Late dating the book of revelation
Several lines of argument can be offered for the late date of Revelation: Irenaeus is important to the dating of Revelation for two reasons: (1) he was in Smyrna during his youth where Revelation circulated, and (2) he was the disciple of Polycarp (bishop of Smyrna), who was the disciple of John. Irenaeus writes, This entire chapter () of Against Heresies is about the number of the beast (Rev.), so the context clearly speaks of the book of Revelation.He not only mentions the reign of Domitian, but he mentions that John’s vision occurred at the end of Domitian’s reign.Hitchcock writes, “This specific dating of Revelation suggests that Irenaeus possessed special, intimate knowledge of the timing and conditions under which Revelation was written.” Third, Irenaeus lived in Smyrna, where Revelation originally circulated.In it, he writes, “When John said these things he was in the island of Patmos, condemned to the labor of the mines by Caesar Domitian.
The events in the mid to late 60s of the first century would be absolutely excluded as possible fulfillments. If the book was written after A. 70, then its contents manifestly do not refer to events surrounding the fall of Jerusalem—unless the book is a wholesale fraud, having been composed after the predicted events had already occurred… Rochford If the book of Revelation is a book of prophecy as it claims to be (Rev.1:1, 3, 11, 19; 22:6-10, 16, 18-20), then it would need to be written before AD 70 for the Preterist position to be true.Fourth, none of the early Christian church fathers believed that Irenaeus’ statement was ambiguous.They all interpreted it to mean that John saw (and wrote about) his vision during the reign of Domitian.