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One key argument in the debates over the interpretation of the book of Revelation is the date of its composition. Nearly all dispensationalists and other proponents of Last Days Madness and End Times Fiction demand the “late date” theory. The rival “early date” position places the book in an historical setting that virtually eliminates all of the prophecy scaremongering that goes on today.
One of the recurring arguments in favor of the late date theory is the “martyrdom of Antipas” argument, taken from the passage in Rev. 2:13. But does this argument really hold up like its proponents believe?
When the book of Revelation was revealed to John, written, and sent to the seven churches in Asia Minor is a point of contention among commentators. Was it written prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70 during the reign of Nero who ruled from AD 54 to 68, or during the reign of Domitian in the mid-90s?
“Does the Martyrdom of Antipas in Revelation 2:13 Support the Late-Date Composition of Revelation?” evaluates a single question exploited by many proponents of the late-date theory: Does the martyrdom of Antipas in Revelation support the late date composition of the book of Revelation? My interest in this issue was piqued when I read the following comment, from one Mr. Scott, to an article I had previously written on the identity of the Beast in Revelation 13:
[Revelation] 2:13 talks about the martyrdom of Antipas, who died in 92 AD. So it was written after, most think around 95 AD. Nero died in 68 AD.
“Does the Martyrdom of Antipas in Revelation 2:13 Support the Late-Date Composition of Revelation?” answers what Mr. Scott — and many other prophecy pundits — assumes to be true. And it’s an answer that is not only surprising in how informative the study is, but in how badly the late date proponents get it wrong.
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