Original Posting At http://sandpipersthoughts.blogspot.com/2018/12/apocalyptic-comfort.html
“The point of apocalyptic texts is not to predict the future,” explained biblical scholars Amy-Jill Levine in the meaning of the Bible; “it is to provide comfort in the present. The Bible is not a book of teasers in which God has buried secrets only to be revealed three millennia later.” Rather, she argued, apocalyptic texts “proclaim that a guiding hand controls history and assure that justice will be done.”
If you consider that John wrote The Revelation to John to an audience of marginalized Christians in the Greco-Roman culture, then the book makes so much more sense. At least, I think so. To me, to consider that John was writing to encourage the Christians around him rather than provide a prediction of the end of the world that we are to read as if it were a puzzle is so much more believable.