Why does the book confound so many and give rise to so many conflicting interpretations? The Bible with its 66 books can be compared to a novel having 66 chapters. Like a novel, the storyline builds from front to back, with the characters, themes and plot elements introduced early and developed across many chapters.
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Obviously, the Bible doesn't read like most novels, but it was intended to be understood as a single work, and it did have a single Author. Now consider what would happen if you selected a novel from the shelves of your local bookstore and decided to read only the final chapter.
How much of that final chapter would you understand? Most likely, you would be thoroughly confused. Naturally, only after reading the entire book would the final chapter make any sense.
Likewise, we could see Revelation as the final chapter in God's chapter novel called the Bible. In the same way that we must read a novel cover to cover before understanding it properly, so must Bible students have an understanding of the Bible's first 65 books before they can truly understand its final book.
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