Notes & Outlines


J. Vernon McGee

Likewise. Futurist theory: This theory holds that the Book of Revelation is primarily prophetic and yet future. Historical-spiritual theory: This theory is a refinement of the historical theory and was advanced by Sir William Ramsay. 3. Revelation has been largely fulfilled and there are spiritual lessons for the church today. It is a revelation (apocalypse). It is a series of visions. and Revelation is the prophetic history of the church. which is an unveiling. according to this theory. Contrast Daniel 12:9. This is the view of all premillennialists and is the view which we accept and present. especially from Revelation 4 on to the end of the book. expressed in symbols. a warning is issued to those who tamper with its contents (Revelation 22:18. He reaches farther on into eternity future in the Book of Revelation. the writer. 19). also by Elliott. has adopted this view. According to this theory.REVELATION WRITER: John the apostle DATE: About A. Special blessing is promised the readers of this book (Revelation 1:3). This book is like a great Union Station where the great trunk lines of • • • • . Amillennialism. Tragelles lists 3): 1. for the most part. 4.D. STRIKING FEATURES: • • It is the only prophetic book in the New Testament (in contrast to 17 prophetic books in the Old Testament). reaches farther back into eternity past than any other writer in Scripture (John 1:1-3). The point of the book is to encourage Christians. It states that the two beasts are Imperial and Provincial Rome. Historical theory: Fulfillment of Revelation is going on in history. but these can be divided into four major systems (Broadus lists seven theories of interpretation. 95 THEORIES OF INTERPRETATION: There have been many approaches to this book. It had to do with local references in John’s day. It had to do with the days of either Nero or Domitian. 2. Revelation is not a sealed book (Revelation 22:10). John. The view was held by Renan and most German scholars. Preterist theory: All of Revelation has been fulfilled in the past. It dissipates and defeats the purpose of the book.

The resurrection and translation of saints (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. 1 Corinthians 15:51. Beatitude of Bible study. 9-18 F. Chapters 2. Israel’s covenants (Genesis 12:1-3). The Great Tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30. course. 2 C. vv. 3 A. vv. v. The church (Matthew 16:18) 3. 52) 4. and was dead. 1 B. behold. Interpretation of the seven stars and seven lampstands. 2:8-11 C. 2:1-7 B. Title of the Book. v. and the things which shall be hereafter. v. Chapter 1 A. The POSSESSION of Jesus Christ — the church in the world. Time division of the contents of the apocalypse. 19 I am he that liveth. 2:18-29 . Letter of Christ to the church in Ephesus. 15) 10. and the things which are. The post-incarnate Christ in a glorified body. OUTLINE: I. The Lord Jesus Christ (Genesis 3:15) 2. five things promised Israel KEY VERSES: Revelation 1:18. There are at least 10 great subjects of prophecy which find their consummation here: 1. Write the things which thou hast seen. Satan and evil (Ezekiel 28:11-18) 6. and end of the “times of the Gentiles” (Daniel 2:37. Letter of Christ to the church in Thyatira.prophecy come in from other portions of Scripture. The course and end of apostate Christendom (Daniel 2:31-45. Method of revelation. 3 D. Revelation does not originate but consummates. Luke 21:24) 9. Letter of Christ to the church in Smyrna. Amen. The PERSON of Jesus Christ — Christ in glory. and have the keys of hell [hades] and of death. 4-8 E. Greetings from John the writer. The second coming of Christ (Jude 14. It is imperative to a right understanding of the book to be able to trace each great subject of prophecy from the first reference to the terminal. and. v. The beginning. 2:12-17 D. The “man of sin” (Ezekiel 28:1-10) 7. Matthew 13) 8. judging His church (the great High Priest in the Holy of Holies). Letter of Christ to the church in Pergamum. 31) 5. v. 19 G. I am alive for evermore. 20 II. and from Jesus Christ in heaven.

Chapters 4. Opening of the third seal. 8:1 (Introduction of seven trumpets) . Opening of the fourth seal. Opening of the sixth seal. vv. 3:7-13 G. 12 7. vv. 4. 5:13. 6 (Rider on a black horse) d. Opening of the fifth seal. 6:9-11 (Prayer of the martyred remnant) f. 6:3. Letter of Christ to the church in Sardis. 3. (John 14:3) 1. Chapter 7 (1) Reason for the interlude between the 6th and 7th seals. The Great Tribulation in the world. 8 (Rider on a pale horse) e. that where I am. Throne of God. Letter of Christ to the church in Philadelphia. The PROGRAM of Jesus Christ — the scene in heaven. 6:5. 6:12-17 (The Day of Wrath has come — beginning of the last half of the Great Tribulation) g. Opening of the second seal. Opening of the seventh seal. 6:7. 4:4. 5. 9-17 h. 6:1. A myriad of angels of heaven joins the song of praise and redemption. 5 Four living creatures. 3:1-6 F. Opening of the seven-sealed book. The church in heaven with Christ.E. Chapters 6 — 8:1 a. Chapters 6 — 18 1. Opening of the first seal. 1-3 (2) Remnant of Israel sealed. Universal worship of the Savior and Sovereign of the universe. 14 B. 4:6-11 Book with seven seals. 5:1-4 Christ: the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb which has been slain. there ye may be also. 5:5-10 6. Chapters 4 — 22 A. 5 …I will come again. 4:1-3 Twenty-four elders. 2. vv. and receive you unto myself. 4 (Rider on a red horse) c. Letter of Christ to the church in Laodicea. 4-8 (3) Redeemed multitude of Gentiles. Interlude. 3:14-22 III. 5:11. 2 (Rider on a white horse) b.

vv. v. 1. 12:5. 15-17 (4) Wild beast. vv. 9:1-12 g. 11 (2) Wild beast. 2 b. wars with the dragon. 11:15-19 3.000. 2 (4) Duration of the prophesying of the two witnesses. 6. Second trumpet — seas become blood. 10:8-11 (3) Date for the ending of “the times of the Gentiles. 13:11-18 (1) Wild beast. 12:7-12 e. vv. 11 e. 10:1-7 (2) John eats the little book. Seventh trumpet — end of Great Tribulation and opening of temple in heaven. 13 a. Blowing of the seven trumpets.” 11:1. 8:2-6 b. 8:7 c. First trumpet — trees burnt. v. Wild beast out of the earth — a religious leader. Chapters 12. 5 (4) Wild beast. 8:8. delegated authority. 10:1 — 11:14 (1) The strong angel with the little book. 13:1-10 (1) Wild beast. 18 4. 11:13. death-dealing stroke. 9:13-21 h. Third trumpet — fresh water becomes bitter. 8 . vv. Seven performers during the Great Tribulation. 3 (3) Wild beast. 12-14 (3) Wild beast. Interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets. The woman — Israel. The dragon persecutes the woman. The child of the woman — Jesus Christ. 6-8 (5) Wild beast. 10 h. Looking to the end of the Great Tribulation. vv. 12:17 g. description. Angel at the altar with censer of incense. Proclamation of the everlasting gospel. 12:13-16 f. the archangel. 6 d. 1-5 b. deity assumed. Picture of the lamb with the 144. v.2. Fifth trumpet — fallen star and plague of locusts. The red dragon — Satan. 9 d. 4. 13 f. Sixth trumpet — angels loosed at river Euphrates. 11:3-12 (5) Doom of the second woe — great earthquake. stars smitten. 9. Fourth trumpet — sun. 4 c. Chapters 8:2 — 11:19 a. Chapter 14 a. vv. moon. 2 (2) Wild beast. description. 8:10. designation. vv. 8:12. 14 i. vv. 12:3. defiance denied to anyone. defying God. Remnant of Israel. delusion perpetrated on the world. 7 c. Michael. Wild beast out of the sea — a political power and a person. 12:1. Pronouncement of judgment on Babylon. v.

Four hallelujahs. 15:5 — 16:1 b. vv. 11 g. Chapters 17. Pouring out of the first bowl. vv. 11-16 War of Armageddon. 9-12 e. 8-18 b.d. 16:8. Pouring out of the sixth bowl. vv. Marriage of the Lamb and return of Christ in judgment. vv. 5. 16:17-21 6. 16:2 c. Interlude: kings of inhabited earth proceed to Har-Magedon. 1-7 (2) Wild beast destroys the great harlot. Preparation for final judgment of the Great Tribulation. v. 16:12 h. 16:10. Pouring out of the fourth bowl. vv. Pouring out of the second bowl. 16:4-7 e. vv. Chapters 15. 14-20 5. 15:1 — 16:1 (1) Tribulation saints in heaven worship God because He is holy and just. vv. 15:1-4 (2) Temple of the tabernacle opened in heaven that seven angels. Praise for those who die in the Lord. might proceed forth. 18 a. Pouring out of the seven mixing bowls of wrath. 16 a. 16:13-16 i. Pouring out of the fifth bowl. 18 Hell opened. 13 f. Political and commercial Babylon judged. 7-10 Return of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords. Chapter 18 (1) Announcement of fall of commercial and political Babylon. Pouring out of the seventh bowl. 1-8 (2) Anguish in the world because of Babylon’s judgment. 4. 19-21 . 9 f. having seven golden bowls. 9-19 (3) Anticipation of joy in heaven because of judgment on Babylon. Pouring out of the third bowl. Chapter 19 1. 16:3 d. The two Babylons judged. 3. vv. 17. vv. vv. Chapter 17 (1) Great harlot riding the wild beast. vv. Pronouncement of judgment on those who received mark of the beast. 2. vv. The apostate church in the Great Tribulation. 20-24 C. Preview of Armageddon. 1-6 Bride of the Lamb and marriage supper.

Chapters 21. Satan bound 1000 years. 20 Eternity Chs. 21:3-8 3. Saints of the Great Tribulation reign with Christ 1000 years. vv. Chapter 20 1. 21:24-27 6. New Jerusalem. 23 5. 22:1-5 7. 1-3 2. 21. New heaven. 6 — 18 9 1000 years Ch. New center of the new creation. v. 1 Revelation 2. description of the eternal abode of the bride. 21 “Alpha — Omega” PAST “Things…seen” PRESENT “Beginning — End” FUTURE The Cosmic Crisis Son of Man in Heaven “I am he that liveth” “the things which thou hast seen” The 7 Churches “I was dead” “Behold. 5 Church Chs. 22:17-19 9. 21:9-21 4. eternity unveiled. new earth. 22:20. vv. Setting of Great White Throne where lost are judged and follow Satan into lake of fire and brimstone. 21:1. vv. 22:6-16 8. 3 The Great Tribulation Chs. 3 Church in the World 1 Ch. 11-15 E. Promise of return of Christ. 10 5. New Jerusalem. 21:22. Millennium. Satan cast into lake of fire and brimstone. vv. Final invitation and warning. New relationship — God dwelling with man. 4. 7-9 4. 4-6 3. 2 2. Entrance into eternity. 22 1. River of the water of life and tree of life. 22 . I am alive” “the things which are” (After removal of true church and before the coming of Christ to creation) “I have the keys of hell and of death” “the things about to be after these things [meta tauta]” Revelation 1 Christ in Glory Ch.D. New era. Final promise and prayer. Revelation 4 — 22 Crisis in the Future Great White Throne Chs . Satan loosed after 1000 years. 2.

1968. (Especially good for young converts) Larkin. are for the purpose of giving assistance to the listeners of the THRU THE BIBLE RADIO program. The Revelation of Jesus Christ. 1979. 1973. John F. Hoyt. Grand Rapids. Due to the necessary brevity of both notes and broadcasts. Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. Ryrie. 1960. Clarence. inexpensive survey) Seiss. Lectures on the Book of Revelation. 1966. Winona Lake. prepared by J. Charles C. A.RECOMMENDED BOOKS: Barnhouse. Reveling Through Revelation. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. (A fine. Chicago. Revelation. Newell. Donald Grey. 1935. California: Vision House Publishers. Santa Ana. Vernon. J. Vernon McGee. The Apocalypse. Neptune. 1971. Neptune. (Includes fine charts) Lindsey. Lehman. Pennsylvania: Published by the author. Illinois: Moody Press. a list of recommended books is included for those wanting a more detailed study. The Book of Revelation. 1919. A. Revelation. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. Chicago. Lectures on the Book of Revelation.. 1957. McGee. THRU THE BIBLE RADIO Pasadena. 1966. California: Thru the Bible Radio Network. Neptune. 2 vols. Herman A. Strauss. J. Pasadena. New Jersey: Loizeaux Brothers. Inc. Michigan: Zondervan Publishing House. Hal. 1964. The Revelation. Arno C. They are to be used with the Bible and will be more meaningful as you look up all the Scripture references. Illinois: Moody Press. Ironside. H. Chicago. Philadelphia. The Book of Revelation. These books may be obtained from a Christian library or bookstore or ordered from the publishers. Walvoord. William R. The Revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ. 1915. Gaebelein. California 91109-7100 #16222-ABAAAa . (Excellent comprehensive treatment) These notes. There’s a New World Coming. Grand Rapids. an Expository Commentary. The Book of Revelation. Illinois: Moody Press. Indiana: Brethren Missionary Herald.

SAMPLE SUMMARY FOR EACH CHAPTER (for your personal study) 1. Most important verse — 3. Command to obey — 6. Theme of chapter — 2. New truth learned — . Promise to claim — 7. Most prominent word — 4. Teaching about Christ — 5.




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