Despite the introduction recommending that the reader prepares by reading the first book, The Message For The Last Days, I decided to launch in to this one. Please forgive me. This does explain why Revelation Explained starts at chapter 17 !
I could pick up the thread having missed chapters 1 to 16, but having completed it I do agree that there would be great benefit in seeing the foundational teaching that is promised in the first book.
Understanding the incredible depth of meaning that is wrapped up in scripture does help to build our faith, and knowing something of the prophetic supports our understanding of the here and now.
For many people, the depth of discussion and debate that is reflected in this book is going to be enjoyable and necessary. This will be an excellent resource for them to dive into and pour over. It will become a companion that will nurture their understanding. Others may prefer to simply be reassured that the prophetic scriptures are there, they are explainable and helpful, but may not be quite so central to their spiritual journey.
This book would certainly “scratch the itch” for the former group. It is an extremely detailed study of the many aspects and interpretations of the book of Revelation, but also the other prophetic scriptures in the Old and New Testaments that point to it and support it.
It certainly sets a pace, racing through a lot of content. I would recommend taking it slowly, take a section at a time and study it, with a Bible alongside, to look up the many references. It will give you a detailed understanding of the context across the entirety of scripture and allow you to make up your own mind about the meanings and interpretations.
If the book of Revelation, and its prophetic writings, is a subject that grabs you, or you have a passion to research this, to get into the immense detail, then this is the book for you.
I received an advance complimentary copy of this book from the author, but was under no pressure to provide a favourable review.