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Old 03-21-2008, 06:29 PM
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He was imprisoned during the persecutions of one of the Caesars. Peter and Paul were martyred during the first one, and Domitian's was the second - that is when John was exiled to Patmos.
Can you be absolutely certain that John was imprisoned on the Isle of Patmos? He may have been there on the Lord's day "for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ." The word "for" can be interpreted either as "because of," or "for the purpose of."
He could have been there preaching to the people of the fishing villages on the isle. But there is absolutely no physical evidence that he was there imprisoned by Domitian.

And if it was under Domitian's rule, who was among the worst persecutors of Christians, how was he permitted to write a Christian book like Revelation, and then send copies to seven churches? Come to think of it, if he was exiled for his belief in Christ, how come all those churches were able to operate "business as usual?"

Jesus told John to Write the things that were, the things that are, and the things that shall be hereafter. That's a fair indication that all of Revelation was not fulfilled by the end of the war in AD70. And if we weren't there, how can we be sure what was, and what was not.

Has a 400 million man army come from China to fight against the antichrist?
Jerry, that number seems to be a bit inflated. And where does the Bible say that they will fight against the Antichrist, unless, by Antichrist, you mean Satan.

Has the antichrist made a seven year peace treaty with Israel - and then defiled the temple/holy of holies in the middle of the seven years?
I presume that you get that out of Daniel 9:27. Or rather dispensational scholars pulled that out of Daniel and doctored it up to suit their agenda. Here is why I can't believe it was the Antichrist.

"And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate."

If this was (or will be) the Antichrist who does all this, and we have all been taught that Antichrist is the epitome of abominations, and it says that for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate (meaning Jerusalem, or the kingdom of Israel), how can we expect him to have such an attack of righteous indignation that he makes it desolate for all of their abominations? That doesn't fit his character. But it's easy to see how Christ could do all these things.
And he didn't make a covenant of peace; He confirmed His Fathers' covenant (Luke 4:18) with Israel for three and a half years, until He was cut off (crucified). That essentially ended the sacrifice and the oblations.