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Summarizing the Book of Revelation

    SUMMARIZING THE BOOK OF REVELATION
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In order to understand the parts it is helpful to have a general appreciation of the whole.

If we can obtain the principle message of the book of Revelation it could prevent us from sinking into the multiple visions found there. 

Romans, Chapter 8:39 shows us that there is absolutely nothing that will be able to separate us from the love of God, that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That is a fair picture. The absolute security of God’s people.  No matter what may come, or when it comes, we, the believers, are safe.

Yet, by itself, it fails to see the real message of Revelation ~ ~ not that it is not true ~ ~ but that it fails to ask the right question.

We need to always be careful to read the Bible THEOLOGICALLY.  {There’s that big word again}  It simply means “The study of the nature of God.”

Rather than always asking “What does the bible say to me?” we should also ask “What does this book teach me about the Lord?

John Calvin once wrote that “All true and sound wisdom consists in knowing God and knowing ourselves.” 

As we know God the knowledge of ourselves can be achieved. 

The Apostle John’s message about God was profound to the suffering Christians back then. It was simply, “Jesus Christ {who is God} rules and reigns and will ultimately triumph gloriously.”                       

                    CHAPTERS 1 - 3

The Book begins in Chapter 1 with an Introduction leading into a description of Jesus Christ, the principal person in this Book.

In Verse 19 of Chapter 1, Jesus divides the book for us.  He says,

 {1} “Write the things which thou hast seen {Found in Chapter One}. 

{2} And the things which are {Found in Chapters 2 and 3}.  

{3} He then concludes with “The things which shall be hereafter {Found in Chapters Four through Chapter Twenty Two.}

Letters to seven churches follow in Chapters Two and Three.  These were real churches at the time John wrote.

Down through the ages there is a message for all churches in all the messages to the seven churches. 

Keeping in mind that the book of Revelation is a book of prophecy, each of these churches also represent a particular Church Age, from that time, until the time of the Rapture, or the end of the Church Age.

CHAPTERS 4 – 5

These chapters give us a word picture of the Throne of God and the scroll which only the Lion-Lamb is able to open.

The first two words of Chapter 4, “After this” shows us that this follows Chapters Two and Three, or “The Church Age.”  

The word, Church, or Churches do not appear again in Revelation until Chapter 22, Verse 16.}

Just another way God lets His people know they will not go through the Tribulation.   These Chapters also affirms the sovereignty of Christ which is the theme of the book.

CHAPTER’S  6 – 8

These chapters introduce the seven seals of judgment which flows as a consequence of the opening of the book by the Lion-Lamb. 

As he breaks its seals and the plan of God begins to unravel, the judgment of God falls on mankind on the Day of Wrath {6: 15-17.}  A great multitude of people, who come through this Great Tribulation, are shown in 7:14 worshipping God. 

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. {A short time} {Chapter 8, Verse 1.}  

Notice that as quick as the Lord Jesus opens the Seventh seal of judgment, there is immediate silence in heaven.

The presence of God is a naturally joyful place. 

“Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in Thy presence is fullness of joy: at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” {Psalm 16: 11}.

Therefore any period of absolute silence must indicate awful gravity of what is about to unfold.

 CHAPTERS 8: – 11: 19

These chapters unfold the sounding of the trumpets, the last of which announces the coming of the kingdom of God and Christ, the last judgment and the opening of the temple of God.  .

                         CHAPTERS 12 – 14 

When we begin to read and note the scene in Chapter 12, Verses 1 and following one should be able to note we are beginning a new cycle of visions. 

This one is of the male Child, The Christ, who is pursued by the Dragon, identified as the devil.

It is the story of the opposition between the city of God and the city of this world with the Devil enlisting help from the two beasts.  In this conflict, the elect are saved and the city of Babylon falls.

  {Ch 14, Verse 8.}  God’s enemies are overcome. 

Notice particular Verses 18 and 19 and especially 18 which shows the gathering of the vine of the earth.  In John Chapter 15, Verse 1 we find Jesus declaring, “I am the true vine.”  The vine of the earth is the false vine which will be ground up and destroyed.  {Revelation 14: 19 and 20}. 

That this is a  preview of the battle of Armageddon there should be no doubt.

CHAPTERS 15 – 16

Seven angels now appear with seven bowls containing the judgment plaques emerging from the temple of God where His people sing praises while the angels pour out these righteous judgments.

CHAPTER 17 – 18

A look at BABYLON. 

A historical Babylon in Genesis.  A great tower to reach heaven  with a common language ~ ~ Keeping the people together.

A Ecclesiastical {Religious organization} Babylon – A common worship – co-mingling ~ ~ Togetherness again ~ ~ A ONE CHURCH ECUMENCIAL MOVEMENT.

A Political, Economical BABYLON ~ ~ Shown in Chapter  18.  Revealed as a Mighty City ~ ~ common privilege ~ ~ One society.

The scriptures reflect also a DEFEATED BABYLON   ~ ~ in all instances.

CHAPTER 19

In heaven praise commences from many ~ ~ rejoicing that Jesus has judged the great whore ~ ~ Jesus is coming ~ ~ physically to earth accompanied by the armies in heaven ~

~ the church included ~ ~ On earth great armies have been gathered into a place called ARMAGEDDON.  Revelation 16: 14 shows that they have been gathered by the spirits of devils.

A tremendous blood bath follows, but the results are related simply and quickly.  

~ ~ JESUS! ~ ~ VICTORIOUS!  ~ ~TRIUMPHANT! ~ ~ He defeats Satan and the Antichrist decisively ~ ~ with the sword proceeding out of His mouth. 

He slays with the same sword the remnant that remained. {Rev 19: 21}

CHAPTER 20 - 22

Satan is bound for 1000 years in a bottomless pit. On earth the 1000 year of Christ leadership commences.  At the end of the 1000 years of Christ’s reign Satan shall be released and goes out to deceive the nations once again.  

He is  able to gather an army as large as the sands of the sea.  However fire comes down from heaven and devoured  them.  Satan is cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented  day and night for ever and ever. The final victory!  

Over the years I have read and heard preachers stand in the pulpit and proclaim, “I have read the end of the book and WE WIN.”  I am sure you have too and maybe wondered where did they get it. The answer is in Chapter 20 of Revelation.

Following this is the saddest portion of scripture you will run across in Revelation. “AND WHOSOEVER WAS NOT FOUND WRITTEN IN THE BOOK OF LIFE WAS CAST INTO THE LAKE OF FIRE”.

A NEW HEAVEN AND A NEW EARTH

All tears are washed from our eyes, No more death, sorrow or crying along with pain ~ ~ A beautiful description of the New City ~ ~ A pure river of water ~ ~ A tree of life ~ ~ His servants shall see His face ~ ~ No night there ~ ~ For eternity ~ ~  One definition I read of “eternity” I think pretty well describes eternity,  Eternity is transcendence beyond life and death, beyond time.”

THE CLOSING OF THE BOOK

Three times in Chapter 22 Jesus  states “I COME QUICKLY” {SUDDENLY}. 

A warning given ~ ~ concerning changing the words of this prophecy.    

Then, the last prayer in the Bible ~ ~ The last time Jesus said, “SURELY I COME QUICKLY.” {Verse 22.}  

John replies with these words, “Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.”

The End

 

Al Russ