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An Outline of Revelation (Apocalypse)


REVELATION: AN OUTLINE


Prologue: The Revelation of Jesus Christ Introduced (1:1-8).
  A. Superscription (1:1-3).

  B. Salutation (1:4-8).

    1. Greetings (1:4-5a).

    2. Doxology (1:5b-8).

I. VISION I: CHRIST AND HIS CHURCHES (1:9-3:22).
  
  A. Jesus Protects His Churches (1:9-20).

    1. John is commanded to write (1:9-11).

    2. John describes his vision (1:12-16).

    3. The meaning of the vision is explained (1:17-20).

  B. Jesus Speaks to His Churches (2:1-3:22).

    1. He speaks to Ephesus (2:1-7).
      a. Speaker is identified (2:1).
      b. The work of the church is examined (2:2-4).
        (1) The church is commended (2:2,3).
        (2) The church is condemned (2:4).
      c. The church is exhorted (2:5-7a).
      d. A promise is offered (2:7b).

    2. He speaks to Smyrna (2:8-11).
      a. Speaker is identified (2:8).
      b. The work of the church is commended (2:9-10a).
      c. The church is exhorted (2:10b-11a).
      d. A promise is offered (2:11b).

    3. He speaks to Pergamum (2:12-17).
      a. Speaker is identified (2:12).
      b. The work of the church is examined (2:13-15).
        (1) The church is commended (2:13).
        (2) The church is condemned (2:14,15).
      c. The church is exhorted (2:16-17a).
      d. A promise is offered (2:17b).

    4. He speaks to Thyatira (2:18-28).
      a. Speaker is identified (2:18).
      b. The work of the church is examined (2:19-23).
        (1) The church is commended (2:19).
        (2) The church is condemned (2:20-23).
      c. The church is exhorted (2:24-25).
      d. A promise is offered (2:26-27).
      e. The church is exhorted (2:28).

    5. He speaks to Sardis (3:1-6).
      a. Speaker is identified (3:1).
      b. The work of the church is condemned (3:2).
      c. The church is exhorted (3:3-4).
      d. A promise is offered (3:5).
      e. The church is exhorted (3:6).

    6. He speaks to Philadelphia (3:7-13).
      a. Speaker is identified (3:7).
      b. The work of the church is commended (3:8-10).
      c. The church is exhorted (3:11).
      d. A promise is offered (3:12).
      e. The church is exhorted (3:13).

    7. He speaks to Laodicea (3:14-22).
      a. Speaker is identified (3:14).
      b. The work of the church is condemned (3:15-18).
      c. The church is exhorted (3:19-20).
      d. A promise is offered (3:21).
      e. The church is exhorted (3:22).
  
II. VISION II: CHRIST'S WORK IN HISTORY DETAILED (4:1-16:21).

  A. Background: The Scroll Must be Opened (4:1-5:14).

    1. God the Father still reigns (4:1-11).
      a. The throne of God is revealed (4:1-6a).
      b. The servants of God worship him (4:6b-11).
        (1) The four living creatures sing the hymn of holiness (4:6b-8).
        (2) The twenty-four elders sing the hymn of ceation (4:9-11).

    2. God the Son redeems man (5:1-14).
      a. The importance of the seven-sealed scroll is indicated (5:1-4).
      b. The Lamb takes the scroll to open it (5:5-7).
      c. The Lamb is worshipped (5:8-14).
        (1) The living creatures and the twenty-four elders sing the hymn of re-creation (5:8-10).
         (2) The heavenly host praises the Lamb 5:11,12).
        (3) The whole earth praises the Father and the Son (5:13).
        (4) The heavenly leaders concur in the praise (5:14).

  B. The Seven Seals are Opened (6:1-8:1).

    1. The Lamb opens the seals (6:1a).

    2. Four seals are opened (6:1-8).
      a. First Seal: A conqueror is riding on a white horse (6:1b-2).
      b. Second Seal: A warrior is riding on a red horse (6:3-4).
      c. Third Seal: A merchant is riding on a black horse (6:5-6).
      d. Fourth Seal: Death is riding on a pale horse (6:7-8).

    3. Two seals are opened (6:9-17).
      a. Fifth Seal: Martyrs cry for vengeance (6:9-11).
      b. Sixth Seal: Judgment is prepared (6:12-17).

    4. Interlude: The condition of God's people is described (7:1-17).
      a. It is described from an earthly perspective: the 144,000 or church militant (7:1-8).
      b. It is described from an heavenly perspective: the great multitude or church triumphant (7:9-12).
      c. The glory of the heavenly perspective is described (7:13-17).

    5. The seventh seal is opened: there is silence (8:1).

  C. The Seven Trumpets are sounded (8:2-11:19).

    1. Seven angels receive seven trumpets (8:2-6).
      a. They are given seven trumpets (8:2).
      b. The prayers of the saints come before God (8:3-5).
      c. The seven trumpets are prepared (8:6).

    2. Four trumpets are sounded (8:7-13).
      a. First Trumpet: the earth is devastated (8:7).
      b. Second Trumpet: the sea is devastated (8:8,9).
      c. Third Trumpet: the fresh water is devastated (8:10,11).
      d. Fourth Trumpet: the heavenly bodies are devastated (8:12).
      e. Mankind is warned about further trumpet blasts (8:13).

    3. Two trumpets are sounded (9:1-21).
      a. Fifth Trumpet (the first woe): an army of locust invade the earth and reap death (9:1-11).
        (1) The event is described (9:1-6).
        (2) The locust are described (9:7-11).
        (3) Mankind is warned (9:12).
      b. Sixth Trumpet (the second woe): an army of men cross the Eurphrates and reap death (9:12-19).
        (1) The event is described (9:12-16).
        (2) The army is described (9:17-19).
      c. Mankind does not repent (9:20,21).

  4. Interlude: the condition of God's people is described (10:1-11:14).
      a. The little book seals up the seven thunders (10:1-11).
        (1) The angel delivers the little book of seven thunders (10:1-4).
        (2) The sealing of the little book is explained (10:5-7).
        (3) The little book is proclaimed (10:8-11).
      b. Two witnesses prophesy in the temple (11:1-13).
        (1) The witnesses are raised up in the temple (11:1-6).
         (2) The witnesses are persecuted (11:7-10).
         (3) The witnesses are vindicated (11:11-13).
      c. Mankind is warned (11:14).

     5. The seventh trumpet is sounded (the third woe): God prepares for the avenging of his people (11:15-19).
      a. Heaven rejoices in the Kingdom of Christ (11:15).
      b. The twenty-four elders give thanks for God's judgment (11:16-18).
      c. God is ready to act on behalf of his people (11:19).

  D. Interlude: The Seven Combatants are Identified (12:1-14:20).

    1. The Dragon attempts to thrwart God's purposes (12:1-17).
      a. The Dragon stalks the expectant mother (12:1-6).
      b. The Dragon stalks her child in heaven (12:7-12).
        (1) The Dragon is defeated (12:7-9).
        (2) Heaven is called to rejoice (12:10-12).
      c. The Dragon stalks the mother and her children on earth (12:13-17).
        (1) The Dragon cannot defeat the woman (12:13-16).
        (2) The Dragon now seeks her offspring (12:17).

    2. The Dragon raises up allies to do his bidding (13:1-18).
      a. The Dragon raises up the Beast from the sea (13:1-10).
        (1) The Beast is described (13:1-4).
        (2) The power of the Beast is described (13:5-8).
        (3) Christians are warned about the Beast (13:9,10).
      b. The Dragon raises up the Beast from the earth (13:11-17).
        (1) The authority of the Beast is described (13:11-13).
        (2) The power of the Beast is described (13:14-17).
      c. The number of the Beast is 666 (13:18).

    3. God's people are protected by the Lamb (14:1-5).
       a. They are sealed (14:1).
      b. They sing the song of redemption (14:2,3).
      c. They are pure (14:4,5).

    4. Three Angels announce the coming Judgment (14:6-12).
      a. The gospel is proclaimed (14:6,7).
      b. The fall of Babylon is announced (14:8).
      c. Severe judgment is coming upon beast-worshippers (14:9-12).

     5. God's judgment is released (14:13-20).
      a. The Son of man harvests the redeemed (14:13-16).
         (1) Christians are comforted (14:13).
         (2) Christians are harvested (14:14-16).
      b. An angel yields the sickle of wrath (14:17-20).

  E. The Seven Bowls are Poured Out (15:1-16:21).

     1. The condition of God's people is described (15:1-4).
      a. The seven last plagues are readied (15:1).
      b. Those who have overcome sing the song of Moses and the lamb (15:2-4).

     2. The seven bowls of wrath are distributed to seven angels (15:5-8).
      a. The seven angels come out of the temple (15:5,6).
      b. One of the living creatures gives the bowls of wrath to the angels (15:7,8).

     3. Four bowls are poured out upon the earth (16:1-8).
      a. God commands the bowls to be poured (16:1).
      b. First Bowl: the land is devastated (16:2).
      c. Second Bowl: the sea is devastated (16:3).
      d. Third Bowl: the fresh waters are devastated (16:4-7).
         (1) The effect of the third bowl is described (16:4).
      (2) God's judgments are praised (16:5-7).
      e. Fourth Bowl: the heavenly bodies are devastated (16:8,9).

     4. Two bowls are poured out upon mankind (16:10-16).
      a. Fifth Bowl: the kingdom of the beast is plunged into darkness (16:10-11).
      b. Sixth Bowl: the armies of the beast are defeated at Armageddon (16:12-16).

     5. The Seventh bowl is poured out: judgment is complete (16:17-21).

III. VISION III: CHRIST'S JUDGMENT IN HISTORY (17:1-21:8).

  A. The Woman who Rides on the Beast is the Enemy of God (17:1-18).

     1. The Woman is described as a prostitute (17:1-6).
      a. The Woman's fundamental nature is described (17:1,2).
      b. The Woman's appearance is described (17:3,4).
      c. The Woman's name is given (17:5).
      d. The Woman's name is derived from her activitis (17:6).

     2. The Woman is identified by means of identifying the Beast (17:7-14).
      a. The Beast needs to be identified (17:7,8).
      b. The Beast is identified (17:9-11).
      c. The Beast rules by virtue of ten kings who give their power to him (17:12-14).

    3. The Beast's relationship with the nations and to the woman is described (17:15-18).

  B. A Prophetic Oracle Against Bablyon is Delivered (18:1-24).

     1. Two Angels announce the fall of Babylon (18:1-8).
      a. The first Angel announces the fall (18:1-3).
      b. The second Angel announces the fall (18:4-8).

     2. The whole earth will lament the fall of Babylon (18:9-20).
      a. The kings of the earth lament her fall (18:9-10).
      b. The merchants of the earth lament her fall (18:11-17).
      c. Sailors of the sea lament her fall (18:18-20).

    3. The nature of Babylon's destruction is described: no more labor or joy will be found in it (18:21-24).

  C. Heaven Rejoices Over the Fall of Babylon and the Redemption of the Church (19:1-10).

     1. Heaven rejoices (19:1-8).
      a. The great multitude of heaven rejoices over the fall (19:1-3).
      b. The four living creatures and the twenty-four elders rejoice (19:4-5).
      c. The great multitude rejoices over the marriage (19:6-8).

     2. Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage (19:9).
     3. Worship God (19:10)!

  D. The Dragon and His Allies are Defeated (19:11-20:6).

     1. The Battle is engaged (19:11-21).
      a. Christ appears to do battle (19:11-16).
      b. The armies are called to engagement (19:17,18).
      c. The Beast and the kings of the earth are defeated (9:19-21).

     2. The Dragon is bound (20:1-3).

     3. The Martyrs are enthroned (20:4-6).

  E. The Final Judgment is Described (20:7-21:8).

     1. The Dragon is released and defeated again (20:7-10).

     2. The dead are judged by the book of life (20:11-15).

     3. Those who overcome receive a new heaven and a new earth (21:1-8).

IV. VISION IV: CHRIST'S ETERNAL INHERITANCE (21:9-22:5).

  A. The Eternal City is Described (21:9-21).

     1. The city is the Israel of God (21:9-14).

     2. The city is measured (21:15-17).

     3. The city is constructed from precious jewels and metals (21:18-21).

  B. The Father and the Lamb dwell in the City (21:22-27).

  C. The City Contains a Garden for Perpetual Life (22:1-5).

Epilouge: The Revelation of Jesus Christ Confirmed (22:6-21).

  A. The Prophecy of the Book is not to be Sealed (22:6-11).

     1. This must took place soon (22:6,7).

     2. Worship God (22:8,9)!

     3. The must take place soon (22:10,11).

  B. The Entrance into the Eternal City is Conditional (22:12-16).

     1. Jesus is identified (22:12,13).

     2. The conditions are described (22:14.15).
      a. Those who are washed have a right to the tree of life (22:14).
      b. The rebellious remain on the outside (22:15).

     3. Jesus is identified (22:16).

  C. An Invitation to Enter is Offered (22:17-21).

     1. The invitation is offered (22:17).

     2. A warning is provided (22:18,19).

    3. Lord, come (22:20,21).




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