Though an important book of scripture in our accepted, authoritative canon, the Book of Revelation was not written to be a guide book for understanding the modern Middle East. The Book of Revelation was not written to provide political insight, social understanding, ethnic empathy, religious recognition, linguistic familiarity, or historical context to the modern Middle East. The Book of Revelation was primarily written to give comfort to Christians living 2000 years ago under Roman imperial power. Christians at that time were faced with tremendous persecution and were seeking relief as they expected the immediate return of Jesus who would overthrow the Roman Empire.
We are far more likely to experience the peace, stability, and tranquility promised in the scriptures if we repent, forgive, and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ while making ourselves proactively informed global citizens, with optimism and perspective, not fear.
(Published on Meridian Magazine)