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THE BOOK OF
REVELATION
 
Chapter: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

O  U  T  L  I  N  E
- The Things Which Thou Hast Seen Revelation 1
    - Preface Revelation 1:1-3
    - Greeting Revelation 1:4-6
    - Introduction: Purpose of the Book, Authentication Revelation 1:7-11
    - The Vision of the Son of Man: Moral State Required Revelation 1:12-20
- The Things Which Are: Church History Revelation 2 - 3
     - Ephesus: In the Wake of the Apostles Revelation 2:1-7
     - Smyrna: Under Persecution from Rome Revelation 2:8-11
     - Pergamos: Settling Down in the World Revelation 2:12-17
     - Thyatira: Ruling the World Revelation 2:18-29
     - Sardis: Dead Protestantism Revelation 3:1-6
     - Philadelphia: The Recovery of the Truth Revelation 3:7-13
     - Laodicea: A Lukewarm Church Revelation 3:14-22
- The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter: Prophetic Events Revelation 4 - 22
   - Prologue: Christ's Rights to the Inheritance Revelation 4 - 5
         - Christ’s Rights through Creation Revelation 4
         - Christ's Rights through Redemption Revelation 5
   - The Beginning of Sorrows (first 6 seals) Revelation 6 - 7
         - 1st Seal: Conquest through diplomacy – White Horse Revelation 6:1-2
         - 2nd Seal: War and Bloodshed – Red Horse Revelation 6:3-4
         - 3rd Seal: Widespread Famine – Black Horse Revelation 6:5-6
         - 4th Seal: Disease and Death – Pale Horse Revelation 6:7-8
         - 5th Seal: Middle of Week – Jewish Witnesses Martyred Revelation 6:9-11
         - 6th Seal: Governmental Upheaval – Hearts Fail Revelation 6:12-17
         - (Two Companies Preserved: A Jewish and a Gentile) Revelation 7
   - The Great Tribulation (7th seal, 7 trumpets) Revelation 8 - 11
         - 7th Seal: Leading into Trumpets Revelation 8:1-6
         - 1st Trumpet: Prosperity Dries Up Revelation 8:7
         - 2nd Trumpet: A Great Western Political Power Falls Revelation 8:8-9
         - 3rd Trumpet: An Influential Western Person Apostatizes Revelation 8:10-11
         - 4th Trumpet: All Leadership in the West Apostatizes Revelation 8:12-13
         - 5th Trumpet: Antichrist Emerges, Deludes Apostate Israel Revelation 9:1-12
         - 6th trumpet: Advance of the Eastern Arab Confederacy Revelation 9:13-21
         - Parenthesis Part I: Christ Claims His Possession Revelation 10
         - Parenthesis Part II: The Two Witnesses (Jewish Testimony) Revelation 11:1-14
         - The 7th trumpet: The appearing of Christ Revelation 11:15-18
   - Added Details: The Judgment of Israel Revelation 12 - 14
         - The Believing Jewish Remnant Under Satan’s Persecution Revelation 12
         - The Two Beasts: A Political Beast and A Religious Beast Revelation 13
         - A Seven-Fold Vision Of God’s Intervention Revelation 14
   - Added Details: The Judgment of the Gentiles Revelation 15 - 16
         - The Gentile Martyrs, Preparation For Bowls Revelation 15
         - 1st Bowl: Moral Pain on the Followers of the Beast Revelation 16:2
         - 2nd Bowl: Apostasy of All Nations Who Reject the Gospel Revelation 16:3
         - 3rd Bowl: Natural Sources of Joy are Turned to Misery Revelation 16:4-7
         - 4th Bowl: Governmental Apostasy Results in Oppression Revelation 16:8-9
         - 5th Bowl: Deep Spiritual Darkness Covers the Empire Revelation 16:10-11
         - 6th Bowl: The Kings of the East Invade the Beast's Empire Revelation 16:12-16
         - 7th Bowl: Appearing of Christ, Beast's Navy Destroyed Revelation 16:17-21
   - Added Details: The Judgment of Babylon Revelation 17 - 19:10
         - The Great Whore Revelation 17:1-6
         - The Beast (Revived Roman Empire) Revelation 17:7-18
         - Details Of The Fall Of Babylon As A City Revelation 18:1-20
         - The Final Destruction Of Babylon As A City Revelation 18:1-21-24
         - Two Celebrations In Heaven Revelation 19:1-10
   - The Appearing through the Eternal State (8 Visions) Revelation 19:11 - 21:8
         - 1st Vision: Christ The Victorious Conqueror Revelation 19:11-16
         - 2nd Vision: Summoning The Ravenous Birds To The Supper Revelation 19:17-18
         - 3rd Vision: The Judgment At Armageddon Revelation 19:19-21
         - 4th Vision: Satan Bound For 1000 Years (Millennium) Revelation 20:1-3
         - 5th Vision: Heavenly Saints Reign With Christ For 1000 Years Revelation 20:4-10
         - 6th Vision: Great White Throne, Dissolution Of Heavens & Earth Revelation 20:11
         - 7th Vision: The Second Resurrection, And The Second Death Revelation 20:12-15
         - 8th Vision: The Eternal State Revelation 21:1-8
   - Appendix: The Church in the Administration of the Millennium Revelation 21:9 - 22:5
   - Closing Exhortations Revelation 22:6-21


An EARthly Book. this is a book of judgement that has to do with the earth. Even though the church is mentioned before and after the judgment, it is in the context of the earth. in Ch. 1-3 the church is on earth, as a responsible witness. In Ch.21-22 the church is coming down out of heaven. the church isn’t explicitely seen after chapter 3 until chapter 19 because she has been raptured! See also Daniel 9:24, "seventy weeks are determined upon thy people"... for the 1st 69 the church wasn't there, and neither will we be for the 70th week.

a symbolic book. Revelation is a symbolic book, but it speaks of literal events. We don’t take the symbols literally, but we take the events literally. There are some numbers (1260 days, etc.) that are literal. in order to know if something is literal, we need to have some other scriptures to back it up… we can’t have “private interpretations” (II Pet. 1:20). Having read the whole bible, symbols, etc. we are able to understand these things. We interpret scripture in light of other scriptures. II Peter 1:20 - no scripture explains itself

a summarizing book. Revelation is the summing up the ends of many prophetic subjects throuhout the word of God. If we don't understand the Spirit of God's method of teaching prophesy (the emplyment of series going over the same ground again, the parentheses, etc.) we will run into trouble with Revelation. We learn these methods from reading Old Testament prophecy first. See Rev. 10… The little book is figurative of OT prophesies. One needs to have digested the Old testamenT prophesies to understand what we have in Revelation.

two great apostasies. The two great apostasies come together in Revelation: the Jewish Apostasy and the Christian Apostasy.

Seven blessings in a book of judgment:
  1. Rev. 1:3 – a Blessing for those that read, hear, and keep the words of the Book of Revelation.
  2. Rev. 14:13 – A blessing for those who have died in faith.
  3. Rev. 16:15 – A blessing for those who walk carefully and separate from the world.
  4. Rev. 19:9 – A blessing for all invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
  5. Rev. 20:6 – A blessing for a heavenly saints who will live and reign with Christ in the Millennium.
  6. Rev. 22:7 – A blessing for those who treasure the prophetic scriptures in light of the Lord's coming.
  7. Rev. 22:14 – A blessing for those who put their trust in the blood of Jesus.
A Chronological Arrangement


*  Black text = Events
    Red text = PARENTHESES OR APPENDICES
    Blue text = Open and Close

The title of the Book in the KJV is wrong. It is the revelation (appearing/ unveiling) of Jesus Christ. the subject of the book is the official kingdom glories of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Translation of Revelation. The KJV is based on the Received Text of Erasmus (1516) who lacked the best manuscripts. In some cases, he used the latin vulgate to guide him and assembling as greek bible. The book of revaltion is unique in that there are few early copies. for this reason it is highly encouraged to use a critical translation when studying revelation. In the last six verses of this chapter, Erasmus retranslated from latin back into greek to complete the text. Therefore, in the KJV, the text of Rev. 22:16-21 has gone from Greek → Latin → Greek → English!

Prophecy vs. the Mystery. Prophecy is not "the Deep things of God", because prophecy does not go beyond what we have in the Old Testament. It is "the mystery" which was hid in the heart of God from a past eternity.

References

  1. Exposition of the Revelation of Jesus Christ (by W. Scott)
  2. Synopsis of the Books of the Bible (by J. N. Darby)
  3. Lectures on the Book of Revelation (by W. Kelly)
  4. An Exposition of Revelation. (by W. Kelly)
  5. The Revelation (by F. B. Hole)
  6. Exploring the Revelation. (by L. M. Grant)
  7. The Revelation. (by Hamilton Smith)
  8. On the Apocalypse (by J. N. Darby)
  9. The Revelation of Jesus Christ (by C. Stanley)
  10. Outline of the Book of Revelation (by Bruce Anstey)