Revelation John calls this book a *prophecy

John calls this book a *prophecy. The *Lord told him to write it. ‘Write what you have seen. Write what is happening now. And write what is going to happen after these things’ (1:19). The *Lord told John to write about the present and the future. The book shows the events that will lead to the end of history.
The book warns those who do not obey it. It comforts those who do obey. It shows the fate of God’s enemies. And it shows how God will provide for his people.
· Chapters 2 and 3 were for the 7 *churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea. But they contain lessons for the *church in all ages.
· From chapter 4 the book describes events that are still in the future. But in it there are lessons for us today as well.
· The general plan of the book is in date order. But there are parts that are not in this order.
· Some *prophecies are in plain language. We should believe what they say. But many *prophecies are complex descriptions. We need to understand what they mean.
5 Structure
The *Lord meets with John
Revelation 1:1-20
John tells us about his book
Revelation 1:1-3
John greets the *churches
Revelation 1:4-8
Jesus Christ speaks to John
Revelation 1:9-16
Jesus tells John to write
Revelation 1:17-20
Letters to the 7 *churches
Revelation 2:1-3:22
To the *church in Ephesus
Revelation 2:1-7
To the *church in Smyrna
Revelation 2:8-11
To the *church in Pergamum
Revelation 2:12-17
To the *church in Thyatira
Revelation 2:18-29
To the *church in Sardis
Revelation 3:1-6
To the *church in Philadelphia
Revelation 3:7-13
To the *church in Laodicea
Revelation 3:14-22
*Worship in heaven
Revelation 4:1-5:14
*Worship of God who created all things
Revelation 4:1-11
*Worship of the *Lamb
Revelation 5:1-14
The 7 *seals
Revelation 6:1-8:1
The first 6 *seals
Revelation 6:1-17
Security and *salvation
Revelation 7:1-17
The seventh (7th) *seal
Revelation 8:1
The 7 *trumpets
Revelation 8:2-11:19
Preparation for the *trumpets
Revelation 8:2-5
The first four *trumpets
Revelation 8:6-12
The cry of the *eagle
Revelation 8:13
The fifth (5th) *trumpet
Revelation 9:1-12
The sixth (6th) *trumpet
Revelation 9:13-21
The strong *angel and the little book
Revelation 10:1-11
John measures the *temple
Revelation 11:1-2
The two witnesses
Revelation 11:3-14
The seventh (7th) *trumpet
Revelation 11:15-19
War in heaven and on the earth
Revelation 12:1-14:20
The woman and the *dragon
Revelation 12:1-6
War in heaven
Revelation 12:7-12
War on the earth
Revelation 12:13-17
The *beast from the sea
Revelation 13:1-10
The *beast from the earth
Revelation 13:11-18
The *Lamb on the hill called Zion
Revelation 14:1-5
Messages from three *angels
Revelation 14:6-13
Harvest of the earth
Revelation 14:14-20
The 7 last troubles
Revelation 15:1-16:21
Preparation for the troubles
Revelation 15:1-8
The 7 bowls of God’s anger
Revelation 16:1-21
God destroys Babylon
Revelation 17:1-19:5
The *beast and the evil woman
Revelation 17:1-18
The funeral of Babylon
Revelation 18:1-24
The crowd praises God in heaven
Revelation 19:1-5
The return of Christ
Revelation 19:6-21
The marriage of the *Lamb
Revelation 19:6-10
Christ the king appears
Revelation 19:11-16
The defeat of the enemies
Revelation 19:17-21
The rule of Christ
Revelation 20:1-15
The *angel binds *Satan
Revelation 20:1-3
Jesus Christ rules on earth
Revelation 20:4-6
The end of *Satan
Revelation 20:7-10
God the judge of everybody
Revelation 20:11-15
The new heaven and the new earth
Revelation 21:1-22:5
The new *creation
Revelation 21:1-8
The new Jerusalem city
Revelation 21:9-27
The river of life
Revelation 22:1-5
Final words
Revelation 22:6-21
The promise that Christ will come soon
Revelation 22:6-13
An invitation but …
Revelation 22:14-19
Promise and reply
Revelation 22:20-21
The *Lord meets with John – Revelation 1:1-20
John tells us about his book – Revelation 1:1-3
v1 This is the *revelation of Jesus Christ. God gave it to him to show his servants the things that must happen soon. Jesus sent this message by his *angel to his servant John. v2 John was a witness of the word of God and of Jesus Christ. He tells about all that he has seen. v3 The *Lord will *bless the person who reads aloud the words of this *prophecy. God will *bless those who listen. He will *bless those who obey it. The time is near.
Verse 1 This verse shows the purpose of the book. In it, God will tell about the things that must happen soon. God gave the message to Jesus Christ. Jesus spoke to John by means of an *angel.
The word ‘revelation’ means that which God now shows. No person could know these things unless God showed them. God gave this *revelation to Jesus Christ.
Only God knows the future and he gave this knowledge to Jesus. This is the message that Jesus gives to John. That message shows us many things about Jesus. We see more of his *glory. We read how he will defeat *Satan and his evil plans. John tells us about the time when Jesus will come. We see Jesus as the king of kings. He will rule on earth and in heaven. But the main purpose is to show us the things that must happen soon.
Many of the things that must happen soon are still in the future. The word ‘soon’ can mean quickly or without delay. When the time comes, these things will happen. Some things in the book have already happened. Other things in the book have not yet started to happen.
*Prophecy tends to speak as if the end is ready to happen. It seems to forget the time between now and then. People should be aware that these things could happen at any time. So, they need always to be ready.
The *angel did not show these things to John in plain speech. John saw and heard strange things as in dreams. But he was not asleep. He writes about these for us as descriptions. We need to understand these descriptions in order to understand the book.

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