In chapter 1, John relates the circumstances that led to the writing of this book (1:1 - 20).  In chapter 2 and 3, Jesus gives special messages to the seven churches of Asia Minor (2:1 - 3:22).


Suddenly, John is caught up into heaven, where he sees a vision of God Almighty on his throne.  All of Christ's followers and the heavenly angels are worshipping God (4:1 - 11).  John watches as God gives a scroll with seven seals to the worthy Lamb, Jesus Christ (5:1 - 14).


As the first four seals are opened, riders appear on horses of different colors: war, famine, disease, and death are in their path (6:12 - 17) .  On the other side, multituds are before the throne, worshiping and praising God and the Lamb (7:1 - 17).


Finally, the seventh seal is opened (8:1 - 5), unveiling a series of God's judgments announced by seven angels with seven trumphets.  The first four angels bring hail, fire, a burning mountain, and a falling star-the sun and moon are darkened (8:6 - 13). The fifth trumpet announces the army of warriors on horses (9:13 - 21).  In 10:1 - 11, John is given a little scroll to eat.  Following this, John is commanded to measure the temple of God (11:1,2).  He sees two witnessroclaim God's judgment on the earth for three and half years (11:3 - 14).

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Finally, the seventh trumpet sounds, calling the rival forces of good and evil to the final battle.  On one side is Satan and his forces; on the other side stands Jesus Christ with forces (11:15 - 13:18).  In the midst  of this call to battle, John sees three angels announcing the final judgment (14:6 13).  Two angels begin to reap this harverst of judgment on the earth (14:14 - 20).  Following on the heels of these two angels are seven more angels, who pour out God's judgment on the earth from seven bowls (15:1 - 16:21).  OPne of these angels from the group of seven reveal to John a vision of a "great prostitute" called Babylon (symbolizing the Roman empire), riding a scarlet beast (17:1 - 18).  After the defeat of Babylon (18:1 - 24), a great multitude in heaven shouts praise to God for his mighty victory (19: 1 - 10).


The final three chapters of the book of Revelation catalog the events that finalize Christ's victory over the enemy:  Satan's 1000 year imprisonment (20:1 - 10), the final judgment (20:11- 15) and the creation of a new earth and a new Jerusalem (21:1 - 22).  An angel then gives John final instructions concerning the visions John has sen and what to do once he has written them all down (22:7 - 11).


Revelation concludes with the promise of Christ's soon return, an offer to drink of the water of life that flows through the great stree of  the new Jerusalem and a warning to those who read the book (22:12 - 21).  May we  pray with John, "Amen Come Lord Jesus" (22:20).


The Bible ends with a message of warning and hope for men and women of every generation.  Christ is victorious and all evil has been  done away with.  As you read the book of Revelation, marvel at God's grace in the salvation of his people and his power ove the evil forces of Satan, and remember the hope of his victory to come.


Why Study The Revelation?


The book of Revelation is packed with lessons for today's reader and brimming with prophecies concerning the future as well.  A thorough study is a worthy endeavor and full of blessings for those willing to pursue a studious investigation.  To understand  the entirety of the book in light of current world events requires an exhaustive and expository study of the book and it is to that end that this effort will precede.  This snapshot review of the 22 chapters of the book will take the reader on a stimulating journey intended to whet the appetite of any curious bible student.


The apostle John, the scribe and writer of the vision, was a prophet and traditionally has been identified as John the apostle, the son of Zebedee.  During his day, Rome made debilitating demands against Christians to recant their faith and accept the cult of emperor worship.  Theologians propose that the height of this intense persecution occurred during the reign of the emotionally warped Domitian who rule from A.D.  81 - 96.  This position regarding the dating of the events is consistent with the one held byh the renowned church father Irenaeus and other early Christian writers as well.


Furthermore, this era of time in church history is known for its loss of vitality and for spiritual complacency in the churches.  Such spiritual lethargy is revealed in the descriptions of and warnings to the seven churches to which John referred in chapters two and three of the Revelation.


Virtually everyone is concerned about the future and what it holds for us.  Our human curiosity is piqued as we consider the future in light of current events unfolding on the world scene.  Those who write concerning the future and those who claim to have predictive powers attract hungrty and eager audiences.  The predictions of the future has become a marketable commodity that is subject to abuse.


Many people consult the horoscope longing for comfort.  Others pursue the signs of the zodiac and astrological predictions to give meaning and hope.  Cold comfort is the unfulfilling result.  Discovering the realities of the future and personal hope for the present does not lie in the stars, but rather is to be found in the last book of the Bible that authoritatively and accurately reveals the future and points us to the Lord Jesus, the hope of glory.  The book reveals the great climatic events that will bring the world to the brink of the close of human history when time shall be no more.


No book is as important in light of the days in which we live as the Revelation.  In this prophetic and inspired work, we see light and darkness opposing one another.  We read and envision God and the Lamb, Christ Jesus.  We are literary witnesses to the greatest bloodbath and the greatest carnage the world has ever known.  We read of the fire as it falls from heaven consuming all of which stands in its path.  We witness the supernatural power of the Holy