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When was Revelation written?

Revelation 1 opens with three statements that help us understand when this book was written:
The revelation of 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, (1)
Blessed is the one who reads 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. (3)
Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.  (12)
Jesus tells John to start writing.  The time span will cover events happening NOW all the way to the FUTURE.  Some of the events transpired as John wrote this—what he has seen.
So what was happening and what would soon happen in the near future?
Christians were being persecuted by the Jewish leaders (Pharisees) and the Romans.  The churches were depressed and oppressed.  God needed to bring them comfort.
The Jewish temple was destroyed in 70 AD by the Roman military leader Titus who completely leveled the place and made it uninhabitable, the effect of that attack still seen and felt today.  It was a judgment by God against the city for allowing Roman occupation and Roman atrocities to thrive.
Many wonder if Revelation was written to warn the Jewish of their own 9/11.  It would let them know that God saw the churches problems and was going to do something about it.
This is the clearest evidence that Revelation was written before 70 AD.  However, many scholars date Revelation to 96 AD, well after the event.
Evidence for 96 AD
·         Irenaeus (180 AD) a student of Polycarp who was a disciple of John said Revelation written at the close of the reign of Domitian (81-96 AD).
·         Clement of Alexandria (155-25 AD) said John returned from Patmos as the “tyrant” was dead, believed to be Domitian.  It says John was an old man.  The question then is an old man in his 60s or 80s?
·         Victorinus (250-303 AD) was a Greek commentary writer of the Bible.  He said John wrote Revelation while Domitian was in power.
·         Jerome (340-420 AD) said John wrote Revelation during Domitian.
·         Could the churches be in such a mess around 69 AD since some like Ephesus only started in 61 AD?
·         Domitian loved to put people on Patmos, however Nero did too.
·         Laodicea described as a place of great wealth but in 60 AD a great earthquake devasted it.  Could be have risen to wealth in 8-9 years?

·         Christian persecution limited to Rome during Nero, but expanded during Domitian.

Evidence for 69 AD
·         No mention of Jerusalem’s destruction.  Would it be long forgotten in 96 AD?
·         Many associate Nero with 666 (longshot)[1]
These questions must be answered for a later date on the letter:
·         What other event would be soon and near in John's timeframe after 90 AD?
·         Did John receive Revelation earlier (60 AD) then write it down in 90 AD before his death?  Possible that John did not feel the need to write down the revelation and circulate the letter?'s a pretty dramatic vision that expresses urgency.
·         Is John interpreting the destruction like someone looking back on 9/11?  Then why would John say these things will happen soon if they already happened?
·         If the destruction of the temple happened, why was it never mentioned by John?  Wouldn’t John use literal terms instead of figurative terms?  Wouldn't John be devastated by such news like we are still by 9/11?
·         If this book has a futurist view, why would God tell us not to be afraid?  If something happened 20 years ago or is going to happen thousands of years from now, I wouldn’t be afraid.
·         Why would John give a vision to him and the churches if the events he saw would happen 2,000 years in the future?  How would that comfort a church feeling persecution at the time?