The entire New Testament was written before the judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD. This includes the letter called Revelation. It must be! Why must it be? Well, if Yohan wrote Revelation after 70 AD, according to Paul he must be a false prophet. For Paul writes in 2 Thes 2:1 and following, “Now we ask you brethren, by the presence of our Lord Yeshua ha Mashiach, and by our gathering to Him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word from us, as the day of the Mashiach is AT HAND. Let no man deceive you by any means, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, when I was with you, I told you these things? And now you know what the restraining One (God), that he (the son of perdition) may be revealed in His (God’s) time. For the mystery of inquity (betrayal) does already work, only He (God) who now restrains, until out of the midst He (Yeshua ha Mashiach) comes. And then shall that lawless one (the son of perdition) be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the spirit of His mouth, and shall bring to nothing by the brightness of His coming (judgment of God of Yerushalem in 70 AD), his coming (the son of perdition) is after the working of Satan (untranslated word meaning “the enemy”) with all power and signs and wonders of lies (if those days had not been shortened no flesh would be saved – this is the mercy and grace of God our Father and the Lord Yeshua ha Mashiach), and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish (in the judgment of God of Yerushalem in 70 AD), because they received not the love of the truth (the one true gospel we know we preach), that they might be saved (from sin, death and judgment). And for this cause God shall send them a strong delusion (a working of error) that they should believe a lie (reject the one true gospel), that they all might be judged (in the judgment of God of Yerushalem in 70 AD) who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
Paul clearly says to believers that they be not shaken in any way if a person says to them “the day of the Mashiach” is at hand and the falling away has not happened first, and the man of sin, the son of perdition is not revealed. Paul at the time of his writing of 2 Thes (circa 50-60 AD) clearly implies that falling away has not occurred and the man of sin, the son of perdition has not been revealed. The falling away and the revealing of the son of perdition to the apostolos and the assembly would occur at a time closer to the judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD, a very judgment of God. When John writes his first letter he speaks of believers falling away, but it is not clear if it is already in the time period of the falling away prior to the judgment. But in Revelation John clearly declares, “the time is at hand” – “the day of the Mashiach is at hand!” Thus, it must be 2 Thes was written first ten or twenty years before 70 AD, 1 Yohan was probably written second, closer than 2 Thes, and Revelation was written just a few years before judgment perhaps 68-69 AD, but the exact year cannot be ascertained. If John announced that the “day of the Mashiach is at hand” and the falling away had not already occurred and the man of sin, the son of perdition is not revealed, he, Yohan, is a false prophet. But the falling away has already occurred and Yohan announces who is the man of sin, the son of perdition: Nicolas. The only witness in the NT to one called Nicolas is one of the first deacons of the assembly (Act 6:5). He was made a deacon as a proselyte, a believer for a short time, according to the purpose of God. As a proselyte his steadfastness was unable to be ascertained according to 1 Tim 3. The bishop should not be a novice and neither should a deacon. But nonetheless, he was made a deacon according to the purpose of God. He with others was put in charge of the purse strings of the assembly to ensure the Greek widows were not neglected. It was Nicolas who was a thief from the beginning and who would become the son of perdition, the man of sin. By the time of the writing of Revelation Nicolas would have been an old man, thought to be a faithful believer for many years. He would have been beyond all doubt, as far as betraying the assembly. And yet it was he who would betray the assembly encouraging them to be in Yerushalem at the feast, keeping law, when the judgment fell upon Yerushalem in 70 AD. It would be he who would perish in the judgment with all of those who were deceived by the workings of the enemy (Satan) with all power and signs and lying wonders, with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. It was he and they whom God sent a strong delusion to believe a lie, that the one true gospel was not true, and it was they who were judged, the judgment of God fell upon them because they believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness, the works of the flesh and its desires. This Nicolas, as the other who was called the son of perdition, Judas Ish-Carioth, was a thief from the beginning, and it was he who deceived many and they all perished in the judgment of Yerushalem in 70 AD.
And in our day and hour the falling away has already occurred testified by the rejection of the one true gospel, and the man of sin has been revealed. For Yeshua says, “I hate the deeds of those who follow Billy Graham.” For he was a thief from the beginning and he shall be cast into the lake of fire (judgment), he and the beast, God’s instrument of judgment (a beast and false prophet shall be no more), and perish with all those who received not the love the love of the truth to believe a lie and to fulfill the eternal purpose of God in Yeshua ha Mashiach. “In Adam all died, in the Mashiach all are made alive each person in God’s own order”…”Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Yeshua is Lord to the glory of God the Father”…”there are the nations of the saved and the saved”…”His mercy endureth forever”…”the end of the Lord is the Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercies”…”His mercy endureth forever”.
I mark this writing by the one true gospel. The one true gospel is the Mashiach, Yeshua of Nazareth, died for our sins according to the Old Testament, He was buried and He rose again the third day according to the Old Testament. (Luke 24, 1 Cor 15:1-6)