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Laodicea was rebuilt soon afterwards, but the other two cities were not.
This left only seven churches in Asia during the five years just prior to the beginning of the Roman/Jewish war in AD 70.
There are differences of opinion as to when this book was written.
These can be summed up as the "late date" and the "early date" theories. Then we'll examine the facts which support the early date theory.
Of particular importance is the message to the church of Philadelphia (Revelation 3:7-13).
In versus 10 and 11, Christ told John to inform them that an "hour of temptation" was "about to come upon all the world," i.e., the Roman Empire.
Christ then told them that He was coming quickly and that they should hold fast.
Now, if Revelation was written in AD 95-96, John would have been over 90 years old and it would have been very difficult for him to travel to the various "nations and…many kings" and preach.
Matthew is a verse that speaks of the fall of Jerusalem.
And that is just the case that I am making about the Book of Revelation -- it speaks of the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. It speaks of those who "pierced him." Although we know that the Romans crucified him and pierced him, the apostles accused the Jews of the act. He continues to state this in his following sermons (Acts; ; ). And Paul, in 1 Corinthians 2:8, speaks of the Jews killing the Lord.
And also in I Thessalonians -15, he speaks of the Jews that killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets. This view is further reinforced with the phrase, "kindreds of the earth." ("kindreds" is from the Greek word , which means "tribe").
This is a direct allusion to the Jewish tribal system.