The Book of Revelation is the most important book for this precise time in history. The events that are described within its pages were written for us today. Every strange coded word and phrase is meant for this generation. The application of everything that is written in Revelation was penned for people who are alive today.
Unless a person has spent the past 30 years teaching the entire Bible, they are not qualified to write a commentary on the Book of Revelation. For this reason, a majority of the books today that claim to be a valid commentary were written by people who are not really qualified to write commentary for Revelation.
The reason is simple: In order to really understand Revelation and have the ability to write a valid and accurate commentary, a person must have studied the entire Bible before the Book of Revelation. The texts of Revelation assume that the reader has read, and has a good working knowledge of the whole Bible, before they read and study Revelation.
I waited to write my commentary of Revelation for 45 years. I have taught this important book more than 17 times in the previous 38 years in the United States, Europe, and Asia. I have published audio commentary on Revelation, beginning about 20 years ago. I did not think that I was ready or qualified to write the book you find here today, until I was confident that I knew and understood the rest of the Bible sufficiently in order to publish a reliable commentary for Revelation.
When the proper commentary is written for Revelation, the author must include hundreds of other texts from all over the Bible, in order to confirm and validate all the statements and conclusions that are included in his commentary. A majority of people who attempt to write a book about Revelation don’t have this ability, and they write commentary based upon their personal understanding and opinions.
When you read this commentary, you will quickly discover just how much of the whole Bible is included in the Book of Revelation. This is by design; and it was the purpose of Jesus, who is dictating the text of Revelation to John, to make sure that the reader receives a complete Bible study for the entire Bible when they read the texts of Revelation.
The second surprising fact of Revelation is just how much personal application there is in this book. You will find that there are more subjects and important questions answered by Revelation, than any other book in the Bible. Essentially every important doctrine and principle of the Bible can be found in a study of Revelation.
This is why this book is so large and detailed and contains so much information. It is my hope that you will be blessed by what I have written in this commentary, and you grow in your faith and relationship with Jesus as a result of this experience.