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However, many scholars believe that this is a probable reference to Nero Claudius Caesar, and not the emperor Claudius, Nero having assumed the Claudian family name upon his adoption by the emperor.

Tertullian places John’s martyrdom at Rome at the time of Peter and Paul: “Since, moreover, you are close upon Italy, you have Rome, from which there comes even into our own hands the very authority (of apostles themselves).

How happy is its church, on which the apostles poured forth all their doctrine along with their blood!

The notion that the churches of Asia would not be in the state of apostasy the book of Revelation seems to describe earlier that the reign of Domitian rests upon pure supposition.

That the churches of Galatia were "so soon removed" from the gospel proves that there is no substantial basis for the claim that the churches of Asia could not have apostatized early on. 3:1-5) The letter to the Hebrews speaks directly to the apostasy of Jewish believers from the faith.

As we shall see, the better view is that the book was written sometime between 56-70 A. and is primarily concerned with the church's victory over the persecutions of Nero and the Jews, and the destruction of Jerusalem by Rome. Mark 16:9-20 are missing in only two, and these two manuscripts are probably the worst in our possession (the Vaticanus and Sinaiticus).

9 & 10 Exposition of Revelation 22 Identifying Gog & Magog Open Letter to Mac Deaver Paradise by Kurt Simmons Most commentators assign the book of Revelation the date of 96 A. However, the evidence for this date is so equivocal and ambiguous, its probative value is practically nothing and, in fact, is assigned more by tradition than by solid evidence. is, one would think that there must be considerable evidence to support this position. It is like the doubt the New International Version throws upon Mark 16:9-20 by separating the text from the rest of the gospel with the note: "The most reliable early manuscripts omit Mark 16:9-20." We possess about 6,000 manuscripts.The internal testimony is wholly in favor of the early date." Because of the ambiguity of Irenaeus' statement and the identity of the emperor he referred to, there is such a divergence of scholarly opinion regarding the credibility of the Irenaeus quotation as to render it almost worthless as external evidence of the later date. Moreover there is no internal evidence in the book itself upon which to corroborate this date, but much against.Thus the whole of the evidence favoring the date of 96 A. Therefore, let us proceed to examine the evidence for an earlier dating.4:3), the apostasy of the church at Ephesus and those John wrote of disproves the notion that the conditions described in Revelation "must" be assigned to a later date.This is the only evidence of any value, and it is so slight as to be nearly worthless.To argue as do some that the subject of the verb is the apocalypse is purely arbitrary.

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