The Problem with Preterism
It is Built on the Sand of the Neuronic Date
Ask a preterist about preterism and he will talk about Nero, the fall of Jerusalem and Matthew 24. But ask an historicist about preterism and he will argue that the book of Revelation was written in A.D. 96 during the reign of Emperor Domitian.
The Early Fathers Agreed
John Was Banished by Domitian
"Early Christian tradition is almost unanimous in assigning the Apocalypse to the last years of Domitian." Henry Barclay Swete
Comparison Provides Key Insights
The persecutions under Nero and Domitian differed in scope. Nero's persecutions were limited to Rome whereas Domitian persecuted Christians throughout the empire.
Further, there is no historical record that Nero banished anyone. We read of imprisonment, confiscation, hunting to death with dogs, crucifixion, beheading, drenching with oil and then setting on fire but, banishment is never mentioned.