Kurt Willems has begun a valuable study through the Book of Revelation, probably the most misunderstood text of Scripture. We’re so far removed from the context that we end up usually just making up our own interpretations of imagery which was originally very powerful symbols of particularly culturally-relevant things. It looks like Kurt is going to do a much better job than most at looking at this a little more accurately.
Here are his three general principles for reading Revelation:
This book is theopoetic (“worship”), in that it is similar to a counter-liturgy, one that reminds Christians both then and now that the civil religion of Empire must never capture our imaginations. Our version of reality must be informed by our allegiance to the Slaughter Lamb and to worshipping the God and Father of our Lord Jesus. Reading Revelation poetically should shape our imagination as faithful disciples in circumstances where the pressures of Empire attempt to lure us. As we worship God the temptations of this evil age fade as we bring glory to God.