to question.

'If I will that he tarry till I come' Many Futurist scholars misrepresent John 21:22 in a vain attempt to support their view that John lived into old age and wrote the Revelation in AD 95. If Jesus has not yet returned and John has died, then Jesus' prediction failed.

  • Mar 10:37-39 KJV They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

'Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of' Jesus in His reply to James and John explicitly predicted their martyrdom. Did Jesus get it wrong? Of course He didn't. Personally, I believe it is reasonable to suggest John did not live to old age, but suffered martyrdom during the 'great tribulation' prior to AD 70.

A Quote from Robertson's Word Pictures

Mark 10:38 'Or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with (ē to baptisma ho egō baptizomai baptisthēnai). Cognate accusative with both passive verbs. Mat 20:22 has only the cup, but Mark has both the cup and the baptism, both referring to death. Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane will refer to his death again as “the cup” (Mar 14:36; Mat 26:39; Luk 22:42). He had already used baptism as a figure for his death (Luk 12:50). Paul will use it several times (1Cor 15:29; Rom 6:3-6; Col 2:12).'

The Book of Revelation

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Post Apostolic Writing and the Revelation

  • Col 1:23 KJV If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

According to Paul, he fulfilled the great commission during his lifetime, if the AD 95 date of the Revelation were correct it would be post apostolic literature.

Why would it be necessary to unveil the Revelation after the New Testament was complete? …Acts 17:6; Romans 1:8; Romans 16:25-26; Colossians 1:5-6.

A Quote from Robert Young's Concise Commentary on the Holy Bible (1865)

Introduction to The Revelation

'It was written in Patmos (about A.D. 68), whither John had been banished by Domitius Nero, as stated in the title of the Syriac Version of the Book; and with this concurs the express statement of Irenaeus (A.D. 175), who says it happened in the reign of Domitianou, i.e. Domitius (Nero). Sulpicius Severus, Orosius, &c., stupidly mistaking Domitianou for Domitianikos, supposed Irenaeus to refer to Domitian, A.D. 95, and most succeeding writers have fallen into the same blunder. The internal testimony is wholly in favour of the earlier date. The temple at Jerusalem was still standing (ch. 11.1-10); the exact duration of the siege is foretold, viz., 42 months, 31/2 years, or 1260 days; the two witnesses are to be slain in the city where our Lord was crucified; Nero was reigning at the time, for it is said of the seven kings of Rome; 'five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come, and when he cometh, he must continue a short space.' The five kings are Julius Caesar, Augustus, Tiberius, Caligula, Claudius. The 'one who is ' is Nero; the one who 'must continue for a short space' is Galba, who reigned only seven months. Everywhere the events are 'to come quickly,' lit. 'with haste,' or speed (ch. 1.1; 2.16; 3.11; 11.14; 22.7, 12, 20). The escape of the Christian Jews from Jerusalem to Pella is undoubtedly referred to in ch. 7.1-8, compared with Mat. 24.30.'

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Conclusion

Contrary to popular opinion, although the Revelation is the last book in the Bible it does not mean it was the last book written. The books of the Bible are not in chronological order.

Having examined the Scriptures in support of the pre-AD 70 date, ask yourself this question:

Can I risk misinterpreting the Scriptures on an ambiguous statement taken from the writings of Irenaeus, or should I allow Scripture to interpret Scripture?

Either way our answer will have a profound effect on our understanding of the New Testament.

What do you think?

The Dating of Revelation...Don K Preston

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Thanks for the information. Well written and researched hub.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lady Guinevere

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub.


Lone Ranger 4 years ago

Brilliantly worded and masterfully constructed - voted up all around!!!

My only objection is that I didn't write it myself! :0)

Indeed. How many times did the New Testament allude to a first century fulfillment? Probably dozens of times with phrases such as: The axe is at the base of the tree; the hour grows late; the end is near; the hour is at hand; "I am coming quickly"; this generation will not pass away; even those who pierced me shall see; "Yes, I am coming soon" - just to name a few.

It is most unfortunate that many "Christians" of our day cannot see the forest through the trees nor can they see the simplicity of its message. They have been seduced by the spirit of error and thus thinking themselves to be wise they have become fools.

Truly, it would be a cruel hoax, indeed, if our Lord and Savior said, "Yes, I am coming soon" and then made the saints wait 2,000 years to make good on His promise.

I categorically deny that the phrases in the New Testament relating to expediency can somehow be misconstrued as 2,000 years or more! This is to say that one could not misconstrue the promise "I am coming soon" to mean, "I will see you in a couple thousand years from now".

Should we be led to believe that Our Lord and Savior does not know how to tell time or that He does not say what He means or means what He says? Should we believe that He is a cosmic comedian, or worse...a liar?!

Certainly the misinformed and misguided will say, "Surely the Bible says that a thousand years is like a day and a day is like a thousand years to the Lord." And, of course they would be right. However, the Lord never tells humans about events happening in this world using His eternal time clock, which would only serve to confuse us. Those that would argue this point don't know the Lord well at all.

In fact if we looked at Daniel 8:26, "The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future." Of course the Angel of God who gave Daniel this vision was referring to Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who died in Persia in 164 B.C..

The point I wanted to make is that from the time Daniel was shown this vision (around 535 B.C.), to the time of its fulfillment, a little less than 400 years had elapsed.

Please note that the Angel referred to the 371 years before this vision's fulfillment as "the distant future". So, if 371 years is regarded by the Heavenly messenger as the distant future, what strong delusion one must be under to believe that when Jesus said, "Yes, I am coming soon", that He meant waiting 2,000 years or more!

I think one of the many problems with contemporary Christianity is that the "saints" do not study enough and they listen to the wrong "authorities".

One thing that contemporary Christians should consider is that God means what He says and says what He means, but they do not want to accept it for one reason or another. Either they are misguided, misunderstand or have given in to strong delusions. I know quite a few people who try to make the Bible say things that agree with their personal theologies and with their personal politics. A lot of good that will do them on Judgment Day.

Best wishes and may peace be with you - L.R.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lone Ranger

Thank you for reading my Hub and leaving a very encouraging comment, which I agree with entirely.

I have been a Christian for over 40 years with a keen interest in Prophecy and the ‘End Times’. I often ask myself why I didn’t see this viewpoint sooner.

My other Hubs are mostly on this subject; your opinion would be most welcome.


PAMITCHRUS 4 years ago

Greetings Sister,

I agree with you on all this.... well thought out and researched and written.. It's always good to remember that the Church(professing) will always be a step behind both in the times and the truth.. Looking for that sign which has already occurred and being confounded by the elementary simple basic things.. Like knowing the difference between love and hate.. Oh my what a dreadful day for those who have perverted the love and justice of our Father ..

Continued Grace and Peace be unto you from our Father who dwells on high.. :0)..


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

PAMITCHRUS

Thank you for taking the time to read my Hub, and for your comment.


Lone Ranger 4 years ago

Searchinsany:

I failed to mention, my friend, that the dating of Revelation is, indeed, a topic of the utmost importance, as you wisely noted.

If one were so inclined to deceive the faithful relating to Christ's Second Coming, all one would have to do is place the Revelation of John years after the fact and it would then confuse and confound the faithful for thousands of years to come. Suddenly every low-point in human history would then become the "Great Tribulation" and every wicked king would then become the dreaded "Anti-christ".

I had always thought it strange that if Revelation was written in A.D. 95-96 as commonly believed, why didn't John mention the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 or the deaths of Peter and Paul which took place in or around A.D. 64? There are some historical events recorded in God's Word that, although important, seem to pale in comparison to these events, yet they were never mentioned.

Of course the late date of 96 A.D. would also take the line of caesars out of contention as a viable lineage of the Anti-christ whereby the "five have fallen, one is, and one is yet to come...." would then have to read: "Eleven have fallen, one is, and one is yet to come...."

I, too, picked up on the fact that John was instructed to take measurements of the Temple, but since it had been previously destroyed in A.D. 70, how would this have been possible? And so it goes.

Peace be with you - L.R.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lone Ranger

Many believers rightly proclaim that the Bible is the inspired word of God and our final authority in matters of Doctrine.

In this Hub I have attempted to prove the early date of The Revelation from the Scriptures, without dependence on non-biblical sources.

Once again your comment contributes some interesting insights.

Thank you.


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

I know we both agree that the Book of Revelation was written prior to A.D. 70, but do you also think it was written before the death of Paul and Peter, who were martyred around 64 A.D., since it never specifically mentioned their deaths? And, do you know of any instances where the other New Testament writers referred to anything written in the Book of Revelations?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

C J

Thank you for your comment; you raise some very interesting points.

I have tried to research the deaths of the Apostles from historical evidence and ended up none the wiser, I decided to accept only what information I could find in the Scriptures.

The Revelation was a vision given to John of the imminent Return of Christ, it was not an Epistle in which one might expect references to the other Apostles.

I am persuaded that James and Paul (if he was the writer of Hebrews) referred to The Revelation.

The Epistles of Peter and Jude were written before AD 70 and both confronted those who held the ‘…doctrine of Balaam…’ This was an issue also addressed in Revelation 2, which suggests a link to the same time period.

What do you think?


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

I am of the opinion that not all books within Scripture refer to other authors and books and not all books of the New Testament refer to other books and authors of the Bible, although most do.

So, in and of itself, the lack of reference points does not seem to hinder the reliability of the Book of Revelation; it just makes it a little more difficult to date the writing. We are, therefore, only able to make inferrences as to the date of its publication based on circumstantial evidence and reason.

For instance: Peter and Paul were martyred around 64 A.D., but the Book of Revelation did not mention their deaths, which I consider to be events of Biblical significance.

Then again, the acutal fall of Jerusalem and its horrific aftermath was never described in Revelation in all its horror, but the coming destruction of Jerusalem was mentioned. In Luke 21:20-22 we read, (20)"When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its destruction is near. (21)Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. (22)For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written."

We know that General Cestius Gallus invaded Judea from the north. In 66 A.D. he had surrounded Jerusalem with his Roman legions and infiltrated Jerusalem itself, then for reasons unknown to humanity, he simply left.

This allowed the Jewish Christians to flee to the mountains as instructed in Luke 21:20-21. This would then place the publication of Revelation earlier than 66 A.D., and taking into consideration the deaths of Peter and Paul in 64 A.D., we can logically conclude that Revelation must have been written sometime prior to 64 A.D.

I find it also interesting that in Luke 21:20 from which we read, "When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its destruction is near", that its destruction was only 4 years away. How then can contemporary Christians believe that when Jesus said, "Yes, I am coming soon", that He meant 2,000 years later?

I have often thought that if Christians of this day were teletransported back to Jerusalem in 66 A.D. and saw the "Abomination of Desolation" standing in Jerusalem (Cestius Gallus and the Roman Legions), but were as misguided then as they are now, then perhaps they would have thought to themselves that they had upwards of 2,000 years before they needed to flee to the mountains, because, after all, the word "near" can mean "soon" or "thousands of years from now". Just a thought. :0)


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

C J

Many thanks for your contribution, it is a very interesting comment. Any further insights are most welcome, on any of my Hubs.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Blessings to ALL In JESUS' Holy Name Forever - Amen & Amen.

Read once that Antiochus Epiphanes was "The Abomination that maketh DESOLATE".

Naturally wrong of course, because JESUS refers to "IT" in The Future Tense and Antiochus Epiphanes was LONG GONE, before The Virgin Birth Of Christ - Amen.

The Lord ALSO, (once only in this same context - Matthew 24 : 15 & Mark 13 : 14) Says "whoso readeth, let him understand:"

Holy Spirit Future Anticipation Tense Spoken, Knowing The Same WILL Be READ After The Speaking - AMEN.

Antichrist is a spirit that possesses people. History is replete with multiple notable examples : the caesars; muhammad; genghis khan & multiple moslem warlords to name just a handful prior to the 19th century. To compile a full pre-19th century list would be a mighty endeavour indeed.

However, charles darwin, kaiser wilhelm 2, adolf hitler (THE WORST OF THEM ALL ACROSS HISTORY), tojo, hirohito, pol pot, the ayatollahs, saddam hussein, osama bin laden, are more recently famous ANTICHRIST possessed people.

ADOLF HITLER was the darkest, crowned prince of HELL when compared with them ALL.

MUHAMMAD likewise, and the antichrist legacy of THE False prophet plagues the entire planet RIGHT NOW - April AD 2012.

John's Gospel was definitely completed before AD 70 (John 5 : 2) - Present Tense Sheep Gate in existence, BUT destroyed in AD 70.

Most likely John's Gospel was ready for Distribution to The Church, as with the other Three Gospels, while the Key Events were "fresh in the Spiritual Mind of the earthly writers".

No doubt Notes were also taken during JESUS' Sermons.

Never mind anyway, God IS The Lord of TIME.

The Holy Spirit Speaks ALL THE TIME.

JESUS' Prophecy over John WAS Fulfilled, BECAUSE, He Appeared to John in the Patmos Prison.

JOHN Was "Given" The Book Of Revelation To Write IN the Patmos Prison in the midst of the Aegean Sea.

The Holy Spirit Divinely Bestowed The ORIGINAL Manuscript OUT of the Prison and INTO the Hand Of The Church, where Faithful men of God PERFECTLY Copied the Manuscript for DISTRIBUTION.

How do we KNOW this :

† Revelation 1 : 10 - 11 †

"I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."

The Manuscript was in the Form Of A Book for Covered Protection THEN, and Prophetically Refers to NOW, in almost ALL global languages - Amen.

Perfect Copies of Copies of Copies Flowed through The Church in those days.

Copies with ERRORS were also made, BUT these form part of the second "man made" stream of manuscripts, REJECTED By Holy Ghost Baptized men of The Church.

Note : NIV and others : Rev 1 : 10-11 : "On the Lord’s Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: “Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.” [ALPHA AND OMEGA ARE GONE]

So, to revert : in the Patmos Prison John was SEEING Visions, and was Taken In The Spirit to that other "Dimension".

In this Dimension The Temple EXISTED and DOES EXIST.

Angels are Ministering spirits in The Spiritual Dimension like unto lucid night dreams we have ALL experienced.

John was IN THE SPIRIT. He did NOT try amd measure the destroyed remains of The Physical Temple (in the physical realm); he Measured that Place In The Spiritual Spitual Realm.

The destruction of The Temple EXISTS in this same Dimension - History (NOTE : The Judgment of souls after death based on RECORDS)

EVERYTHING PAST and Present and Notably Future EXISTS likewise.

Since this Hub is ABOUT "Time" and The Book Of Revelation is CLEARLY a "Temporal Vision", whether The Writing was before AD 70 or by the close of the First Century AD, is not TODAY what is MOST important; BUT, error IS pounced on by atheists to condemn The Truth Of The Faith, so 'We" had BETTER GET IT RIGHT - Amen

For The Record therefore, John (like Daniel's three friends, over 600 years earlier) was MIRACULOUSLY SAVED from death in BURNING oil ordered in Rome by emperor domitian. This Miracle Resulted in myriad Conversions To The True Faith THEN. (The Furnace in Daniel's Day was heated SEVEN TIMES HIGHER than normal. Boiling oil is THREE TIMES hotter than boiling water.

(The Books Of Daniel and Revelation ARE "Brothers" Across Time)

JESUS Prophesied The Survival from Certain Death by BOILING OIL (and other murder attempts) Over the young John some 48 years earlier.

John was then EXILED to Patmos by emperor domitian (Born AD 51 - Died AD 96) and THEN Commanded By The Lord To WRITE DOWN Everything, and Send The Word to the Seven churches in present day Turkey.

Domitian took over AFTER The Temple was destroyed by his older brother Titus in AD 70.

John was finally pardoned and allowed to return to Ephesus by either emperor nerva or trajan.

trajan was emperor from AD 98 to AD 117.

It is well established historical fact that the enraged domitian then sent John to The Patmos Prison (after the murder attempt specactularly FAILED) and either nerva or trajan pardoned and released John - THE WORK OF THE LORD Throughout.

domitian ruled from AD 81 - until his death in AD 96. nerva ruled from AD 96 - AD 98. trajan from AD 98 - AD 117.

These dates are so close to absolute accuracy, despite the missing 4 years, as to be moot in counter argument.

Should human error be in this we still have a date of AD 96 - AD 98 for the release of John back to Ephesus.

Likewise we have a sure date AFTER AD 81, for John's exile to Patmos by domitian, most likely AD 89 - AD 91, as Seven is God's Number, John likewise spent Seven years in Patmos.

The two year "unknown" is GOOD. Some things are best left alone "precisely".

SO WHAT'S THE POINT ? :-

1). NO offence intended, HONESTLY, but The Book of Revelation was NOT Written before AD 70 - QED....HOWEVER...

2). Things in The Holy Spirit are GOOD for All Of Time, and The Visions In Revelation are OUTSIDE of Time and Inside of NOW.

3). We are INFINITELY Blessed in AD 2012 to BE HERE NOW, and Look BACK across His-Story and Forward to The END of man-made time - ETERNAL LIFE STARTS RIGHT NOW For The Truly Saved - Alleluia.

4). The Blood Of Christ COVERS the sins of The True Believer, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE - Amen.

5). The "ABOMINATION THAT MAKETH DESOLATE" stands where it OUGHT NOT, at this VERY MOMENT.

Construction began in AD 685 and was completed in AD 692 (7 years).

Here's a PICTURE OF IT : (Right Click and Open in New Tab or Window to avoid navigating away from this hub page) :-

http://www.Constellation7.org/AbominationOfDesolat...

May this ALL SERVE To Build thy Faith HIGHER and STRONGER In JESUS' Holy Name - Amen and Amen

† Revelation 22 : 18 - 19 †

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."

http://www.theseventhunders.org/C7-Music/AriseAndS...

Right Click Above Link For Some Worship Music - Amen


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

PS : John read The Book of Hebrews. John read James & Peter's Writings.

Book Of Revelation References In Hebrews, James, Peter and elsewhere ARE Spiritual Mirrors.

The Holy Spirit Speaks to everyone ALL The Time.

The First Century Apostles "Heard" many of the same things, at different times in different places. Selah...

† 1 John 5 : 6 - 8 †

"This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood.

And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one."

AMEN


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub. Having read your interesting comments I will attempt to reply to some of your points.

The reason I wrote this Hub was to provide evidence from the Scriptures to prove The Revelation was written before AD 70. This was prompted by reading contradictory writings from external sources.

Quote ‘The Lord ALSO, (once only in this same context - Matthew 24 : 15 & Mark 13 : 14) Says "whoso readeth, let him understand:" Holy Spirit Future Anticipation Tense Spoken, Knowing The Same WILL Be READ After The Speaking - AMEN.’

Mat 24:15-16 KJV When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

Jesus referred to Daniel’s prophecy when He said ‘…whoso readeth, let him understand…’ He told His disciples to flee into the mountains when they see the ‘Abomination of Desolation’; this was fulfilled when the Remnant Church fled to the mountains of Pella during the Roman/Jewish war, which was prior to the destruction of the Temple in AD 70…Matthew 24:2.

Quote ‘JESUS' Prophecy over John WAS Fulfilled, BECAUSE, He Appeared to John in the Patmos Prison.’

Joh 21:22 KJV Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

If this is a reference John 21:22 I am not convinced that John’s vision on Patmos was the fulfilment of this prophecy. There are various schools of thought on this verse as to whether it was actually a prophecy appertaining to John’s lifespan. However the reason I included it was because many quote it to support the claim that John lived to old age. In my opinion Jesus predicted John's martyrdom in Mark 10:37-39.

Quote ‘The Manuscript was in the Form Of A Book for Covered Protection THEN, and Prophetically Refers to NOW, in almost ALL global languages - Amen.’

Rev 1:11 YLT `I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last;' and, `What thou dost see, write in a scroll, and send to the seven assemblies that are in Asia; to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.' Young’s Literal Translation.

There is no way of knowing if The Revelation was written in book form, it may well have been on a scroll. The KJV translated the Greek ‘Biblion’ as ‘book’, but on other occasions translated it ‘bill, scroll, writing’. The physical method of its preservation is not a determining factor as to whether it was written for today’s generation, understanding the timeline is the crucial factor.

Quote ‘John was IN THE SPIRIT. He did NOT try amd measure the destroyed remains of The Physical Temple (in the physical realm); he Measured that Place In The Spiritual Spitual Realm.’

Rev 11:1-2 KJV And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread underfoot forty and two months.

There is no suggestion in this portion of Scripture that the Temple was already destroyed, in fact the ‘Court of the Gentiles’ was unique to Herod’s Temple which was destroyed in AD 70. ‘Measuring’ was used elsewhere in Scripture prior to God’s Judgement…’ 2 Samuel 8:2; 2 Kings 21:13. Revelation 11:1-2 was a ‘measuring’ of the Temple prior to its destruction in AD 70.

Quote ‘Since this Hub is ABOUT "Time" and The Book Of Revelation is CLEARLY a "Temporal Vision", whether The Writing was before AD 70 or by the close of the First Century AD, is not TODAY what is MOST important; BUT, error IS pounced on by atheists to condemn The Truth Of The Faith, so 'We" had BETTER GET IT RIGHT – Amen’

In my opinion what is more important is ‘not TODAY’ but dispelling myths and getting it right, because whatever is taught about the ‘End Times’ influences the priorities and worldview of the believer.

Quote ‘JESUS Prophesied The Survival from Certain Death by BOILING OIL (and other murder attempts) Over the young John some 48 years earlier.’

Can you provide Scriptural support for John’s deliverance from boiling in oil and Jesus’ prophecy 48 years earlier?

Quote ‘It is well established historical fact that the enraged domitian then sent John to The Patmos Prison (after the murder attempt spectacularly FAILED) and either nerva or trajan pardoned and released John - THE WORK OF THE LORD Throughout.’

Can you provide the ‘well established historical fact’ to support your explanation of the timing of John’s imprisonment on Patmos c AD 95? This is exactly why I wrote the Hub, I couldn’t find one.

Quote ‘PS : John read The Book of Hebrews. John read James & Peter's Writings. Book Of Revelation References In Hebrews, James, Peter and elsewhere ARE Spiritual Mirrors.’

Finally with reference to your second comment, if this is regarding my chart which lists unique phrases in The Revelation, are you suggesting that John read these unique phrases in Hebrews, the Epistles of James and Peter and then included them in The Revelation? Surely not! In my opinion the writer to the Hebrews and James read and quoted from The Revelation; it would diminish the credibility of The Revelation if your suggestion is correct.

We do agree that John’s Gospel was written Pre-AD 70 and I trust we can agree to differ on other matters. I respect the amount of research you have done having browsed the Website links on your Hubs and trust you will continue to visit my Hubs. I look forward to reading more of your Hubs in the future.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Bless you brother for taking the time to reply - TRUTH is very important...

Okay some replies :

1) re : If this is a reference John 21:22 I am not convinced that John’s vision on Patmos was the fulfilment of this prophecy.

NO - IT IS A REFERENCE TO JOHN SURVIVING SEVERAL MURDER ATTEMPTS, NOTABLY, MIRACULOUSLY, BEING BOILED IN OIL ON THE ORDERS OF DOMITIAN IN ROME.

JOHN WAS "PRESERVED" BY THE MIRACLES AND THEN WAS PRESENT WHEN JESUS VISITED HIM IN PATMOS - AS PROPHESIED - AMEN

SOURCES (multiple concurring) :

http://www.born-again-christian.info/answers/was-t...

http://ecclesia.org/truth/martyrdom.html

The Christian writers of the second and third centuries testify to us as a tradition universally recognized and doubted by no one that the Apostle and Evangelist John lived in Asia Minor in the last decades of the first century and from Ephesus had guided the Churches of that province. In his "Dialogue with Tryphon" (Chapter 81) St. Justin Martyr refers to "John, one of the Apostles of Christ" as a witness who had lived "with us", that is, at Ephesus. St. Irenæus speaks in very many places of the Apostle John and his residence in Asia and expressly declares that he wrote his Gospel at Ephesus (Against Heresies III.1.1), and that he had lived there until the reign of Trajan (loc. cit., II, xxii, 5). With Eusebius (Church History III.13.1) and others we are obliged to place the Apostle's banishment to Patmos in the reign of the Emperor Domitian (81-96). Previous to this, according to Tertullian's testimony (De praescript., xxxvi), John had been thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil before the Porta Latina at Rome without suffering injury. After Domitian's death the Apostle returned to Ephesus during the reign of Trajan, and at Ephesus he died about A.D. 100 at a great age. Tradition reports many beautiful traits of the last years of his life: that he refused to remain under the same roof with Cerinthus (Irenaeus "Ad. haer.", III, iii, 4); his touching anxiety about a youth who had become a robber (Clemens Alex., "Quis dives salvetur", xiii); his constantly repeated words of exhortation at the end of his life, "Little children, love one another" (Jerome, "Comm. in ep. ad. Gal.", vi, 10). On the other hand the stories told in the apocryphal Acts of John, which appeared as early as the second century, are unhistorical invention.

SCRIPTURE :

† John 21 : 23 - 24 †

"Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die: yet Jesus said not unto him, He shall not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true."

2) Re : "There is no suggestion in this portion of Scripture that the Temple was already destroyed, in fact the ‘Court of the Gentiles’ was unique to Herod’s Temple which was destroyed in AD 70. ‘Measuring’ was used elsewhere in Scripture prior to God’s Judgement…’ 2 Samuel 8:2; 2 Kings 21:13. Revelation 11:1-2 was a ‘measuring’ of the Temple prior to its destruction in AD 70."

Please note carefully :

Ezekiel 40 : 1 - 4

"In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was upon me, and brought me thither.

In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate. And the man said unto me, Son of man, behold with thine eyes, and hear with thine ears, and set thine heart upon all that I shall shew thee; for to the intent that I might shew them unto thee art thou brought hither: declare all that thou seest to the house of Israel. And behold a wall on the outside of the house round about, and in the man's hand a measuring reed of six cubits long by the cubit and an hand breadth: so he measured the breadth of the building, one reed; and the height, one reed."

This TEMPLE did NOT PHYSICALLY EXIST and yet was carefully Measured for Architectural Reasons.

Likewise, The Temple destroyed in AD 70 was Measured In The Vision in Revelation.

The Point of this is NOT a physical thing, but a Spiritual Revelation.

In this Subject - (GLORY to JESUS Only - Amen) i am an "authority" - The Angel took John to a PLACE IN TIME to Measure The Temple "BECAUSE" IT HAD BEEN DESTROYED.

That Place In Time PRE-DATED AD 70, probably AD 33.5 - Amen

This is a Book Of Visions. Of COURSE John did not go to THE PHYSICAL LOCATION, in like manner as Ezekiel.

3). Re : "Jesus referred to Daniel’s prophecy when He said ‘…whoso readeth, let him understand…’ He told His disciples to flee into the mountains when they see the ‘Abomination of Desolation’; this was fulfilled when the Remnant Church fled to the mountains of Pella during the Roman/Jewish war, which was prior to the destruction of the Temple in AD 70…Matthew 24:2."

Prophecy is like mirrors that face each other, echoes across time.

READ CAREFULLY, "NO ABOMINATION STOOD ON THE TEMPLE SITE" IT WAS SIMPLY DESTROYED TOTALLY BY TITUS AS DANIEL PROPHESIED.

ALL THE PAGAN STUFF THAT DID HAPPEN SOON DIED OUT BY AD 325

HOWEVER, BY AD 692 THE REAL ABOMINATION THAT MAKETH DESOLATE, THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT PROPHESIED THROUGH DANIEL AND JESUS WAS COMPLETED, standing where it ought NOT to this very hour.

"So Saith The Lord" - Amen

HERE'S A PICTURE OF IT : (Will have to make a hub of this later smile) :

http://www.constellation7.org/AbominationOfDesolat...

4) re : Can you provide the ‘well established historical fact’ to support your explanation of the timing of John’s imprisonment on Patmos c AD 95? This is exactly why I wrote the Hub, I couldn’t find one.

JOHN WAS BOILED IN OIL AND SURVIVED UNDER THE RULE OF DOMITIAN.

DOMITIAN RULED FROM AD 81 - until his death in AD 96. nerva ruled from AD 96 - AD 98. trajan from AD 98 - AD 117.

Source : http://www.newadvent.org/fathers/250103.htm

Chapter 19. Domitian commands the Descendants of David to be slain.

But when this same Domitian had commanded that the descendants of David should be slain, an ancient tradition says that some of the heretics brought accusation against the descendants of Jude (said to have been a brother of the Saviour according to the flesh), on the ground that they were of the lineage of David and were related to Christ himself. Hegesippus relates these facts in the following words.

Chapter 20. The Relatives of our Saviour.

These things are related by Hegesippus.

9. Tertullian also has mentioned Domitian in the following words: "Domitian also, who possessed a share of Nero's cruelty, attempted once to do the same thing that the latter did. But because he had, I suppose, some intelligence, he very soon ceased, and even recalled those whom he had banished."

10. But after Domitian had reigned fifteen years, and Nerva had succeeded to the empire, the Roman Senate, according to the writers that record the history of those days, voted that Domitian's honors should be cancelled, and that those who had been unjustly banished should return to their homes and have their property restored to them.

11. It was at this time that the apostle John returned from his banishment in the island and took up his abode at Ephesus, according to an ancient Christian tradition.

Chapter 23. Narrative Concerning John the Apostle.

1. At that time the apostle and evangelist John, the one whom Jesus loved, was still living in Asia, and governing the churches of that region, having returned after the death of Domitian from his exile on the island.

2. And that he was still alive at that time may be established by the testimony of two witnesses. They should be trustworthy who have maintained the orthodoxy of the Church; and such indeed were Irenæus and Clemen


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Since I last commented on this hub I have found information that John's revelatory account was that of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. http://www.bible-history.com/resource/ff_vesu.htm

Revelation 19:20 - And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Revelation 14:10 - The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Revelation 21:8 - But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 20:10 - And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet [are], and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

Revelation 9:18 - By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.

Revelation 9:17 - And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone: and the heads of the horses [were] as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Elijah7

Thank you for your comment.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lady Guinevere

Thank you for your comment. I haven't heard this before can you explain in more detail?


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

This John who wrote Revelations was watching the eruption from a mountain top when he wrote about it and it some how got into the bible. If you read it like a book and not split by verses you will see a story unfold. Try to see it from the writers view if he were looking at a cataclyzm he had never seen before.

I don't know how to add more when I cannot see the comment that I posted. I gave you a link too in that comment.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

searchinsany : THIS CLOSING PART OF THE ABOVE POST WAS MISSED.

Love and Blessings - E

3. The former in the second book of his work Against Heresies, writes as follows: "And all the elders that associated with John the disciple of the Lord in Asia bear witness that John delivered it to them. For he remained among them until the time of Trajan."

4. And in the third book of the same work he attests the same thing in the following words: "But the church in Ephesus also, which was founded by Paul, and where John remained until the time of Trajan, is a faithful witness of the apostolic tradition."

5. Clement likewise in his book entitled What Rich Man can be saved? indicates the time, and subjoins a narrative which is most attractive to those that enjoy hearing what is beautiful and profitable. Take and read the account which runs as follows:

6. Listen to a tale, which is not a mere tale, but a narrative concerning John the apostle, which has been handed down and treasured up in memory. For when, after the tyrant's death, he returned from the isle of Patmos to Ephesus, he went away upon their invitation to the neighboring territories of the Gentiles, to appoint bishops in some places, in other places to set in order whole churches, elsewhere to choose to the ministry some one of those that were pointed out by the Spirit.

QED BROTHER - Revelation was Written AFTER AD 81.

Have this ALSO In The Spirit - that John was on Patmos for SEVEN YEARS from AD 91 - AD 98. domitian FAILED to Boil JOHN in Oil in AD 91 and SENT HIM TO PATMOS AFTER MANY WERE SAVED BECAUSE OF THE MIRACLE.

John MUST have lived into The Second Century and went to Paradise at an EXTREMELY OLD AGE...As Prophesied By The Lord - AMEN

Brother - you DO Believe In Miracles right ?

FINALLY : Yes, John DID Read Hebrews, James and Peter.

The SAME Holy Spirit that "GAVE" key texts in THESE EPISTLES, Gave The Same to John in Patmos - AMEN & AMEN

† Revelation 20 : 5 - 6 †

"But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years."

http://www.TheSevenThunders.org/C7-Music/TheWonder...

RIGHT CLICK ALL LINKS HEREIN AND OPEN IN NEW TAB - Selah


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lady Guinevere

Thank you for explaining your original comment; I have posted all your comments.

This is interesting because I have never heard this view before. However I am convinced that John wrote The Revelation before AD 70, I wrote this Hub to prove my point from the Scriptures.

Your comment brings back wonderful memories; I have been privileged to visit Italy including Pompeii which is an awesome experience. In my opinion Italy is a fascinating and beautiful country.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Likewise brother - some material i posted is NOT showing up above either. Can't see LG's prior posted comment also.

LG, have you made a Decision for Christ as Lord and Saviour of your own life?

Took a quick look at your hubs.

Just for Reference, re "reincarnation" : JESUS Is the Final Judge as to who will Live Forever In Paradise / Heaven and who will NOT; especially WHO Will Be HERE in The Soon Coming Millennium Of Perfection, and who will NOT.

Thinking by your hubs that you may not YET have Given your Heart and Life To The Lord..

This CAN Start RIGHT NOW HERE :

http://www.Constellation7.org/TheSimplePrayerOfFai...

May God Bless and Guide your decisions In JESUS' Holy Name - Amen

† Acts 2 : 21 †

"And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

† Acts 4 : 12 †

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved."

† Mark 16 : 15 - 16 †

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

"He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;"

"but he that believeth not shall be damned."

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Right Click Links and Open in New Tab to keep this Hub Page in view - Amen


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

This is all I am going to say about religion"

"?"God is WITHIN YOU. Most do not get it! It means you are part of the creation and you do the creating with your mind. Jesus said to be careful with your thoughts and what you sow you shall reap and that God will never leave you and he will call you when he needs you. YOU are the creator and the God is IN YOU and can never leave you. It is your SOUL. There is no death ..only to the body which is our puppet while we learn about how and why and what we think and how it is manifested and why and all the lessons therein. The Mercy of God is you and your thoughts and so is the things in which you call EVIL because YOU do not understand what you do."


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Elijah7

Thank you for your contribution to my Hub, having posted and replied to your comments I reckon we must agree to differ.

I mentioned in the Introduction to my Hub and in my response to your comments that my objective was to prove the Pre AD 70 date of The Revelation by allowing Scripture to interpret Scripture.

I have previously researched the Church Fathers and stand by my resolve. However for the benefit of my Hub visitors I will post links to counterbalance your post.

http://www.eschatology.org/all-articles-articles-2...

http://www.preteristvision.org/questions/qa_revela...


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

I shared it on my Google and twitter and a few other places for you


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

We KNOW you have failed to do this.

There are NO Scriptures that support AD dates in any event.

The AD 70 date is NOT in Scripture - you trust that.

Anyhow, you are selectively WITHOLDING some of my posts.

The Latin Chroniclers got it RIGHT.

The only PROOF available centres in the reign of domitian.

Nero did NOT exile people to Patmos, he beheaded them or some other DEFINITE murder method.

You are essentially DENYING that John was Boiled in Oil by domitian and SURVIVED By a Bona Fide Miracle From JESUS.

domitian would NOT have released John from Patmos.

However, HE WAS RELEASED.

The rest is simple arithmetic, proven history and Holy Logic.

As for LG's comment on religion :

† James 1 : 27 †

"Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world."

END OF STORY...Truth IS Truth - Amen


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Elijah7

This is the second time you have falsely accused me of withholding some of your posts, I can assure that I have not.


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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

searchinsany, I have with held ONE of his posts on my What Jesus Told Us About Reincarnation hub. I did explain to him why I did so.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Lady Guinevere

Thank you for your recent comments.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Yes you have sir - my apologies - a tech bug - the comments were NOT showing up for some reason...

Now they are - please forgive me. Not interested in any "false" accusations - NONE.

LG, took a look at the "Vesuvius" theory.

DEFINITELY NOT TRUE.

The key to understanding Chapter 20 of Revelation is something they won't teach in Sunday School : "THE SECOND DEATH"

The Second Death is facilitated BY The Lake Of Fire.

ETERNAL SEPARATION OF THE SOUL FROM GOD AT THE END OF THE GREAT AGE.

This is NOT for OVER 1042 years into the Future MINIMUM.

This happens AT THE END OF THE GOG MAGOG WAR HERE : (Ezekiel 38 - 39)

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekie...

In ESSENCE, THIS IS WHY JESUS GAVE HIS LIFE ON THE CROSS.

The Second Death HAPPENS to ALL souls who have TURNED DOWN The Free Gift Of Salvation OFFERED By Christ.

The Second Death HAPPENS TO ALL SOULS that ARE NOT IN THE LAMB'S BOOK OF ETERNAL LIFE.

All souls that ARE In The Lamb's Book Of Life, LIVE FOREVER, after The END Of The Gog Magog War.

It is at this Point In His-Story that The Devil is CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE; DEATH AND HELL ARE NO LONGER NEEDED - SCRAPPED, and The Universe THEN settles down to the Perfection that WAS, Before The War In Heaven Began - (BEFORE THE GARDEN OF EDEN)

THIS IS WHEN THE TREE OF LIFE IS THEN AVAILABLE FOR ALL, as it "Could" have been some 6012 years ago In The Garden Of Eden.

Mankind was FORBIDDEN this "Fruit" BECAUSE The LORD could NOT have sin soaked souls (From The Fruit Of The Knowledge Of Good and EVIL) living FOREVER.

The whole process spans some 7077 years (APPROX) from Adam TO The Lake of Fire FINAL JUDGMENT.

JESUS and His Church, Desire AS MANY as "Will Come" to AVOID this Second Death - ALLELUIA, AMEN & MARANATHA

Please Study THIS VERY CAREFULLY :

† Revelation 21 : 3 - 8 †

"And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."

Love, Hope, Blessings and Truth In The Living God - Selah..

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Lady Guinevere 4 years ago from West Virginia

Elija7, I guess you were there to be able to tell if it was the truth or not. Jesus said that all the OT was not as important as his messae, but we have seen that his message has been omitted fro the Bible by those who claim to be Bible Scholars. Who says they were---the Kings of the day or those who wanted to take souls for their own purposes.... and what did they want---money to Ceasar. Please do you research outside of the Bible to see the whole picture.


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

I once had a theory similar to this one which you have expressed so well.

But until we can adjust our thinking in such a way as to not neglect to include all pertinate matters ... we are not finished with our research.

Daniel chapter 2 speaks of 4 consecutive kingdoms of which Babylon was the first.

Daniel 8 Names The Medo-Persian empire as being the second and Grecia as being the third.

Daniel 7 speaks again of there being four consecutive kingdoms.

When speaking of the fourth kingdom, Gabriel interpretes this vision as such.

7:23 The fourth beast shall be the "FOURTH" kingdom ..

7:25 The ten horns are ten kings (Titus was the tenth) then the little horn shall arise after the first ten and he shall subdue three kings.

There is only one thing this can mean. How can he subdue three kings who are already dead?

The little horn is the fourth king after the first ten.

Hadrian was the 14th and last emperor of Rome to have dominion over the Hebrew Nation.

Hadrian fulfilled all of the descriptions required to be this little Horn, including the deportation of every last Hebrew which could be found. Every single Hebrew was scattered to the four winds.

When reading Daniel 11, it is difficult for someone such as my self to destinguish exactly when Dominion changes hands from the second and to the third and again to the fourth; but the final verse of C. 11 can be describing no other that the Last king of the fourth kingdom. When he comes to his end shall michael stand up for the children of Daniels people.

And at that time thy people shall be delivered everyone that shall be found written in the book.

For this reason I am a Preterists where the six seals are concerned. These seal judgments were inflicted upon the Hebrew peoples.

And I am a historist where the trumpets and bowls/vials are concerned.

The trumpet judgments were inflicted upon the Roman Empire.

The bowl judgments were inflicted upon the beast which rose up out of the sea Rev. C 13

The longer we look at this picture the more clear it becomes.

Other than that; I liked your Hub.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Hi LG...

Where is JESUS' Message "OMITTED" from the Holy Bible ?

Please explain, because we HONESTLY don't understand what you mean..

Thank you and Bless you In The Lord ALIVE NOW - Amen

Love & Hope...

Elijah †

† John 1 : 1 - 14 †

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.

All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.

He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.

But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth."

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Beautiful Background Music ABOVE for "MOOD" (Right Click Link to Open)

Here are the WORDS TO READ :

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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

One last comment if I may

You asked ...If The Revelation was written in AD 95, what major event happened within months or a few years of its publication that could be seen as fulfilling the great sense of imminence contained within its pages?

My answer would be this When we read Daniel 9 and understand that when Cyrus declared that God hast CHARGED (ordered) Cyrus to build him a house in Jerusalem (the city had been totally destroyed in 586) So this declaration had to have included building the city. And Gabriel said that the command hast gone forth.

This chapter is saying that from 538 BC it shall be 62 weeks unto the Messiah being killed.

568 years later they did.

568 years is the same period of time as 62 weeks.

A week =s 9.16 of our years.

It shall be 69 weeks unto Messiah the Prince.

the 69th week came to fullment in 96 AD

the 70th week in 105AD

30 years later the last Jewish revolt broke out. I think it lasted 3 1/2 years?

I believe that every last prophesy that was given to that Hebrew Nation would have been fulfilled before that Nation ceased to exist.

Please excuse me for intruding. and May God bless us all.


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

Hay Ekijha hOPE ALL IS WELL .. you ask Where is JESUS' Message "OMITTED" from the Holy Bible ?

Please explain, because we HONESTLY don't understand what you mean..

- = - = -

ME

The bible admits to that being the case.

It said that Jesus did and said so many things that the world couldn't contain as many books as it would take to tell about it all

And then added "but this is all we are going it include in the cannon.

We will let Paul explain the rest of it instead of writing more of "Jesus SAID IT' kind of wisdom.

Meant with all kindness


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Jerami

Thank you for reading and leaving interesting comments on my Hub. I will respond as soon as I have given them more thought.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

AMEN & AMEN brother ....... Maranatha

† Matthew 5 : 1 - 20 †

"And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that

are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven."

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Some more lovely Theme Music Above (right click to open) Amen

With Love & Truth..

Elijah †


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

Elija7, It is not my place to say this; BUT, why are you copy and pasting scriptures which has no connection to this mans hub.

It seems to only be disrupting the natural flow of conversation of his comment section.

If this is the intent? It isn't a very Christian thing to do.

If I am wrong? Please accept my apologies.

If I am right ...? May many blessings go with you.


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

Eliza7 wrote ...There are NO Scriptures that support AD dates in any event.

ME

There are verses through out Old and New testament that screams of the fact that everything preached by Jesus himself was fulfilled in the first century and no later than 138 AD.

If Jesus was standing in front of YOU and said to YOU, "This" generation shall not pass until all these things happen" Who would you naturally assume he was talking to? And what generation would you presume he was talking about?

We need to take this into account whenever scripture says that Jesus was talking to any particular person, "Especially" where it specifically says that this was a "Private" conversation.

Otherwise we can assume that when Jesus said to Lazarus "Rise and come out" he was talking to me or you.

It isn't right for me to do this in anothers hub so I'll exit now.

searchinsany my apologies.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Jerami - Only for LG that is contributing also...

NO OFFENCE IS EVER INTENDED - AMEN

No Scriptures came with AD DATES, is all that was meant.

For The Record - The GENERATION that CAN SEE ALL OF THE EVENTS COMING TO PASS (or HAVING COME TO PASS), will NOT PASS AWAY, until JESUS RETURNS.

A study of History & Prophecy PUTS THIS HOLY CHURCH GENERATION in such a Unique Category - HOPE & AMEN †

† Matthew 25 : 30 - 36 †

"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:

So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.

Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."

† This Generation ALIVE NOW, can study the REAL NOAH'S ARK. †

This Generation ALIVE NOW, can study ALL of Tribulation History.

This Generation ALIVE NOW, sees this world FILLED WITH VIOLENCE - ALL THE TIME - NEWS, TELEVISION & MOVIES.

This Generation ALIVE NOW, HAS A FASCINATION WITH "DINOSAURS" Giants In The Earth...Natural History, false theories of EVIL-ution & animated movies - (Jurassic Park ET AL)

† "This Generation ALIVE NOW, is Witnessing UNPRECEDENTED GLOBAL EVANGELISM - The Righteous Preacher's CRY - "Get On Board The Ark Of The Church - AMEN & AMEN" †

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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Jerami

I think we may differ regarding the ‘timeline'.

The Old Testament Scriptures were directly written to Old Covenant Israel, Moses and Daniel both prophesied the events in the ‘latter days’ of the Old Covenant Age. The Old Testament contained many types and shadows, Christ being the anti-type. The New Testament reveals the complete fulfilment of the Old Covenant.

With this in mind The Revelation was written to encourage the 1st Century Church during the Great Tribulation and all its content was completed by AD 70.

Daniel’s 70 Weeks Prophecy was completely fulfilled during the lifetime of Jesus’ generation.

Daniel 7 described in more detail the fourth beast; the Roman Empire.

‘…there came up among them another little horn…’...Daniel 7:8. Nero Caesar was the little horn that 'came up among them' and the sixth of the ten emperors.

The ten kings were the ten emperors of the Roman Empire to AD 70, Julius, Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius, Claudius, Nero, Galba, Otho, Vitellius, and Vespasian.

Daniel 11 was a detailed account of the kings who would influence world history until the time of the Messiah. For example Xerxes, Alexander the Great, Antiochus IV Epiphanes and Julius Caesar.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

As I understand it there were three decrees issued by the Persian kings, 536 BC; 457 BC; 444 BC. Many scholars contend that the principle one of these was 457 BC.

By adding 483 years (7weeks + 62 Weeks) to 457 BC it brings the time-line to AD 26, the very year that Jesus began His public ministry.

‘And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off…’ The crucifixion was three and a half years into the 70th Week. The remaining three and a half years was the duration of the Jewish/Roman war from AD 66 to AD 70, culminating in the destruction of the Temple, Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews, thereby fulfilling Matthew 24:34.

These are my thoughts at this point in time.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

So you ARE THEN saying that the moslem antichrist empire, The First and Second World Wars, adolf hitler and The Holocaust, PRECEDING Israel's RESTORATION are NOT In The Holy Book Of Daniel or in The Prophecies ?????

"We" KNOW VERY DIFFERENTLY and CAN PROVE THE SAME.....

† Daniel 8 : 19 - 27 †

"And he said, Behold, I will make thee know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be.

The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king.

Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.

"And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up.

And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practise, † and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. †

And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand.

And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it shall be for many days.

And I Daniel fainted, and was sick certain days; afterward I rose up, and did the king's business; and I was astonished at the vision, but none understood it."

SPOT THE NAZI HOLOCAUST PROPHECY - ABOVE HEREIN !!!!!!!

NOTE : "The LAST END of The Indignation !!!"

† Numbers 12 : 6 †

And he said, Hear now my words: "If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."

Hallo.....it's a REAL Pleasure to make your acquaintance...

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Enjoy the words of this New Song above - Amen & Amen...

MARANATHA....


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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

searchinsany

Though I agree with most of what you have said, I have to disagree about Nero being the little horn as interpreted by “GABRIEL” in Daniel 7:24

Daniel only describes his vision. Then Gabriel gives the meaning of the vision.

Daniel 7:24 “And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise; and another shall rise AFTER them. Going by how Gabriel interprets the vision this little horn could not be one of the first ten kings. After the first ten kings there were three others and then Hadrian becomes king replaces these three.

And I can agree with everything you said about chapter 11 also, remembering that 11:45 is speaking of the little horn. “And at that time shall Michael stand up, …”

In my way of thinking; whether Revelation was written before 70 AD or after has little consequence In comparison to identifying who the little horn was.

There are many points of interest contained in the book of Daniel which with very little interpretation, coincides with the entire chapter of Matthew 24. But to get the full picture we have to examine the similarities also found when the six seals are opened.

It is my opinion that the six seals are describing these same events as Jesus describes them in Matthew 24.

The greater number of pieces of the puzzle that we fit together, the greater number of pieces we see.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

For what it's worth, after the DELETION of my Comment in the "What is the Question?" Forum...(have NO IDEA which person caused THAT to happen)...

The little horn IS "The United States of America"..

The Three that fell ARE : Germany, Japan & Italy.

The Fourth Great Beast IS Global and BUILDING NON-STOP RIGHT NOW.

† Daniel 11 † IS a Gigantic Prophecy of islam.

If you REALLY can take time to study and read (in media formats) the FULL DETAILS are here (several hours deep thought) :-

http://www.TheSevenThunders.org/Genesis

See you ...

† Daniel 7 : 23 & 27 †

"Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces."

"And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him."

Maranatha †


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Jerami

Thank you for your contribution, keep in touch so that we may compare notes. I will make a point of reading your Hubs.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

In my opinion the kingdoms in Daniel 8 are:

Medo Persian Empire…536 to 332 BC

Macedonian Greek Empire under Alexander the Great…331 to 323 BC

Ptolomies rule Egypt & Seleucids rule Syria…323 to 146 BC

Antiochus Epiphanes…175 to 164 BC


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

searchinsany

Do you consider then that antiochus epiphanes WAS The Abomination That Maketh Desolate ?

† Revelation 19 : 10 †

"And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Antiochus Epiphanes was not the abomination of desolation. Antiochus (175-164 BC) does not fit the timeline of Daniel's 70 Weeks Prophecy, the 490 years were fulfilled during the lifetime of Jesus’ generation.

Mat 24:15-16 KJV When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) 16 Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:

'...When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation...' Jesus spoke to His disciples and told them when they see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, flee into the mountains.

Luk 21:20-21 KJV And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. 21 Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto.

‘…when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh…’ Jesus also told His disciples what the abomination of desolation was and when to expect it, and to flee into the mountains; His generation was eye witness to the fulfilment of the most amazing prophecy ever recorded in the Scriptures.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Glad you said that - SOME in the past HAVE made that false claim - OBVIOUSLY oblivious to The Word Of God...

Maranatha †

† Malachi 4 : 5 - 6 †

"Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD: And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse."

What's your take on This Prophecy ???


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

My Hub 'The Last Days: Will Elijah the Prophet Really Return? explains my view on Malachi 4.

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Will-Elija...


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Thanks brother - haven't seen that - will scroll on by...

This Subject TRULY makes my neck click...

† Matthew 17 : 10 - 12 †

"And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come? And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them."

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Jerami 4 years ago from Houston tx

Good morning ... Please excuse me If I sound too bold in this comment which I feel so strongly about.

This just my opinion, … understanding the timeframe comparing prophetic time against our time is paramount. Without doing so, understanding prophesy is impossible.

I believe that when the Lord is speaking to a Man, God uses terms which is common to human understanding.

When he said, lie on your left side for 70 days, for each day will represent a year that Jerusalem lies desolate. God could have said eat 70 apples for each apple represents a year (or any other such comparison).

This is in no way comparing a day or eating an apple to the prophetic timeframe.

When God gives a message to an angel, he uses terminology the angel best understands. The angel then delivers the message exactly as it was given to him.

So what we are really doing is attempting to understand how angelic terminology compares to human terminology.

When God says to a human, It shall be 70 years, he is speaking of 70 of our years.

An angel, when interpreting visions never use the term "year" except when speaking of what a year represents to us.

To us, A year means 52.28 weeks

To an angel the phrase "Time" means 52.28 of his weeks.

Now, all we have to do is to determine how many of our years is in an angelic week.

The only place in scripture that makes this comparison is in Daniel 9.

All we have to do now is to determine when the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem went forth, because from that time, it shall be 62 weeks and then someone will kill the Messiah.

Around 600 BC (ISIAH 44:28) God declares that Cyrus will perform this duty.

In Daniel 9:23 Gabriel declares that the commandment came forth when Daniel began praying and making supplications.

For ME there is no further need to "Discover" exactly when this command came forth; For it is clearly stated.

Some scholars want us to believe that this command came forth around 450 BC when the command came forth to "Finish" that which had already begun.

I can not agree with that!

If there really was a devil walking the earth trying to confuse us, this issue would most certainly be of great importance to him. ???

God said it will be so,

The longer we ponder the word of God, the more likely we will be deceived.

I believe that Cyrus gave this command exactly as God said that he WOULD.

I believe the commandment went forth in 538 BC as Gabriel said that it DID.

I believe Jesus is the Messiah this verse is talking about.

Therefore I have no recourse than to believe 62 weeks in prophesy is equal to 568 of our years.

That is, until someone shows me something that I have yet to consider.

And thank you for these discussions.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Jerami

Your comments are always welcome.


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Hi Jerami : RE your quote :

"" Some scholars want us to believe that this command came forth around 450 BC when the command came forth to "Finish" that which had already begun.

I can not agree with that! ""

Why can't you agree with proven History ?

The BC date is ACCURATE.

Scholars and theologians (often) are NOT prophets.

And again : quote :

"" The longer we ponder the word of God, the more likely we will be deceived. ""

THIS IS DEFINITELY INCORRECT.

The LONGER we Spend with The Word Of God, THE BETTER - Amen

Finally : quote :

"" If there really was a devil walking the earth trying to confuse us, this issue would most certainly be of great importance to him. ??? ""

What do you mean "IF" ?

† 1 Peter 5 : 8 †

"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"


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Elijah7 4 years ago from Israel - England - Hong Kong - Hawaii - Paradise

Jerami - searchinsany...

Further details on the 1 Week = 7 years Prophetic Timeline Revelation are now in Jerami's hub comments section here :

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/A-Day-equa...

Blessings....

† Matthew 7:13-14 †

"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

I also have recently come to this belief.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

Thank for your comment. Welcome to Hubpages, I look forward to reading your Hubs.


sj 4 years ago

convincing write up, can accept Revelation written before AD 70

if you will please explain whether the following verses have been fulfilled

2.Thessalonians 2

Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

Rev.13:14-15

And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live.

15. And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.

16. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

Thank you for your comment.

2 Thessalonians 2: 8-11

Context

Certain topics are prominent in Paul’s Epistles to the Thessalonians:

a) Suffering, affliction, persecution and tribulation.

b) The imminent coming of Christ.

c) The imminent wrath upon the wicked.

Paul wrote to believers to strengthen their faith during severe tribulation. He assured them of the imminent Coming of Christ with wrath and judgement on their persecutors.

False teachers caused some to be confused by claiming that the Day of the Lord had already taken place. Paul reminded them that although Christ’s return was at hand, certain things would occur first; apostasy and the revelation of the ‘Man of Sin’.

2Th 2:8-11 YLT and then shall be revealed the Lawless One, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the manifestation of his presence, 9 him, whose presence is according to the working of the Adversary, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders, 10 and in all deceitfulness of the unrighteousness in those perishing, because the love of the truth they did not receive for their being saved, 11 and because of this shall God send to them a working of delusion, for their believing the lie,

In my opinion the verses in question referred to the Man of Sin, Nero Caesar.

Revelation 13: 14-17

Context

John received ‘The Revelation’ of the imminent Coming of Christ in Judgement. The purpose of the vision was to encourage the 1st Century Church during the Great Tribulation.

Rev 13:14-17 YLT and it leadeth astray those dwelling on the land, because of the signs that were given it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling upon the land to make an image to the beast that hath the stroke of the sword and did live, 15 and there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, that also the image of the beast may speak, and that it may cause as many as shall not bow before the image of the beast, that they may be killed. 16 And it maketh all, the small, and the great, and the rich, and the poor, and the freemen, and the servants, that it may give to them a mark upon their right hand or upon their foreheads, 17 and that no one may be able to buy, or to sell, except he who is having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Again these verses referred to the ‘Man of Sin’, Nero Caesar, who relentlessly persecuted the Saints.


sj 4 years ago

thanks for your replies, can you explain

mathew 24.21

For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

surely it doesn't mean that is the worst time of trouble the world has ever seen also I am not convinced how you can be sure that the Man of Sin is Nero

Was the whole world having a mark on the right hand and on their hands to live

What about the 2 witnesses, the false prophet?

Also Rev 13:13 states

13. And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,

so that is still to be fulfilled!

I can accept some of your arguments that prove that some of the revelations have been fulfilled namely what happened to Jerusalem and the Temple Destruction but the rest is still to be fulfilled according to my opinion


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

Thank you for your comment.

Context

In Matthew 24 Jesus prophesied the destruction of the Temple; the disciples asked Him when will this happen, what will be the sign of His presence and the end of the Age.

Jesus said ‘…This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled…’ In AD 70 His prophecy was fulfilled exactly as He described.

In my opinion, the destruction of the Temple, Jerusalem and the dispersion of the Jews in AD 70 was the end of Old Covenant Israel. Between AD 30 and AD 70 there was a transition period in which the Old Covenant passed away and the New Covenant was established. All the predictions Jesus made in Matthew 24 were fulfilled during that period.

Mat 24:21 KJV For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Jesus said the great tribulation during the lifetime of the disciples’ generation ‘…such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be...’ Since Jesus said it, I believe it.

The majority of my Hubs explain why I believe this ‘End Times’ view. In this Hub I explain a little as to why I believe Nero was the ‘Man of Sin’.

Regarding the Two Witnesses and the False Prophet I could only speculate, and I won’t do that. I would rather admit that I am uncertain. When I ‘left behind’ Dispensationalism I also left behind wild speculation. I resolved that to the best of my ability I would ‘speak when the Scriptures speak and be silent when the Scriptures are silent.

When I was challenged to re-examine the following Scriptures I realized that either Jesus ‘got it wrong’ and gave false hope to the 1st century Church suffering horrendous tribulation, or all was fulfilled as He predicted. I decided that since Jesus said it, I believe! From that moment I have been on an exciting journey through the Scriptures that has dramatically improved my Christian viewpoint.

Mat 16:27 YLT `For, the Son of Man is about to come in the glory of his Father, with his messengers, and then he will reward each, according to his work.

Mat 24:34 KJV Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

Joh 5:25 KJV Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

Php 4:5 KJV Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Heb 10:37 KJV For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Jas 5:8-9 KJV Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.

1Pe 4:7 KJV But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

1Jn 2:18 KJV Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

Rev 1:1 KJV The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Rev 1:3 KJV Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Rev 22:10 KJV And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

My article entitled ‘The End Times: Did Jesus Fail to Keep His Promise?’ elaborates on the above Scriptures.

If you can spare the time to read my ‘End Times’ Hubs I am willing to clarify any questions you may have.


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

Matt 3: 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.

If you learn its spiritual message you learn that John was warning the Jews that Rome is already in Jerusalem and if any Jew does not repent, they will be killed and their bodies be thrown like common criminals in the valley of Gehenna., and this is exactly what happened A.D.70.

Also we find this in John 21: 20 Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die. But Jesus did not say that he would not die; he only said, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you?”


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you for your comment.

Matthew 3:10... I agree entirely with your understanding of this Scripture.

John 21:20.... Can you elaborate more on this verse, I am not sure of the point you are making here.


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

Jesus was telling Peter that John would still be alive when Christ's second coming happens.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

If Christ has not returned does that mean John is still alive?


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SwordofManticorE 4 years ago from Burlington

Christ returned A.D.70 spiritually. Or is He a liar?


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you for your comment. I agree.


sj 4 years ago

please read and understand the scripture in context,

John 21.22

Jesus answered, "If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me."

Does this mean he is going to be alive till he return? of course not

He gave this answer when Peter asked what about John, how is he going to die for your glory? He said please be concerned about what each one is to do as their duty to Christ and not to compare

I would point out the parable of Mathew 20:1-16 which means dont compare your reward when you follow Christ

and for the claim that John would have been martyred

why does not church history accurately state so if they have stated all the other matyrs accurately


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

Thank you for your comment.

I agree with your understanding of John 21:22, but for some reason many today use this verse to justify their belief that John lived into old age.

My ‘claim’ for believing that John may have been martyred is based on the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Mar 10:37-39 KJV They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:

Jesus got it right about John’s brother James who was the first Apostle to be martyred, did He fail regarding John?

Quote ‘…why does not church history accurately state so if they have stated all the other matyrs accurately…’ In my opinion Church history is helpful but cannot be taken as completely accurate and dependable, we can only depend on the inspired Scriptures and when they are silent we should be silent, anything else is speculation.

Once again you quote Scripture, this time Mathew 20:1-16 but don’t explain why, and I don’t understand your point. You did this on my Hub ‘The End Times: Did Jesus Fail to Keep His Promise?’ when you quoted Matthew 6:23, but did not respond when I asked you to explain.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

An apology, having read your comment again I now understand the point you were making on Matthew 20:1-16.

A response to my request on ‘The End Times: Did Jesus Fail to Keep His Promise?’ would be welcome.


sj 4 years ago

also regarding the below I have an opinion as to what Jesus meant by baptism of suffering, and that both James and John will share this baptism of suffering or the cup of suffering that does not mean that John has to die like James or be a matyr it just means share the suffering of Christ

Mar 10:37-39 KJV They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. 38 But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? 39 And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:


CJ Sledgehammer 4 years ago

Regarding John 21:20-23 "Peter turned and saw that the disciple whom Jesus loved was following them. (This was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, “Lord, who is going to betray you?”) 21 When Peter saw him, he asked, “Lord, what about him?”

22 Jesus answered, “If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me.” 23 Because of this, the rumor spread among the believers that this disciple would not die."

The LDS church, as well as others, teach that Christ has not yet returned, hence St. John is still believed to be walking amongst us today. Sad...very sad.

Peace be with you - C.J. Sledgehammer


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

CJ

Thank you for your comment.


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searchinsany 4 years ago from UK Author

sj

Thank you for your comment.

In Mark 10: 37-39 Jesus didn't specifically mention 'baptism of suffering' or 'cup of suffering'. In my opinion, taken in context Jesus had suffering and death in mind.


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SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

Rev 1:1 The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, 2 who testifies to everything he saw—that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.

"what must soon take place" and "the time is near" This alone indicates that the prophecy is to be soon fulfilled, not 2000 years later.

Great hub.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Exactly my point, it never ceases to amaze me that I was a Christian of 34 years standing before I was confronted with this view. I was oblivious to the simplicity of the 'imminence' statements in Scripture, perhaps because I was convinced by my traditional futurist teaching that seemed the most plausible.


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SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

I had to unlearn everything taught to me by the church and start a new. My findings in scripture now are wonderful.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Likewise, and it has been a marvellous experience.


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Sorry searchinsany,

I finally found it. Thanks


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SwordofManticorE 3 years ago from Burlington

It has been 7 months now since I read this hub, and I have to say that I am more convinced now that the preterist view of the book of the Unveiling (revelations) makes more sense than the futuristic view. Christians need to challenge their church pastors teachings more often than just blindly believing everything they say.


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searchinsany 3 years ago from UK Author

Thank you for your comment. It is encouraging to know that my Hub has been helpful.


Morry 2 years ago

Thanks for your research and great authorities. I'll put a link to it on my articles. You chosen impressive and credible authorities. I was put on to a pre-AD 70 date about 1989. The harlot city has GOTTA BE Jerusalem. (Everywhere you turn in the OT Israel as 'the harlot' jumps out at you, especially Ezekiel 16, 23, Hosea 1,2,3,4,5,6.

This single idea revolutionized my thinking and has informed my Preterist context of the OT and NT prophets.

Many thanks again.

Morry. Australia. Jan 2014


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

Mory

Thank you for your comment, it is a real source of encouragement.

Have you read my Hub 'Jerusalem was Babylon the Great, the Mystery is History!'? http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Babylon-th...


Diligent1 2 years ago

Searchinsany, reading up on 1260 days here, in your view when did the commencement of these 1260 days exactly start? Furthermore, what important events happened on the culmination of 1290 days and of 1335 days?

Please provide historical documentation where possible.


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

Diligent1

Thank you for your comment. Would you like to go first? lol.

My understanding is the 1260 days began in early AD 67, when Vespasian began his campaign against the Jews.

Taking into account my boast to remain silent when the Scriptures are silent, I feel I will be pushing the boundary of private interpretation on the 1290 and 1335 days.

I have used history in my Hubs previously, providing I also had Scripture interpreting Scripture.

However, the best explanation I have read is, the 1290 days began when the Jews refused to offer further sacrifices in the temple for Caesar in AD 66, until Titus had gathered and deployed his army for the siege.

The 1335 is the total number of days from the Jewish refusal to offer sacrifices in AD 66, until the destruction of the temple in AD 70.

I am interested to know your opinion on this subject.

My Hub 'Daniel's '70 Weeks' Prophecy is History!' may be of interest.


Diligent1 2 years ago

Searchinsany let me brush up on my Roman history for a few days and I will write back. One thing I am certain of is these numbers are exact and as such they will require an exact beginning reference date(s) to count from. Added to the soup is the 2300 days. Incidentally 1260 is very significant to the Muslims as they expected their Messiah to appear in the year 1260 A.H. which is a Muslim (lunar) calendar.


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searchinsany 2 years ago from UK Author

Diligent1

I look forward to reading the result of your research.


cav8000 22 months ago

Idiots...

Anyone here who thinks Revelation was written before 70 CE has most likely not even read Revelation and certainly has no knowledge of the history of the area of these seven churches in Asia.

Rev3:17 "Thou (church of the Laodiceans) sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods."

It is a FACT that Laodicea was DESTROYED by an earthquake around 60-62 CE. Yet, in Rev 3:17 they are suddenly WEALTHY? Have you people lost your minds? There is NO way that Laodicea was a wealthy community before 70 CE after being wiped out in 60-62 CE.


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searchinsany 22 months ago from UK Author

cav8000

Thank you for reading and commenting on my Hub.

In my opinion, The Revelation was written prior to AD 60, my Hub explains why.

Your statement regarding Laodicea supports my reason for writing this Hub. Due to conflicting accounts by the Church Fathers and secular historians, I decided to use the Scriptures to support my view that The Revelation was written before AD 70. After all, the Scriptures are the believers final authority.

However, I will respond to your comment.

A Quote from Tacitus

"One of the most famous cities of Asia, Laodicea, was in the same year overthrown by an earthquake and without any relief from us recovered itself by its own resources" (Tacitus, Annals, 14:27).

Laodicea was one of the richest cities in the Roman Empire. It refused aid from Rome, being rebuilt by the existing wealth of its inhabitants, which was obviously not lost during the earthquake. Substantial progress must have been made, because an amphitheatre was dedicated by a wealthy citizen to Emperor Vespasian in AD 79. If the city lay desolate, why build an amphitheatre?

Christians continued to dwell in Laodicea after the earthquake and John's letter to them was applicable.


cav8000 22 months ago

Tacitus was writing about Laodicea about 50 years after 61 CE. He was about 5 years old when the earthquake hit that city. It's difficult to believe that the city could recoup in just a few years. This is a minor point compared to the rest of Revelation though.

You said; "I decided to use the Scriptures to support my view that The Revelation was written before AD 70. After all, the Scriptures are the believers final authority."

I cannot even begin to tell you how wrong this is. By doing this, you are already set up to come up with a completely fallible conclusion.

First of all, Jesus did not exist as a real historical person and the gospels were not written until a lot later than you think. They were not written until AFTER Marcion. Paul's epistles were not in circulation and were possibly written by Marcionites during the 120's CE.

Mat 24:15 "When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation"

This one line is the biggest clue on when Matthew and Mark were written which was AFTER the Bar Kokhba revolt of 132 CE. The "abomination" was Hadrian building a temple to Jupiter on the old Jewish temple mound. There is NO evidence for the gospels until AFTER 132 CE. Irenaeus and Eusebius were both highly dubious and fallible and cannot be trusted one bit, just like Acts of the Apostles (so much fabricated history). Luke and Acts were written as a response to Marcion.

About Revelation; The book of Revelation was NOT written at one time by a single author. Different sections were written at different times. For example, chapters 1-5 were written at a later date than chapters 6-14. Chapters 1-5 address seven established Christian churches in Asia Minor. There were no established Christian churches anywhere until the early second century CE. Marcion established churches throughout Asia Minor in the 120s CE.

Revelation 6 and 7 are the oldest texts from Revelation. They were probably written before 70 CE but they are not describing anything about Jesus.

Revelation 6 is describing ROME and it's first six kings. The six seals are about Roman kings. They are the first six kings of Rome from Julius Caesar to Nero.

Revelation 7 is describing the one year reprieve from the Jewish revolt in 69 CE after Nero died. The 144,000 are the dead Jews (12,000 x 12 tribes) that were already killed during the initial revolt of 66 CE.

Revelation 8 is describing the seventh seal continuing from Revelation 6. It also describes the Vesuvius eruption in 79 CE. Hail and fire mixed with blood hurled down to earth is about the Vesuvius eruption. If the author got his account from Pliny the Younger then this was not written until 96 CE, the same time Irenaeus talks about.

Revelation 9 is describing the arrival of Vespasian's troops in 67 CE after the Jews tried to take of the city of Ashkalon. All the insect references here seem to have been influenced by reading Pliny The Elder's "Natural Histories" from around 77 CE. 42 months (lunar) is the time period from 67-70 CE.

Revelation 11 is describing the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 CE. "They will trample on the holy city for 42 months."

Revelation 12 is describing an eclipse that occurred in 71 CE. It's full of astrological interpretations that signal the birth of Jesus (not real birth). The constellations Andromeda (representing the mother of Jesus) and Hydra (dragon) appeared during this 71 CE eclipse and this is how the author is describing the origins of Jesus. The sun drives the constellation Andromeda away and she gives birth to a "male child (Jesus) who will rule all nations". This is a real eclipse from 71 CE, look it up. There was no Jesus before 71 CE.

Revelation 13 is about the possible return of Nero from the dead and about Titus and his involvement in the destruction of the temple in 70 CE. It describes "Judaea Capta". The number is NOT 666, it's actually 616 (papyrus 115).

Revelation 14 is about the Bar Kokhba revolt from 132 CE. This is an entirely different author than the earlier parts of Revelation. "Babylon" is Rome. The "winepress" is Hadrian's vineyard. "Blood to horse's bridal" is from the Jerusalem Talmud which makes this same reference when talking about the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Revelation 15 is most likely about an eclipse that occurred in 164 CE

Revelation 16 is about the Antonine plague that occurred from around 165 -180 CE. It also describes another Vesuvius eruption in 172 CE.

Revelation 17 describes seven hills of Rome and 18 Roman kings from Julius Caesar to Commodus. It could not have been written until after 192 CE.

Revelation 18 describes the aftermath of the Antonine plague and still hoping for the fall of Rome.

Revelation 19 is cheering for the fall of Rome after Commodus died in 192 CE.

Revelation 20-22 start making excuses for why Rome has not fallen. It was believed that Rome would fall after Commodus but then came Septimus Severus so excuses had to be made that they really were not too sure anymore when Rome would fall.

Revelation is complicated. It was NOT written by one man and it certainly was NOT written at the same time. It was most likely even added to and altered by Irenaeus himself. With a final version coming out around the time of Irenaeus, there can be no way to say it was ALL written before 70 CE. Just NO way.

Revelation is NOT about prophecies that can be applied to our modern times at all. These were prophecies that applied during the times that these people were living in and that's it. These people desperately wanted to see the fall of Rome.


cav8000 22 months ago

I meant Rev 1-3 address the seven churches and Rev 4-7 are the oldest sections of Revelation. There really should be a way to edit posts here for longer than 5 minutes.


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searchinsany 22 months ago from UK Author

Cav8000

Quote 'You said; "I decided to use the Scriptures to support my view that The Revelation was written before AD 70. After all, the Scriptures are the believers final authority."

I cannot even begin to tell you how wrong this is. By doing this, you are already set up to come up with a completely fallible conclusion.'

Please tell me your source of information.


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SwordofManticorE 22 months ago from Burlington

I would give the time of day to anyone who calls a preterist an idiot.


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searchinsany 22 months ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Thank you for visiting my Hub. I agree it was not the best start to a comment.

I replied for the benefit of my readers.


jlundberg 21 months ago

I will reveal something essential in showing that the earliest sections of Revelation were NOT written until the time of at least 66-70 CE.

For now, I’m going to just reveal the four horsemen from Revelation 6. In order to do this I will need to briefly describe a very important historical event, the Roman-Parthian war of 58-63 CE.

This was a war fought between the Roman and Parthian Empires over the control of Armenia, a vital buffer state between the two. Armenia had been a Roman state since the time of Augustus but in 53 CE, the Parthian king Vologases I put his brother Tiridates on the Armenian throne. Nero became emperor in 54 CE and decided to react to the Parthians in trying to claim Armenia. Nero sent his general Corbulo to fight the Parthians in Armnenia. In 58 CE, the battles began long the Armenian/Roman border. The Romans attacked and destroyed the Armnenian capitol city of Artaxata. Tiridates withdrew his troops and abandoned the city as it was burned to the ground. The Romans next attacked the Armenian city of Tigranocerta and they too surrendered to the Romans. Now, the Romans put their own Tigranes VI on the Armenian throne. In 61 CE, Tigranes VI attacked the Parthian province of Adiabene. Now the Parthian king Vologases I got involved and fought back against the Romans. At the Battle of Rhandeia in 62 CE, the Roman generals Corbulo and Paetus were heavily attacked by the Parthian and Armenian forces. A treaty was made. By this treaty, the Romans were forced to leave Armnenia and to build a bridge so Vologases could pass over in triumph. The Roman weapons were also confiscated. Rome made an agreement that if Tiridates would come to Rome to be crowned king of Armenia by Nero himself then further war would be averted. Tiridates agreed to travel to Rome to be crowned king by Nero in 66 CE. Nero looked at it as a major peace treaty and a great accomplishment in establishing peace between the Roman and Parthian Empires. This peace between the two would last for fifty years.

The events of 66 CE would lead to the earliest sections of the book of Revelation. After the Roman-Parthian war, we have the Jewish revolt from 66-70CE, the death of Nero and the Roman civil war from 68-69 CE, then the destruction of the Jewish temple in 70 CE. These events were seen as the end times. Revelation came along claiming that all of this was foretold in the Old Testament scriptures. The author of Revelation gets the idea of the seals for the book from the Old Testament:

Daniel 12:4 “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end.”

The author of Revelation also gets the four horsemen from Old Testament scripture:

Zechariah 6: “And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots. In the first chariot were red horses; and in the second chariot black horses. And in the third chariot white horses; and in the fourth chariot grisled (pale) horses. Then I answered and said unto the angel that talked with me, What are these, my lord? And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before the LORD of all the earth.”

WHITE HORSE: The white horse is the Parthian Empire. The Parthians were well known for their white horses. The Parthians main weapon was a bow. They were the only mounted archers in the first century CE. The Parthian Tiridates was “given a crown” when he was crowned by Nero in 66 CE (see my description of the Roman-Parthian war above).

RED HORSE: The red horse is the Roman Empire which was notorious for making war, taking peace from the earth and killing. 66 CE was the start of the Roman-Jewish war. During the years of 66-70 CE, this Roman red horse killed thousands and thousands of Jews. ”That they should kill one another” is most likely referring to the year of 68-69 CE (Year Of The Four Emperors) when the Romans fought each other in a civil war after Nero died. Red signified the color of blood that the Romans spilled. Red was the color of war. The Romans even named the planet Mars after their god of war. The planet Mars appears red when viewed from earth. The helmets of Roman centurions and higher officers were also adorned with a crest of red dyed horse hair. Red was the color worn by Roman soldiers -red cloaks for the officers, red tunics for the soldiers. Red represented blood and the color was meant to intimidate the enemies of the empire. All of this and the blood shed during the years of 66-70 CE is what the red horse signifies. The Romans were the greatest military power on the earth at this time. The sword was a symbol of their power. The Greek term “machaira megalee” was used for this “great sword”. The Jews looked upon the death of their fellow Jews from 66-70 CE as a great sacrifice. A “machaira” was a type of sacrificial blade. “Megalee” then was a “great” sacrifice.

BLACK HORSE: The black horse is the famine that struck the Jews during the year 70 CE when their temple was being destroyed by the Romans. You can read for yourselves what Josephus had to say about this famine in 70 CE from his Jewish War Book 5. The color black was the Roman color of death and mourning. In Roman poetry, death was called the hora nigra, the black hour. Scales or balances were associated with the way that bread/food would have been weighed during a famine. Ezekiel 4:10 states “And thy meat which thou shalt eat shall be by weight. Thou shalt drink also water by measure.” The phrase “see thou hurt not the oil and the wine” suggests that the black horse's famine is to drive up the price of grain but leave oil and wine supplies unaffected. One explanation for this is that grain crops would have been more naturally susceptible to famine years or locust plagues than olive trees and grapevines, which root more deeply.

PALE HORSE: Pale is the color of the dead. Pale, gray, murky, unclear, or lack of color was associated with death and the underworld of Hades. Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. Eventually, the god's name came to designate the abode of the dead. The term "Hades" in Christian theology (and in New Testament Greek) is parallel to Hebrew sheol ("grave, dirt-pit"), and refers to the abode of the dead. The realm of Hades was also known as the Asphodel Fields, named after an off-white greyish colored plant that was regarded as sacred to the underworld gods. Though a field of asphodel blossoms may sound appealing and enjoyable, the Asphodel Fields were anything but. Gray and joyless, they were populated by the souls of the dead, who drifted about in confusion and sadness. The verse beginning "they were given power over a fourth of the earth" is generally taken as referring to the underworld of Hades. The line about “to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” is taken directly from Ezekiel 14 to show fulfillment of prophecy; Ezekiel 14; “For thus saith the Lord GOD; How much more when I send my four sore judgments upon Jerusalem, the sword, and the famine (hunger), and the noisome beast, and the pestilence (death).”

And this is the earliest written section from the book of Revelation. There is no way that Revelation was written until at least 66-70 CE. Revelation then goes on to describe events occurring much later in the Roman world but that’s for another post.


Dan the Man 21 months ago

The problem with opinions is just that. They are opinions and preconceived notions, which can by true or not.

No one has an original thought but God, unless you raise someone without teaching them any opinionated rhetorics.


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searchinsany 21 months ago from UK Author

Dan the Man

An opinion is a personal view open to discussion, which is far better than intransigent dogma.

Even if someone could be raised without opinionated rhetoric, that person would still fall short of the mind of God.


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searchinsany 21 months ago from UK Author

jlundberg

Thank you for your contribution.


jlundberg 20 months ago

Your welcome. I just recently published my hub about the book of Revelation a couple of days ago. In this article I have covered Rev 6-9. I will be creating hubs later to cover the other chapters after I see how this one does. Hubpages listed it as "featured" so maybe that's a good sign. I'm new to Hubpages. It's nice to meet someone that shares an interest in Revelation like I do. Here is my new hub:

http://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/The-Book-o...


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searchinsany 20 months ago from UK Author

Jlundberg

Welcome to HubPages.

Having your first Hub featured is an excellent start, this means it meets HubPages standard and given priority. Well done!


Joshua 19 months ago

Excellent...We are preaching these in our church, in Chennai, India. God Bless you Abundantly!!!


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searchinsany 19 months ago from UK Author

Joshua

Thank you for your comment. It is a source of encouragement to me. The Lord bless your Church.


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SwordofManticorE 19 months ago from Burlington

Here is a secret that most churches don't teach when they teach their last days teachings while quoting from the book of Revelations. The book was written for the believers who were alive when the book was written.


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searchinsany 19 months ago from UK Author

SwordofManticorE

Exactly, taking that into account the Book is not as difficult to understand as many scholars claim.


Mozz 14 months ago

G'day. Wonderful work you have done to present a first century model so clearly and carefully. Your wide range of sources and the craftsman-like way you have placed each piece of evidence in its own setting and in the whole is very scholarly. Thank you very much.

Blessings

Mozz

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Australia October 2015


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searchinsany 14 months ago from UK Author

Mozz

Thank you for your comment, it is a source of encouragement to me.


Willibrordus van der Weide 9 months ago

Many years was member of the "Jehovah Witness" Church , but today i see how false it was some teachings and claims. Your work is helping me to become a better view about the reality. It means a lot


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searchinsany 9 months ago from UK Author

Willibrordus van der Weide

Thank you for your comment, it is a wonderful source of encouragement that my Hubs have been useful.


Mark 6 months ago

Have you considered that this would also account nicely for why the believers in Thessalonica would be so disturbed that Jesus had already returned? (And they may have missed it?) They had probably "heard" that Caligula (Gaius Julius Caesar, AD 37–41) had already "stood in the temple and defiled it" from other well-meaning travelers and were shaken by this thinking they had missed "the end." (And not knowing that this would happen again, but for real this time, under Nero!)

Wiki: When several client kings came to Rome to pay their respects to Caesar and argued about their nobility of descent, he allegedly cried out the Homeric line:[75] "Let there be one lord, one king."[76] In AD 40, Caligula began implementing very controversial policies that introduced religion into his political role. Caligula began appearing in public dressed as various gods and demigods such as Hercules, Mercury, Venus and Apollo.[77] Reportedly, he began referring to himself as a god when meeting with politicians and he was referred to as "Jupiter" on occasion in public documents.[78][79] He also began replacing statues of deity with his own statues in various temples. He insisted others worship him as a tangible, living God.

Caligula was called an "evil monster" (Of the type John speaks about in Revelation) and even ordered the erection of a statue of himself in the Jewish Temple of Jerusalem and was only prohibited from doing so due to his assassination (The Governor Petronius risked his own life stalling on the order, risking his own life, knowing it would cause a war).

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/3926-ca...


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searchinsany 6 months ago from UK Author

Mark

Thank you for your interesting comment.

According to Halley the Church at Thessalonica was established by Paul around AD 51, ten years after the death of Caligula who ruled from AD 37 to AD 41.

Many believers would have remembered the evil perpetrated by the tyrant, a 'forerunner' of Nero, AD54 to AD 68.

In my opinion, it's unlikely they considered Caligula was Paul's 'man of sin' and had missed the coming of the Lord.

Certainly, the purpose of Paul's epistles was to end confusion caused by false teachers concerning the resurrection and the Day of the Lord.

What do you think?


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Ed Jusino 4 months ago from Horsham, PA.

Revelation 1:1

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

The Holy Father gave the Revelation to his son Jesus and then was passed to his angel to finally be given the vision to John; But which John? We could read in the Book of Acts chapter 13 that John the Apostle got near Paphos, Cyprus with Paul but that was not the isle of Patmos which is in the Argean Sea west side of Greece 377 miles away from each other. This distance was too far for neither of them to travel. But i can assure to you that it was John the Baptist and not John the Apostle.Why this revelation was given to John the Baptist and not to John the Apostle?

Simple! It could not happen 60 years after Jesus Christ crucifixion because everything was revealed to Jesus when the heavens were open during his baptism by John the Baptist at the Jordan river and there was no need for God the Father to revealed anything to his son after he was raised to heaven to watch and intercede over us at his right hand side. Meanwhile after Jesus baptism John the Baptist was in southern Perea when he was arrested and then he was taken immediately to the prison of the fortress of Machaerus in where he was incarcerated until his execution by decapitation. But one thing is for sure that his spirit was not decapitated in order to be that voice that cries in the wilderness to preach to the souls that are in Jerusalem that city of peace where people go after they die.

The Spirit of Christ says in,

Revelation 1:4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;

Where is that place of Asia? Well the Apostles spiritually elaborate about this place and give us the clue in,

2 Corinthians 1:8-9 For we would not, brethren, have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength, insomuch that we despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

John the Baptist speaks in,

Revelation 1:9-10 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

When John the Baptist said that he was in the spirit he was already decapitaded and he has been buried and is dwelling in earth in that spiritual isle where his body is turning to dust after his killing by Herod the King, because that is what Patmos in Greek means "of my killing" which means that John the Baptist is in that place among the dead where he was killed. This is describing a spiritual visionary experience that took him to the place of his killing "Patmos" but not to that literal Island so far away where he never went in flesh. Indeed, the whole Book of Revelation is made up of symbolic and allegorical teachings which must be carefully interpreted spiritually in order to understand it.

In Isaiah 40 God tells us about John the Baptist and his mission in the afterlife,

Isaiah 40:3 The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

And God also tells us in the same chapter in verse 15 what an isle means for him.

Isaiah 40:15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

The Isle is that place where the body of a person turned into dust while the spirit goes to that celestial place to rest in peace called Jerusalem. Is simple to understand if you do not mix carnal things and places from Earth (Judea the land of the Living), with spiritual things and heavenly places like the ones we find in that Book of Revalation which is a spiritual book that is intended to prepare you for that spiritual world.

All that prophecy of the book of Revelation was given to a prophet and John the Baptist was the last prophet because the Word of God says that in,

Matthew 11:13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

And for this other reason it could not be John the Apostle because he was not a prophet and also all religions including the Catholic Church acknowledge that he was not killed by the Romans and the Scriptures are in support of this fact so let us read what the knowledge of the Internet has to answer if we ask; Why was John exile to the island of Patmos?

"No reason is given for John being exiled to Patmos, in fact neither the Book of Revelation nor any other part of the Bible actually says that he was exiled to Patmos at all... Modern scholars recognise that the author of Revelation clearly was not the author of John's Gospel and was most unlikely to have been the Apostle John. To differentiate John of Revelation from John the Apostle, he is now frequently referred to simply as John of Patmos. This recognises that the Apostle was not really exiled on Patmos because he preached the Gospels to the people till the end of his life; but this John is a controversial person not confirmed by any serious document until now. Before during the second century in times of persecution, it was decided by some people of that era people who assumed that the author of Revelation must have been the Apostle John, merely because of the coincidence of names."

The fact is and is not merely coincidence that the description of that John in the first chapter of the book of Revelation is the same description we find in the first chapter of the book of John describing John the Baptist. The Word of God comfirms this!

John 1:6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

Revelation 1:1 ...and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

John 13:16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

Matthew 14:1-3 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard of the fame of Jesus, And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him. For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.

Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

Matthew 22:13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 14:2 And said unto his servants, This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead; and therefore mighty works do shew forth themselves in him.

John1:7 The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.

John1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.

John1:15 John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred before me: for he was before me.

Revelation 1:1 ...and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Revelation 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.

Revelation 1:9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

Revalation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

This instructions by the Spirit of God were given to John the Baptist!


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searchinsany 4 months ago from UK Author

Ed Jusino

I appreciate your service and your positive approach to life, having read your profile.

On this topic, I have a very different understanding of the Scriptures.

The Lord bless.

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