Revelation’s depiction of the end of the cosmic conflict tests the human imagination to the limit. Many questions are likely to remain even when we have done our best. If I were to search for an analogy, albeit an imperfect one, the current events in Libya might be a case in point: a leader who is determined to hang on even if it means that his country goes down in flames. The Libyan leader, too, uses propaganda and deception as his main weapons. These weapons no longer have the traction they once had. Let me say once more that the priority of our present reading of Revelation is theology (and not a map of future events). Values, not events, are the main concern in this book. What can we now say of its values?
Blessings, Sigve T.