Revelation 17 is a good place to start, but there are plenty of interpretive clues

James McGrath has a post up today about Revelation 17 a a key to understand Revelation.

I have mentioned before that Revelation 17:9-10 seems to me to provide decisive evidence against the futurist or “end times” approach to understanding the Book of Revelation.

Another clue would be Revelation 21.16 that describes the Heavenly Jerusalem as being 1400 miles wide (sure, not miles, but John would have used miles if he was reading the KJV). Why is this important? Because this was the ancient distance between…

wait for it…

Rome and Jerusalem!

And it was the distance if you took a boat. On Water. As in, on the Sea.


Anyway, take a gander at this post.

Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

2 thoughts on “Revelation 17 is a good place to start, but there are plenty of interpretive clues

  1. I particularly liked Myers’ posts on the original article. Then again, I’m not a Futurist. When John is shown the Bride (e.g., the church), he sees Jerusalem descend. That should give us a clue too.

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