Upon completion of this chapter you will be able to:
C Name the author of the book of Revelation.
C Identify to whom the book of Revelation was written.
C State the purpose for the book of Revelation.
C Write the Key Verse of the book of Revelation from memory.
C State the Life and Ministry Principles for the book of Revelation.
TO WHOM: Seven churches in Asia and believers in general. PURPOSE: To reveal God’s plan for the world.
KEY VERSE: 1:19
LIFE AND MINISTRY PRINCIPLE: In the end, good is always victorious over evil. God always accomplishes His established plan and purpose.
MAIN CHARACTERS: John, antichrist, false prophet, Jesus Christ
Part One: The Past: "Things which thou hast seen"
I. Introduction: 1:1-3
II. Salutation: 1:4-6
III. Theme of the Revelation: 1:7-8
IV. Author: John 1:9-10
V. John’s vision of the Lord: 1:10-18
A. His Person: Alpha and Omega, the Lord: 1:11
B. His position: The midst of the churches (candlesticks): 1:12-13
C. His characteristics: 1:13-16
D. His message: 1:17-20
Part Two: The Present: "Things which are"
I. Messages to the churches: 2:1-3:22
A. Ephesus: 2:1-7
B. Smyrna: 2:8-11
C. Pergamos: 2:12-17
D. Thyatira: 2:18-29
E. Sardis: 3:1-6
F. Philadelphia: 3:7-13
G. Laodicea: 3:14-22
Part Three: The Future: "Things which shall be hereafter"
I. The control of events in the end time: 4:1-5:14
A. The Throne of God: 4:1-11
B. The Scroll: 5:1-5
C. The Lamb: 5:6-14
II. The wrath of the Lamb: 6:1-19:21
A. The seven seal judgments: 6:1-11:19
1. The first seal: 6:1-2
2. The second seal: 6:3-4
3. The third seal: 6:5-6
4. The fourth seal: 6:7-8
5. The fifth seal: 6:9-11
6. The sixth seal: 6:12-17
7. An interlude: 7:1-17
a. On earth: The sealing of the servants of God: 7:1-8
b. In Heaven: The singing of the servants of God: 7:9-17
8. The seventh seal: 8:1-11:19. This seal consists of seven trumpets:
a. First trumpet: 8:7
b. Second trumpet: 8:8-9
c. Third trumpet: 8:10-11
d. Fourth trumpet: 8:12-13
e. Fifth trumpet: 9:1-12
f. Sixth trumpet: 9:13-21
g. Interlude: 10:1-11:14.
Seven events occur between the sixth and seventh trumpets.
h. Seventh trumpet: 11:15-19
III. The reign of Satan on earth: 12:1-13:18
A. Satan and Israel: 12:1-17
B. Satan and the world: 13:1-18
IV. The seven vial judgments: 14:1-16:21
A. Events preceding the vial judgments: 14:1-15:8
B. The vial judgments: 16:1-21
l. First vial judgment: 16:2
2. Second vial judgment: 16:3
3. Third vial judgment: 16:4-7
4. Fourth vial judgment: 16:8-9
5. Fifth vial judgment: 16:10-11
6. Sixth vial judgment: 16:12-16
7. Seventh vial judgment: 16:17-21
V. Destruction of the world’s religious systems: 17:1-18
A. History: 17:1-6
B. Future: 17:7-18
VI. Destruction of the world’s political and economic systems: 18:1-24
VII. Defeat of the enemies of God at Armageddon: 19:1-21
A. The celebration in Heaven: 19:1-10
B. The confrontation on earth: 19:11-21
VIII. The judgment of mankind: 20:4-15
A. Unto life: 20:4-10
B. Unto death: 20:11-15
IX. The new heaven and new earth: 21:1-22:5
A. Introductory overview: 21:1-8
B. The New Jerusalem in detail: 21:9-22:5
X. Closing exhortations: 22:6-21