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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Summary of the Book of Revelation

By H. A. (Buster) Dobbs

I.  Introduction (1:1-20).
    A.  Writer and communicators of this book (1:1-9).
        1.  The writer of the book is John the apostle (1:1,4,9).
        2.  It is the revelation of Jesus Christ (1:1,5,9).
            a.  Given to Jesus by Jehovah (1:1).
            b.  For the benefit of the servants of Jesus (1:1).
        3.  The message was expressed in signs by an angel (1:1).
        4.  Qualifications of the writer of the book (1:2).
            a.  Bore witness of the word of God (1:2,9; 1 John 1:1-2)
            b.  Witnessed the testimony of Jesus (1:2,9).
    B.  Blessing on readers and hearers of this book (1:3).
    C.  Book written to the seven churches in Asia (1:4-6).
        1.  Grace and peace to the seven churches (1:4).
        2.  The grace and peace comes from Jehovah, and the seven-fold 
            Spirit, and from Jesus (1:4-5).
    D.  Benefits coming to us from the Lord (1:5-6).
        1.  Jesus is the faithful witness, firstborn of the dead, ruler of the 
            kings of earth (1:5).
        2.  Jesus removes our sins by his blood, and makes us a kingdom 
            of priests (1:5-6).
        3.  Jesus comes with the clouds (a heavenly host) (1:7).
        4.  The coming will be public (1:7).
        5.  He is first and last and Almighty (1:8).
    E.  Revelation made to John on Patmos (1:9-16).
        1.  John was in the spirit on the Lord's day (1:10-11).
            a.  Heard a voice like a trumpet (1:10).
            b.  The voice told him to write what he was about to see and 
                give it to the seven churches (1:11).
        2.  John saw Jesus walking in the midst of seven golden 
            candlesticks (1:12-13).
            a.  John describes a spectacular vision of Jesus in his glory 
            b.  Jesus holds in his hand seven stars (1:16).
    F.  John's reaction was to fall like a dead man at the feet of Jesus 
        1.  John is comforted and told to write what he is about to see 
            a.  Jesus is the first and the last (1:17).
            b.  He is the living one, though once dead he is alive for ever 
                more (1:18).
            c.  Jesus has the keys of death and Hades (1:18).
            d.  John is told to write this revelation and prophecy (1:19).
        2.  Mystery of the seven stars and candlesticks (1:20).
            a.  The stars represent angels (messengers) (1:20).
            b.  The candlesticks represent churches (1:20).
II.  Letters to the seven churches of Asia (2:1 to 3:22).
     A.  To the church at Ephesus (2:1-7).
         1.  Addressed to the angel of the church (2:1).
             a.  Angel means messenger, or to deliver a message.
             b.  It is most often used of an order of created beings, 
                 superior to man and belonging to heaven (Heb. 2:7; 
                 Psa. 8:5; Matt. 24:36; Mark 12:25).
             c.  The devil has angels (Matt. 25:41).
             d.  Any messenger of God is an angel. The priest who taught 
                 the law is called a messenger (Hebrew: angel) of Jehovah 
                 (Mal. 2:7).
             e.  The evangelist of the various churches is called an angel--
                 messenger of Jehovah--because he taught the people by 
                 reading to them the word of God and explaining its 
                 meaning (2:1).
         2.  The message is from Jesus (1:5; 2:1).
         3.  The Ephesian church praised (2:2).
             a.  They worked (2:2).
             b.  They rejected evil men--false teachers (2:2).
             c.  They tried men who called themselves apostles and found 
                 them false (2:2). The Ephesians were too well informed to 
                 be carried away with false apostles. Many in our day can 
                 not detect a false apostle because they do not know what 
                 the true apostles taught.
             d.  They were not weary in well doing (2:3).
         4.  Complaint against the Ephesian church (2:4).
             a.  Left their first love (2:4).
             b.  Repent and do your first works (2:5).
             c.  Life needs changing toward God only to the degree it has 
                 changed from God.
             d.  The Ephesians were guilty of growing cold in the basic 
                 doctrines of the church. Having heard it often, they were 
                 tired of hearing it. They were to revive the old time zeal.
         5.  Terrible threat against Ephesus (2:5).
             a.  The demand to repent (2:5).
             b.  The warning of removing the candlestick (2:5)--the 
                 candlestick represents the church (1:20).
             c.  A faithful church can be rejected because of indifference to 
                 truth and be removed  (2:5).
         6.  Continues praise (2:6).
             a.  They hated the works of the Nicolaitans (2:6).
             b.  Jesus hates the works of the heretics and so should we (2:6).
             c.  Jesus approves the first stand of the church at Ephesus 
                 against false teachers (2:6).
         7.  The victorious servant would be given to eat of the tree of 
             life in the paradise of God (2:7; Gen. 3:22; Rev. 22:2,14).
     B.  To the church at Smyrna (2:8-11).
         1.  The authority of Jesus (2:8, Rom. 1:4).
         2.  Jesus knew about their suffering (2:9).
         3.  Though they had tribulation and poverty, they were rich in 
             spiritual possessions (2:9).
         4.  The synagogue of Satan in Smyrna (2:9).
             a.  Jews who would not accept Jesus were not really Jews.
             b.  They did not walk after the example of Abraham (John 
         5.  Physical suffering is not to be feared (2:10).
             a.  They were to have tribulation 10 days (a full but brief 
                 period) (2:10).
             b.  Satan was about to throw them in prison--the devil is the 
                 source of all our misery (2:10).
         6.  Jesus promised to them a crown of life (2:10).
         7.  To overcome is to remain faithful and therefore not be hurt 
             of the second death (2:11).
     C.  To the church in Pergamum (2:12-17).
         1.  Jesus wielded a sharp sword with two edges (2:12). He is 
             capable of punishing the wicked.
         2.  Pergamum was the dwelling place of Satan (2:13).
             a.  A hotbed of sin and persecution. Antipas, a faithful servant, 
                 had been killed by forces of evil (2:13).
             b.  It is possible to be pure in a wicked environment (2:13).
             c.  The battle is the Lord's and the victory will be ours.
         3.  Some in the church in Pergamum tolerated the teaching of 
             Balaam and followed his example, and the rest did not 
             condemn them (2:14).
             a.  Balaam taught Balak to put a stumbling block in the way 
                 of the children of Israel (2:14).
             b.  In Numbers 21, 22, 23 we are told of his crime. He wanted 
                 money. When he could get it for placing a curse on God's 
                 chosen people, he instructed Balak to entice Israel with 
                 lewd carousing. They sat down to eat and drink and rose 
                 up to play. They committed idolatry and fornication and fell 
                 in one day three and twenty thousand (2:14).
         4.  The teaching of the Nicolaitans was like that of Balaam 
         5.  Repent or be destroyed (2:16).
         6.  Jesus promises those who overcome the hidden manna a 
             white stone and a new name (2:17).
     D.  To the church in Thyatira (2:18-29).
         1.  Jesus has eyes like fire and feet like burnished brass (2:18).
         2.  Thyatira had a mixture of good and bad (2:19-24).
             a.  Some did good things and displayed love, faith, service, 
                 and patience; they were more zealous now than when first 
                 converted (2:19).
             b.  Others allowed the woman Jezebel to tempt the servants of 
                 Christ to commit fornication and worship idols (2:20).
             c.  She had not repented, though she had time (2:21).
             d.  Jesus would bring upon this Jezebel and her followers 
                 terrible destruction (2:21-23).
             e.  Each person is rewarded according to his works (2:23).
             f.  To those not seduced into "tasting the deep things of 
                 Satan" Jesus added no burden to their already faithful 
                 service (2:24).
         3.  Rewards promised to those who overcome (2:25-29).
             a.  Authority of the nations (2:26-27).
             b.  He shall receive the morning star (2:28).
         4.  Pay attention to what is said (2:29).
     E.  To the church at Sardis (3:1-6).
         1.  Jesus is the revealer of truth and the Lord of  faithful 
             ministers (3:1).
         2.  Condition of the church at Sardis (3:2-3).
             a.  Had a name for living, but was dead (3:2).
             b.  They had no perfected works before God (3:3).
         3.  A call to repentance (3:4). A warning of sudden destruction 
         4.  A few in Sardis were undefiled and would walk with Christ in 
             white because they were worthy (3:4).
         5.  Rewards promised for the faithful few (3:5-6).
             a.  White garments (3:5).
             b.  Name not blotted out of the book of life (3:5).
             c.  To be confessed before the Father and the angels (3:5).
             d.  Listen to what is said (3:6).
     F.  To the church at Philadelphia (3:7-13).
         1.  Jesus is true and has the highest authority and power--the key 
             of David (3:7).
         2.  Jesus alone can open and shut the door of blessing and 
             opportunity (3:7).
             a.  If he shuts the door, no one can open it (3:7).
             b.  Be sure he does not shut the door against you.
         3.  The promise of the Lord to these saints (3:9).
             a.  I know your works (3:8).
             b.  I give you favorable circumstances (3:8).
             c.  You have a little power because you kept my word and did 
                 not deny my name (3:8).
         4.  They would prevail over the Jewish accusers and scoffers 
             a.  At the judgment these false Jews would worship at the feet 
                 of the faithful in Sardis (3:9).
             b.  They would then know whom Christ loves (3:9).
         5.  The reward (3:10-13).
             a.  You hold fast to me and I will keep you (3:10).
             b.  No man can take away your crown (3:11).
             c.  The victor will be a pillar in the temple (3:12).
             d.  He shall be stable and branded with the name of Christ 
                 Jesus (3:12).
             e.  Hear my words (3:13).
     G.  To the church at Laodicea (3:14-22).
         1.  Jesus is faithful and the true witness, the ruler of all creation 
         2.  The lukewarm church was not acceptable (3:15-16).
         3.  His plea to the tepid church (3:17-22).
             a.  They thought they were rich and had need of nothing, but 
                 were poor, blind, and naked (3:17).
             b.  Jesus advised them to "buy" from him gold, clothes, and 
                 eyesalve (3:18).
             c.  The rebuke of Christ is proof of his love (3:19).
             d.  Jesus begs admittance and promises blessings, including a 
                 royal crown and a place in his eternal throne (3:20-21).
             e.  He implores us to listen (3:22).
III.  Visions (4:1 to 19:21).
      A.  The seals (4:1 to 8:1).
          1.  Invitation to enter the throne room of God (4:1).
              a.  Saw a door opened in heaven (4:1).
              b.  A trumpet voice saying, Come up here (4:1).
              c.  John to see in prophetic vision the things which will come 
                  to pass in the future of the world (4:1).
          2.  The vision of heaven (4:2 to 5:14).
              a.  John was in the spirit (4:2).
              b.  John saw Jehovah sitting on his throne--he was radiant 
                  and glorious and dazzling (4:2-3).
              c.  The 24 elders surrounding the throne (4:4).
              d.  The sevenfold Spirit (4:5).
              e.  The sea of glass and the four living creatures (4:6-8; see 
                  also Ezekiel 1:4-28).
              f.  The cherubim and elders worship the triune God (4:9-11).
              g.  Jehovah holds a book sealed with 7 seals (5:1).
              h.  No one in all the universe was worthy to break the seals 
                  and open the book (5:2-3).
              i.  John wept because the book was unopened (5:4).
              j.  The Lamb of God advances to open the book (5:5-8).
              k.  The heavenly host worships the triune God (5:9-14).
          3.  First seal opened (6:1-2).
              a.  A white horse and its rider appear (6:2).
              b.  The rider had a bow and a crown--he came to conquer 
                  (6:2; see Rev. 19:11).
          4.  Second seal opened (6:3).
              a.  A red fiery horse of war appears with his rider taking 
                  peace from the earth (6:4).
          5.  Third seal opened (6:5).
              a.  A black horse, representing economic hardship, appears 
              b.  Its rider has a balance in his hand--food is scarce and 
                  expensive (6:6).
          6.  Fourth seal opened (6:7-8).
              a.  A pale (livid or greenish) horse representing death 
                  followed by Hades appears (6:8).
              b.  People are killed by sword, famine and wild beasts--
                  suggesting persecution--others died of pestilence (death) 
          7.  Fifth seal opened (6:9-11).
              a.  The martyrized saints under the altar are crying for 
                  vengeance (6:10).
              b.  They are given white robes (representing purity) and told 
                  to wait for a little time until their brethren had fulfilled 
                  their course (6:11).
          8.  Sixth seal opened (6:12-17).
              a.  This vision represents the final judgment. It shows the 
                  atmosphere around the earth removed, the earth shaken, 
                  stars falling to earth, and people of every class terrified 
          9.  Seventh seal opened (7:1-17).
              a.  The destruction is suspended until the saints are sealed on 
                  their foreheads (7:1-3).
              b.  The number of saved includes many Jews from every 
                  tribe, but a limited number--not all (7:4-8).
              c.  In addition there was a great, uncountable multitude and 
                  of every nation and tribe (7:9-10).
              d.  The angelic host, the 24 elders and the cherubim again 
                  worship the triune God (7:11-12).
              e.  The saved, composed of a limited number of Jews and a 
                  great mass of Gentiles, having washed their robes in the 
                  blood of the Lamb, stand before the throne and are 
                  comforted (7:13-17).
              f.  There was a silence in heaven for about the space of half 
                  an hour (8:1).
      B.  The trumpets (8:2 to 11:19).
          1.  Preparation for the sounding of the trumpets (8:2-6).
              a.  The saints in tribulation and persecution pray. An angel 
                  added incense to the prayers of the suffering soldiers of 
                  Christ (8:3-4).
              b.  Fire from the golden altar is thrown upon the earth and 
                  there followed thunders, and voices, and lightning, and an 
                  earthquake (8:5).
              c.  "The seven angels that had the seven trumpets prepared 
                  themselves to sound" (8:6).
          2.  First trumpet (8:7)
              a.  A storm of fire and hail mixed with blood (8:7).
              b.  A third part of the earth, trees, and green grass were 
                  burned up (8:7).
          3.  Second trumpet (8:8-9).
              a.  A great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the 
                  sea (8:8).
              b.  A third part of the sea creatures and the ships were 
                  destroyed (8:9).
          4.  Third trumpet (8:10-11).
              a.  A burning star falls into inland waterways (8:10).
              b.  The water is no longer drinkable but is bitter and fatal 
          5.  Fourth trumpet (8:12-13).
              a.  Sun, moon and stars were smitten and darkened (8:12).
              b.  A flying eagle pronounces woe upon the inhabitants of 
                  earth because of the three trumpets that are yet to sound 
          6.  Fifth trumpet (9:1-12).
              a.  A star falls from heaven to earth (9:1; Luke 10:18). The 
                  star represents a being who has the key to the pit of the 
                  abyss (9:1; Luke 8:30-31). The fallen being is called 
                  Abaddon and Apollyon in verse 11, which means "the 
              b.  The fallen being opened the pit of the Abyss and there 
                  went up smoke, and out of the smoke came locusts 
              c.  The locusts were not permitted to hurt the earth or 
                  anyone who had the seal of God on their foreheads--the 
                  saved (9:4).
              d.  The locusts tormented the lost of earth (9:5-6).
              e.  The locusts were fierce and terrible to look upon (9:7-10).
              f.  The locusts were ruled by Satan (9:11), indicating they 
                  represent evil spirits--the devil's angels.
              g.  Two denunciations are yet to come (9:12).
          7.  Sixth trumpet (9:13 to 11:14).
              a.  A voice comes from the horns of the golden altar (9:13), 
                  commanding four angels bound at the river Euphrates 
                  (Babylon and Assyria--emblems of wickedness--were in 
                  this area. Also this was the site of Eden--the beginning 
                  place of sin) to be loosed (9:14). (These are the devil's 
              b.  The angels prepared for this purpose were turned loose to 
                  hurt a limited number of people (9:15).
              c.  They were many (9:16). (There are always more agents of 
                  evil than agents of good.)
              d.  They are frightful and hellish, and destructive--demons 
                  from the abyss (9:17-19).
              e.  Mankind did not repent, but continued to worship idols 
                  (self, animals, creeping things), nor did he repent of 
                  murders, sorceries, fornication and thefts (9:20-21).
              f.  John sees a mighty-rainbow-angel with one foot on earth 
                  and the other foot upon the sea, and in his hand he holds a 
                  little book open (10:1-2).
              g.  At the cry of the strong angel seven thunders uttered their 
                  voices (10:3). John forbidden to write the things which the 
                  seven thunders uttered (10:4).
              h.  Awesome oath that there should be no more delay 
                  (10:5-6). Judgment begins. Time ends. (10:7).
              i.  John ate the little book--it was sweet in his mouth but 
                  bitter in his belly (10:8-10).
              j.  The message must be preached (10:11).
              k.  Measuring of the temple of God, the altar, and the 
                  worshippers (11:1).
              l.  Outer court unmeasured; the holy city trodden under foot 
                  42 months (11:2).
              m.  Two witnesses prophecy 1,260 days (11:3).
              n.  Two olive trees and two candlesticks (11:4; Compare 
                   Zech. 4:1-14).
              o.  Protection of the two witnesses (11:5-6).
              p.  The beast from the abyss shall kill them (11:7).
              q.  Their unburied bodies lie in the street (11:8-9).
              r.  Rejoicing over the dead bodies (11:10).
              s.  In three and a half days the two dead witness stand upon 
                  their feet (11:11).
              t.  Exaltation of the two witnesses (11:12).
              u.  Terror and punishment on earthlings (11:13-14).
          8.  The seventh trumpet (11:15-19).
              a.  Victory, rejoicing and worship in heaven (11:15-17).
              b.  The punishment of the wicked (11:18).
              c.  All things revealed and make known (11:19).
      C.  The dragon (12:1 to 14:1).
          1.  The woman, her son and the dragon (12:1-12).
              a.  A woman clothed with the sun, the moon under her feet, 
                  and twelve stars upon her head (12:1).
              b.  The woman gives birth to a child (12:2).
              c.  The great red dragon stands before the woman ready to 
                  devour her child (12:3-4). (The dragon is Satan, see 12:9).
              d.  The child, who is to rule all nations with a rod of iron, is 
                  delivered (12:5). (The child is Jesus, see Matt. 28:18; Rev. 
                  1:12-16; Psa. 2:1-9; Rev. 2:27).
              e.  The child was elevated to the throne of God (12:5).
              f.  The woman flees to the wilderness (the world) where she 
                  is under divine providential protection for the entire 
                  Christian period (12:6).
              g.  A war in heaven that resulted in the dragon being cast 
                  down to earth (12:7-9).
          2.  A struggle between the woman and the dragon (12:10-17).
              a.  Ejection of the dragon from heaven anticipates salvation 
                  in the Christ (12:10).
              b.  The blood of the lamb, the word of their testimony, and 
                  their self-sacrificing love can overcome the dragon 
              c.  Heaven rejoices, but the earth grieves because of the woe 
                  the dragon brings down to earth (12:12).
              d.  Satan persecutes the woman (12:13).
              e.  The woman is supported by "two wings of the great 
                  eagle" for a time, times, and a half time, which  amounts to 
                  3 1/2 years, which is 42 months, which equals 1,260 days 
                  (the entire Christian period) (12:14).
              f.  Serpent's mouth produces a destructive river (of lies) to 
                  destroy the woman (12:15).
              g.  The earth helped the woman by swallowing the lies from 
                  the devil's mouth (12:16).
              h.  Satan's anger is intensified as he tries to destroy the true 
                  church (12:17).
          3.  A beast out of the sea (13:1-9).
              a.  John sees a beast coming out of the sea having seven 
                  heads and ten horns (13:1-2). The beasts of prophecy 
                  often represent world governments (See Dan. 7:2-12). The 
                  ten horns and seven heads suggest completeness - John is 
                  picturing all corrupt government of all time.
              b.  The beast is wounded but revives (13:3). Corrupt 
                  government is often cast down, but rises again.
              c.  The dragon (Satan) gives his authority to the beast 
                  (corrupt government), and the people of earth wonder at it 
              d.  The beast continues 42 months--the entire Christian 
                  period (13:5).
              e.  The beast blasphemes God and his people (13:6).
              f.  The beast wars with the saints (church)--this identifies the 
                  woman as the church--and gained much power (13:7).
              g.  Earthlings adore the beast, the saints excepted (13:8-9).
          4.  A beast out of the earth (13:10-18).
              a.  The church accepts captivity or death - this is the patience 
                  and faith of the saints (13:10).
              b.  A harmless looking beast (like a lamb) comes out of the 
                  earth, but he speaks the devil's lies (13:11). This beast is 
                  later called the false prophet.
              c.  The beast out of the land cooperates with the beast out of 
                  the sea (13:12).
              d.  The beast does great deceptive signs and fools the people 
                  of earth (13:13-14).
              e.  False religion supports corrupt government (13:15).
              f.  Economic hardship comes to those who refuse to worship 
                  the beasts (13:16-17).
              g.  The number of the beast is 666, which is the number of a 
                  man (13:18).
          5.  A vision of Jesus and the redeemed standing on mount Zion 
              a.  Jesus and the 144,000 (earlier John saw, in addition to the 
                  144,000, an uncountable multitude - Rev. 7:2-10) stand 
                  victorious on the mountain (14:1).
              b.  The voice of God is heard (14:2).
              c.  The saved from earth, along with the inhabitants of heaven, 
                  praise God (14:3).
              d.  John sees the followers of the Lamb (called virgins 
                  because they had not committed spiritual fornication) 
                  presented to God and the Lamb. The unblemished saved 
                  tell no lie (14:4-5).
          6.  An angel flying in heaven and proclaiming salvation to all 
              who fear God and give him glory (14:6-7).
          7.  A second angel proclaims final judgment (14:8).
              a.  Babylon the great (representing all corrupt nations of all 
                  time) falls (14:8).
          8.  A third angel announces the punishment of all who 
              volunteered to worship the beast (14:9-11).
          9.  A vision of eternal reward for the blood-washed throng 
              a.  The saints are those who keep the commandments of God 
                  and the faith of Jesus (14:12).
              b.  The dead who die in the Lord are blessed (14:13).
              c.  John saw Jesus wearing a golden crown sitting on a white 
                  cloud with a sharp sickle in his hand--judgment is about to 
                  begin (14:14).
          10.  The judgment scene (14:15-19).
               a.  An angel announces that the harvest of the earth is ripe 
                   and calls for Jesus to begin reaping (14:15-16).
               b.  Angels come from the temple and from the altar to reap 
                   the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are 
                   fully ripe (14:17-20)
       D.  The seven plagues--bowls of wrath (15:1 to 16:21).
           1.  Vision of seven angels having seven plagues (15:1).
           2.  The redeemed in heaven worshipping God (15:2-4).
           3.  The seven angels having the seven plagues were given seven 
               bowls full of the wrath of God (15:5-7).
           4.  Preparing to pour out the bowls of wrath (15:8-16:1).
           5.  First bowl (16:2).
               a.  Affected only those who had the mark of the beast 
               b.  It became a noisome (evil or bad) and grievous (painful) 
                   sore (16:2).
           6.  Second bowl (16:3).
               a.  Affected the sea (16:3).
               b.  The sea became like coagulated blood (16:3).
           7.  Third bowl (16:4-7).
               a.  Affected inland waterways and springs (16:4).
               b.  It, too, became blood (16:4).
               c.  The angel proclaimed the righteousness of the judgments 
                   of God (16:5-7).
           8.  Fourth bowl (16:8-9).
               a.  Poured out upon the sun (16:8).
               b.  Men were scorched by the sun (16:9).
               c.  They blasphemed God and repented not (16:9).
           9.  Fifth bowl (16:10).
               a.  Poured out upon the throne of the beast (16:10).
               b.  They gnawed their tongues for pain (16:10).
               c.  They repented not of their works (16:11).
           10.  Sixth bowl (16:12-16).
                a.  Poured out on the river Euphrates (16:12).
                b.  The water dried up (16:12).
                c.  John saw coming out of the mouths of the dragon, the 
                    beast, and the false prophet, three unclean spirits (16:13).
                d.  They work signs to gather the spiritual armies of 
                    wickedness unto the war of the great day of God (16:14).
                e.  Jesus comes as a thief (no forewarning). Blessed are they 
                    that watch for him (16:15).
                f.  They are gathered to a place called Har-Magedon 
           11.  The seventh bowl (16:17-21).
                a.  Poured out upon the air--final judgment of God (16:17).
                b.  Terrible destruction (16:18-21).
       E.  The fall of Babylon (17:1 to 19:21).
           1.  The great harlot (17:1-5).
               a.  Vision given by one of the seven angels that had the 
                   seven bowls (17:1).
               b.  Judgment of the great harlot that is sitting upon many 
                   waters to be shown (17:1).
               c.  The kings of the earth committed fornication with this 
                   great harlot (17:2).
               d.  The angel transported John in a vision to the wilderness 
                   where he saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored 
                   beast, having seven heads and ten horns (17:3; compare 
                   Rev. 13:1-9). (Representing the apostate church in 
                   alliance with corrupt earthly governments.)
               e.  The woman on the beast with seven heads and ten horns 
                   is adorned with finery and jewels (17:4).
               f.  She is Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots 
                   and of the Abominations of the Earth (17:5). (Renegade 
                   churches in contrast with the true church.)
               g.  She is drunk with the blood of saints and John wondered 
                   with a great wonder (17:6).
           2.  The great harlot and the beast (17:7-11).
               a.  John is told the mystery of the woman and the beast 
               b.  The beast comes and goes--world empires wax and wane 
               c.  The seven heads are seven mountains and they are seven 
                   kings (17:9-11).
           3.  The ten horns (17:12-18).
               a.  The ten horns are ten kings who receive authority, with 
                   the beast, for a short time (17:12).
               b.  The ten kings give power to the beast (17:13).
               c.  They war against Jesus and his church--a war between 
                   false religion and true religion (17:14).
               d.  The waters from which the harlot came are "peoples, and 
                   multitudes, and nations, and tongues" (17:15).
               e.  The alliance between false religions and corrupt 
                   government will not last because the beast shall hate the 
                   harlot and punish her (17:16).
               f.  God providentially controls the outcome (17:17).
               g.  The woman is the great city that rules over the kings of 
                   the earth (17:18).
           4.  Another judgment scene (18:1-24).
               a.  A glorious angel announces the fall of Babylon (18:1-2).
               b.  She falls because she corrupted the earth (18:3).
               c.  The redeemed are called out of her--her sins and 
                   iniquities are heaped high (18:4-5).
               d.  She is rendered evil for evil (18:6).
               e.  Her arrogance will not prevent her sudden destruction 
               f.  The kings of the earth shall mourn over her destruction 
               g.  The merchants of earth shall weep and mourn (18:11-16).
               h.  Sailors laments her downfall (18:17-19).
               i.  Saints, apostles, and prophets, from their heavenly 
                   vantage point, rejoice over the destruction (18:20).
               j.  Her destruction is total, like a great millstone sunk in the 
                   depths of the sea (18:21-23).
               k.  In her was found the blood of prophets and saints 
           5.  Rejoicing in heaven (19:1-12).
               a.  God is praised and the 24 elders and the heavenly host 
                   worship God (19:1-6).
               b.  The marriage of the Lamb (19:7-9).
               c.  John forbidden to worship the angel, who is a fellow-
                   servant (19:10).
           6.  The glorious victor (19:12-16).
               a.  The white horse and his kingly rider coming forth in 
                   victory (19:11-13).
               b.  He is followed by a heavenly army on white horses 
               c.  The King and Lord of all comes forth in majesty to claim 
                   a final victory (19:15-16).
           7.  The great supper of God (19:17-21).
               a.  The birds of prey feast on the flesh of kings, captains, and 
                   mighty men (19:18).
               b.  The beasts and the kings of the earth attempt to resist 
               c.  The beast and the false prophet cast alive into the lake 
                   burning with fire and brimstone (19:20).
               d.  The rest were killed and the birds were filled with their 
                   flesh (19:21).
       F.  The last vision--the thousand years (20:1-15).
           1.  The binding of Satan (20:1-6).
               a.  An angel comes from heaven with the key to the abyss 
               b.  The angel binds Satan for 1,000 years (20:2-3).
               c.  Satan is sealed in the Abyss for 1,000 years (20:3).
               d.  Satan is to be loosed for a little while at the end of the 
                   1,000 years (20:3).
           2.  The sainted dead lived and reigned with Christ 1,000 years 
               a.  The 1,000 years is a symbol of the entire Christian period. 
                   It connotes a long but undetermined period.
               b.  The first resurrection is the burial and resurrection of 
                   baptism (John 5:25-27). The second resurrection is 
                   bringing souls out of the tombs (hades) at the 2nd coming 
                   of Christ (John 5:28-29).
               c.  The saved are living and reigning with Christ now (5:9-10). 
           3.  The rest of the dead (dead in sin--unsaved people) lived not 
               until the 1,000 years are finished. (20:5).
           4.  The victorious reign of the saints (20:6).
               a.  The first resurrection makes one immune to the power of 
                   the second death (20:6).
               b.  They are priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign 
                   with him 1,000 years (20:6).
           5.  The loosing of Satan (20:7-8).
               a.  At the end of the 1,000 years (Christian dispensation), 
                   Satan will be loosed (20:7-8).
               b.  He shall deceive the nations (20:8).
               c.  Gog and Magog are the nations in the four corners of the 
                   earth (20:8). They represent all of the enemies of God 
                   (See Ezek. 38:1-7).
               d.  The enemies of God are many (20:8).
           6.  The destruction of Satan and his worshippers (20:9-10).
               a.  Gog and Magog (all the enemies of God) are destroyed 
                   by fire from heaven (20:9).
               b.  Satan, the beast, and the false prophet, cast into the lake 
                   that burns with fire and brimstone (20:10).
           7.  The final judgment--God on his throne (20:11-15).
               a.  All the dead assembled before God (20:12).
               b.  Books were opened, and the book of life was opened, and 
                   the dead were judged according to their works (20:12).
               c.  Sea, death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, 
                   and the dead were judged according to their works 
               d.  Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire, which is 
                   the second death (20:14).
               e.  Those not written in the book of life were cast into the 
                   lake of fire (20:15).
IV.  Conclusion--last things (21:1 to 22:21).
     A.  The new heaven, new earth, and new Jerusalem (21:1-8).
         1.  New heaven and earth (21:1).
             a.  The first heaven and earth are passed away (21:1; 2 Peter 
             b.  The sea is no more (21:1).
         2.  The holy city (20:2).
             a.  New Jerusalem descending from heaven of God (21:2).
             b.  The New Jerusalem is like a bride adorned for her husband 
         3.  Eternal salvation--peace and happiness--granted to the 
             faithful (21:3-7).
         4.  The wicked cast into the lake of fire (21:8).
     B.  The Lamb's bride (21:9-27).
         1.  One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls shows John 
             the wife of the Lamb (21:9).
         2.  The angel showed John the holy city, Jerusalem, coming from 
             the heaven of God (21:10).
         3.  The beauty of the Lamb's wife--the New Jerusalem 
             a.  The glory of the sun and the beauty of a diamond (21:11).
             b.  Twelve gates and twelve angels, having the names of the 
                 twelve tribes of Israel written on them (21:12-13).
             c.  Twelve foundations have the names of the twelve apostles 
                 written on them (21:14).
             d.  The city is immense and lies foursquare (21:15-16).
             e.  The wall of the city was splendid and beautiful, adorned 
                 with precious jewels (21:17-20).
             f.  The gates were pearls, the street was pure gold (21:21).
             g.  There is no temple--God and the Lamb are its temple 
             h.  The city has no blemish, and the glory of all nations are 
                 brought into it. No night is there. The evil are excluded 
         4.  The heavenly city further described (22:1-5).
             a.  The river of life, the street of gold, the tree of life on either 
                 side of the river (22:1-2).
             b.  The saved shall see God face to face and serve him 
             c.  No lamp and no night is there, for God is its light (22:5).
     C.  The prophecy is confirmed (22:6)
         1.  The words are faithful and true (22:6).
         2.  Jesus comes quickly (22:7).
         3.  John and all who keep the words of the New Covenant are 
             fellow servants with the angels in heaven (22:8-9).
         4.  The book is not to be sealed because the time for the 
             fulfillment is at hand (22:10-12).
         5.  Jesus' invitation (22:13-17).
             a.  Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega (22:13).
             b.  The purified may enter the city of heaven (22:14).
             c.  The wicked are excluded from the city (22:15).
             d.  Jesus sent his angel to testify these things (22:16).
             e.  Jesus is the bright and morning star (22:16).
             f.  The great invitation (22:17).
     D.  The importance of the book (22:18-19).
         1.  The words of this book are to be neither added to or taken 
             from (11:18-19).
     E.  Last words: "He who testifieth these things saith, Yea: I come 
         quickly. Amen: come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus 
         be with the saints. 

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
P. O. Box 690192
Houston, Texas 77269-0192
(281) 469-3540

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