How can I understand the Bible book of Revelation?

Can you give some helps for understanding the book of Revelation?

(1) Remember it is a revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. Look for Him everywhere.

(2) The book is divided into "the things which thou hast seen", "the things which are" and finally "the things which shall be hereafter" (1:19). This three-fold division of the book is helpful to gain an overview. Chapter 1 is the "things which thou hast seen," chapters 2 and 3 the "things which are," chapters 4-22 the "things hereafter."

(3) Care needs to be practiced not to take all events as occurring one right after the other. The book is made up of seven seals, trumpets and bowls. The seventh seal contains the seven trumpets; the seventh trumpet contains the seven bowls. Parenthesis dot the book: 7:1-17; 10:1-11; 14:1-13; 16:13-16; 19:1-6.

(4) Four great scenes occur in heaven and four on earth.

(5) Only interpret symbols by use of other portions of Scriptures. Most symbols in the Revelation appear elsewhere in Scripture. Their interpretation is given there. Interpret literally whenever possible and reasonable.

A. Higgins