What images come to mind when you think of the Book of Revelation? Most Christians think of the Anti-Christ, the mark of the Beast, 666, martyrs being beheaded, the Great Tribulation, the Four Horseman bringing plagues, and other woes that keep them awake at night. It's no wonder then, that the Revelation is one of the least studied books of the Bible. If you ask "Why", the answers are, "It is scary, confusing, and can't be understood, so it's not really useful."
Let's consider this view scripturally. There is no other book in the New Testament designed to scare or confuse you, or written to not be understood. Just the opposite is true.
II Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
I Corinth. 14:33 - God is not a God of confusion but of peace,
Romans 8:15 and many other scriptures teach us that fear does not come from God.
Why then would the Lord conclude the Bible with a book that is scary, unexplainable, and not useful to anyone but writers of books about Revelation? He didn't! It is the way we approach the book that has caused us to miss its enormous value!
Think again about what comes to mind when you think of the Book. Rarely do we hear anyone say:
"I think of the Resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, appearing with His face shining like the Sun in all of its strength. And when He speaks, it's like thunder, from the sharp two-edged sword coming from His mouth, which is the Word of God - symbolic of His absolute authority and devastating judgment!"
That is how the book begins! We have to skip that to get to the devil-parts!
Here is the key, not only to understanding the book of Revelation, but all of life - Look for Jesus, first and foremost. Search for Him in prayer, in your circumstances, in what you read, and in everyone in whom you come in contact.
He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that
He Himself will come to have first place in everything.