Okay, so my story for NaNoWriMo involves the end of the world. The Apocalypse, whatever you want to call it. And having read the book of REvelations, which is where the story premise comes from, I'm curious to know you all's thoughts on it. My youth pastor and I were talking about it, and she thinks that it is not actually the end of the world that John saw, but it was John portraying, in symbols, the world in his time. First, prophesy or fiction? Second, end of the world, or interpretation? Third, what do you think of the symbolism used there? Is it to be taken in a literal sense (as it will be in my story) or is each one a metaphor? (ex. lady and the red dragon: red dragon- nero, lady giving birth- god forming his christian church) I get that this is probably a very contreversial subject (you have little idea of how many people outright refused to talk about it with me at my church), and that eventually the thread will probably get closed because of arguments. Thanks for your help!