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Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation

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"A brilliant book-length defense of the earth date approach." -- Roland H. Worth, The Seven Cities of the Apocalypse (1999)

"An impressive job of collecting evidence to support his views. He has given late-date advocates a challenge for further study." -- Thomas D. Lea (Criswell Theological Review)

"Excellent work in forcing reconsideration of the date when the Book of Revelation was written." -- R. C. Sproul (The Last Days According to Jesus)

"I have encountered not treatment of the dating of Revelation more thorough than his dissertation on the subject." -- Steve Gregg (Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary)

"That the list of kings begins with Julius Caesar and Nero is the sixth has been argued in throrough manner." -- Gregory K. Beale (Revelation: New International Greek Testament Commentary) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kenneth L. Gentry Jr. (ThD, Whitefield Theological Seminary) is research professor in theology with Christ College, Lynchburg, Virginia. SPANISH BIO: Kenneth L. Gentry (ThD, Seminario Teologico de Whitefield) es profesor de la investigacion en teologia en Christ College, Lynchburg, Virginia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 478 pages
  • Publisher: Victorious Hope Publishing (January 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982620608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982620601
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #693,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I wouldn't dare be as eager as the previous reviewer, who labels the common eschatological view as "heresy." But what his actions demonstrate is the surprise that comes with learning that a great deal of censorship exists within the church, particularly between the Dispensationalists and the Reformed camps. I, too, was excitedly challenged by Gentry's book, a book that opened the door to an eschatology that is far more historic than the Dispensational dogma I was raised in and believed. Gee, there once was a time when I thought the only debate in eschatology was pretrib versus posttrib. Was I ever naive! Unfortunately, that naivety was ingrained into me, unawares, by teachers who censored all other views out of existence. Even in the old (correction, recent) pretrib versus posttrib battles, many churches draw hard lines of dogmatism. For example, the Calvary Chapel churches will not allow a premillenial posttrib Christian to become a pastor of a CC church, even though they really only disagree about the timing of an instantaneous event by a mere 7 years on the grand scale of eternity. It is the release from this kind of dogmatism that is so refreshing to me, and to the previous reviewer. So, a word of caution...don't go to the other extreme! Don't treat the popular school with the same dogmatism they held you in.
Gentry enlightens the reader with significant evidence that the book of Revelation was written prior to 70 AD, rather than sometime in the 90's. His argument is not an attempt to twist facts to justify a silly and uncommon personal doctrinal preference, but rather it is an argument that has been historically held by many greats, down through the centuries. It is this evidence that first convinced Gentry.
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Without a doubt, Dr. Kenneth Gentry's book, "Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the Book of Revelation", is one of the most enlighting readings I have ever come upon. Intrigued by his review of R.C. Sproul's work, "The Last Days According to Jesus", I sought out BJF and read it with an open mind that had already dumped any pre-tribulation view after the Y2K "mess" and had starting thinking more about the nature of the Olivet Discourse. What I read astounded me.
Dr. Gentry not only presents and defends his side with hard exegetical evidence, but also takes the time to present other views and then explains, using this same method, why they are not true. Digging through the pages of history of the early church fathers, citing excellent commentaries from the late 19th and early 20th century, and taking Scripture with the seriousness that any scholar should, Gentry gives overwhelming evidence that Revelation was written prior to A.D. 70 and also gives us answers into some of the mysteries such as
Who is the Beast?
What is 666?
Is the tribulation past or still to come?
as well as demonstrating that the majority of Revelation, all of the Olivet Discourse and the 70 weeks passage in Daniel was fulfilled in the destruction of the Temple by the Romans. Dr. Gentry shows that, as should always be the case, that prophecy is easier to understand after it has been fulfilled than before. If you are into any view that calls for a tribulation of any kind, should you decide to read this book, you will definitely be affected and challenge to make a change of such a view.
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With the unprecedented popularity of the "Left Behind" series, Tim LaHaye has re-energized the stumbling giant of dispensational premillenial eschatology. Christians who were disillusioned by the non-occurrence of the rapture in 1988, 1994, January 2000, and so on, have rallied around the latest attempt to reinvigorate their patently bogus interpretation of Revelation. If it could be shown that the book of Revelation was written prior to the fall of Jerusalem in AD70, it would cause serious problems to the futurist interpretation held by LaHaye. LaHaye's view of Revelation rests on his assumption that the book was written around AD93-96, and thus it can't be referring to the destruction of Jerusalem. But if it WAS written in AD69, and it IS a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, then LaHaye is left behind in his understanding of prophecy. Enter Ken Gentry. "Before Jerusalem Fell" is an outstanding presentation for the pre-AD70 dating of the book of Revelation. Gentry takes great pains to make his case from all available sources: extrabiblical documents, as well as Scripture itself. Profusely footnoted, exhaustively researched, and clearly written, BJF is a book that demands attention from all serious students of eschatology. Read it, and you may never want to touch another "Left Behind" novel again.
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All evangelicals KNOW that there will be a pretrib rapture, KNOW that drinking alcohol is a sin, and KNOW that Revelation was written AD 95-96. These are sacred cows of American Evangelicalism.
Gentry offers us up a tasty serving of beef from one of these sacred cows.
Gentry deals with internal and external evidence. The internal evidence is effectively argued, and is most persuasive.
The external evidence is shown to be very much inconclusive, contrary to so much late-date rhetoric. Most importantly, concerning the external evidence, Dr. Gentry deals extensively with Ireneus and his famous statement, which statement is supposed by many to settle the date question once and for all.
Anyone who seeks to understand the book of Revelation MUST deal with Gentry's Before Jerusalem Fell.
All Christians should be very careful dating the book of Revelation, for so much of its meaning is either made clear or lost depending on its date of composition.
Date carefully!
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