All sources that point to a 90AD writting of the book of Revelation point to Iraneas. He makes several statements that make you wonder what all you can believe of what he wrote... Statements made within the writings of Revelation point to a before 70 AD writing. I put my trust in the Word.Discussing the dating is a very interesting topic. In fact, the full impact of the preterist view leads to some ridiculous conclusions about the book of Revelations itself. Revelations according to the preterist is now a history book. That said, even to ponder such a notion seems ridiculous since there are many events that have clearly not happened as of yet. Back to the dating:
First, the dating of Irenaeus does not stand in a vacuum. It is understood with several other historical points, idiom and context of the Revelation. More on that in a few. Besides those points, the point of Irenaeus stands as there is no early witness that even suggests an earlier date.
Second, preterism is the view here that requires an early date. Futurism does not. Preterism lives and dies by the dating of the Revelation. In fact, desperate preterists have even suggested a different authorship to accommodate this aberrant interpretation.
Third, to follow the conclusion of the preterist interpretation would also suggest that all those events would have to been concluded by 67 AD at the latest. In light of other contextual events in Revelation this is almost absurd.
Fourth, there are other early historical witnesses, e.g. Eusebius, that speak of John being banished by Domitian. In fact, it is believed by scholars that Eusebius is actually quoting an earlier historicist Hegesippus which dates to 150 AD. Victorinus (300 AD)., not necessarily Irenaeus. Tertullian (150 AD); Hippolytus (236 AD); Jerome (340 AD) are just a few others.
Fifth, the churches that are mentioned in Revelation do not have enough time to grow and then decline as the context of Revelation itself demonstrates has happened. The letter to church at Ephesus dates to the early 60's AD and Paul actually commends them in that letter. Paul died around 65 AD. Titus destroyed Jerusalem 5 years later.
Sixth, Revelations has idiomatic structures that relate to a time period near the close of the first century. Dr. Enoch Pond states:
|A variety of evidence, drawn from the Apocalypse itself, goes to assure us that it could not have been written until near the close of the first century.|
It was not till this time that the first day of the week began to be called ‘the Lord’s day,’ yet it was on ‘the Lord’s day’ that John was in the Spirit, and saw the opening vision of the Apocalypse (Rev. 1:10).
It was not till near the close of the first century that there was presiding elder, an angel, in each of the Churches. Previous to this the elders of a Church were always classed together, but each of the seven Churches of Asia seems to have had a presiding officer, or elder, when the Apocalypse was written. (Click here to read entire article)