This blog continues the focus on the different methods of interpreting the Apocalypse. The 3rd one is the Idealist view.
The view is that the Apocalypse doesn’t relate to historical events, but to “timeless spiritual truths”. This view holds that Revelation deals with the church between the 1st and 2nd coming of Jesus and the judgements found in Revelation are on all sinners at all times. The beast refers to all anti-christian empires at all times and the millennium is not a future event, but just describes the church age.
One of the strengths of this way of thinking or Revelation is that the book has relevance for the church at all times. Among the weaknesses is the inability to see any future events based on the prophecies of the book.
Osborne*** (Pg. 20)
***Revelation (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Grant R. Osborne