Outline of Revelation

  • Introduction and greeting (1:4)
  • The things he saw, a vision of Christ – (1)
  • A message to the seven Churches (Chapter 2 & 3)
  • A description of heaven with seven parts of the vision. (4-22)
  • The Seven Seals (6:1-8:1)
  • The Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19)
  • The Seven imageries to describe people (12:1-13:18)
  • Seven Bowls (15 – 16: 21)
  • Judgment of Babylon (17:1-18:24)
  • The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ to set up His Millennial Kingdom (19:1-21)
  • God on the Great White Throne for judgment (20:1-15)
  • Eternal State with the New Heaven and New Earth (21:1-22:5)
  • Imminence of Christ’s return, Epilogue, the closing benediction, Christ speaks (22:6-21)

John’s letter is one of encouragement and correction.

The symbolic metaphoric language style used in Revelation was chosen to hide the true nature of the book from the unbeliever. The believers would understand what John meant and be encouraged. This however may have made the Romans very angry if they knew the meaning. Others, non-believers, found this language confusing. In much of the symbolism, John was portraying the account of Jesus’ life and death, the inauguration of the Church and the final salvation of the Church by the returning King.

Most commentators agree that the significance of Revelation 11 is that, whether it is symbolic or literal, the use of Old Testament imagery and its hermeneutical structure has theological significance, as shown in Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 22:1. It is a Hebrew apocalyptic message like the Book of Daniel. John expands the prophecy of Daniel 2, 7, and 12 drawing comparisons to the beast of Daniel 7:1-8, to Revelation 13:1-2. John used apocalyptic language, referring to the Babylonian exile and how the judgment would come upon the offenders and the final Divine intervention to save the faithful.

It is advisable to have a historical understanding of that period along with an overall Biblical concept to understand the information hidden within. The Book of Revelation sets up the picture of the Godhead in its pre-eminence and holds them in their rightful awe and majesty.

In HIS hands Dr. Ian Traill


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