The book of Revelation has often suffered from interpretation that fails to appreciate its complex literary structure. In this study, Brian Hand blends theological analysis with literary observation to show how Revelation serves as the perfect conclusion to the Bible's depiction of Jesus Christ. Revelation's literary nature directs the reader's attention to Christ's supreme place as the divine-human Champion. He is the central character of the book; all of its events revolve around His person and work.
In assigning Revelation a literary genre, Hand discusses the elements of definition and defines the terms apocalypse, drama, and prophecy. He concludes that failing to treat Revelation as prophecy betrays a faulty understanding of its true literary character. Hand investigates the names, characteristics, and actions of Christ, as well as examining the abuses, rules, and extent of symbolism. A careful look at Revelation's time and space, characters, literary figures, structure, and plot points distinctly to Jesus Christ as the perfect Prophet, Priest, and King and as uniquely worthy of worship. Christ's spiritual and physical victory over His enemies--and, consequently, the enemies of His people--stands at the climactic moment of the book., Finally, Hand's synthesis of individual literary elements with Christology invites further study of Revelation from a literary perspective. While theology has pointed for many generations to the fact of Christ's victory, a literary appreciation of Revelation heightens the reader's awareness of His power and perfections.