There is an argument that goes around that says that the 7 churches in revelation existed after AD70 as Revelation was written to 7 Gentile churches which thus had nothing to do with Jerusalem.
First and foremost that is a dumb argument.
Look at this.
Their bodies will lie in the public square of the great city —which is figuratively called Sodom and Egypt—where also their Lord was crucified.
Where was the Lord crucified? Jerusalem. That is the great city.
Now look here.
The Finality of Babylon’s Doom
Then a mighty angel picked up a boulder the size of a large millstone and threw it into the sea, and said:
“With such violence
the great city of Babylon will be thrown down,
Now look here.
It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble.
Jesus actually referred to Babylon when he was preaching. He was preaching to the Jews on his way to Jerusalem.
Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
So there you go Babylon is Jerusalem.
Now look at this.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.
The fact that you have a new Jerusalem, simply proves it’s the doing away with an old Jerusalem.
This point itself is enough to throw the AD90 concept and Domitian age into the dustbin.
Now let’s look at the 7 churches.
When did they exist? I am just going to take the issues which the church had to deal with then.
Revelation 2:5 – Ephesus.
Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Notice the word lampstand? This is not your Ikea lamp stand. This is a menorah. A Jewish lampstand with 7 branches. As such this is a Jewish church.
Now. Look at this.
Revelation 2:9 Smyrna
I know your afflictions and your poverty—yet you are rich! I know about the slander of those who say they are JEWS and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan.
Gentiles pretending to be Jews by practicing Judaism. Again a Jewish church.
Revelation 2:17- Pergamum
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden MANNA.
Revelation 2:20 – Thyatira
Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophet. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the EATING OF FOOD SACRIFICED TO IDOLS.
Again a Jewish thing.
Revelation 3:5 – Sardis
The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my Father and his angels.
Note the book of life is a Jewish book.
But at that time YOUR people—everyone whose name is found written in the book —will be delivered.
Daniel was a Jew. His people are Jews.
Revelation 3:12 – Philadelphia
The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the TEMPLE of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new JERUSALEM, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.
Again Jewish temple and reference to Jerusalem.
To the Church in Laodicea
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the AMEN the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.
A Jewish reference.
Now look at this.
Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
Did you know Jews are not allowed to eat with Gentiles before what happened in Acts 10?
So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him
So when Jesus said that he was actually referring to a Jewish supper.
Is this not clear?
Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed,
from the tribe of Reuben 12,000,
from the tribe of Gad 12,000,
from the tribe of Asher 12,000,
from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000,
from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000,
from the tribe of Simeon 12,000,
from the tribe of Levi 12,000,
from the tribe of Issachar 12,000,
from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000,
from the tribe of Joseph 12,000,
from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
Now look at this.
And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.
This is Revelation 7.
Now look at when will this happen.
Truly I tell you, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened.
Jews. Jews. Jews.
So whosoever tell you Revelation is written to the Domitian reign in AD70 to Gentiles worldwide, needs to reread the book.
To be continued.