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The REVELATION of John.
Jesus is seen as: King of Kings and Lord of Lords
-Bible Study Info-WRITER: The Apostle John (1.1)

DATE: A.D. 96

THEME: The theme of the Revelation is Jesus Christ (1.1), presented in a threefold way:

(1) As to time: "which is, and which was, and which is to come" (1.4);
(2) as to relationships--the churches (1.9-3.22), to the tribulation (4.1-19.21), to the kingdom (20.1-22.21);
(3) in His offices--High Priest (8.3-6), Bridegroom (19.7-9), King-Judge (20.1-15).

But while Christ is thus the central theme of the book, all of the events move toward one consummation, the bringing in of the covenanted kingdom. The key-phrase is the prophetic declaration of the "great voices in heaven" (Re 11:15), lit, "The world kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ has come." The book is, therefore, a prophecy (Re 1:3).

The three major divisions of Revelation must be clearly held if the interpretation is to be sane and coherent. John was commanded to "write" concerning three classes of "things" (Re 1:19):

I. Things past, "the things thou hast seen," i.e. the Patmos vision, 1.1-20.

II. Things present, "the things which are," i.e. things then existing--obviously the churches. The temple had been destroyed, the Jews dispersed: the testimony of God had been committed to the Churches (1Ti 3:15). Accordingly we have seven messages to seven representative churches, 2.1-3.22. It is noteworthy that the church is not mentioned in chapters 5.-18.

III. Things future, "things which shall be hereafter," lit. "after these," i.e. after the church period ends, 4.1-22.21. The third major division, as Erdman (W.J.) has pointed out, falls into a series of six sevens, with parenthetical passages, making, with the church division, seven sevens. The six sevens are:
1. The seals, 4.1-8.1.
2. The seven trumpets, 8.2-11.19.
3. The seven personages, 12.1-14,20.
4. The seven vials (bowls), 15.1-16.21.
5. The seven dooms, 17.1-20.15.
6. The seven new things, 21.1-22.21.

The parenthetical passages are:
(I) The Jewish remnant and the tribulation saints, 7.1-17.
(II) The angel, the little book, the two witnesses, 10.1-11.14.
(III) The Lamb, the Remnant, and the everlasting Gospel, 14.1-13.
(IV) The gathering of the kings at Armageddon, 16.13-16.
(V) The four alleluias in heaven, 19.1-6. These passages do not advance the prophetic narrative. Looking backward and forward they sum up results accomplished, and speak of results yet to come as if they had already come. In Re 14:1, for example, the Lamb and Remnant are seen prophetically on Mount Sion, though they are not actually there till Re 20:4-6.

The end of the church period (2.-3.) is left indeterminate. It will end by the fulfilment of 1Th 4.14-17. Chapters 4.-19. are believed to synchronize with Daniel's Seventieth Week (Cmt. on Da 9:24). The great tribulation begins at the middle of the "week," and continues three and a half years (Re 11.3-19.21). The tribulation is brought to an end by the appearing of the Lord and the battle of Armageddon (Mt 24:29-30; Re 19:11-21). The kingdom follows (Re 20:4-5); after this the "little season" (Re 20:7-15), and then eternity.

Interpreters of the Revelation should bear in mind two important passages: 1Pe 1:12; 2Pe 1:20-21. Doubtless much which is designedly obscure to us will be clear to those for whom it was written as the time approaches.


Ref: The Scofield Reference Bible.

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1. REVELATION 1:1-3
10-27-1985  S-A.M.  36:46   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 1:1-3

Part 1: `The things which thou hast seen` .
1. Introduction.
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2. REVELATION 1:4-8
11-03-1985  S-A.M.  33:47   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 1:4-8

Part 1: `The things which thou hast seen`.(Cont).
2. Salutation.
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3. REVELATION 1:9-20
11-10-1985  S-A.M.  39:25   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 1:9-20

Part 1: `The things which thou hast seen`.(Cont).
3. The Patmos vision.
4. The command to write.
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4. REVELATION 2:1-7
11-17-1985  S-A.M.  40:09   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 2:1-7

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.
1. The message to Ephesus: The church at the end of the apostolic age: first love left.
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5. REVELATION 2:8-11
11-24-1985  S-A.M.  36:18   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 2:8-11

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
2. The message to Smyrna: Period of the great persecutions: to A.D. 316.
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6. REVELATION 2:12-17
12-01-1985  S-A.M.  39:03   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 2:12-17

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
3. The message to Pergamos: The church under imperial favor, settled in the world: A.D. 316 to the end.
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7. REVELATION 2:18-29
12-08-1985  S-A.M.  40:40   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 2:18-29

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
4. The message to Thyatira: A.D. 500-1500: the triumph of Balaamism and Nicolaitanism: a believing remnant.
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8. REVELATION 3:1-6
12-15-1985  S-A.M.  39:18   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 3:1-6

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
5. The message to Sardis: The period of the reformations: a believing remnant.
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9. REVELATION 3:7-13
12-22-1985  S-A.M.  41:48   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 3:7-13

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
6. The message to Philadelphia: The true church in the professing church.
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10. REVELATION 3:14-22
12-29-1985  S-A.M.  42:04   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 3:14-22

Part 2: `The things which are`: the seven churches.(Cont).
7. The message to Laodicea: The final state of apostasy.
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11. REVELATION 4:1-11
01-05-1986  S-A.M.  41:42   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 4:1-11

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven seals.
a. Introduction.
The throne in heaven.
The enthroned elders.
The four living creatures.
The living creatures and elders worship because of creation.
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12. REVELATION 5:1-14
01-12-1986  S-A.M.  33:12   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 5:1-14

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven seals.
A. Introduction.(Cont).
The seven sealed books.
Christ in His kingly character opens the books.
The living creatures and elders worship because of redemption.
The angels exalt the Lamb.
Universal adoration of the Lamb who is King.
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13. REVELATION 6:1-17
01-19-1986  S-A.M.  41:13   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 6:1-17

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven seals.(Cont).
B. The seals.
1. The first seal.
2. The second seal: peace taken from the Earth.
3. The third seal: famine.
4. The fourth seal: death.
5. The fifth seal : the martyred remnant.
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14. REVELATION 7:1-17
01-26-1986  S-A.M.  42:42   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 7:1-17

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven seals.(Cont).
C. Parenthetical: the saved of the tribulation period.
1. The remnant out of Israel sealed.
2. Vision of the Gentiles who are to be saved during the great tribulation.
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15. REVELATION 8:1-13
02-09-1986  S-A.M.  40:45   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 8:1-13

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven seals.(Cont).
The seals resumed: the seventh seal, out of which the trumpets come.
The seven trumpets.
a. Introduction: Christ as High Priest.
b. The trumpet Judgments.
1. The first trumpet.
2. The second trumetp.
3. the third trumpet.
4. The fourth trumpet.
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16. REVELATION 9:1-21
02-16-1986  S-A.M.  38:50   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 9:1-21

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven trumpets.(Cont).
5. The fifth trumpet: the first woe.
6. The sixth trumpet.
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17. REVELATION 10:1-11
02-23-1986  S-A.M.  31:48   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 10:1-11

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven trumpets.(Cont).
C. Parenthetical.
1. The mighty angel and the `little book`.
2. The `little book` eaten.
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18. REVELATION 11:1-14
03-02-1986  S-A.M.  43:42   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 11:1-14

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven trumpets.
C. Parenthetical.(Cont).
3. The `times of the Gentiles` to end in forty-two months.
4. The two witnesses to prophesy forty-two months.
The second woe.
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19. REVELATION 11:15-19
03-09-1986  S-A.M.  40:49   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 11:15-19

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven trumpets.(Cont).
End of the second parenthetical passage.
The trumpet judgments resumed.
7. The seventh trumpet.
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20. REVELATION 12:1-6
03-16-1986  S-A.M.  37:45   -15      OutlineSubject(s)REVELATION 12:1-6

Part 3: `Things which shall be hereafter`: the seven trumpets.(Cont).
The seven personages.
1. The woman: Israel.
The woman clothed with the sun, and the man-child.
2. Satan.
3. The child: Christ.
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