The Revelation of Jesus Christ 22 Chapters
Cecil N. Wright

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 few.

                        f. To Philadelphia (3:7-12) – a weak, faithful, missionary church.

                        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 alter (6:9-11) – cf. 20:4-6.

                        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 (8:10-11).

                        e. Fifth trumpet (first woe): opening of bottomless pit – locusts (9:1-12).

                        f. Sixth trumpet (second woe): four angels at river Euphrates released, and a

mighty, devastating Calvary appearing (9:13-20).

                        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 (11:15-19).

            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. Beast 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 (16:4-7).

                        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 plagues (17:1-6).

                        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 Babylon (vs. 9-19)

                                    (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 (19:9-10).

            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 iron (19:11-16).

                        b. Beast and false prophet defeated and cast alive into lake of fire (vs.17-20).

                        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 grand scale.

            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. 4-6).

                        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.7-10).

            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 husband (v.2) cf. 19:6-10.

                        c. Tabernacle of God with men (v.3).

                        d. No more death, crying, or pain (v.4).

                        e. The ungodly excluded – their lot being the second death, in the lake of fire (vs.5-8).

V. EPILOGUE: Christ Challenging (22:6-21).

            1. Challenges of Christ (vs.6-9).

                        a. To obedience – an appeal to the will (vs.6-7).

                                    (1) John reporting what Christ said through angel (vs.6-7).

                                    (2) John reporting his own reaction and angel’s response (vs.8-9).

                        b. To receive reward – an appeal to the intellect (vs.10-15) – John reporting

what Christ said through the angel.

                        c. To fellowship – an appeal to the emotions (vs.16-20).

                                    (1) Christ speaking in person (vs. 16-20a).

                                    (2) John’s response (v. 20b).

            2. Benediction (v.20) – language of John.

  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.