Revelation continues to be a favorite book for Christians today, just as it has been throughout the ages. Its bold drama easily captures our imagination in our visually-oriented culture. But Revelation is no easy book to understand. The Devil’s Dictionary facetiously defined “Revelation” as “a famous book in which St. John concealed all that he knew.” One of the key issues necessary for understanding John’s mysterious work is its date of composition. Once we realize when John wrote, the task of understanding what he wrote becomes much easier.
In this in-depth lecture, Dr. Gentry presents a helpful summary of his doctoral dissertation on Revelation’s date. He not only highlights fascinating evidence from ancient writers, but from Revelation’s text itself. He presents a concise, clear, and compelling case for a pre-AD 70 composition. Once he points out the clues in the text, a flood of light illuminates the story: John was writing Revelation as a prophetic warning of Jerusalem’s coming destruction, which ended the old covenant economy and secured the new covenant church a place in history. Once we hear the evidence, Revelation will become for us truly a revelation. We will experience as never before Revelation’s blessing : “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy” (Rev 1:3).