1 – Instruction to Reveal the Word of God – John received revelation from Jesus to bear witness of what he saw and was signified to him by an angel. This was on the Lord’s Day when Jesus was in the midst of the seven congregations.
2–3 – The Seven Churches– Jesus’s words are revealed to the seven churches of Asia. Five are told to repent.
4–5 – Glory of the Throne of God – The Lamb comes from the heavenly throne of God to open seven seals of a scroll.
6 – Four Horsemen of the Great Tribulation and Two Seals of Justice – Six of the seven seals are opened and each reveals the condition of the earth in tribulation against the righteous.
7 – Saints Saved from the Great Tribulation – One hundred forty-four thousand Jews and millions of saints from the nations come out of the tribulation of the earth to live before the throne of God in paradise.
8–9 – Six of the Seven Trumpets of Justice – The seventh Seal contains seven trumpets of justice that comes on the earth for persecuting the saints.
10 – The Seven Thunders – The revelation of seven thunders are sealed up before the seventh trumpet is blown.
11 – Judgment of Jerusalem – Jerusalem is trampled by the nations followed by the seventh trumpet being blown, which is praise from 24 elders to God for judging the earth.
12 – Fall of Satan – Salvation, power, the kingdom, and the authority of Christ have come. This is signified by the fall of Satan from heaven. Satan pursues Israel, but settles to make war on the saints.
13 – The Beasts – Satan gives a beast power to control the whole earth, who follow and worship the beast while Satan makes war on the saints. Another beast rises to be the false prophet and gathers a following for the first beast and this one controls trade by the mark of the beast.
14–16 – The Seven Bowls of Wrath – Angels reveal that the gospel has gone throughout all the nations and that those who receive the mark of the beast will suffer the wrath of God by fire and brimstone. Seven angels are revealed with seven bowls of wrath against the enemies of God. Satan, the Beast, and the False Prophet gather to the place called Armageddon.
17 – The Harlot and the Beast – A great harlot is revealed as the city that sits on seven hills and she is drunk with the blood of the saints. Of seven kings of the city, five had fallen and the sixth king was ruling when John revealed this. The seventh king will come for a short time until comes the eighth king who is the Beast.
18 – Judgment of the Harlot – An angel proclaims devastation to the harlot city for fornicating with the nations. The saints, apostles, and prophets rejoice over her judgment.
19 – Wrath upon the Beast – The marriage of the Lamb has come. The Word of God comes riding on a white horse with His army to war and bringing judgment against the Beast, the False Prophet, and followers. The Beast and the False Prophet are thrown into the lake of fire.
20 – The Millennial Reign – Satan is bound up in the bottomless pit for one thousand years while the saints reign with Christ. When the thousand years ends, Satan is released to gather the nations again to attack the saints. Satan is captured and thrown into the lake of fire. Heaven and earth pass away, and then books are opened including the Book or Life for the judgment of the dead. Lastly, death and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire.
21–22 – The New Jerusalem – There is a new heaven and a new earth. The New Jerusalem comes down from the new heaven. The New Jerusalem is where the saved will live. Jesus blesses those who keep the words of this book and obey His commands. A warning is given to those who add or take away from this book.
Keys to Understand the Book of Revelation
The following is an excerpt from the United Church of God booklet The Book of Revelation Unveiled. The fundamental message of the book of Revelation is simple. It promises that God will institute universal peace, prosperity and cooperation over all the earth immediately after the return of Jesus Christ. It reveals how this wonderful new world will be established and why it will never be destroyed or superseded by any other way of life or social order.
What you are saying is true of the last chapters of Revelation, but not of the book as a whole. The book shows victory.
Now, I must also specify that both Revelation and 2 Peter speak of this heavens and Earth passing away and even being burned up. The whole Universe is burned up, and God will create a new heaven and new earth. This place will be spiritual since we ourselves will be changed in the twinkling of an eye into our spiritual bodies. That world and new life will certainly be eternal.
Let us make sure that we have a part of that eternal life, and be saved when we are raised with Christ living from dying from sin and being buried with Christ in baptism into the newness of life (Eph. 2:4-6, Col. 2:12-13).
Scott’s reply to me was the same as his reply to you. When I told him that intelligent design religion hasn’t presented any evidence to back up their assertions (and neither has he!) he said: “Does ignoring evidence contrary to your world view give you pleasure, ease your conscience and, or relieve stress?” It seems that Scott’s run out of answers.
Jim, You did not reply to Darwin’s peer-view.
“The Catch-22 of Peer-Reviewed Journals“
So THAT’S the root of your hate–the hierarchy! It always seems to be the Church’s hierarchy that Protestant self-exalted ministers have a hard time with. The “false hierarchy” that you speak of is the same hierarchy that Jesus built. You don’t want to see that because it competes with your own hierarchy (self-primacy). Can you honestly not see how blatantly hypocritical that is? And you say you have no hate blinding you?
Correct me if I’m wrong. I hear you saying that you are stressed and frustrated by the positions and beliefs of churches of Christ. Do your comments release your frustration or stress or do you think that it may increase it making things worse with more stress? What are your thoughts?
You trolled my site pretty hard a few months back–that’s how I found you. Frustration, no. Just fascinated by how anti-Catholic you are and how it’s all based on projection of Protestant faults. Thoughts?
Why is that fascinating?
“Which “catholic” church; the Orthodox or Roman or…[the Vaudois]? Who gets to claim this? It is tellingly sad when an erring body of “believers” has a hierarchical leadership whose character directly contradicts and seeks to overcome the description of the Christ in Philippians 2:5-8. Why would any men think that it is okay to exalt one’s own names to titles of God and thus claim equal authority with God. Become bond-servants and let God exalt you. How can you ever again ignore this? I hope you continue to remember this for the rest of your life and may your conscience be ever pricked. You can repent and just be a Christian. Do not let the pride of life keep you?”
…not to mention (of course, because you hate the Catholic Church) is the fact that the architecture of the book is a mirror of the Catholic Liturgy–that John’s vision was of a Sunday morning Mass. Its outline is beautiful if you put the NT into the context that it was intended/created to be in.
No hate for anyone here.
Which “catholic” church; the Orthodox or Roman or…? Who gets to claim this? It is tellingly sad when an erring body of “believers” has a hierarchical leadership whose character directly contradicts and seeks to overcome the description of the Christ in Philippians 2:5-8. Why would any men think that it is okay to exalt one’s own names to titles of God and thus claim equal authority with God. Become bond-servants and let God exalt you. How can you ever again ignore this? I hope you continue to remember this for the rest of your life and may your conscience be ever pricked. You can repent and just be a Christian. Do not let the pride of life keep you?
What is true about Revelation is that this is apostolic and from the 1st c. By that authority, the truth is apparent to follow the Apostolic scriptures rather than some false church hierarchy.
As stated above, “John received revelation from Jesus to bear witness of what he saw and was signified to him by an angel. This was on the Lord’s Day when Jesus was in the midst of the 7 congregations.”