The other day I wrote “Revelation is a puzzle”, but that might have been misunderstood depending on what one thinks of when one thinks of puzzles.
Prophecy, in the Bible, is always descriptive, and not instructive. It paints a scene. It does not rationalize. If it is a puzzle then it is a picture puzzle, and neither a scheme nor an equation.
So, for example, if you read Revelation and think that The Whore of Babylon represents Feminism or that Babylon represents Liberalism: Fine. I’ll still be looking for a woman, or a female institution.