It is a well known fact that the Revelation has been judged to be the most difficult book in the Bible. John Calvin, who wrote a wealth of commentaries on the books of thew Bible, wrote no commentary on the Revelation. Thomas Jefferson removed the book from his Bible. Carl Jung was of the opinion that no one believes the prophecies found therein. And even the "Blessed Jerome" was of the opinion that the Revelation "has as many interpretations as it has words," and "the layers of its meaning exceed the numbers of its words," but as Dr. Hudson points out, the opening verses make it very clear that there are both spiritual and practical blessings waiting for those who receive, search, and keep its message. He insists, those who possess the right spiritual attitude of both mind and heart will find that the book is "like a light that shineth in a dark place," and that it is an integral part, yea it can be called the climax of biblical prophecy.
The front cover comes from a portion of the fresco of Luca Signorelli (circa 1499 AD) that appears on the walls and ceiling of the Cathredral in Orvieto, Italy.