The images of Revelation are both fascinating and distressing. They emerge from communities of faith trying to make sense of a senseless world. Theirs was a world marked by the dominance of an imperial force that controlled every aspect of their lives. A distant power shaped every minute of every day, and could at any moment choose to end life as they knew it. Revelation confesses faith in a God who is ever present, ever powerful, ever just. This God might share some attributes with the powerful emperor, but they are as different as night and day. The powerful destroy the earth and oppress the people. God breathes life and justice at every moment.