Death on the Pale Horse Gustave Dore 1832-1883 Source: Art and the Bible
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. The Lord fulfilled all His promises to Old Covenant Israel at that time, and fully established 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 in AD 70, not an apocalyptic event 2000 years later. Read More>>