I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life…. Revelation 22:18, 19
The Bible is a holy book, so that we ought to treat with reverence even the pates on which it is written. But one of the best ways to treat it respectfully is to write in it. We may well take a pencil and underline certain words or phrases in the Bible, made notes in the margin of various verses, an write some of our own thoughts on the top of the page. This is the way a Bible becomes more meaningful, useful, and precious.
Revelation is one of the books of the Bible with which we ought to use our pencil a great deal. The most important thing is to divide the book, by ends of lines or numbers in the margin, into seven sections. The book of Revelation is a series of seven sketches of the history of the world from different points of view. So we have letters to seven churches, followed by the story of the seven seals, the seven trumpets, the battle of the dragon against a woman and her Child, the seven bowls of wrath, the destruction of the two beasts, and the grand finale after Satan is destroyed.
There are many details in this picture book which we do not understand. But do not let that keep you from reading Revelation. When we look at a large painting or a moving-picture, we do not look at all the little details, even though they are part of the complete picture. So we should look at the last book of the Bible the same way we view a huge picture in an art gallery. Do not worry about the meaning of every word. Revelation is designed to give us a breath-taking glimpse of the greatness of God and the splendor of heaven.