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The Revelation Chapters & Verses - Click here to navigate the study

1.1 - 1.10a - Prologue   

      Historical-Era Visions

            The Church Militant - Vision One
         1.10b - 1.20 - Victorious Intro Scene - One Like the Son of Man Appears to John on Patmos
         2.1 - 2.29 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - Messages to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira
         3.1 - 3.22 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - Messages to Sardis, Philadelphia, Laodicea
                 God's Ongoing Work of Salvation - Vision Two
               4.1 - 4.11 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - The Throne in Heaven
               5.1 - 5.14 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - The Book and the Lamb
               6.1 - 6.17 - Basic Prophetic Description - Opening of The First Six Seals
                    7.1 - 7.17 - Interlude - The 144,000 and The Great Multitude               
               8.1
- Eschatological Culmination - Opening of The Seventh Seal
                          Trumpet Warnings - Vision Three - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
                          
8.2 - 8.6 - Victorious Intro Scene - Seven Angels with 7 Trumpets and The Angel with The Golden Censer
                          8.7 - 8.13 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The First 4 Trumpets
                   9.1 - 9.21 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The 5th and 6th Trumpets
                   10.1 - 10.11 - Interlude Part 1 - The Time of the 6th Trumpet
                          
11.1 - 11.13 - Interlude Part 2 - The Time of the 6th Trumpet
                   11.14 - 11.18 - Eschatological Culmination - The 7th Trumpet
                                    Evil Powers Opposing God and His Saints - Vision Four - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
        
                     11.19 - Victorious Intro Scene - in God's Temple
                           12.1 - 12.17 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Woman and The Persecuting Dragon
                                    
13.1 - 13.18 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The Leopardlike Sea Beast and The Two-horned Earth Beast
                           14.1 - 14.13 - Interlude - The Lamb, The 144,00 and 3 Flying Angels
                                    
14.14 - 14.20 - Eschatological Culmination - The Two-fold Harvest
      Eschatological-Judgement-Era Visions
                                    Bowl Plagues - Vision Five - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif

                           15.1 - 15.8
- Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - The "7 Last Plagues" - The Song of Moses & The Lamb, & Seven Angels, Seven Bowls
                                    
16.1 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - The Seven Angels Instructed to Act
                           16.2 - 16.14 - Basic Prophetic Description - The "7 Last Plagues" - Six Angels Pour Out The First 6 Bowls of God's Wrath
                           16.15 - 16.16
- Interlude - Christ is Coming and The Battle of Armageddon
                                    
16.17 - Eschatological Culmination - The 7th Angel Pours Out The 7th Bowl of God's Wrath
                          Evil Powers Judged by God - Vision Six - "Exodus" / "Fall of Babylon" Motif
                          
16.18 - 16.21 - Victorious Intro Scene Part 1 - God's Wrath upon Babylon and The Earth
                   17.1 - 17.3a
- Victorious Intro Scene Part 2 - John is Taken into The Wilderness to See The Judgement of Babylon
                   17.3b - 17.18
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Woman on the Beast and The Victory of The Lamb
                   18.1 - 18.3
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - Babylon's Corruption
                         
18.4 - 18.8 - Interlude Part 1 - "Come Out of Her"
                   18.9 - 18.19
- Eschatological Culmination Part 1 - The Fall of Babylon and Lament for Babylon
                   18.20
- Interlude Part 2 - "Rejoice over Her Destruction - The Destroyer Destroyed"
                   18.21 - 18.24
- Eschatological Culmination Part 2 - Babylon's Doom and Utter Desolation
                  God's Judgement Finale - Vison Seven
              
   19.1 - 19.10 - Victorious Intro Scene - Praise and The Marriage of The Lamb
              19.11 - 19.21
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - Christ's 2nd Advent
                   
20.1 - 20.5 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The Millenium and The First Resurrection
                   
20.6 - Interlude - The Blessings of Sharing in The First Resurrection
              20.7 - 20.15
- Eschatological Culmination Part 1 - The End of The Millenium & Satan's Confederacy, & The White Throne Judgement
              21.1 - 21.04
- Eschatological Culmination Part 2 - The Establishment of The New Heaven & The New Earth
            The Church Triumphant - Vision Eight
            
21.5 - 21.11a - Victorious Intro Scene - Christ's Victorious Ones, The New Jerusalem, The Lamb's Bride, Inherit All Things
         21.11b - 21.27
- Basic Prophetic Description Part 1 - The Holy City New Jerusalem
            
22.1 - 22.5 - Basic Prophetic Description Part 2 - The River of Life in The Holy City
    22.6 - 22.21
- Epilogue

Revelation 1.1 - 1.10a
Prologue

Rev.1.1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:
Rev.1.2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Rev.1.3 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.
Rev.1.4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
Rev.1.5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev.1.6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev.1.7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
Rev.1.8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev.1.9 I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribulation, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Rev.1.10a I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,

The Introduction

By the “prologue” of the Book of Revelation we mean the first 9 verses of the first chapter, together with the first half of verse 10, “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day,...”. The prologue and the epilogue (Rev 22:6-21) can be thought of as counterparts, with parallel themes and exhortations but with the order reversed i.e. each parallels the other but as a mirror image.

John, Jesus’ disciple, exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and the word of Jesus, was the one to whom the revelation, or vision, was given. John received the vision and message from an angel messenger, and faithfully recorded everything he saw and heard.

Exiled to the island of Patmos

He received it from the eternal One (Jesus) and the seven Spirits which are before God’s throne (the Holy Spirit). The Lord has a special day 'the Lord's Day', and it was on this day that Jesus was revealed to John to present this message to the seven churches in the Roman province of Asia (now part of Turkey). After John completed writing down the vision, it was indeed first sent to the Christians in Ephesus.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

The first two verses of the last Book of the Bible promise that this book is going to be all about Jesus. The book’s very name ‘The Revelation of Jesus Christ’ discloses that it is centred on Him. Here Jesus is to appear not as the carpenter from Nazareth, walking the dusty roads of Palestine, but as the eternal King inviting us to share the throne of Deity.

To show God’s servants things which must shortly happen

Although Acts and the Epistles speak of Jesus’ ascension into Heaven as Lord and His role as High Priest, it is the Book of Revelation that actually pictures Him there as our Saviour God in all His glory, together with God the Father. Although the prologue gives the purpose of Revelation - to show God’s servants things which must shortly happen - clearly this book is also about revealing Jesus who died that we might live forever. In this sense it is just as much a revelation OF Jesus as a revelation FROM Jesus.

What jesus saw from the cross

His eternal nature and power

Within these first few verses Jesus emphasises His eternal nature and power, His redeeming love for us, and our future as kings and priests of God the Father. Through John Jesus speaks of His second advent, lifting us up from our mortal world onto higher ground – a land of glorious promises and hopes fulfilled.

Seven blessings, or benedictions

We are promised seven blessings, or benedictions, in the Book of Revelation. The prologue contains the first one - for those who deliver the words of the Book to others, and to those that hear and obey the message.

Study its words!

The time of the fulfilment of the Revelation prophecy is close. Study its words! Obey the message! Share it with others! Be blessed! As each phrase is studied – “Revelation”, “Jesus Christ”, “God”, “gave” …. – we can experience a revelation of Jesus as God in Heaven, as well as His personal commitment and loving ministry to humankind throughout the ages.

Julia Rosamund Brown Nov 2008

 
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