"The book of Revelation seems to lend itself to either obsession or neglect." That's how Keith Mathison begins his article in this month's issue of Tabletalk. And experience shows that he is right. On the one hand there are Christians who study Revelation at the expense of the rest of Scripture while on the other hand there are those who shy away from it all together, convinced that the book is beyond our understanding.
Keith discussed Revelation at some length in his book From Age to Age and in this article he makes a few points that may make understanding this part of Holy Scripture a bit less complicated. You'll have to read "The Apocalypse" to find out what they are.