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In the ongoing debate over Bible prophecy, a number of issues keep coming up. One of the biggest disputes is on the dating of Revelation. Was Revelation written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in A. Late-date advocates are almost solely dependent on the ambiguous testimony of Irenaeus — The same is true for advocates of the historicist and idealist positions on Revelation. There are early and late date advocates for these positions. In addition, there are a number of prophecy writers who hold to a late date for the composition of Revelation and argue for a preterist interpretation of the Olivet Discourse Matt.
The writings of John are often assigned the latest dates of all New Testament literature, with some secular scholars placing them well into the second century A. Of course John the son of Zebedee, the disciple of Jesus, could not have lived long enough to write anything much into the second century, so in this case establishing a date of writing should first involve establishing that John was in fact the author. It would perhaps be best to first establish the case that the same author is responsible for all the books associated with John.
Traditionally, the book of Revelation has been dated near the end of the first century, around A. A few prominent names have been associated with this position e. Wallace Jr. James Orr has observed, however, that recent criticism has reverted to the traditional date of near A.