The Book of Revelation is a bizarre Book! It contains startling images, highly symbolic language, and depictions that are ironic. Last Sunday's reading from Revelation involved a slain, then alive, lamb shepherding a flock. In today's reading we have a city descending from heaven adorned as a bride! One thing is for sure, the pictures are memorable! And as long as we get our doctrine from the Books in which it is put forth directly, then I think we can benefit and receive comfort from the strange pictures in Revelation, especially those that unmistakably point to the victory we share in as Christians when Christ returns again at the end of the age.