Many of us grew up reading comic books and tossing them away, never realizing they’d become collectors’ items. One rare edition recently sold for $1.5 million. Nor has the industry declined. In recent years, comic books have given way to graphic novels—longer illustrated books done in the comic book style.
The book of Revelation isn’t comical and it’s not a novel, but it is graphic. Its pages contain graphic images that illustrate themselves in our minds—the beast, the dragon, the woman “clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet.” Revelation is drawn up as a series of panels and pictures that graphically reveal the future. Its symbolism is just as relevant and powerful today as when the apostle John gave it.
As you read Revelation, close your eyes and try to visualize its apocalyptic images. You may not comprehend every word, but the more we meditate on this book, the better we’ll understand it and the more excited we’ll become for the unfolding future God has in store for us.
Think of Revelation more as a picture than a puzzle. If you expect to figure out the book completely, you will probably be disappointed. If you expect to meet the glorified Christ in His Revelation, you will be deeply satisfied.