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The Book of Revelation

The Date of the Book of Revelation

Two dates for the book of Revelation have been suggested. The strongest evidence supports the AD 95 date under the reign of Domitian (this is often held by the “futurist” view). However, the last one hundred years have seen a surge of support for the AD 65 date under the reign of Nero (this is the “preterist” or “partial preterist” view).

The Date of the Book of Revelation

I. 95 AD DURING THE REIGN OF DOMITIAN

A. Internal Evidence

There are five widely accepted late-date arguments that support John writing the book of Revelation in AD 95 while exiled to the island of Patmos by Emperor Domitian. Here are five arguments and a brief explanation of each.

1. Banishment of John to Patmos