The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ
Introduction: The Natural Outline of the book
“Revelation” is the Greek word “apokalupsis” which literally means the unveiling or a revealing and in this case it is the revealing of who Christ is and what HE shall do in the last day. The last view the world had of Christ two thousand years ago was a sacrificial lamb. With the book of the Revelation, a new view or vision shall be given. A greater vision of HIS person and purpose. This book is not to be a sealed book for God has commanded the book to remain open.
“And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 22:10)
One of the errors some make is to seek to spiritualize the majority of what is written in this book. The truth is Jesus is providing for us literal historical events that are yet to come. The key to the proper interpretation of each text will be the Scripture itself. There will be signs, symbols, and truths that seem to be hidden, but an effort to see the literal interpretation of the text is extremely important when possible.
The majority of the writings found in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ are future events. So, in the very first phrase we have the essence of what this book is all about. It is the unveiling of Jesus Christ, the lifting of the wraps, this book is not to be a mystery, but rather a powerful declaration of the Glorified Christ. This wisdom of God is only provided for those who will seek out the truth. The last days will be characterized by perilous times. Times in which the inhabitants of the world turn further and further away from the truth. They will be happy to embrace deception as the deceptions will support their selfish and lustful desires. The majority of the inhabitants of the earth shall be directed by the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life and not by the Scriptures.
The apostle John is the last of the disciples as the others have all passed away. Jewish tradition records all were martyred for their faith in Christ. John has been banished to the island of Patmos by the Roman government for preaching the gospel. In chapter one and verse nineteen we discover the natural outline for this great prophetic book. Jesus instructs John to record three specific things. These three things are the three natural divisions of the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
While on this island, John will receive visions of future events that shall serve as a warning to those living in the last of the last days. For in these “perilous times” the truth of God will be ignored as Satan and the principalities and powers of darkness will cover the earth with great delusions. These deceptions brought about by the anti-christ shall capture the souls of men for eternal destruction. “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;…” Here is the three point outline for the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
“Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;” (Revelation 1:19)
John Write the things which thou hast seen. What did John see in chapter 1? The first thing he saw was a vision of the glorified Christ.
“And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. 14 His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; 15 And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelation 1:13-15)
Jesus Christ is symbolically portrayed as one standing in the middle of the 7 churches of Asia Minor. These were 7 literal, historical churches that existed at the time of John’s writing of this book. Jesus Christ is portrayed with eyes that were as a flame of fire, his feet were like unto fine brass, and his voice as the sound of many waters. He is standing prepared to deliver needed messages to these churches. HE sees all. HE knows all. HE is prepared to intervene to protect them and to preserve their ministry, but they must hear.
Jesus Christ is prepared for judgment. This sight of Christ was so overwhelming that when John, the beloved John, John who leaned against the breast of Jesus at the Passover feast, when John first saw HIM, he fell at his feet as dead. The vision of the resurrected Christ was so powerful he fell to the ground prostrate.
John write the things which thou hast seen. Then secondly John write the things which are; the things which are have been recorded for us in chapters 2 and 3. These are specific messages given to these seven churches. They are important messages that will direct the lives of these seven churches. These messages are so valuable that they are pertinent to all churches throughout the church age period which is from the time of the first Century church until today. Jesus Christ standing, watching, evaluating all that was presently occurring in those local assemblies would receive, instruction, commendations and in some cases necessary corrections. Again, these problems will be problems the church will face throughout church history, it is important for all churches to give heed to these messages from Christ who is the head of the body and the bridegroom to the bride. We will look at each message in detail, but first here is a quick overview of the issues facing these seven churches.
Ephesus – left their first love
Smyna – persecuted church therefore a pure church
Pergamus – the church of doctrinal compromise
Thyatira – the church tolerant of open and known sin
Sardis – the church that had a testimony of being alive, but God said they were dead.
Philadelphia – the church of revival
Laodicea – the apostate church
Thirdly, John record the things which shall be. This section contains the things that shall be “hearafter” or the future events. The future events begin in chapter 4 and runs to the end of the book which is Revelation 22:21.
“After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” (Revelation 4:1)
What are those “hereafter” things?
-Jesus Christ the Righteous Judge Who is worthy (Revelation 4 & 5)
-The 7 seals of judgment – (Revelation 6:1-8:5)
-The 7 trumpets of judgment – (Revelation 8:6-11:19)
-Prophecies explained in detail – (Revelation 12:1-14:20)
-The 7 vials of judgment – (Revelation 15:1-19:6)
-Destruction of religious and economic Babylon – (Revelation 18:1-19:6)
-The 2nd coming of Christ & the eternal state – Revelation 19:7-22:21
The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is more than the cosmic struggle between the forces of good and evil. John has received a vision from God about things that are yet to happen. The Old Testament types and symbols are found in these visions of the future. The Scriptures are the key to the proper interpretation of this book. But a second key is found in verse three of chapter one.
“Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (Revelation 1:3)
A special blessing from God is promised to those who read, study, hear the words of this prophecy and then because they gain an understanding of the message, they seek to obey it. God has supernatural blessings waiting for those who will understand and obey the various messages and promises of this book. We must read, we must study, and we must seek by the grace of God to obey. For we are living in the last of the last days and the time is at hand.
“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” (Revelation 22:20-21)
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Revelation Chapter 1
The Messages To The Seven Churches
This is the second division of the book of Revelation as given in the natural outline of chapter 1:19. "The things which are" the 7 churches located in Asia Minor receive instruction from the Lord Jesus Christ. John has recorded that instruction.
The Things Which Shall Be Revelation 4-22
This is the 3rd section of the book of Revelation and contains the majority of material which are all future events. Events that follow the church age period.
- Revelation 4 – The Church in Heaven
- Revelation 5 – The Worthy One
- Revelation 6 – The Opening of the Seals
- Revelation 7 – Two Groups of Believers
- Revelation 8 – The Opening of the 7th Seal
- Revelation 9 – The Final Three Trumpet Judgments
- Revelation 10 – The Mighty Angel
- Revelation 11 – The Parenthesis
- Revelation 12 – The Woman, The War, The Woe
- Revelation 13 – The antichrist and the false prophet
- Revelation 14 – The World Rescued by God
- Revelation 15 – A Sign and A Song
- Revelation 16 – The Vial Judgments
- Revelation 17 – The Destruction of Ecclesiastical Babylon
- Revelation 18 – The Destruction of Economic Babylon
- Revelation 19 – Let the Hallelujahs Roll
- Revelation 20 – The Coming Earthly Kingdom of Jesus Christ
- Revelation 21 – The New Heaven and The New Earth
- Revelation 22 – The Eternal State
The Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ
When will it be? What will it be like?