Dating of revelation
The church is warned about sin and exhorted to holiness.John's vivid pictures of worship in heaven both exhort and instruct believers.To those churches, Revelation provided a message of hope: God is in sovereign control of all the events of human history, and though evil often seems pervasive and wicked men all powerful, their ultimate doom is certain. Third, the book seeks to unite all the various lines of biblical prophecy (both Old and New Testaments), and to show how they converge upon the second coming of Christ to rule the earth in His messianic kingdom.Fourth, the book seeks to correct some moral and doctrinal problems that existed (and still exist), in the churches, and to instruct Christians in such things as salvation, prophecy, the person of Christ, and Christian living.When he was arrested, John was in Ephesus, ministering to the church there and in the surrounding cities.
The brief time between Paul's ministry there and the end of Nero's reign was too short for such a decline to have occurred.
Only John's gospel and Revelation refer to Jesus Christ as the Word (; John 1:1). 54-68), their arguments are unconvincing and conflict with the view of the early church.
Revelation (1:7), and John's gospel (), translate (Zech. Writing in the second century, Irenaeus declared that Revelation had been written toward the end of Domitian's reign.
And finally, the book may be an attack of the paganism and emperor worship of the Roman Empire, particularly against the emperor Domitian and his persecution of Christians.
(There are many possible veiled references to the anti-Christian nature and activities of Rome in the book).