If you have a Sunday school image of Jesus as mousy and passive, [the Book of] Revelation will help you forget it. The risen Christ appears to John in chapter 1, and John faints. Jesus declares, "Do not be afraid, I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One, I was dead, and behold I am alive forever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Write, therefore, what you have seen." (Revelation 1:17-19)
proceeds to give instructions for all the churches John is overseeing. He then reveals the throne room of heaven, a
place of awe-inspiring worship. If you allow yourself to picture these scenes,
your private world will shrink and you'll see why this is a King worth
following, even into the mouth of hell.
is not primarily about Satan or the Antichrist.
It's about Jesus Christ, King of a glorious kingdom in which you are
invited, even now, to participate.
Karen Lee-Thorp in A Compact Guide to the Bible