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Bible Prophecy "The Book Of Revelation"

Lesson one:  Introduction to Revelation and Chapter 1

The word Revelation comes from the word (Apocalupsis) (or Apocalypse), which means to unveil.

This is not the Revelation of John.  It is the "Revelation of Jesus Christ".

The writer is the apostle John.  John received this vision while He was banished to the Isle of Patmos.

The book of Revelation is divided into three major segments.

Rev. 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

     1. The things which thou hast seen; Rev. 1:1-20
     2. The things which are; Rev. 2:1 - 3:22
     3. The things which shall be hereafter; Rev.4:1 - 22:21

The Sevens.
     1. Seven Churches; Rev. 2:1 - 3:22
     2. Seven Seals; Rev. 6:1 - 8:1
     3. Seven Trumpets; Rev.8:2 - 11:19
     4. Seven Personages; Rev. 12:1 - 14:20
     5. Seven Vials; Rev. 15:1 - 16:21
     6. Seven Dooms; Rev. 17:1 - 20:15
     7. Seven New Things; Rev. 21:1 - 22:21

The Book of Revelation.

     A. An unveiling of events that shall precede and accompany His return.

     B. Mark 13:7 And when ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars, be ye not troubled:
     for such things must needs be; but the end shall not be yet.
     8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be
     earthquakes in divers places, and there shall be famines and troubles: these are the
     beginnings of sorrows.

     C. Mark 13:32  But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which
     are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.
     33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

     D. No new Revelations,  Rev. 22:18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words
     of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto
     him the plagues that are written in this book:
     19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God
     shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the
     things which are written in this book.

     E. Revelation is prophetic and symbolic. Rev. 1:1 "Signified" means "signs and symbols"


     A. The Prophecy deals with the Church, Israel and the Nations.
          1. The beginning; talks about the Church.
          2. The middle; talks about Israel.
          3. The end; deals with the Nations.

     B. The prophecy deals with Israel throughout most of the book.

          1. When the church is taken out, God turns to Israel again.
          2. Chapters 6 - 19, show what will happen during the 70th week of Daniels 70

Revelation Chapter One

     A. Verses, 4 - 6: Seven Churches in Asia.

     B. There were more than seven Churches. Colosse, Hierapolis, and Troas were also
     Churches in this region.  The Lord wanted to use “the seven” as representatives of the
     entire church age. We will discuss this more later.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ

Rev. 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.

11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

17 And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me,  saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Jesus Christ, God manifest in flesh.

(1 Tim. 3:16  And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.)

Matt. 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

The Vision                                                      3

     A. Rev. 1:9 - 20,

          1. Verse 9: Your companion in tribulation, (Not great tribulation.)
          2. Voice like a trumpet; 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lords day, and heard
           behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,
          3. The sign of His voice sounding like many waters can be the sound of
          thunderous judgment.
     B. Verse 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw
     seven golden candlesticks;
          1. Seven golden candlesticks.
                            2. In the midst one like the "Son of man", verse 13 - 15.
                            3. Verse 17 - 18

Son of Man

     A. Seven candlesticks (lamp stand).
          1. A candle is consumed while burning.
          2. A lamp stand will burn continually if there is oil.  Oil = Holy Ghost
     B. The seven churches are not the "light", but the light holder.
          1. The church is only light if it shines.
          2. Light signifies the Holy Ghost.

     C. When Jesus came on the earth He was "Son of man".
          1 Tim. 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the
          man Christ Jesus;

The Sevenfold Glory of His Person

     1. Head and His hair:  a white like wool.
          a. "Ancient of days" Daniel 7:9
          b. Judgment.
          c. Not white with age but dignity.
          d. The eternal never grows old.
          e. Experience and character.

     2. Eyes.

          a. Flame of fire; omniscient flame.
          b. Knowing the thoughts of mankind, all things are naked and open before Him.

     3. His feet.

          a. Brass burned in the furnace.     
          b. Shall tread on and crush the anti christ and satan. Rev. 19:15      

The Sevenfold Glory of His Person (continued)

     4. His voice

          a. Sound of many waters.
          b. Thunderous judgment and authority.
          Matt. 25:41  Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me,
          ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:

     5. His hand

          a. Seven stars represent ministers of the churches, "messengers".
          b. Ministers derive their power from Him.
          c. If the minister is false no man can deliver out of His hand.  If the minister is
          true and loyal no one can touch him or do harm to him.

     6. His mouth

          a. Two edged sword.
          Eph.6:17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is
          the word of God:
          b. Sword of justice.
          c. Two edged sword,
               1. For the protection of His people.
               2. For the destruction of His enemies.

     7. His countenance

          a. Shines in His strength.
          b. Mount of transfiguration, Matt. 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his
          face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.
          c. In the New Jerusalem, we will need no light for He is the light thereof.

The key to studying the book

     A. The three-fold division.

          1. The things, which thou hast "seen".
          2. The things, which "are".
          3. The things, which "shall be hereafter".

     B. "The things, which thou hast seen". The vision of the son of man in the midst of the
     seven golden lamp stands.

     C. "The things, which are".  Messages to the seven churches.  Representative churches.

     D. "The things, which shall be hereafter".  This literally means "after these" or after the
     church period.  

Bible study. Pastor Warren Tryon,  U.P.C New Britain, CT