How can “every eye shall see him” in Rev 1:7 apply to AD 70?
Rev 1:7 reads: “Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.” This appears to be speaking of a global event. However, appearances are deceiving.
The phrase “every eye shall see him,” indicates the public nature of the judgment. Cp. Matt. 26:64. “even those who pierced him” means “that is, those who pierced him.”
Furthermore, the “and” following here is a kai explicative, which should be translated: “that is.” Thus, the phrase should read: “every eye will see him, that is, those who pierced him.”
Consequently, this refers to the first-century antagonists of Christ, not people throughout the world.
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ” (booklet by Kenneth L. Gentry, Jr.)
Brief argument for pre-A.D. 70 date; shows Revelation is God’s covenant divorce decree against Israel.
Overview of main movements of Revelation.
Excellent, inexpensive booklet for handing to friends.
See more study materials at: www.KennethGentry.com
A quick reading will never work in Revelation. It is historically known as a very difficult, image-filled book. This verse is the theme verse and needs to be understood properly.