May 16, 2021

from: "Reading Revelation Responsibly" by Michael Gorman, pp. 135-136

 "...the warfare in Revelation is not literal, and the best proof of this is its paradoxical character:  Jesus' followers share in Jesus' victory by their faithful witness and sacrificial death rather than by engaging in military violence."  [Richard Bauckham]

 "If you are to be taken captive, into captivity you go;
                        if you kill with the sword, you must be killed. Here is ...
                        the endurance and faith of the saints."  [Rev. 13:10]

In other words, if Revelation narrates the divine drama and calls the Christian church to have a part in this drama, it is the part of faithful witness, or active pacifism, even in the face of an evil empire.