The Book of Revelation can be a very confusing book. With all of the modern-day bizarre interpretations and speculations, it can be very confusing and intimidating. But it does not have to be. Given the correct lens to read through, the Book of Revelation becomes a source of encouragement and hope for Christians who are going through trials and tribulations.
It is my conviction that The Book of Revelation is best understood when looked at through the following two lenses:
1 The lens of recapitulation. Revelation is the retelling of one single story told over and over from seven different angles and perspectives.
2. The lens of apocalyptic literature. Revelation is highly symbolic and in order to understand it one must at least be familiar with apocalyptic literature.
For a better understanding of Apocalyptic literature click here. To read “An Approach to Apocalyptic Literature: A Primer for Preachers” by David Helm.
Below seven short videos explain the genre, symbols and the seven cycles of the Book of Revelation. Although I do not agree with all of the theological positions of the speaker, I do believe he has a good grasp on the genre and structure of the Book of Revelation. This is an alternative lens to the modern-day Left Behind, Dispensational view that borders on madness and never-ending speculations about who the anti-christ is, and the mark of the beast.