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459pp. Index. Victorious Hope Publishing. Paperback.

Also available in Kindle format at Amazon.

Before Jerusalem Fell regularly sells for $25.95.
This is the latest printing of Before Jerusalem Fell, which differs from earlier printings by adding a 50 page Preface answering objections by critics.

For centuries scholars have argued over when the book of Revelation was written a few years before or a quarter century after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. The most accepted but not the most compelling date is around the time of Domitian (A.D. 95-96), at the end of the first century when John would have been nearly 100 years old. A more compelling date for the writing is during the reign of Nero Caesar, just a few years before Jerusalem's destruction at the hands of the Roman commander Titus.

The evidence for this conclusion is found within the pages of Scripture. The Bible itself tells us when the Book of Revelation was written. We do not have to depend on people who wrote a hundred years or more after the fact to get the accurate story. God's own Word sets the record straight. Through careful and painstaking work, Dr. Gentry deals with all the evidence. He weighs all the arguments.

Sam Storms, Kingdom Come: The Amillennial Alternative (2013):
"The most prolific and persuasive of these [early-date, preterist] scholars is Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr., whose two books on the subject, Before Jerusalem Fell: Dating the book of Revelation . . . and The Beast of Revelation . . . are widely acknowledged to be the beast available defenses of this theory. . . . I must confess that I feel drawn to this position, although I'm not yet persuaded. Perhaps the long awaited commentary on Revelation that Gentry has promised will convince me."

Roland H. Worth , The Seven Cities of the Apocalypse (1999):
"A brilliant book-length defense of the earth date approach."

E. Earle Ellis, writing in The Making of the New Testament Documents (Brill, 1999):
"Gentry . . . offers a comprehensive survey of the issues, sources and modern writers."

J. P. M. Sweet (Journal of Theological Studies , Oxford University):
"A Thorough study of the primary sources and secondary literature (of all complexions), and demolition of some bad but often repeated arguments for a Domitian date. He makes a strong case for the early external evidence, including that of Irenaeus."

J. Christian Wilson (Professor of Religious Studies, Elon College):
"I fear that too many scholars have dismissed the work because of Gentrys self-confessed fundamentalism. Gentry's work on the external evidence is particularly valuable." "Though Gentry and I may be poles apart theologically . . . I think that Gentry's book has the most thorough treatment of the external evidence available. . . . I have been very grateful for his work."

Thomas D. Lea (Criswell Theological Review ):
"Presents a strong case for dating the Book of Revelation prior to the destruction of Jerusalem. Gentry has done an impressive job of collecting evidence to support his views. The book is well researched and cogently presented. He has given late-date advocates a challenge for further study."

R. Ludwigson (Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society ):
"Exhibits a great deal of research in the writings of the Church fathers, chiefly Irenaeus."

David A. DeSilva (Westminster Theological Journal, 1992):
"The most advanced arguments offered in support for this early date are to be found in Robinson's and Gentry's works."

Jay E. Adams (author: The Time Is At Hand ):
"Here is a book some of us have been awaiting for years! Now that it is here we can rejoice. Mr. Gentry convincingly demonstrates the fact the Book of Revelation was written, as it in so many ways declares, prior to the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. It should receive a wide reading and ought to rattle many windows."

George W. Knight (author, The Pastoral Epistles: New International Greek Testament Commentary):
"A thorough and outstanding statement of the case for the early date of Revelation. The book makes one aware of the evidence from within the book, from early church sources, and surveys the arguments of New Testament scholars of this century and previous centuries concerning the question. No stone is left unturned to resolve the question."

Georg S. Adamsen (The Lutheran School of Theology in Aarhus, Denmark):
"His critique of the traditional interpretation of Irenaeus cannot easily be rejected."

Steve Gregg, writing in Revelation: Four Views: A Parallel Commentary (Nelson, 1996):
"Gentry's arguments, modern sentiments notwithstanding, present a formidable case for the early dating of the Apocalypse. I have encountered not treatment of the dating of Revelation more thorough than his dissertation on the subject."

R. C. Sproul, writing in The Last Days According to Jesus (Baker, 2000):
"Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr. has done excellent work in forcing reconsideration of the date when the Book of Revelation was written."

Marshall Pierson (The Reformed Congregationalist ):
"Well written. A very solid work."

Gregory K. Beale, writing in Revelation: New International Greek Testament Commentary (Eerdmans, 1999):
"The proposal that the list of kings begins with Julius Caesar and that Nero is the sixth has been argued in throrough manner by Gentry."

D. Ragan Wing (Bible.org):

"The most comprehensive survey of the relevant historical sources I have found. In fact, I have found no pertinent testimony cited in the wider secondary literature that is not also examined in Gentry."

Grover Gunn (Counsel of Chalcedon ):
"Gentry has given us insightful and well-documented studies of early church history which provide illuminating background for the book of Revelation."

Harry Uprichard (Banner of Truth ):
"Clearly argued, with full documentation and detailed footnotes. It is clear, balanced, exciting and brings us back to the days of the vision on Patmos with great helpfulness."

Andrew Lohr (Chattanooga News-Free Press ):
"He proves, and I mean proves, both Biblically and from scholarship, that God revealed the Apocalypse 'before Jerusalem fell' before the Romans destroyed the Jewish temple and ended Old Testament worship."

Table of Contents

1. Revelation Studies
2: The Approach to the Question of Dating

3. Introduction to the External Evidence
4. Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons
5. Clement of Alexandria
6. Additional External Witnesses

7. The Role of the Internal Evidence
8. The Theme of Revelation
9. The Temporal Expectation of the Author
10. The Identity of the Sixth King
11. The Contemporary Integrity of the Temple
12. The Role of Nero Caesar
13. The Role of Jewish Christianity
14. The Looming Jewish War

15. Introduction to Domitianic Internal Evidence
16. The Role of Emperor Worship
17. The Persecution of Christianity
18. The Nero Redivivus Myth
19. The Condition of the Seven Churches

20. Concluding Remarks

Select Bibliography

Select Bibliography I: Modern Writings
Select Bibliography II: Ancient Writings

Readers Comments

"This book was the push over the edge for me. Great book. If you don't have it, buy a copy NOW." (Perry Hess)

"Great book, it is a cornerstone and a must read to anyone serious about the study of 'last things.'" (Michael D. Bowen)

"Great and insightful book. Highly recommend it before studying the Book of Revelation." (Kent Butterfield)

"Very good book. It is one of the best book I ever read." (Leandro Scaldaferri)

"Great book, Brother." (Arthur Ross)


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  1. I recommend to everyone. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Apr 2014

    The content if this book is excellent. Incredibly informative. Well-argued. The book in particular that I received had dinged corners, but that by no means detracts from the material.

  2. Utterly convincing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Oct 2013

    Great book. Utterly convincing!

  3. thoroughly convinced 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Aug 2013

    Just finished ready reading "Before Jerusalem Fell" by Ken Gentry. He makes a very strong argument by objective analysis of the external and internal evidence of the dating on Revelation. I have been preterist for a while but now am thoroughly convinced that Revelation was written before AD 70. This book will burst the popular taught , money making, fear producing, end-time Left Behind fiction and so called prophecy. I am also a post-millennialist for how can one believe Matt 16:18 and be anything else?

  4. Can't put it down! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Jul 2013

    I have purchased one of your books and one of your DVD's. I just started reading your book "Before Jerusalem Fell" and I'm on page 112 and can't put it down! This book is the most eye-opening and wonderful book I've read since Holiness of God by RC Sproul. You sir, are a wonderful teacher....can't wait to read it some more this weekend.

  5. Simply amazing 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Jan 2013

    I am also half way through your "Before Jerusalem Fell" that my wife bought me for Christmas. Simply amazing and truly convincing!

  6. Thank yoiu 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Dec 2012

    This was the final nail in the coffin for my eschatology conversion.

  7. Fantastic! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 17th Oct 2012

    Your book Before Jerusalem Fell is book is the best book I read after the Bible that I have read. I was premillennialist, and had a wrong vision about Revelation but the Lord Jesus opened my eyes. May God bless you for the great work you are doing! Your books are fantastic. Thanks so much for this book!

  8. Eye Opener! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th Aug 2012

    Before Jeusalem Fell is both readable and an eye opener! I suggest anyone who wants to read the biblical text from a true historical--grammatical hermeneutic must include “Before” in their studies.

  9. Important book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Jun 2012

    This book totally changed my thinking on Revelation. I had always thought that John wrote Revelation at the end of Domitian's reign. But this book shows that it was during Nero's reign and looked toward the fall of Jerusalem in AD 70. I first saw this book mentioned over and over by R. C. Sproul. I am glad Sproul put me onto this book.

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