For any of you struggling with Revelation in the Office of Readings, here is a link for a Catholic Answers article on the subject. The article focuses on Revelation 17-18, readings for yesterday and today. You will find this Imprimatur at the end of the article.
Nothing else in this post, my wonderings, is covered by the above Imprimatur.
Many have argued that, whether we understand Revelation or not, it is pretty sure that those 1st Century Christians to whom it was written understood it. Well, maybe, but the ancient Jews, the Children of Israel, had trouble understanding or at least obeying the Law and the Prophets.
Reading these chapters from Revelation makes me wonder if they were a warning to the Church against alignment with Rome (Babylon), the alignment that began with emperors Constantine and Theodosius, and resulted in church-state struggles and citizens being defined as Christian or not Christian based simply on who ruled. That didn’t end well.
It was Revelation 18:4-5 that made me think of that question:
Then I heard another voice from heaven say:“Depart from her, my people, so as not to take part in her sins and receive a share in her plagues 5 for her sins are piled up to the sky, and God remembers her crimes.
As I said, I’m just wondering, not teaching. Revelation has always been mysterious to me and to most people. I recall when a popular argument was that the locusts in Revelation were a prophecy of the helicopters in Vietnam. (Even now, Googling “revelation locusts helicopters” gets about 90,000 hits.)