Table of Contents

 

Introduction

Historical background

Interpretations

Genre

Outline

Message

Exposition

I. THE PREPARATION of the prophet ch. 1

A. The prologue of the book 1:1-8

1. The preface 1:1-3

2. The address and doxology 1:4-6

3. The theme 1:7-8

B. The commission of the prophet 1:9-20

1. The first commission to write 1:9-11

2. The source of the commission 1:12-16

3. The amplification of the commission 1:17-20

II. THE LETTERS TO THE SEVEN CHURCHES chs. 23

A. The letter to the church in Ephesus 2:1-7

1. Destination and description of Christ 2:1

2. Commendation 2:2-3 (cf. v. 6)

3. Rebuke 2:4

4. Exhortation 2:5-6

5. Promise 2:7

B. The letter to the church in Smyrna 2:8-11

1. Destination and description of Christ 2:8

2. Commendation 2:9

3. Exhortation 2:10a

4. Promise 2:10b-11

C. The letter to the church in Pergamum 2:12-17

1. Destination and description of Christ 2:12

2. Commendation 2:13

3. Rebuke 2:14-15

4. Exhortation 2:16

5. Promise 2:17

D. The letter to the church in Thyatira 2:18-29

1. Destination and description of Christ 2:18

2. Commendation 2:19

3. Rebuke 2:20-23

4. Exhortation 2:24-25

5. Promise 2:26-29

E. The letter to the church in Sardis 3:1-6

1. Destination and description of Christ 3:1a-b

2. Commendation and rebuke 3:1c, 2b

3. Exhortation 3:2a, 3

4. Promise 3:4-6

F. The letter to the church in Philadelphia 3:7-13

1. Destination and description of Christ 3:7

2. Commendation 3:8

3. Promise 3:9-12

4. Exhortation 3:11b, 13

G. The letter to the church in Laodicea 3:14-22

1. Destination and description of Christ 3:14

2. Rebuke 3:15-17

3. Exhortation 3:18-19

4. Promise 3:20-22

III. THE REVELATION OF THE FUTURE 4:122:5

A. Introduction to the judgments of the Tribulation chs. 45

1. The throne in heaven ch. 4

Christ's invitation 4:1

The glory of God 4:2-8

The worship of God 4:9-11

2. The Lamb on the throne ch. 5

The description of the scroll 5:1

The opener of the scroll 5:2-5

The worship of the Lamb 5:6-14

B. The first six seal judgments ch. 6

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

C. Supplementary revelation of salvation in the Great Tribulation ch. 7

1. The sealing of 144,000 Israelites 7:1-8

2. The salvation of the great multitude 7:9-17

D. The first six trumpet judgments chs. 89

1. The first four trumpet judgments ch. 8

The seventh seal 8:1

Introduction to the seven trumpet judgments 8:2-6

The first trumpet 8:7

The second trumpet 8:8-9

The third trumpet 8:10-11

The fourth trumpet 8:12

The warning concerning the final three trumpets 8:13

2. The fifth and sixth trumpet judgments ch. 9

The fifth trumpet (first woe) 9:1-11

The impact of the locusts 9:1-6

The characteristics of the locusts 9:7-11

The announcement of past and coming woes 9:12

The sixth trumpet (second woe) 9:13-21

A deadly attack 9:13-19

The survivors' response 9:20-21

E. Supplementary revelation of John's preparation for recording the remaining judgments in the Great Tribulation ch. 10

1. The appearance of the mighty angel 10:1-4

2. The announcement of the mighty angel 10:5-7

3. The instruction of the mighty angel 10:8-11

F. Supplementary revelation of the two witnesses in the Great Tribulation 11:1-14

1. The temple in Jerusalem 11:1-2

2. The ministry of the two witnesses 11:3-6

3. The death of the two witnesses 11:7-10

4. The resurrection of the two witnesses 11:11-13

5. The end of the second woe 11:14

G. The seventh trumpet judgment 11:15-19

H. Supplementary revelation of Satan's activity in the Great Tribulation chs. 1213

1. The activity of Satan himself ch. 12

The dragon's hostility toward the male child 12:1-6

The dragon's expulsion from heaven 12:7-12

The dragon's vengeance on the woman 12:13-17

2. The activity of Satan's agents ch. 13

The beast out of the sea 13:1-10

Characteristics of the beast 13:1-4

Activities of the beast 13:5-8

The response of believers to the beast 13:9-10

The beast out of the earth 13:11-18

I. Supplementary revelation of Preparations for the final judgments in the Great Tribulation chs. 1415

1. Judgment at the end of the Great Tribulation ch. 14

The triumph of the 144,000 14:1-5

Four climactic announcements 14:6-13

The everlasting gospel 14:6-7

The fall of Babylon 14:8

The fate of beast-worshippers 14:9-12

The blessedness of those who die in Christ 14:13

The reaping and treading of God's harvest 14:14-20

2. Preparation for the bowl judgments ch. 15

The announcement of the seven last judgments 15:1

The praise of the Tribulation martyrs 15:2-4

The preparation of the agents of judgment 15:5-8

J. The seven bowl judgments ch. 16

1. The commencement of the bowl judgments 16:1

2. The first bowl 16:2

3. The second bowl 16:3

4. The third bowl 16:4

5. Ascriptions of angelic and martyr praise 16:5-7

6. The fourth bowl 16:8-9

7. The fifth bowl 16:10-11

8. The sixth bowl 16:12-16

9. The seventh bowl 16:17-21

K. Supplementary revelation of the judgment of ungodly systems in the Great Tribulation chs. 1718

1. Religion in the Great Tribulation ch. 17

The invitation of the angel 17:1-2

The vision of the system 17:3-6

Further revelation about the beast 17:7-14

The judgment of the harlot 17:15-18

2. Commerce in the Great Tribulation ch. 18

The first angelic announcement of judgment 18:1-3

The prediction of the voice from heaven 18:4-20

The call for God's people to leave Babylon 18:4-8

Laments over this judgment by those affected 18:9-19

Heavenly rejoicing over Babylon's fall 18:20

The third announcement of judgment 18:21-24

L. The Second Coming of Christ ch. 19

1. The praise of God in heaven 19:1-10

2. The return of Christ to earth 19:11-16

3. The destruction of the wicked on earth 19:17-21

M. The millennial reign of Christ ch. 20

1. The binding of Satan 20:1-3

2. The resurrection of tribulation martyrs 20:4-6

3. The final judgment of Satan 20:7-10

4. The judgment of the wicked 20:11-15

N. The eternal state 21:122:5

1. The vision of the new heaven and earth 21:1

2. John's first vision of the New Jerusalem 21:2-8

3. John's second vision of the New Jerusalem 21:922:5

John's guide to the city 21:9-10

The physical features of the city 21:11-22

The illumination of the city 21:23-27

The restoration of Paradise 22:1-5

IV. THE EPILOGUE TO THE BOOK 22:6-21

A. The testimony of the angel 22:6-7

B. The testimony of John 22:8-11

C. The testimony of Jesus and John's response 22:12-20

D. The final benediction 22:21

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