Here are 10 proofs from Scripture that it is referring to the end of the Mosaic Covenant.
1. John already said his time was already the last hour.
1 John 2:18
Children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that antichrist is coming, so now many antichrists have come. Therefore we know that it is the last hour.
If it was the last hour in his time surely it cannot be the last days now. A hour is shorter than a day.
2. Jesus said it would happen in AD70.
so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.
When he said these words, it was AD30. One generation is 40 years. It happen in AD70. It’s not our generation. It is his.
3. The day of the Lord was again the Jews not the Gentiles.
1 Thessalonians 2:14-16
For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
There are no Jews who would stop the preaching of Jesus to you today.
4. Jesus never said it was a worldwide tribulation.
Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains:
It was in the vicinity of Judea. Jerusalem.
5. What about “every eye will see him?”
“every eye will see him,
even those who pierced him”;
and all peoples on earth “will mourn because of him.”
“Every eye shall see him” is qualified with the words “everyone that pierced him”.
There is only one generation of people who pierced him. Those who lived within the generation he had gone to.
Also it is a quote from:
“And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication.
They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.”
I want us to see what John wants you to know that the age of grace and supplication has come because of the death of Jesus. I also want you to see how this would come into fruition. See verse 11.
“On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo.”
Note it has to do with the weeping in Jerusalem.
6. Hebrews 9:26 actually tells you the world “ended” on the cross.
For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
7. The Temple existed in Jerusalem during the time of Revelation.
And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.
The Temple was destroyed in AD70. The angel could not have ask him to measure a temple erected for today. John is long asleep.
8. John said he was experiencing the tribulation himself.
I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
When he saw the events showed to him, he was in Patmos. At the time of him writing the letter he was no longer in Patmos, he was going through the tribulation with his fellow believers.
9. Josephus who was there in AD70 wrote this.
Josephus (A.D. 75) – Jewish Historian
“Besides these [signs], a few days after that feast, on the one- and-twentieth day of the month Artemisius, [Jyar,] a certain prodigious and incredible phenomenon appeared; I suppose the account of it would seem to be a fable, were it not related by those that saw it, and were not the events that followed it of so considerable a nature as to deserve such signals; for, before sun-setting, chariots and troops of soldiers in their armour were seen running about among the clouds, and surrounding of cities.
Moreover, at that feast which we call Pentecost, as the priests were going by night into the inner [court of the] temple, as their custom was, to perform their sacred ministrations, they said that, in the first place, they felt a quaking, and heard a great noise, and after that they heard a sound as of a great multitude, saying, “Let us remove hence” (Jewish Wars, VI-V-3).
“A supernatural apparition was seen, too amazing to be believed. What I am now to relate would, I imagine, be dismissed as imaginary, had this not been vouched for by eyewitnesses, then followed by subsequent disasters that deserved to be thus signalized.
For before sunset chariots were seen in the air over the whole country, and armed battalions speeding through the clouds and encircling the cities.” (rendered in Chilton)
10. Paul himself says Sinai is the city of Jerusalem at that time.
For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
That Jerusalem was destroyed in AD70. It was destroyed to make way for the New Jerusalem.
This was even stated in Hebrews.
For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come.
Jerusalem (at that time) was about to be destroyed.
So there you have it.