If you haven't read it yet, Reenacting the Way (of Jesus) unwraps the missed messages. Jesus' healing miracles, feeding the 5,000 and calming a storm lose their meaning when we reduce them to proofs of divinity. The same happens when we chase the future relevance of the book of Revelation. We miss Jesus' personalized message for a first century audience. Please stop doing this. Flattening the Bible's first meaning loosens the anchor that holds its meaning from floating down the river of your imagination.
So let's talk swords. Early in Revelation, Jesus introduces himself as “the One who has the sharp two-edged sword” who “will make war with the sword of My mouth” (Revelation 2:12, 16). What's up with Jesus flaunting his sword?