A lot of Christians at present do not read Bible prophecy due to the entire prophetic symbols found therein. However, Bible prophecy is there for us to understand, or else God would not have allowed its inclusion in the Bible. The inclusion of Bible prophecy is not to cause confusion, but as a REVELATION! This is what the Book of Revelation confirms from the start. It presents to us a "revelation of Christ". Thus, since Bible prophecy is to reveal, God did not write it in a manner that none of us could grasp its meaning.
Neither is the bible prophecy open to one's own understanding because according to 2 Peter 1:20 no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. Therefore, how are we going to interpret Bible prophecy? What is supposed to be the perfect way to interpret the meaning of all such prophetic symbols? Now then, we make use of the Bible to reveal itself, and by this it means that when we come upon a certain word that does not seem to make sense then we search for that word elsewhere inside the Bible to discover its meaning.
Let us use an example to illustrate. Revelation 13 tells of 2 beasts. One beast emerges from the seas and one arises up from the earth. If we simply read such chapter alone, then it is going to be quite difficult, almost impossible to comprehend what it is trying to tell. However, if we follow the rule of using the Bible for its own interpretation, then we are very likely to find a little understanding about this. Thus, we have to discover how to interpret "beast" according to the Prophecy New Watch. Turning to Daniel 7, we discover a verse saying, "The fourth beast will be the fourth kingdom of the earth". And so it is revealed to us. A beast signifies some kingdom or nation on earth. Therefore, now we recognize that the two beasts that Revelation 13 talks about represent two nations.
Now, logic is also used in interpreting the Bible, and looking at Revelation 13's second beast, we will realize that it emerges from the earth, instead of the sea. Thus, if by "sea" it means a place with numerous people, nations as well as tongue, such as Europe, applying logic we have to assume that by "earth" it means the contrary and refers to a nation which arose from a wasteland, uninhabited area, similar to what America did. For facts about prophecy, check out this website at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/what%20is%20prophecy/.
Now you see that using the Bible for its own interpretation will open up the prophecy and reveal great things to us. However, we must at all times learn about these things in a humble prayerful way and request God to make us understand, keeping in mind that He is the supreme cause of wisdom.