BTW, I think City Fan is correct.
The scriptures in revelation have a message for today, thats why the are prophetic. to help us, to warn us. It is not just an unusual, highly suggestive history lesson.It seems pretty stupid if God had a message for us today, for him to put it in criptic symbolic language that could be interpreted in a million different way all depending on what your agenda is. The book of revelation has thru out the centuries been given all kinds of interpretations,, not a very clear message if you ask me. But I guess that's the way this bible god is,, just full of contradictions.