Irenaeus dating revelation
One would think such an argument is fool-proof and conclusive and beyond refute, to see the way futurists consistently use it.
Futurists claim that Revelation was written around the year AD96.
For instance, Zane Hodges is a futurist, who holds to the early date of Revelation. Therefore, the dating of Revelation is relatively inconsequential for the futurist, but it is absolutely essential for the preterist interpreter.
We cannot tell if he meant that he saw John then, or saw the book at the time.
Where the book of Revelation is included in the Syriac versions it is referred to as "The Revelation which was made by God to John the evangelist in the island of Patmos, into which he was thrown by Nero Caesar." At any rate, here is what Eusebius quoted:"In this persecution [of Christians under Domitian], it is handed down by tradition, that the apostle and evangelist John, who was yet living, in consequence of his testimony to the divine word, was condemned to dwell on the island of Patmos.
Irenaeus, indeed, in his fifth book against the heresies, ...speaks in the following manner respecting him: 'If, however, it were necessary to proclaim [the name of the Anti-Christ], ...
And they say that as though it were irrefutable fact in order to justify their claims that Revelation is not, for the most part, about the destruction of Jerusalem.
They seek to claim such a thought because they know that if Revelation was written before AD 70, then there is a good chance we are correct in saying it was a prophecy of the destruction of Jerusalem, amongst other things. However, such a claim is based entirely upon one single statement written by a man who had very questionable ideas regarding dates and times to begin with.He repeated this in "Against Heresies, :3" dated AD 175–180.He claimed Polycarp, a student of John the revelator, related this to him in his youth.As Preterist Ken Gentry writes, If the late-date of around A. 95-96 is accepted, a wholly different situation would prevail.