The key to the contents of the Book of Revelation is given in the divine outline of Revelation 1:19. John was told to "write the things which thou hast seen," which includes the glorified vision of Christ in chapter one (past). After this "the things which are," which concerns the church in chapters 2-3 (present). Then "the things which shall be hereafter," which include chapters 4-22 (future). Below is an outline based upon this three-fold division of Revelation 1:19.


I. The Things Which Thou Hast Seen - Chapter 1
A. Prologue: The Communication of Christ (1:1-8)
B. The Vision of the Glorified Christ (1:9-20)

II. The Things Which Are - Chapters 2-3
A. The Seven Churches
l. Ephesus (2:1-7)
2. Smyrna (2:8-11)
3. Pergamos (2:12-17)
4. Thyatira (2:18-29)
5. Sardis (3:1-6)
6. Philadelphia (3:7-13)
7. Laodicea (3:14-22)

III. The Things Which Shall Be Hereafter - Chapters 4-22
A. The Throne Set In Heaven (4:1-5:14)
l. The Heavenly Door (4:1)
2. The Heavenly Throne (4:2-5)
3. The Twenty-four Elders (4:4, 10-11)
4. The Four Living Creatures (4:6-11)
5. The Seven-Sealed Scroll (5:1-14)

B. The Seven Seals (6:1-8:1)
l. Seal One - White Horse (6:1-2)
2. Seal Two - Red Horse (6:3-4)
3. Seal Three - Black Horse (6:5-6)
4. Seal Four - Pale Horse (6:7-8)
5. Seal Five - Souls of Martyrs (6:9-11)
6. Seal Six - Worldwide Chaos (6:12-17)

First Interval (7:1-17)
l. Sealing of the 144,000
2. Saved Gentile Multitude (7:9-17)

7. Seal Seven - Silence In Heaven (8:1)

C. The Seven Trumpets (8:6-11:19)
1. Trumpet One - Hail, Fire, and Blood (8:7)
2. Trumpet Two - Mountain Burning With Fire (8:8-9)
3. Trumpet Three - Star Called Wormwood (8:10-11)
4. Trumpet Four - Sun, Moon, and Stars Darkened (8:12-13)
5. Trumpet Five (First Woe) - Locust Plague (9:1-12)
6. Trumpet Six (Second Woe) - Armies Loosed (9:13-21)

Second Interval (10:1-11:13)
1. The Mighty Angel and Seven Thunders (10:1-7)
2. John and the Little Book (10:8-11)
3. The Two Witnesses (11:1-13)

7. Trumpet Seven (Third Woe) - Kingdom Anticipated (11:14-19)

D. The Seven Personages (12:1-13:18)
1. Person One - The Sun-Clothed Woman (12:1-2)
2. Person Two - The Great Red Dragon (12:3-4)
3 Person Three - The Man-Child (12:5-6)
4. Person Four - Michael the Archangel (12:7-12)
5. Person Five - The Jewish Remnant (12:13-17)
6. Person Six - The Beast Out of the Sea (13:1-10)
7. Person Seven - The Beast Out of the Earth (13:11-18)

Third Interval (14:1-20)
1. The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5)
2. Announcement of the Three Angels (14:6-11)
3. The Blessed Dead Who Die In the Lord (14:12-13)
4. The Harvest (14:14-16)
5. The Vintage (14:17-20)

E. The Seven Vials (15:1-16:21)
1. Preparation for the Seven Vials (15:1-8)
1. Vial One - Malignant Sores (16:1-2)
2. Vial Two - Sea Turned To Blood (16:3)
3. Vial Three - Rivers Turned To Blood (16:4-7)
4. Vial Four - Scorching Heat (16:8-9)
5. Vial Five - Darkness (16:10-11)
6. Vial Six - River Euphrates Dried Up (16:12)

Fourth Interval (16:13-16)
1. Unclean Spirits Like Frogs (16:3-16)

7. Vial Seven - Great Earthquake and Hail (16:17-21)

F. Judgment of Babylon (17:1-18:24)
1. Ecclesiastical Babylon (17:1-18)
2. Commercial Babylon (18:1-24)

G. The Return of the Lord Jesus Christ (19:1-21)
1. Rejoicing in Heaven (19:1-6)
2. The Marriage of the Lamb (19:7-10)
3. The Second Advent (19:11-16)
4. The Battle of Armageddon (19:17-21)

H. The Millennial Kingdom and Great White Throne (20:1-15)
1. Satan Bound (20:1-3)
2. The First Resurrection (20:4-6)
3. Satan Loosed (20:7-10)
4. Great White Throne Judgment (20:11-15)

I. The Eternal State (21:1-22:5)
1. The New Heaven and New Earth (21:1-8)
2. The Descent of the Holy Jerusalem (21:9-10)
3. A Description of Outside the City (21:9-10)
4. A Description of Inside the City (21:22-22:5)

J. Epilogue (22:6-21)
 

 

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