The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass[.]
Thus begins the mysterious Book of Revelation. Though, why it should be mysterious remains an open question. After all, it is a revelation. It is expressly given to reveal information about certain things that are going to happen. How would you feel if you received a letter from a friend that said,
I’m going to reveal some things in this letter. But when you’ve finished the letter, you really don’t know what he’s talking about.
Why is this Book of Revelation so mysterious?
Well, there are reasons for it. One is that the book is 2,000 years old. It’s written in another language. It’s out of a foreign culture. It’s an account of another man’s visions and dreams. When you think about all those things, why shouldn’t we have some trouble with it, even though it was intended to be clear enough to the people who had first got the book?