Thank you, God, for creating diligent and faithful theologians like N.T. to help simple people like me gain some insight into perplexing and symbolism-heavy passages like this one. I not only appreciate the explanations, but also the assistance in putting what’s taking place in a historical context.
What’s really great is being treated to the perspective of the original audience as well. I’ve never ever been exposed to that angle on Revelation and it’s a real eye opener and just feels right. It makes a lot more sense. It’s like I’ve been reading someone mail for years and thinking it was a text book. N.T. Wright personalizes and humanizes Revelation while elevating and keeping the rightful focus on Jesus.