I recently found myself reading an article online preaching about the rapture and how the Whore of Babylon is the Roman Catholic Church. Most of it was patently absurd of course, but I found myself curious about some of the specific imagery. As a Roman Catholic myself I have to admit that I have spent next to no time reading the Apocalypse, and certainly haven't worried too much about what is meant by this or that reference. But, my curiosity piqued, I began digging for some more reliable info. Unfortunately I found next to nothing. Apparently I am not alone in the Roman Church in basically ignoring these issues.
So, in keeping with a habit of mine, I decided to see if the Orthodox, whose opinions in matters biblical and patristic I hold highest, had any firm ideas historically about these symbols and references. However, I could find nothing to speak of, mostly I think because a google search of "orthodox church revelation" or some such returns too much to sort through. By the way, the same problem shows up here in the search utility, and so I could not be sure I am not asking a question which has already been discussed to death. I am sorry if I am.
But, after all this, I am wondering if someone here will help fill me in on how the Orthodox approach this particular topic and specifically the Apocalypse? For instance, how are things such as the harlot, 144,000, beast, and so on interpreted? And is there a basic school of interpretation favored in Orthodoxy, i.e. preterism, historicism, etc? And have any views been specifically condemned, as I assume chiliasm has been?
I hope that perhaps somebody here can enlighten me a bit on the Orthodox, and if the normal trend is trusted, more historical and patristic reading of these prophecies. Many thanks in advance for the help.