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John, however, assured his readers that Christ did not mean that.
Indeed, he couldnt have intended that meaning because Christ had earlier prophesied that John and his brother James would both undergo martyrdom: (John 23).
E.62 was alive with the imminent expectation of the Kingdom of God on earth. This is because the book presents, in a profound way, the nearness of the Second Advent. Or, if one thinks John was talking about the rulers of Jerusalem rather than Rome (since it is clear that Johns Mystery Babylon was Jerusalem), it could reasonably be suggested that Herod the Great was the first king of the prophecy and that Agrippa the Second was the sixth. E., just before the end-time events were expected to occur.
This fact brings us to the first reason why the Book of Revelation could have been written around 60 C. The Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done. Whether one looks at Rome or Jerusalem as the political power being discussed in the Book of Revelation, we find the historical indications are almost parallel to the years of Neros rule. This, however, is just the problem with the early date for its composition.
Even in the 1st century there was confusion over the prophecy.
So the references in the Book of Revelation that people were still desiring to be identified with Jews is evidence a post-70 C. To imagine that one could be an apostle like the original ones selected by Christ was seldom, if ever, imposed upon the Christian community after 70 C. This is because there were special New Testament requirements to become an apostle that later people had no hope of meeting.
Indeed, the whole book is made up of symbolic and allegorical teachings which must be carefully interpreted to understand their literal applications.
The allegorical illustrations throughout the book were intended to describe events at the end of the age, not to those who lived in the 1st century.
These two statements indicate an early writing of Revelation because after the Jewish/Roman War of 66 to 73 C.
The two references concern the wish of some Christians to be Jewish, though in actual fact they were not Jews (Revelation 2:9; 3:9).