There are many ways to approach John’s Revelation and many ways to read it. Some of these ways are bizarre, others are fantastic and many are downright weird. But one way to focus our approach might be to ask:
What would it be like if our daily request in the Lord’s Prayer—“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven”—were answered? What would our world look like if God’s will were done? What is God’s will for us and our world and how will God accomplish it? John’s Revelation describes, through the images and symbols of his four reassuring visions, how he thinks this longed-for scenario might perhaps unfold.
- Reassuring Visions. page 9