Saturday, September 5, 2015

Revelation Overview

People don’t read or study Revelation as much as other books of the Bible, because they don’t understand it or they are fearful of what it says.  BSF (Bible Study International) will begin a study of Revelation in the fall.  I will be posting my insights then, but for now I thought I would post an overview to get you interested.

Revelation means the act of revealing or disclosing something.  This is about Jesus revealing Himself to us.  Why study this book?  Jesus wants us to be encouraged, to know the ending, and be aware of what’s going to happen so we’re not afraid.  Then we can stand firm when the Anti-Christ comes and tries to deceive us.  He wants us to be steadfast in our Christian walk, have sound doctrine, and be separated from false teachings.

God the father gave God the Son the Revelation for Him in turn to give to His angel, then to John.  He wants to reveal what must soon take place.  John testifies to what he saw.  Revelation is written by the Apostle John while in he was in exile on the Island of Patmos.  This book was written to give hope and encouragement to Christians who need to know God is in control and will someday judge and punish evil.  Then He will establish His everlasting kingdom with a new heaven and a new earth.

It begins with letters of correction to 7 churches.  Then 7 Judgments are revealed – 7 Seals, 7 Triumphs, and 7 Bowl Judgments.   Rev. 1:3 is the only place in the Bible that blesses those who read it and heed it.  “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near”.  This should be encouraging to us who study Revelation. 

The Key Verse or Outline of Revelation is Rev. 1:19“Write therefore the things which you have seen and the things which are, and the things which shall take place after these things.”

Chapter 1
Things you have seen.
Verse 1 – tells us that this book is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and is from God to Jesus to the angel and then to John and then to us.  Revelation means to unveil or disclose.
Verse 11 - The angel told John to write in a book what he sees, and send it to the seven churches.
Verse 13 – Lampstands are the churches – Jesus was in the middle of the churches to protect them.

Chapters 2-3 
Things which are (messages to the churches).

Chapters 4-22
Things which shall take place after these things.

Chapter 5
The Lamb (Jesus) is the only one worthy to break the seal of the scrolls.  God couldn’t open it, because He had given the right to man to rule the earth and Jesus was without sin and has overcome the devil so He had to be the one. 

Chapter 6
Start of the judgments – 6 seals broken. (John sees what the future holds.)
1st seal – one on a white horse with bow, a crown is given to him, he went out conquering
2nd seal – one on a red horse to take peace from earth, and that men should slay one another, he had great sword.
3rd seal – one on a black horse with a pair of scales (sounds like famine to follow).
4th seal – one on an ashen horse named Death and Hades followed him, he was given authority to kill with sword, famine, pestilence, and wild beasts.
5th seal – John saw those killed during the tribulation.
6th seal – there was great a earthquake, sun became black, moon became like blood, stars fell, sky was split apart, mountains and islands moved from their places.  Verse 17“great day of wrath has come…”

Chapter 7
144,000 sealed – these are the believing Jews with the seal of salvation, sealed during the Great Tribulation

Chapter 8
7th seal broken – 7 angels with 7 trumpets
1st angel – came hail & fire mixed w/blood, thrown to earth, 1/3 of
earth burned up, 1/3 of trees burned up and all green grass burned up
2nd angel – something like a great mountain burning w/fire thrown into sea, 1/3 of sea became blood, 1/3 of the creatures in sea died, 1/3 of ships destroyed
3rd angel – great star called Wormwood fell from heaven burning like torch, 1/3 fell on rivers & streams making waters become wormwood, men died from the water, made it bitter
4th angel – 1/3 of sun and 1/3 of moon and 1/3 of stars were darkened so 1/3 of the day and night were darkened
3 WOES! - Last 3 angels’ trumpets were about to sound

Chapter 9
5th angel – star from heaven fell to earth with key to bottomless pit which
opened, smoke went up like furnace, sun and air were darkened.  Out of the pit came locust as big as horses and power was given them as scorpions.  They could only hurt men who didn’t have the seal of God.  They could not kill anyone, only torment for 5 months.   
1st WOE is past, 2 more to come.
6th angel – told to release 4 angels who are bound.  They were released to kill 1/3 of mankind.  200 million horsemen with fire, smoke, & brimstone coming out of their mouths killed 1/3 of mankind. Rest of mankind did not repent.

Chapter 10 
Another angel with a little book, John told to eat book, book was bitter.

Chapter 11
2 witnesses given authority to prophesy for 1260 days. (Some believe that Elijah is one of the witnesses – (Malachi 4:1-5, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord”). They have power to shut up the sky, turn water to blood, and smite with plagues.
The Beast will come out of the abyss and attack them & kill them, their bodies lie in street 3 ½ days, God gives them breath, resurrecting them and they go to heaven.
Great earthquake – 1/10th of city fell, 7,000 killed the rest were terrified and gave glory to God – but did not repent!  
2nd WOE is past, 3rd WOE is coming quickly.
7th angel - starts 3rd WOE. “Thou hast begun to reign”.  Nations enraged, God’s wrath has come, time for dead to be judged, saints rewarded, time to destroy those who destroy the earth.  Temple of God opened, Ark of Covenant appeared, lightning, thunder, earthquake, great hailstorm. 

Chapter 12
Signs in heaven – woman, which is Israel and red dragon, which is Satan.
War in heaven is with Michael and angels with dragon and his angels.  “The great dragon was Hurled down…”Rev. 12:9.  Meaning the dragon (devil) could not go back and forth from heaven to earth anymore.  He was thrown down to the earth & sea, because he will have great wrath for he knows he has only a short time left.

Chapter 13
1st beast, which is Anti-Christ given power & authority by dragon performs signs.  Tod gave him power for 42 months.
2nd beast, which is False Prophet (Rev 19:20), makes earth worship the 1st beast, can perform great signs also, deceives the earth, makes image of 1st beast and makes earth worship him, gives breath to the image or be killed, makes people of earth take the mark of the beast – if not, they can’t buy or sell w/o the mark, 666.

Chapter 14
This chapter could be an overview of the bowls or 7th trumpet.  
144,000 are now in heaven.
Another angel - “Fear God His judgment has come”
2nd angel - “Fallen is Babylon the great”
3rd angel – “Whoever takes mark will be tormented…”
4th angel – “…hour to reap has come.” Son of Man on a cloud swung His sickle and earth was reaped.
5th angel – also had a sharp sickle
6th angel – had power over fire, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather vine of the earth.”
Blood from wine press up to horses’ bridles for 200 miles.

Chapter 15
7 angels with 7 plagues with them the wrath of God is finished, victory over the beast, they came out of temple, 7 angels given 7 bowls full of wrath of God.

Chapter 16
1st bowl poured on earth became loathsome and malignant sore upon men with mark of Beast
2nd bowl poured into sea, became blood, every living thing died
3rd bowl poured into rivers & springs, became blood of the saints & prophets
4th bowl poured upon sun and scorched men with fire, they refused to repent
5th bowl poured upon throne of beast, his kingdom darkened/gnawed their tongues with pain, they blasphemed God & refused to repent
6th bowl poured upon Euphrates River, it dried up, gathered kings for Armageddon
7th bowl poured upon the air, voice said “It is done.”
Lightning, thunder, great earthquake, city split, cities of nations fell, Babylon remembered by God for His wrath, hailstones, men blasphemed God

Chapter 17
Woman (Babylon) sitting on scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names with 7 heads & 10 horns, drunk w/blood of saint & witnesses.
Beast – 7 heads = 7 kings goes to destruction, 10 horns = 10 kings receive authority for 1 hour, was war against the Lamb, but Lamb will overcome them.   

Chapter 18
Fall of Babylon

Chapter 19
Multitude in heaven rejoices, Marriage of Lamb, wedding supper of the Lamb, Lord comes on white horse who judges & wages war, armies in heaven follow Him.

Chapter 20
Angel with key to abyss, bound dragon (Satan) for 1,000 years, threw him into abyss so he couldn't deceive the nations until 1,000 years was complete, then he will be released for a short time.
1st resurrection – those who did not receive the mark – Rev. 20:4
After 1,000 reign the unbelievers will be brought to life which is the 2nd resurrection.
After 1,000 year reign, Satan released and will go out to deceive the world for a short time, then will be thrown in lake of fire with false prophet.
Great White Throne Judgment – dead judged if name not written in Book of Life, thrown into Lake of Fire.

Chapter 21
New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem
John saw New Jerusalem –
12 gates (name of 12 tribes on them
12 foundations stones (name of 12 apostles)
1500 miles – length, width, height
Wall – 72 yards
City – gold, adorned w/precious stones
Streets – pure gold
No temple – Lord God & Lamb are its temple
No sun or moon, the glory of God will illumine it; its lamp is the Lamb.
Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will be there.

Chapter 22
River of life coming from throne of God & Lamb, Tree of Life, no longer any curse, no longer night, throne of God & Lamb shall be in it, they shall reign forever, behold I am coming quickly, my reward is with Me.
“Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.” – Rev 22:7
“If anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book”Re. 22:19
I hope you will join me next time as we begin to study the book of Revelation.  Please let me know if this is helpful.

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