Ch 1: The Challenge

What if I told you everything you think you know about the book of Revelation maybe wrong.

This is a bold statement to be sure.  But the fact is almost every interpretation of Revelation suffers from the same problem...
The interpretor tries to make the visions fit some pre-conceived paradigm. 
For example, most preterists begin by assuming that the visions within the book of Revelation symbolically describe the Roman - Jewish war of 67 to 70 AD.  Therefore, the events within Revelation are correlated to events that occurred during the war. 
The problem with this method is that it is "getting the cart before the horse."  The end result is a chaotic mix of events with only a minor resemblance to the chronology of the Roman-Jewish war.  Almost no regard is given to the internal clues and patterns within Revelation which reveal the proper order of events.  
Historicism suffers from the same faulty pre-suppositions, attempting to match events over the centuries to the events of Revelation.  Futurism also falls short, forcing the visions to flow in a neat linear stream.  Some, unfortunately, go as far to correlate modern day events with the events of Revelation, duplicating the error of Historicism and Preterism.
What then do I propose?  First, that you keep an open mind.  Almost everyone has some beliefs about Revelation they are unwilling to give up.  To "unravel" Revelation you must first abandon many of your existing paradigms.  You must allow for a paradigm shift.  You must re-think Revelation.  As I hinted earlier, there are many internal clues and patterns within this wonderful book that yields a proper interpretation.
Ultimatley, you must get into the mind of John.  We MUST allow John to speak for himself and not force our pre-conceived notions on his visions.

That being said, the interpretative methods I propose and their conclusions are compatible with each of the major interpretations of Revelation.  
what, then, are these major interpretations?