Bible Studies and Bible Answers - REVELATION OUTLINE

 

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The Book Of Revelation Introduction “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place.” (Re ) So begins the book of Revelation, one of the most challenging books in the Bible. It is the first book that many new to the Bible want to study, while it is often neglected by mature. outline of the book of revelation 'cp' denotes 'compare passage' the purpose of the book of revelation is to make known to believers the things that will take place at the end of this present age, preceding, and subsequent to the second coming of christ. god gave the revelation to jesus, who sent it with an angel to john to give to the church. Outline of Revelation —A useful guide for study. The Revelation of Christ (Revelation ) >The Prologue >The Introduction >Resource: Outline of visions John saw and recorded. Now before we proceed further with our studies of the book of Revelation, I would like to provide you with an outline of the book as a useful guide to your study.


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Here John receives a vision of the glorified Christ as present in the world in the church. Christ directs John to write what he sees in a book and send it to each of the seven local churches then existing in Asia.

The significance of these churches is that they are representative of all local churches everywhere, in every age, including the present time, until the rapture. The book is to be divided into three parts: the things which John had seen, the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter, outline of the book of revelation in the bible.

The things which John had seen pertains to his vision of the glorified Christ, in this chapter. The things which are, pertains to the church age and Christ's evaluation of the spiritual state of the churches and subsequent rapture, in Ch The things which shall be hereafter, pertains to all the events and things that will take place after the church age - the rapture - in Ch The first blessing Jesus pronounces for all who read, who hear, and who obey the teachings of Revelation is recorded in this chapter.

Christ's letters to the seven local churches in Asia evaluating their spiritual state in these chapters is a warning to every individual Christian to continually examine their beliefs and activities and ensure that they conform to what Christ expects of His church. These letters are to be interpreted as not only applying for that generation, but as having an ongoing application for all generations, including ours. We also learn here that love is the key to eternal life.

Christ has undertaken outline of the book of revelation in the bible save only the church at Philadelphia - which means love of Brethren - from the tribulation.

This is clear evidence of a pre-tribulation rapture and only those individuals represented by the church at Philadelphia will take outline of the book of revelation in the bible. Here we see the raptured church in heaven represented by the twenty-four elders seated around the throne of God. We know the church is raptured here because it is never mentioned again in scripture as being on earth after Ch 3.

Furthermore, the elders identify themselves in Ch 5 as having been redeemed from the earth. The four winged beasts full of eyes round about the throne have been created specifically to worship God and are undoubtedly the seraphim and cherubim described by the Old Testament prophets, Isaiah and Ezekiel. The book God is holding here with the seven seals is the book of judgement. Jesus, the lamb of God who bore the punishment for the sins of all humanityis the only one qualified to loose the seals and execute the judgements, which form part of the tribulation.

This is further evidence that the tribulation is God's wrath poured out upon sinners not saints. The church will not go through the tribulation.

The twenty-four elders identify themselves here as having been redeemed from the earth, which proves they are the raptured church. The opening of the first seal here reveals the rise to power of Antichrist and the onset of the tribulation. This is synonymous with the start of Daniel's seventieth week prophesied in the Old Testament, outline of the book of revelation in the bible, which continues throughout the tribulation until Christ's second coming in Ch The opening of the second seal reveals Antichrist breaking his seven year peace treaty with Israel after three and a half years and making war on Israel.

This is synonymous with the prophetic events recorded in the middle of Daniel's seventieth week. The opening of the third and fourth seals reveals famine and death killing a quarter of earth's inhabitants. War, famine, pestilence, evil beasts and death will intensify as the tribulation progresses.

The opening of the fifth seal reveals the multitude of martyred tribulation saints, beheaded for their testimony to Christ. The opening of the sixth seal reveals the first of God's judgements upon the earth and its inhabitants during the tribulation which is so cataclysmic it causes the sky to recede as if it were a scroll being rolled up, outline of the book of revelation in the bible, and every mountain and island is moved from its position.

When the great day of God's wrath is come sinners will rather be crushed to death by mountains and rocks than endure the judgements of God.

This is the wrath from which Christ promises to save the church. Here John sees one hundred and forty-four thousand Jews sealed with the seal of God in their foreheads to ensure their safety in the first three and a half years of the tribulation, during the seven trumpet judgements of God, which will be revealed at the opening of the seventh seal in Ch 8.

They will be raptured to heaven between the seventh trumpet and the first vial, or plague judgement in the middle of the tribulation, outline of the book of revelation in the bible. We know that they are in heaven at that time because in Ch 14 we are told that they were redeemed from the earth. The significance of the hundred and forty-four thousand is that they will be the firstfruits unto God out of the tribulation, of a new redeemed Israel.

John also receives another vision of the martyred tribulation saints in this chapter as in Ch 6. The opening of the seventh seal here, which reveals the first of the seven trumpet judgements of God about to be unleashed upon the earth in response to the prayers of the saints, causes silence in heaven for half an hour, outline of the book of revelation in the bible.

This signifies the awe and anticipation in heaven at the grim reality of the seven trumpet judgements. The first trumpet judgement is hail and fire outline of the book of revelation in the bible with blood which is cast upon the earth, burning up a third of the trees and all green grass.

The second trumpet judgement is a huge flaming meteorite cast into the sea which contaminates the sea and turns it into blood, killing a third of all the sea creatures and destroying a third of the ships. The third trumpet judgement is a great star called Wormwood which falls from heaven upon a third part of the rivers and freshwater streams and springs on earth, killing many because the waters were made bitter. The fourth trumpet judgement smites the sun and moon and stars causing darkness to fall upon a third part of the day and night.

After the fourth trumpet judgement an angel warns the inhabitants of earth that the worst is yet to come. The first four trumpet judgements were bad enough, but they will be nowhere near as devastating as the next three. This clearly refutes any teaching in the church that the seven trumpet judgements are not literal.

In the fifth trumpet judgement here an angel of God looses hordes of demon locusts upon the earth from the bottomless pit. They will torment earth's inhabitants for a period of five months, inflicting pain like scorpion bites.

The pain is so terrible those inflicted will want to die, but cannot. The only ones the demon locusts cannot touch are the hundred and forty-four thousand Jews with the seal of Outline of the book of revelation in the bible in their foreheads.

They will outline of the book of revelation in the bible raptured to heaven between the seventh trumpet judgement and the first vial, or plague judgement in the middle of the tribulation. In the sixth trumpet judgement four fallen angels are released from being bound in the Euphrates River. They have been held in readiness for this exact time and will lead two hundred million demon horsemen loosed from the bottomless pit in killing a third of earth's inhabitants then still living.

Those who are not killed still will not repent or give up their idol worship though. This demonstrates the depths of man's depravity, and underlines the reason why God will judge the earth and its inhabitants as Revelation foretells. The things described in this chapter are not part of the trumpet judgements, but occur at the same time. The mighty angel is Jesus. He is carrying the book of judgement He received from God in Ch 5.

The mystery of God which He has declared to the prophets that will be fulfilled in the seventh trumpet judgement, is the casting down of Satan out of heaven to the earth which is recorded in Ch When John eats the book of judgement as directed by the voice from heaven, it is sweet in his mouth but bitter in his belly.

The book represents Gods word. Being sweet in John's mouth but bitter in his belly, symbolizes the mixture of blessings and curses in God's word. It outline of the book of revelation in the bible sweet to those who accept it, but it is also bitter in that it pronounces judgement on those who reject it. After eating the book John is told that he must prophecy even further yet, which he does throughout the rest of the book. The temple of God which John measures here does outline of the book of revelation in the bible yet exist, but it will be built before Antichrist's reign in order that the prophecies concerning it in scripture will be fulfilled.

It will be desecrated by Antichrist in the middle of the tribulation when he places an image of himself as God in it, forcing people to worship it or be killed. Antichrist will take over both the temple and Jerusalem during the last three and a half years of his reign and tread them underfoot. That is why John did not have to measure the court of the Gentiles in the temple, only the Jewish part. We learn from this that the times of the Gentiles have not ended as many suppose, outline of the book of revelation in the bible.

It cannot end until the second coming of Christ and the defeat of Antichrist and his confederation of Gentile nations at the battle of Armageddon, at the end of the second three and a half years, or forty-two months. God's two witnesses are Enoch and Elijah, neither of whom have yet died.

They have to die to conform to scripture, so they will be killed by the beast out of the bottomless pit or abyss, when they finish their testimony, at the end of the tribulation. As they are being taken up to heaven a great earthquake destroys a tenth part of Jerusalem and kills seven thousand of its inhabitants, which causes the remnant of the Jews to glorify God.

The seventh trumpet sounds in this chapter, but the judgement itself is not designated. We know from our study of Ch 10 though that it is Satan cast out of heaven down to the earth, which is described in detail in Ch The temple of God being opened in heaven to reveal the ark of the covenant, signifies God's redeeming purpose in the midst of judgement.

The woman who gives birth to the manchild here is Israel, outline of the book of revelation in the bible. The twelve stars are the twelve tribes of Israel. The great red dragon is Satan, who has been cast out of heaven down to the earth, fulfilling the mystery of God which he had declared to the prophets, as recorded in Ch Having seven heads with ten horns and seven crowns upon his heads symbolizes Satan's domination of seven past world kingdoms and ten future kingdoms, which he will dominate through Antichrist.

A third part of the stars of heaven symbolize the number of angels cast out of heaven with Satan. The manchild symbolizes the hundred and forty-four thousand Jews with the seal of God in their foreheads, which is recorded in Ch 7 and 9.

These are the firstfruits unto God out of the tribulation of a new redeemed Israel. They are "caught up" to God - raptured to heaven - so Satan cannot touch them. He then turns on the woman - Israel - and tries to destroy her through Antichrist, who makes war on her after breaking their seven years peace treaty. The tribulation is now into its second stage, which will last another three and a half years.

God makes a way of escape for Israel and sustains her for the three and a half years in a place of refuge which He had prepared for her.

Satan then makes war on the godly Jews left behind who did not flee. They obviously got saved after the rapture of the hundred and forty-four thousand - the manchild. It should be noted here that there are many and varied opinions in the church as to who the manchild represents. The general consensus is that it is Jesus. This is not correct however, as Christ's birth is in the past, and the events and things of Revelation are future - preceding, and subsequent to Christ's second coming, during, and after the tribulation.

The woman gives birth to the manchild during the tribulation, outline of the book of revelation in the bible. We must yield any preconceptions we may hold in this matter to the authority of scripture.

It is the final arbiter. There are two beasts the subject of this chapter. The first, which rises up out of the sea is Antichrist. The symbolism of the leopard typifies Greece; the bear, Medo-Persia; and the lion, Babylon - all violent and cruel oppressors of Israel in the Old Testament period before the Romans conquered her. The fact they are depicted in the beast symbolizing Antichrist, means that Antichrist will combine all their evil features.

 

REVELATION CHAPTER 1 KJV

 

outline of the book of revelation in the bible

 

BOOK OF REVELATION STUDY GUIDE Glenn Taylor I. Both testaments can be divided into History – Instruction – Prophecy Revelation is the only book of prophecy in the New Testament. Very important we note this and realize we cannot study Revelation in the same way we study the book of Romans. II. Note the following keys to the book. Bible Book Summary. Revelation Summary by Jay Smith. The literary genres of the book of Revelation are an Apocalypse, a Prophecy, and an Epistle (or Letter). The Disciple/Apostle John, who followed Jesus Christ and witnessed His crucifixion, authored it. Revelation , describes a basic outline of the entire letter written by John. Outline of Revelation —A useful guide for study. The Revelation of Christ (Revelation ) >The Prologue >The Introduction >Resource: Outline of visions John saw and recorded. Now before we proceed further with our studies of the book of Revelation, I would like to provide you with an outline of the book as a useful guide to your study.