As I’ve shared in earlier posts, I grew up on a conservative Baptist church where events of the “end times” were clearly and definitively (my nice way of saying dogmatically) delineated. You had the rapture (fully illustrated in end times genre Christian-made movies), pre-trib & post-trib events, who would reign during the literal thousand year reign, etc. I suppose that because Revelation can be such a perplexing, disconcerting and mysterious book, it felt good to church leaders to have an approved “agenda” for what happens, while allowing no room for debate.
I appreciate N.T. Wright’s attempts to interpret this “who’s on first, what’s on second kind” of passage and offer us some clues as to its meaning within a biblical and historical context. But I’m also thankful for his closing thoughts cautioning us not to be too dogmatic and his encouragement to keep our eyes on what really matters and is above debate–God’s ultimate victory.