For 1,800 years, the treasures of the Book of Revelation remained virtually untapped. For the most part, Biblical scholars considered it to be a closed book. Finally, along with the nineteenth century, came the Revelation renaissance, when people began to study the book with unparalleled intensity, and speculate on the meaning of its mysteries.
I have in my personal library numerous commentaries on the Book of Revelation, mostly excellent, well-researched works. I often recommend them to my friends and associates and will continue to do so. It is not my intention for this book to replace those fine commentaries.
However, in talking to many of my friends and acquaintances over the past several years, I have found that precious few have ever read the Book of Revelation. I am sure that most of them are scared away by the lavish use of symbolism and imagery. I believe it is important for us to see that the Book of Revelation is the culmination of the entire Bible. Furthermore, it is the only book in the Bible that contains the promise of a special blessing to everyone who reads and understands it. You would think that a promise like that would make it the most widely read book in the world.
There is unquestionably strong disagreement among Biblical scholars over the correct interpretation of certain parts of the Revelation. Each person, however, must draw his own conclusions, based on his own prayerful study.
The purpose of this book is to facilitate the study of the Revelation, by providing an alphabetical listing of all the major symbols and terms or phrases used in its writing. Along with each listing is a diligently researched explanation of meaning.