|Given to and written by the Apostle John in approximately 95-96 A.D. while being
"exiled to the island of Patmos for preaching the word of God and speaking about Jesus." Rev.1:9
I present this outline as a result of my own belief and studies of the Book of Revelation in tandem with a variety of study
resources, as well as comparative lessons from the Old Testament prophecies. The Book of Revelation details future
events marking the end of the age.
This is not intended to be a comprehensive study of the Book of Revelation, but simply an outline to perhaps guide you
through your own. For clarity I have italicized all Bible Scripture, and have marked my own words and/or interpretation
in green. To further assist your study, each chapter of the Book of Revelation may be read in it's entirety by clicking on
the magnifying glass. All scripture in this study is taken from the New Living Translation.
A. During prayer, John suddenly "heard a loud voice" that "sounded like a trumpet" (v.10) which instructed him to "write
down what you see, and send it to the seven churches." (v. 11)
B. When John turned to see who was speaking he saw seven gold lampstands and "standing in the middle of the
lampstands was the Son of Man." (v.13)
In these letters to the churches, Christ gives praise and discipline to what he sees within each church. These praises
and discipline could certainly apply to today's churches as appropriately as they did during John's time.
Chapter 2 includes the letters to the churches of:
A. Ephesus, who had fallen from their first love, Jesus himself. "Turn back to me again and work as you did at
B. Smyrna, the suffering church. "I know about your suffering and your poverty - but you are rich! . . . Remain
faithful even when facing death, and I will give you the crown of life." (from vs. 9 and 10)
C. Pergamum, who committed wrongful tolerance. "You tolerate some among you who are like Balaam, who
showed Balak how to trip up the people of Israel. Repent, or I will come to you suddenly and fight against them
with the sword of my mouth." (from vs. 14 and 16)
D. Thyatira, allowing adulterous behavior. " I know all things you do - your love, your faith, your service and your
patient endurance. But, you are permitting that woman - that Jezebel who calls herself a prophet - to lead my
servants astray." (from vs. 19 and 20)
Chapter 3 includes the letters to the churches of:
A. Sardis, whose following had become dead in the sense of their evil deeds. t"I know all the things you do, and
that you have a reputation for being alive - but you are dead. Now wake up! Strengthen what little remains, for
even what is left is at the point of death. Go back to what you heard and believed at first." (from vs. 1-3)
B. Philadelphia, the faithful church. "I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one
can shut. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me." (v. 8)
C. Laodicea, the indifferent church. "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you
were one or the other! I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your
indifference." (vs. 15 and 19)
As an adherent to the event of the Rapture, it is my belief that the church, meaning all
those living (including those who previously died), that believe(d) in their salvation through
Jesus Christ will be raptured (See 1 Thessalonians 4:17) at some time before the Scroll in
Chapters 4-5 is opened (before the Seven Year Tribulation). In the letters above, Christ
points out what the churches need to do to correct their wrongdoings. The period of time
that we are now living is referred to as the Church Age. And I believe Christ's remarks are
as applicable to the church today as they were in his time. Heeding the warning signs given
to us in the Bible of the birth pains of the end time (see Matthew 24:3-8), I believe that
Christ could come for the church anytime.
I emphasize the word 'for' in the previous sentence because there will come a time after the
Tribulation that Christ makes his Second Coming worldly apparent and at this time he
comes with the Church (see Revelation 19:14, Zechariah 14:3-5). It is my belief that the
Rapture, which will leave behind a mass of bewildered people globally, could very well be
the chaotic event that brings the Antichrist onto the global scene to first calm and then
conquer the world masses. The Rapture and its teachings are an entire separate study in
and of itself; one I hope explore here in the future.
John describes the things he's beginning to see.
A. "Then I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me with
the sound of a mighty trumpet blast. The voice said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after
these things." (Chapter 4:1)
B. "And I saw a scroll in the right hand of the one who sitting on throne. There was writing on the inside and the
outside of the scroll, and it was sealed with seven seals." (Chapter 5:1)
First Seal - White Horse (Antichrist Conquers a Chaotic World) Chapter 6:2
Second Seal - Red Horse (War and Slaughter) Chapter 6:4
Third Seal - Black Horse (Famine) Chapter 6:5
Fourth Seal - Pale Horse (Death of one-fourth of the earth) Chapter 6:7
Fifth Seal - Souls Of the Martyrs (Slain souls of those who eventually rejected the Antichrist) Chapter 6:9
Sixth Seal - Great Earthquake (Great earthly physical changes) Chapter 6:12
Interval - 144,000 God's People (The Jewish) Sealed, from the Twelve Tribes of Israel Chapter 7
Seventh Seal - Silence in Heaven for One Half An Hour (prelude to the Seven Trumpets) Chapter 8:1
First Trumpet - Hail and Fire Mixed with Blood (One-third of the earth set on fire) Chapter 8:7
Second Trumpet - A Mountain of Fire Thrown into the Sea (One-third of the seas, sea creatures, and
sea vessels destroyed) Chapter 8:8-9
Third Trumpet - Wormwood (One-third of the rivers and springs become bitter and many die) Chapter 8:10
Fourth Trumpet - Sun, Moon and Stars (One-third of the sun, moon and stars are struck and become dark)
Fifth Trumpet - Locusts from The Bottomless Pit (Torture, but no death, for five months, to all who do
not bear the seal of God) Chapter 9:1-12
Sixth Trumpet - Release of Four (evil) Angels (200 million mounted troops released to kill one-third of
all people on earth) Chapter 9:13-21
Interval between The Mighty Angel and the Small Scroll - Chapter 10 There is some controversy over the
Trumpets identify of this mighty angel, but I believe it to be Christ himself, "with a rainbow over
his head." (from v. 1)
The Two Witnesses - Chapter 11:1-14 These two will be invincible for the testimony of the
Lord, but only for forty-two months, as "the beast that comes up out of the
bottomless pit will . . . will conquer and kill them." (v. 7) Chapter 13 below refers to this
Beast out of the Sea and his powers. Scripture does not tell us who these two witnesses
are, however some bible teachings suggest they may very well be Moses and Elijah.
Seventh Trumpet - The Kingdom Proclaimed (Shouting in Heaven) Chapter 11:15-19
(contains the Seven Bowls, which come in Chapter 16)
This chapter contains more things John witnesses prior to the seven last plagues (the Seven Bowls), which are
referred to as the Earth's Worst Days.
A. The Woman (Israel) "I saw a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon beneath her feet, and a crown of
twelve stars on her head." (v.1b) The twelve stars represent the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
B. The Dragon (Satan) "I saw a large dragon with seven heads and ten horns, with seven crowns on his heads.
His tail dragged down one-third of the stars, which he threw to the earth. He stood before the woman as she was
about to give birth to her child, ready to devour the baby as soon as it was born." (vs. 3b-4)
C. "And the child was snatched away from the dragon and was caught up to God and to his throne." (vs. 5b)
D. "Then there was a war in heaven. Michael and the angels under his command fought the dragon and his
angels. And the dragon lost the battle and was forced out of heaven. This great dragon - the ancient serpent
called the Devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world - was thrown down to the earth with all his angels."
Again, this chapter contains more things John witnesses prior to the seven last plagues (the Seven Bowls).
A. The Beast (the Anti-Christ). When the Antichrist first appears (see the First Seal above), one of several of his
planned deceptive maneuvers will be to make a peace treaty with Israel, offering her protection and allowing her to
rebuild the Temple in which to begin her Jewish practices of worship. Three and a half years into this peace treaty,
he will break it (Daniel 9:27).
This marks the Mid-Tribulation period, which is also referred to as The Great Tribulation period. And, also very
close to this time, the Antichrist will also pull off quite a trick. He will recover from a fatal wound and rise again.
"And now in my vision I saw a beast rising up out of the sea." (v. 1a) "I saw that one of the heads of the beast
seemed wounded beyond recovery - but the fatal wound was healed!" (v. 3) "And he was given authority to do what
he wanted for forty-two months." (v. 5b) "And the beast was allowed to wage war against God's holy people and to
overcome them." (v.7a)
B. Another Beast (the False Prophet and Right-Hand Man to the Antichrist). "Then I saw another beast come up
out of the earth." (v.11a) "And he required all the earth and those who belong to this world to worship the first
beast." (v. 12a) "And with all the miracles he was allowed to perform on behalf of the first beast, he deceived all
the people who belong to this world." (v. 14) "He required everyone - great and small, rich and poor, slave and free
- to be given a mark on the right hand or on the forehead." (v. 16) This false teacher, through his evil magic, will
even build a talking statue in the likeness of the Antichrist that commands that "anyone refusing to worship it must
die!" (from v. 15)
John continues recording more that he sees (still prior to the Seven Bowls).
A. The Lamb and the 144,000 "Then I saw the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were 144,000 who
had his name and his Father's name written on their forehead." (v. 1)
B. The Three Angel Proclamations "Fear God" (v. 7), "Babylon has fallen." (v. 8), and the third angel describes
the perils of those who worship the beast and accept his mark. (see vs. 9-12)
C. Wheat and Grape Harvests Foreshadows the upcoming Armageddon
A. "Seven angels were holding the seven last plagues, which would bring God's wrath to completion." (v.1b)
First Bowl - Horrible Sores ("...on everyone who had the mark of the beast.") Verse 2
Second Bowl - The Sea Turns to Blood ("...everything in the sea dies.") Verse 3
Third Bowl - Waters Turn to Blood (everything in the rivers and streams die) Verses 4-7
Fourth Bowl - Scorching Sun ("...everyone was burned by this blast of heat.") Verses 8-9
Fifth Bowl - Darkness and Pain (world becomes dark and people are gripped in pain) Verses 10-11
Sixth Bowl - Euphrates Dries Up ("...so the kings from the east could march their armies westward.")
The Call for Armageddon ("And they gathered all the rulers and their armies to a
place called Armageddon in Hebrew.") Verse 16
Seventh Bowl - Tremendous Earthquake ("And a mighty shout came from the throne of the Temple in
heaven, saying, "It is finished!" then "...an earthquake greater than ever before in human
history.") from Verses 17 & 21
A. Chapter 13 tells us of the false prophet who ushers in and deceives man through a one-world false religion
system. Chapter 17 describes this system as The Great Prostitute. "There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet
beast that had seven heads and ten horns, written all over with blasphemies against God." (v. 3)
B. This woman is also represented as a city and kings. "The seven heads of the beast [which the woman is riding]
represent the seven hills of the city where this woman rules. They also represent seven kings." (v. 9) "And this
woman you saw in your vision represents the great city that rules over the kings of the earth." (v. 18)
C. "The beast you saw was alive but isn't now. And yet he will soon come up out of the bottomless pit and go to
eternal destruction." (v. 8) "His ten horns are ten kings who have not yet risen to power; they will be appointed to
their kingdoms for one brief moment to reign with the beast." (v. 12) "Together they will wage war against the
Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them...." (v. 14)
D. Because the Antichrist's ultimate goal is to set himself up as god and be worshipped, he will only tolerate this
woman until she becomes useless to him. "The scarlet beast and his ten horns - which represent ten kings who will
reign with him - all hate the prostitute. They will strip her naked, eat her flesh and burn her remains with fire." (v.
A. "After all this I saw another angel come down from heaven with great authority and the earth grew bright with his
splendor. He gave a mighty shout, "Babylon is fallen - that great city is fallen!" (v. 1-2a)
B. "For all the nations have drunk the wine of her passionate immorality. The rulers of the world have committed
adultery with her, and merchants throughout the world have grown rich as a result of her luxurious living." (v. 3b)
C. "The merchants who became wealthy by selling her these things will stand at a distance, terrified by her great
torment. They will weep and cry." (v. 15)
D. "And they will say, "How terrible, how terrible for the great city! She made us all rich from her great wealth. And
now in a single hour it is all gone." (v. 19b)
E. "But you, O heaven, rejoice over her fate. And you also rejoice, O holy people of God and apostles and
prophets! For at last God has judged her on your behalf." (v. 20)
A. "Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was
named Faithful and True." (v. 11a)
B. "The armies of heaven dressed in pure white linen, followed him on white horses." (v. 14) (I believe the armies
are the saints from the Rapture.)
C. "From his mouth came a sharp sword, and with it he struck down the nations. He ruled them with an iron rod,
and he trod the winepress of the fierce wrath of almighty God." (v. 15)
D. "On his robe and thigh was written this title: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS." (v. 16)
e. "Both the beast and his false prophet were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Their entire
army was killed by the sharp sword that came out of the mouth of the one riding the white horse." (vs. 20b - 21a)
A. Satan is locked in the bottomless pit for one thousand years. (See Verses 2-3)
B. "Then I saw thrones, and the people sitting on them had been given the authority to judge. . . . And I saw the
souls of those who had not worshiped the beast or his statue, nor accepted his mark on their forehead or their
hands. (from v. 4) (The people referred to above I believe to be those from the Rapture and those who rejected
the AntiChrist during the Tribulation).
C. They came to life again, and they reigned with Christ for a thousand years. This is the first resurrection. The
rest of the dead did not come back to life until the thousand years had ended." (from vs. 4 & 5) (I believe that the
"they" in this verse refers to those who have died in Christ during the Tribulation as well as all God-fearing saints
from the Old Testament. And 'the rest of the dead' refers to unbelievers.)
D. Satan is released after the 1000 years to declare one final battle, only to be defeated and thrown forever into
the lake of fire with the false prophet and the false beast. (see vs.7-10)
E. Great White Throne Judgment "And the dead were judged according to the things written in the books..." From
verse 12B This is not a judgment for believers and the saved. This is judgment of all the nonbelievers from the
time of Adam to the end of the Millennium. Their bodies will be resurrected and reunited with their souls and now
they will face judgment. This is referred to as the 'second death' of the unsaved. And not a pleasant one in the
least. "And death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death - the lake of fire. And
anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire." (vs.14-15)
This chapter describes vividly all the beauty and the glory of the heavenly city.
A. "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the
sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a
beautiful bride prepared for her husband." (vs.1-2)
B. "The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass." (v. 18)
C. "The twelve gates were made of pearls - each gate from a single pearl! And the main street was pure gold, as
clear as glass." (v. 21)
D. "Its gates never close at the end of day because there is no night. And all the nations will bring their glory and
honor into the city. Nothing evil will be allowed to enter - no one who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty -
but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life." (vs. 25-27)
A. "And the angel showed me a pure river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God
and of the Lamb, coursing down the center of the main street." (v. 1-2b)
B. "Then the angel said to me, "These words are trustworthy and true: 'The Lord God, who tells his prophets what
the future holds, has sent his angel to tell you what will happen soon.' " (v. 6)
C. "Blessed are those who wash their robes so they can enter through the gates of the city and eat the fruit from
the tree of life." (v.14)
D. The last two verses of the Bible are Verses 20 and 21: "He who is the faithful witness to all these things says,
"Yes, I am coming soon!" Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with you all."
The Book of Revelation is not the only Book of the Bible that details end-time events. Many other Books speak of these
times, most prominently the prophetic books of the Old Testament. Some mirror the same events as told in Revelation
and some are descriptive scenarios of Christ's return.
Around 605 B.C., Daniel, no more than 14 to 18 years of age, was taken captive by King Nebuchadnezzar who suffered
the dreams of future events. Dreams that only Daniel could interpret. These dreams and the prophecy recorded in
Daniel's book make for a most interesting companion read to Revelation. As well as do the Books of Isaiah, Zechariah,
Even the Gospels of the New Testament anticipated and spoke of Christ's return. 2 Peter 3:16-21 records,
And, from Matthew 24:3-8 we read,
"As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately.
"Tell us," they said, "when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming
and of the end of the age?"
Jesus answered: "Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my
rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but
the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
of birth pains."
As I've said, my presentation here is not intended to be a comprehensive or a fully interpreted end-time study. I am
aware of the differences of opinion in theological circles and it is not my intent to mislead or cause strife. From my
doctrine of belief, I study Revelation not to know what type of scenario I will be living through; but to be aware of coming
events from which to hopefully prevent people from living through. I have attempted to be a careful and conservative
student of the Bible and in the selection of my study resource guides.
With pop culture offering so many scenarios about the end-times with movies and books, I was prompted to the Source
of the end-times information, God and His Word. Aided by my resource guides and books, I truly enjoyed putting
together the outline, as it became somewhat of a refresher Bible study for me.
I'd like to close by making an important notation that not all prophetic verse includes impending doom or is of
catastrophic nature. Chapters 21 and 22 devote themselves to tell us of the glorious new world in which believers will
reside. The Old Testament records many verses to assure and remind believers that their time and reward awaits them
when their King returns. To choose one, "Yes, the Sovereign LORD is coming in all his glorious power. He will rule with
awesome strength. See, he brings his reward with him as he comes." Isaiah 60:10 Ours is a merciful God and He has
promised many things to believers. Promises that He will keep.
It's my hope that you found some interest in this brief overview which may pique your interest further. God bless.
|"And so, dear friends,
while you are waiting
for these things to happen,
make every effort to live a pure
and blameless life.
And be at peace with God."
2 Peter 3:14
|The Four Horsemen
of the Apocalypse
|Judgment Seat of
Judgment for believers
occurs soon after the
Rapture, taking place in
Heaven,during the time of
"For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the power of our
Lord Jesus Christ and his coming again. And he received honor and glory from God
the Father when God's glorious, majestic voice called down from heaven, "This is my
beloved Son; I am fully pleased with him." We ourselves heard the voice when we
were there with him on the holy mountain.
Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the
prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a light
shining in a dark place - until the day Christ appears and his brilliant light shines in
your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever
came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the
Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God."