Speaking for myself, I don't start with the "assumption that Revelation was written around AD 95 because of an ambiguous passage in the writings of Irenaeus,---." I have studied the external and internal evidence to find if indeed whether it was written pre 70 A.D. or post 70 A.D. My studies brought me to the conclusion that the book of Revelation was written post 70 A.D. and had nothing to do with the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.Rose said,
Looks like we're in for some very good conversations...
The dating of Revelation is extremely important to being able to fully understand how the whole picture fits together. The one big problem is that most Futurists start with an assumption that Revelation was written around AD 95 because of an ambiguous passage in the writings of Irenaeus, in so doing there whole perspective becomes distorted.
As you said "Revelation is the glue", whereas I would say Revelation is the Capstone that finishes off the building tying the whole structure together. It is from the rest of the Bible that we find the dating of Revelation, not from one lone extra-Biblical source.
With that said.... let the discussions begin.
I have written a 30 page article on it. It's not a full blown thesis, that will come later. I believe this is the first step necessary to debating the position of preterism vs. futurism. For as you know, if preterists can prove beyond a doubt that it is a pre 70 A.D. dating, then their paradigm remains solid. And the futurists would have to review their paradigm. Other wise, if it can be proven beyond doubt that it is a post 70 A.D. dating then the preterists will have to review their paradigm. But not to conform with "particular camps," but to conform to "God's Word," and camp only; the Camp of the Saints.
If you wish to view and study my evidence I can give it to you and your readers. In the same way I hope that you also have an article or writings that you can present to me to study as well. This would be a good and proper start on discussing scripture, and no time is wasted "running around in circular reasoning" on passages already discussed ad infinitum.!