4), and this would seem to require a greater length of time than seven or eight years, as suggested by the early date. 60, though, Laodicea had been almost entirely destroyed by an earthquake.
Another internal evidence of a late date is that this book was penned while John was banished to Patmos (1:9). Surely it would have required more than eight or nine years for that city to have risen again to the state of affluence described in Revelation.
It is well known that Domitian had a fondness for this type of persecution. The church at Laodicea is represented as existing under conditions of great wealth. The doctrinal departures described in Revelation would appear to better fit the later dating. Persecution for professing the Christian faith is evidenced in those early letters to the seven churches of Asia Minor.
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Traditionally, the book of Revelation has been dated near the end of the first century, around A. James Orr has observed, however, that recent criticism has reverted to the traditional date of near A. In view of some of the bizarre theories that have surfaced in recent times (e.g., the notion that all end-time prophecies were fulfilled with the fall of Jerusalem in A. 70), which are dependent upon the preterist interpretation, we offer the following. 180), a student of Polycarp (who was a disciple of the apostle John), wrote that the apocalyptic vision “was seen not very long ago, almost in our own generation, at the close of the reign of Domitian” (Against Heresies 30). 155-215) says that John returned from the isle of Patmos “after the tyrant was dead” (.23).
It is generally agreed among scholars, however, that Nero’s persecution was mostly confined to Rome; further, it was not for religious reasons (Harrison 1964, 446).
In the absence of external evidence in support of an early date for Revelation, preterists generally rely on what they perceive as internal support for their view.