In the many years since I read Fee and Stuart’s How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, I still haven’t come across a better popular guide to reading the Bible. If you haven’t read it, you should.
One of the co-authors, Gordon Fee, has just published a new commentary on Revelation. You can see him interviewed on this short video. It is well worth the thirty minutes that it takes. Fee points out very clearly that the Revelation is, for the most part, a book written to address the persecution the church faced from the Roman Empire. It is not a book that describes life on earth today.
Revelation is subversive literature and the people who received it knew that… We learn from Revelation, what God is about and how God is at work in times of great distress.