OK, so, before we start with our study of the Book of Revelation, I thought we might take a moment to ask ourselves why we would want to study this Book. For me, this is not going to be about trying to figure out exactly how the prophecies will unfold in this material world. I am not going to do this: I am not going to join that long list of people who think this book of Scripture should be used as some sort of crystal or magic eight ball. I believe those who have done so in the past — no matter how well meaning they may have been — have inevitably done as much or more harm than good. Rather, I am going to lead this little study for a very different and — hopefully — a spiritually edifying reason, and I believe that reason can be found in Rev 1:3.