Dating the Book of Revelation—why it matters

Have the events in the book of Revelation already happened?

Was Nero the “beast” of Revelation 13?

Did Jesus “come” in AD 70?

Revelation, the final book of the Bible, has always held a place of unique fascination among the books of the Bible. Its mysterious, vivid symbols and predictions of “Armageddon” and the Second Coming of Christ have challenged and comforted generation after generation who have lived in hope of the final consummation.

But what’s the book of Revelation really about? Does it foretell the final act of human history, or could it be past history? Could millions of believers have gotten it all wrong? How can we know? For sure?

Preterism, which is from a Latin word that means “past,” is a view of the book of Revelation that maintains that all of the book (full preterist) or most of the book (partial preterist) was fulfilled in the events surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in AD 70. Preterism is gaining traction in many circles today. Preterist books, blogs, and websites tenaciously defend this view and lambaste the futurist view of Revelation.

The problem for preterists is that for this view to even have a chance of being correct, the book of Revelation must have been written before AD 70. Obviously, if Revelation is a prophecy of the events of AD 70 it had to be written prior to that time. However, the dominant, traditional date for Revelation is AD 95. So, the date of Revelation is an Achille’s heel for preterism—a stake in the heart. The preterist view never even gets off the ground if Revelation was written in AD 95—or really any time after AD 70.

The date of Revelation is the linchpin for the preterist view.

On Monday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., at the Sheraton Grand DFW in Irving, TX, the critical issue of the date of Revelation will be debated. Dr. Mark Hitchcock, a pastor, author, and adjunct professor at Dallas Theological Seminary will argue for the traditional AD 95 date. Hank Hanegraaff, national host of the Bible Answer Man program, will argue for the AD 65 date.

Don’t miss this debate! It could be a defining moment in the interpretation of the book of Revelation.

Tickets required; available at www.pre-trib.org Interviews available by contacting Mark Hitchcock (405) 340-1000