The book of Revelation was written for a people under pressure. It is a survival manual, explaining how to survive when the world is against you. This book was not written for us to speculate over while we put our feet up. The churches to whom it was first written didn't have the luxury of doing that. It is here to help Christians to survive in a hostile world, and that is how we need to study it. This book is not for theologians to fight over; it is for ordinary believers to keep fighting the real fight. This is why Revelation is so vitally relevant for our day.
Supremely, the book of Revelation is the story of our Lord Jesus Christ, God's Final Word. This is the point of all the spectacular visions, to nail it down for God's people still living in this fallen world with all its suffering and pain: "See, this is who your Jesus is, the Lord of your history, greater far than all your enemies, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega. This glorious Lord Jesus is coming again, and he is coming soon. So be faithful. Keep his words; be true to him."
What a pleasure to find a commentary on Revelation which is so eminently readable! Although notoriously difficult material is cleared up with apparently effortless ease, the author manages at the same time to stretch the mind, stir the heart, and challenge the will. Packed with unfailingly relevant illustrations and anecdotes, The Final Word succeeds in drawing sound doctrinal conclusions while remaining free of undue dogmatism. This is undoubtedly one of the best popular treatments available of the apostle John's great legacy.
—Jonathan Stephen, Director of Affinity and Principal of Wales Evangelical School of Theology