Revelation has puzzled and fascinated audiences for much of Christian history. Its fantastic imagery seems especially provocative for modern readers trying to make head or tails of what it means in the context of the text…let alone for the reader.

Skim over Revelation 16-17 and see what I mean.

“Armageddon,” which we often think of as the end of time or a great war, comes from Rev. 16:16 and the location Mt. Megiddo, (Har (mountain in Hebrew) Megiddo) in northern Israel.

I trust you’re somewhat familiar with Babylon, but it gets tied into all sorts of discussions of the end of the world and waywardness.

A modern abstract image with a Building and various triangles. Written on the cover is the title "Alas, Babylon, a novel by Pat Frank, Author of Mr. Adam"

The question for us is how can we slow our presumptions down and use all the tools we’ve learned to consider what Revelation teaches us about early Christianity.

Define: Gematria/aleph/alpha (p. 110), synagogue

Write: 150 words or so on what stands out to you in your reading of Revelation.

Draw: The Kingdom of God as described in Revelation.