Notes & Outlines


J. Vernon McGee

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

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

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

Proclamation of the everlasting gospel. Michael. vv. death-dealing stroke. description. 11:13. 13:1-10 (1) Wild beast. 12:3. delegated authority. 10:1-7 (2) John eats the little book. The child of the woman — Jesus Christ. Blowing of the seven trumpets. vv. the archangel. 8:8. description. Fifth trumpet — fallen star and plague of locusts. 8 . vv. 12:1. 12:5. Angel at the altar with censer of incense. Wild beast out of the earth — a religious leader. 8:7 c. 6 d. vv. 1-5 b. Seventh trumpet — end of Great Tribulation and opening of temple in heaven. v. 5 (4) Wild beast. 3 (3) Wild beast. 13:11-18 (1) Wild beast. 7 c. 1. wars with the dragon. 11:3-12 (5) Doom of the second woe — great earthquake. 10 h. 12:17 g. Seven performers during the Great Tribulation. 4. defiance denied to anyone. Wild beast out of the sea — a political power and a person. defying God. moon. 2 b. Fourth trumpet — sun. Chapters 12. Picture of the lamb with the 144. Third trumpet — fresh water becomes bitter. 10:8-11 (3) Date for the ending of “the times of the Gentiles. Interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets. v. 13 f. 13 a. 11:15-19 3. The dragon persecutes the woman. 10:1 — 11:14 (1) The strong angel with the little book. 6-8 (5) Wild beast. Second trumpet — seas become blood.000. 11 e. v. 9 d. 2 (2) Wild beast. deity assumed. delusion perpetrated on the world. vv. The woman — Israel. Chapters 8:2 — 11:19 a. 18 4. 14 i. Chapter 14 a. 4 c. 12:7-12 e. stars smitten.2. 9:1-12 g. Pronouncement of judgment on Babylon. 9:13-21 h. 12-14 (3) Wild beast. vv. 8:12. vv. 9. Looking to the end of the Great Tribulation. designation. 11 (2) Wild beast. vv. 12:13-16 f. 2 (4) Duration of the prophesying of the two witnesses. The red dragon — Satan. 8:2-6 b. 15-17 (4) Wild beast. 6.” 11:1. 8:10. Remnant of Israel. Sixth trumpet — angels loosed at river Euphrates. First trumpet — trees burnt. v.

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

Chapter 20 1. 21:24-27 6. Revelation 4 — 22 Crisis in the Future Great White Throne Chs . 5 Church Chs. 21. 21:22. Final invitation and warning. v. vv. Entrance into eternity. 22:1-5 7. 1 Revelation 2. 22:6-16 8. 4-6 3. 23 5. 21:3-8 3. 21:9-21 4. Satan cast into lake of fire and brimstone. Final promise and prayer. Satan bound 1000 years. 20 Eternity Chs. 22:20. 2 2. New center of the new creation. Millennium. eternity unveiled. Setting of Great White Throne where lost are judged and follow Satan into lake of fire and brimstone. 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. 3 The Great Tribulation Chs. River of the water of life and tree of life. New heaven. 3 Church in the World 1 Ch. New Jerusalem. Saints of the Great Tribulation reign with Christ 1000 years. New Jerusalem. 22 . 10 5. vv. 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. New era. 11-15 E. description of the eternal abode of the bride. 2. new earth. Chapters 21. vv. 22:17-19 9. Satan loosed after 1000 years. 1-3 2. 7-9 4. Promise of return of Christ. 6 — 18 9 1000 years Ch. 22 1. 4.D. vv. New relationship — God dwelling with man. 21:1.

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

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