This is the fifth installment of my response to Tommy Ice’s article “Answers and Clarifications for Gary De Mar.” You can reference the other four posts here, here, here, and here. 95, the question for De Mar is “What does the hour of testing refer to? There are many scholars who believe that Revelation was written before A.
Tommy brings up the dating issue of when Revelation was written. Here’s how Tommy presents the issue: De Mar believes this time-period refers to “the conflagration leading up to the destruction of A. 70, the tribulation period.” However, his view presupposes that Revelation was written around A. 65, which Mark Hitchcock1 and most scholars throughout church history have demonstrated is impossible.
He takes the position that Revelation was written around A. 95 while I and many others believe with good exegetical and historical reasons that it was written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.
Revelation rarely quotes directly from the Old Testament, almost every verse alludes to or echoes older scriptures.
Over half of the references stem from Daniel, Ezekiel, Psalms, and Isaiah, with Daniel providing the largest number in proportion to length and Ezekiel standing out as the most influential.
After them is to be placed, if it really seem proper, the Apocalypse of John, concerning which we shall give the different opinions at the proper time.
These then belong among the accepted writings [Homologoumena].4. Lake translation: "not genuine"] writings must be reckoned, as I said, the Apocalypse of John, if it seem proper, which some, as I said, reject, but which others class with the accepted books.
In reality, these writers are merely returning to what was once the foregone conclusion of nearly the entire New Testament studies world.
Robinson8 have all recently supported the early date position.9 Moreover, this is far from novel.Second century Christian writers such as Justin Martyr, Irenaeus, Melito the bishop of Sardis, and Clement of Alexandria and the author of the Muratorian fragment identify John the Apostle as the "John" of Revelation.Some modern scholars characterise Revelation's author as a putative figure whom they call "John of Patmos". Robinson, no conservative himself, comes to some startling conclusions in his groundbreaking book . The problem for Tommy is that there are lots of scholars that don’t agree with him, and the list is growing every year.The title is taken from the first word of the book in Koine Greek: ἀποκάλυψις apokalypsis, meaning "unveiling" or "revelation".