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By Cecil N. Wright
OUTLINE: The Revelation of Jesus Christ 22 Chapters
I. PROLOGUE: Christ Communicating (1: 1-8)
II. VISION ONE: Christ in the Church;
The Living One – Place: Patmos (1:9 - 3:22)
III. VISION TWO: Christ in the Universe;
The Redeemer – Place: Heaven (4:1 - 16:21).
IV. VISION THREE: Christ in Conquest;
The Warrior – Place: Wilderness (17:1 - 21:8).
V. EPILOGUE: Christ Challenging (22:6-21).
Note: The forgoing outline is for the most part not interpretative, but is designed primarily to present a overview "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" in its symbolic aspects and provide a perspective for each particular segment and sub-segment. Its major divisions are referred to as "visions," and are determined by location from which received, whether bodily, as on Patmos, or "in the spirit," as in heaven, in a wilderness, and on a high mountain. Each of these contains various parts and sub- parts which could be designated as Acts, Scenes, etc., which has not been done in this outline.
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OUTLINE The Revelation of Jesus Christ 22 Chapters
I. PROLOGUE: Christ Communicating (1: 1-8) 1. Forward (vs. 1-3).
2. Salutation and Doxology (vs. 4-7).
3. Self-identification of Source (v. 8).
II. VISION ONE: Christ in the Church; The Living One – Place:
Patmos (1:9 - 3:22)
1. The Eternal Christ (1:9-20).
2. Messages to Seven Churches in Asia (2:1 - 3:22).
a. To Ephesus (2:1-7) – a church of diminishing love.
b. To Smyrna (2:8-11) – A persecuted but faithful church.
c. To Pergamum (2:12-17) --- tolerant of false doctrines.
d. To Thyatira (2:18-29) – tolerant of false prophetess.
e. To Sardis (3:1-6) – a dead church, except for a faithful
f. To Philadelphia (3:7-12) – a weak, faithful, missionary
g. To Laodicea (3:14-22) – a lukewarm and arrogant church.
III. VISION TWO: Christ in the Universe; The Redeemer –
Place: Heaven (4:1 - 16:21).
1. Scenes in Heaven (4:1 – 5-14).
a. The reigning God (4:1-11).
b. The redeeming Lamb (5:1-14).
2. Opening of Book with Seven Seals (6:1 - 8:5).
a. First seal: white horse (6:1-2).
b. Second seal: red horse (6:3-4).
c. Third seal: black horse (6:5-6).
d. Fourth seal: pale horse (6:7-8).
e. Fifth seal: souls of martyrs under the altar (6:9-11) – cf.
f. Sixth seal: great earthquake (6:12-17).
g. Interlude (7:1-17).
(1) Sealing of 144,000 (7:1-8).
(2) Tribulation saints in heaven (7:9-17).
h. Seventh seal: preparation for seven trumpets (8:1-6).
3. Sounding of Seven Trumpets (8:7 - 11:19).
a. First trumpet: hail, fire, and blood upon earth (8:7).
b. Second trumpet: sea becomes blood (8:7).
c. Third trumpet: a falling star (8:10-11).
d. Fourth trumpet: darkening of sun, moon, and stars (8:10-
e. Fifth trumpet (first woe): opening of bottomless pit –
locusts (9:1- 2).
f. Sixth trumpet (second woe): four angels at river Euphrates
released, and a mighty, devastating Calvary appearing
g. Interlude (10:1 - 11:14).
(1) Little open book (10:1-11).
(2) Measuring of temple (11:1-2).
(3) Two witnesses (11:3-14).
h. Seventh trumpet (third woe): sovereignty of world passing
to Lord and his Christ – thanksgiving of 24 elders – temple
of God opened in heaven, with ominous sights and sounds
4. Appearance of Seven Mystic Figures (12:1 - 16:21).
a. Woman – a great sign in heaven (12:1-2).
b. Dragon – another sign in heaven (12:3-4).
c. Man child (12:5-6).
d. Michael, the archangel (12:7-17).
e. Beast from the sea (13:1-10).
f. east from the earth (13:11-18).
g. Lamb on Mount Zion (14:1-5).
h. Interlude: angelic messages (14:6-20).
(1) Announcement of God’s judgment (vs. 6-7).
(2) Announcement of BABYLON’S fall (v.8).
(3) Warning of wrath on worshippers of beast (vs. 9-12).
(4) Blessedness of dead who die in Lord (v.13).
(5) Call for Harvesting of the earth (vs.14-16).
(6) Call for gathering of the grapes of wrath (vs.17-20).
5. Pouring of Seven Bowls of Wrath (15:1-16-21).
a. Seven angels with seven last plagues (another sign in
heaven) – song of victors over beast – preparation of
pouring out the plagues (15:1-16:1).
b. First plague: sores on men (16:2).
c. Second plague: sea turned to blood (16:3).
d. Third plague: rivers and fountains of water turned to blood
e. Fourth plague: scorching heat form the sun (16:8-9).
f. Fifth plague: darkness (16:10-11).
g. Sixth plague: river Euphrates dried up to allow crossing of
the kings from the east, and unclean spirits going forth
from the beast and false prophet to recruit them for the
BATTLE OF ARMEGEDON (16:12-16).
h. Seventh plague: great earthquake and consummation of
fury upon BABYLON (16:17-21).
IV. VISION THREE: Christ in Conquest; The Warrior –
Place: Wilderness (17:1 - 21:8).
1. BABYLON destroyed (17:1 - 19:10).
a. Babylon seen as a great harlot sitting on a scarlet beast –
shown to John by one of the angels with the seven last
b. Mystery of the harlot and beast explained by the same
angel (17:7- 18).
c. Doom of Babylon announced by another angel from
heaven (18:1- 3).
d. Another voice from heaven heard (18:4-20).
(1) Issuing a call to come out of Babylon and share not in
her plagues (vs.4-8).
(2) Describing the lament of the world over the fall of
(3) Calling on heaven and apostles and prophets to rejoice
because of Babylon’s judgment (v.20).
e. Babylon’s doom symbolically portrayed by a strong angel
casting as it were a millstone into the sea (18:21-28).
f. Exultation heard in heaven (19:1-8).
(1) Multitude praising God for his judgment (vs.1-4).
(2) A voice coming from the throne and calling praise to
God from all his servants (v. 5).
(3) A voice, coming as it were from a great multitude,
praising God and announcing the coming MARRIAGE
OF THE LAMB (vs.6-8) – anticipating (21:9 - 22:5),
with the events of Chapter 20 seeming to intervene.
g. Someone speaking to John (evidently an angel), refusing to
be worshipped and instructing him to record the
blessedness of those invited to the marriage feast (19:9-
2. Beast and false prophet overthrown (19:11-21 – in Battle of
Armageddon and final fury upon Babylon (19:12-21)?
a. Crowned, warrior appearing in heaven, followed by armies
of heaven, who will smite the nations and rule with a rod of
b. Beast and false prophet defeated and cast alive into lake of
c. Those that had not received the mark of the beast or
worshipped his image were killed with the sword that
proceeded out of the mouth of the warrior form heaven
(v.21) – possibly referring to conversions to Christ on a
3. Satan bound and eventually overthrown (20:1-10).
a. Satan bound 1,000 years (vs. 1-3) – result of Armageddon?
b. Soul of the martyrs and faithful reign with Christ during
the 1,000 years Satan is bound – the first resurrection (vs.
c. Satan loosed a little season, and leading a universal assault
against the saints and the church, but defeated and cast
into the lake of fire with the beast and false prophet (vs.7-
4. Last enemies destroyed in connection with general resurrection
and judgment before the great white throne (20:11-15).
a. Heaven and earth fled away, and no more place found for
them (v.11) – cf. 2 Peter 3:10-13.
b. Dead, small and great, stand before God and are judged
according to their works (v.12).
c. Sea, death, and Hades give up the dead in them (v.13) –
cf. John 5:28-29; 1 Corinthians 15:2 0-23
d. Death and Hades cast into the lake of fire, which is the
second death (v.14) – cf. 1 Corinthians 15:24-26.
e. Any not found written in book of life cast alive into the
lake of fire (v.15).
5. New heaven and new earth seen for the righteous (21:1-8) –
introductory to next vision; cf. 2 Peter 3:13.
a. No more sea (v.1) – in which many had died, and was
therefore a dreaded enemy – which also separated John
from his brethren.
b. New Jerusalem, prepared as a bride adorned for her