The fifty-three chapters in this work represent what Hoeksema actually preached in a series of sermons that one of his parishioners reported were "characterized by lucid, simple, and yet thorough exposition and...delivered with a warmth and fervor which kept a large congregation at spellbound attention Sunday after Sunday." The genius of this work is the way it explains this highly symbolic book of the New Testament. The author had the intellect to grapple with difficult passages and the ability to communicate so that the ordinary person could comprehend his message. Using sound principles of hermeneutics, Rev. Hoeksema showed whether key passages in Revelation should be taken literally of figuratively, which is where so many other commentators have failed.