Revelation

Introduction

Purpose and Message

Revelation begins, "This is the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show to his servants the things which must happen soon, which he sent and made known by his angel to his servant, John, who testified to God's word of the testimony of Jesus Christ, about everything that he saw." (Rev. 1:1-2). Revelation is a highly symbolic book consisting of visions and messages that John received and wrote down. It describes the last days, the period between the resurrection and the second coming, and the end of the world which brings with it the ultimate victory of God and the consummated Kingdom of God.

Outline

My outline relies heavily on G. K. Beales' Revelation: A Shorter Commentary.

I. Prologue (1:1-20)
II. The Letters to the Seven Churches (2:1-3:22)
III. Glorified: Christ’s Resurrection (4:1-5:14)
IV. Seven Seals (6:1-8:5)
V. Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19)
VI. Seven Visions of Deeper Conflict (12:1-15:4)
VII. Seven Bowl Judgments (15:5-16:21)
VIII. Final Judgment (17:1-19:21)
IX. The Millennium (20:1-15)
X. The New Heavens and Earth (21:1-22:5)
XI. Epilogue (22:6-21)

I. Prologue (1:1-20)
A. Introduction, Purpose, and Blessing (1:1-3)
B. Epistolary Opening (1:4-6)
C. Announcement of the Coming King (1:7-8)
D. John’s Commission (1:9-20)
II. The Seven Churches (2:1-3:22)
A. To Ephesus (2:1-7)
B. To Smyrna (2:8-11)
C. To Pergamum (2:12-17)
D. To Thyatira (2:18-29)
E. To Sardis (3:1-6)
F. To Philadelphia (3:7-13)
G. To Laodicea (3:14-22)
III. Glorified: Christ’s Resurrection (4:1-5:14)
A. Glorified: Judge and Redeemer (4:1-11)
B. Glorified: Death and Resurrection (5:1-14)
IV. Seven Seals (6:1-8:5)
A. Seals 1-6 (6:1-17)
B. Interlude - 144,000 Sealed (7:1-17)
C. Seal 7 (8:1-5)
V. Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19)
A. The Six Trumpets (8:6-9:21)
B. Interlude - John’s Prophetic Call (10:1-11)
C. Interlude - Witness of the Church (11:1-14)
D. The Seventh Trumpet (11:15-19)
VI. Seven Visions of Deeper Conflict (12:1-15:4)
A. Woman and Seed and the Serpent (12:1-17)
B. Persecution: Beast from the sea (13:1-10)
C. Persecution: Beast from the land (13:11-18)
D. Lamb praised from the 144,000 (14:1-5)
E. Gospel and three Angel Judgment (14:6-13)
F. Son of Man Harvesting of Earth (14:14-20)
G. Victory and Praises Sung to God (15:1-4)
VII. Seven Bowl Judgments (15:5-16:21)
A. Seven Bowl Judgments (15:5-8)
B. The First Six Bowl Judgments (16:1-12)
C. Interlude – Armageddon (16:13-16)
D. Last Bowl Judgment (16:17-21)
VIII. Final Judgment (17:1-19:21)
A. Babylon’s Power and Luxury (17:1-15)
B. Babylon’s Fall (17:16-19:10)
C. Full and Final Destruction (19:11-21)
IX. The Millennium (20:1-15)
A. Inauguration: Millennial Kingdom (20:1-6)
B. Unsuccessful Assault: the Church (20:7-10)
C. Final Judgment (20:11-15)
X. New Heavens and New Earth (21:1-22:5)
A. Dwelling in the Midst of God (21:1-8)
B. New Creation (21:9-22:5)
XI. Epilogue (22:6-21)