In which camp do you basically fall? Here is a brief summary of the 4 views. I don't know this website enough to endorse it, but it is simple enough. For the full article, go here: http://www.ptm.org/03PT/MarApr/4ViewsRev.htm See Four Views on the Book of Revelation to get an overview of the basic 4 views. I personally am a form of idealism understanding that it relates heavily on its 1st century context of the Roman Empire. But the Roman Empire is the exemplar for the "ongoing struggle" that continues today. I think you will find that this is the most popular academic view, especially in the broader category of the genre of apocalyptic. That doesn't make it right, of course. But it does give it weight. Gorman's Reading Revelation Responsibly is by far one of the best books in addressing this issue. Many here would profit greatly in reading it. If you go to my blog (click this link or my name in my siggie), you'll see I have been reading books on Rev out the wazoo! I am writing my thesis on this book. So I have dedicated a lot of research to it.