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Decode one of the most complex books in the Bible!

Are you baffled by the Book of Revelation? Understand the purpose, key themes, and symbolism of the most fascinating book in the Bible with The Book of Revelation For Dummies, an easy-to-understand guide that will help you grasp the enduring messages of Revelation and apply them to your life. You will understand what Revelation says about the past, present, and future, and how it relates to the rest of the Bible.

You will learn how this mysterious book of the Bible fits into a historical context. You’ll discover all kinds of interesting facts about the apostle John and learn about the details of his world. You will be able to choose a perspective for interpreting this book of the Bible and decipher the many haunting symbols. There is no need to read this reference guide from cover to cover; simply browse the table of contents or flip through the pages to find the answers and assistance that you need. Discover how to:

  • Interpret the prophecy of the Revelation
  • Place it in historical context
  • Understand how it relates to other books in the Bible
  • Unravel the details of the apostle John’s life and world
  • Choose a perspective for understanding
  • See the grander scheme of things

Complete with lists of the ten most commonly asked questions about end times and the ten rules of thumb for interpreting scripture, The Book of Revelation For Dummies will help you understand and decode one of the most perplexing books in the Bible!

ISBN-13: 9780470045213

Media Type: Paperback

Publisher: Wiley

Publication Date: 04-21-2008

Pages: 368

Product Dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Series: For Dummies Books

Dr. Larry R. Helyer: Larry is Professor of Biblical Studies at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He received his doctorate in New Testament from Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. He pastored Baptist churches in Portland, Oregon, and Sun Valley, California, before moving to the Midwest and teaching biblical studies at Taylor University for 28 years. He has taught a wide range of Bible courses covering both the Old and New Testaments and Jewish literature of the Second Temple. Larry has traveled extensively in the land of the Bible and lived in Israel for a year during his student days at Jerusalem University College. Larry is author of two books, Yesterday, Today, and Forever: The Continuing Relevance of the Old Testament and Exploring Jewish Literature of the Second Temple Period: A Guide for New Testament Students. Larry has authored numerous journal and dictionary articles on biblical and theological subjects and has just finished a book on New Testament theology. He was the initial translator of 2 Samuel for the Holman Christian Standard Bible. Richard Wagner: Rich is author of The Expeditionary Man, The Myth of Happiness, The Gospel Unplugged, and several For Dummies books, including C. S. Lewis & Narnia For Dummies, Christianity For Dummies, and Christian Prayer For Dummies. He has been a guest on Christian radio programs across the country discussing Christian discipleship issues as well as C.S. Lewis. Richard has served in church leadership and teaching roles for more than a dozen years. Rich graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Taylor University and pursued graduate studies at The American University in Washington, DC. Rich lives in New England with his wife and three sons. You can find him online at

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Table of Contents


Part I: Revealing the End of the Biblical Story.

Chapter 1: One Man’s Visions, All Humans’ Fate.

Chapter 2: Setting the Stage: The Apostle John and the World in Which He Lived.

Chapter 3: The Prequels: Prophecies throughout the Bible.

Part II: Interpreting the Book of Revelation.

Chapter 4: Choosing a Perspective for Understanding Revelation.

Chapter 5: Deciphering Symbols with Your Secret Decoder Ring.

Part III: Taking a Grand Tour of the Book of Revelation.

Chapter 6: Setting Up the Scope of the Book (1:1–20).

Chapter 7: Reading the Seven Letters to Conflicted Churches (1:19–3:22).

Chapter 8: Peeking into the Throne Room (4:1–5:14).

Chapter 9: Breaking Seven Seals (6:1–8:1).

Chapter 10: Sounding Seven Trumpets (8:2–11:19).

Chapter 11: A Woman, a Dragon, Two Beasts, and More! (12:1–14:20).

Chapter 12: Seven Angels, Seven Bowls, and a Final Smackdown (15:1–18:24).

Chapter 13: Coming of the Kingdom (19:1–20:15).

Chapter 14: Seeing the New Jerusalem and a Triumphant Church (21:1–22:6).

Chapter 15: Promising to Return (22:6–21).

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 16: Ten Common Questions about the End Times.

Chapter 17: Ten Tips for Interpreting Scripture and Prophecy.

Appendix: Glossary.