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Irenaeus was a church father of the second century, many of whose letters have been passed down through time.Concerning the mystic number of the beast given Revelation , Irenaeus says thus: “If it were necessary to have his name distinctly announced at the present time it would doubtless have been announced by him who saw the apocalypse; for it was not a great while ago that (it or he) was seen, but almost in our own generation, toward the end of Domitian’s reign.” It should be observed that the subject of the verb “was seen” is ambiguous, and may be understood to refer to either John or the apocalypse.

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Tertullian places John’s martyrdom at Rome at the time of Peter and Paul: “Since, moreover, you are close upon Italy, you have Rome, from which there comes even into our own hands the very authority (of apostles themselves).