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When Was the Apocalypse Written?

Clement of Alexandria

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Eusebius, a fourth century AD church father and considered to be the “Father of Church History,” interprets Clement of Alexandria, a second and early third century church father (cir. 155-215 AD), saying the Apostle John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant was dead”, and Eusebius identifies the “tyrant” as Domitian, Emperor of Rome from AD 81-96. He does this at the beginning of his testimony concerning John’s writing the Apocalypse.[1] It also seems as though many modern scholars simply accept Eusebius’ testimony without even consulting Clement. If they do read Clement, it must be with the eyes of Eusebius, because Clement mentions Domitian four different times in his writings, but not once does he claim he was a tyrant or even that he persecuted Christians. Eusebius and, apparently, most modern scholarship have read this understanding into Clement’s works. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on January 8, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Apocalypse and Irenaeus

Dating the Apocalypse - 1

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We are told in Revelation 1:3 not only that John is a prophet in the vein of the Old Testament prophets, but that the time for the events recorded in this prophecy was “at hand.” However, how should we understand the words: at hand? (cf. Revelation 22:12, 20)? Many believers today think nearly all the Apocalypse is yet to be fulfilled in the future. However, the internal evidence tells a different story. John says the fulfillment of what he was given was at hand (G1451 – Revelation 1:3), or according to Thayer’s Greek Definitions: near, imminent or soon to come to pass. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2019 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Divinely Appointed Time

Irenaeus

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It is hardly possible to read the book of Revelation without noticing that its fulfillment was near.[1] Many folks believe the book was written late in the first century, and, therefore, couldn’t be an indicator of the fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, but this simply isn’t so. The error lies in simply believing what the fourth century church father, Eusebius, said about the writings of Clement of Alexandria who lived in the latter part of the second century AD and the beginning of the third. It is impossible for Clement to have said what Eusebius claimed. Yet, modern scholars seem bent on receiving Eusebius’ testimony. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2017 in Eschatology, Prophecy

 

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Who Wrote the Gospels?

Gospel AuthorsThe Gospel narratives are not signed, so how do we know that Matthew wrote Matthew and Luke wrote Luke etc.? Paul usually signed his epistles, but none of the Gospel narratives are signed by their authors. What gives? How do we know who wrote what? So goes the argument I once received on the discussion boards that challenge the Christian faith. Nevertheless, the question has been asked. Do we have an answer, and does this answer support the tradition that Matthew did, indeed, write Matthew and so on for the other Gospel narratives and their authors? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 30, 2010 in Gospel, New Testament History, Religion

 

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