Revelation (1-7)

{BACKGROUND AND STRUCTURE}
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  1. A Brief Introduction to the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Background information plus an outline of the Book)
  2. The Isle of Patmos - {PDF Copy} - (John was exiled to the island of Patmos because of his testimony)
  3. The Fourfold Division of the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The major literary divisions of the book)
  4. An Outline of the Second Literary Division of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (A Proposed Outline of the Second Major Literary Division of Revelation, chapters 4-16)
  5. Revelation's Target Audience - {PDF Copy} - (The book is addressed to seven real churches that existed in the province of Asia in the first century A.D.)
{INTERPRETATION}
  1. Common Errors When Interpreting Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (The real-life relevance of the book of Revelation is easily lost if we approach the book with incorrect presuppositions)
  2. Interpretations Provided by the Book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation provides many interpretations of its images and symbols)
  3. Literal and Nonliteral Language - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation informs the reader from the start that it communicates symbolically)
  4. Linear Chronological Sequence in Revelation? - {PDF Copy} - (Are Revelation’s visions presented in chronological sequence?)
{SEVEN CHURCHES}
  1. The Prologue to Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:1-3 - The opening paragraphs presents the key themes of the book and introduces its intended audience)
  2. Greetings to the Seven Churches - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-8 - The salutation from the Throne to the seven churches of Asia highlights the main themes of the book, especially the present reign of Jesus)
  3. The Ruler of the Kings of the Earth - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:4-6 - According to the book of Revelation, Jesus already rules over the kings of the earth)
  4. The First Vision - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9-20 - John sees the risen Son of Man walking among the churches)
  5. John, A Fellow-Participant in the Kingdom - (As a "fellow-participant in the Tribulation, John functions as a surrogate for the churches of Asia) - {PDF Copy}
  6. Introduction to the Seven Churches of Asia - {PDF Copy} - (The visitation of Jesus to each of the Seven Churches prepares the reader to understand the visions that follow the seven letters to the churches of Asia)
  7. The Church at Ephesus - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:1-7 - The messenger of the assembly at Ephesus is commended for rejecting false apostles but chastised for losing his “first love")
  8. The Church at Smyrna - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:8-11 - The church at Smyrna is promised more tribulation based on its past faithfulness in persecution)
  9. The Church at Pergamos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:12-17 - The church at Pergamos is corrected for tolerating the teachings of “Balaam”)
  10. The Church at Thyatira - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 2:18-29 - The prophetess, “Jezebel,” deceived many saints at Thyatira into accommodating idolatrous practices)
  11. The Church at Sardis - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:1-6 - The church in the city of Sardis receives no commendation, only warnings, and a summons to repent)
  12. The Church at Philadelphia - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:7-13 - Like the church at Smyrna, Philadelphia receives no correction. She is faithful and, therefore, will be kept from the hour of trial)
  13. The Church at Laodicea - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:14-22 - The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only correction)
{THRONE AND LAMB}
  1. The Throne and the Cosmos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 4:1-11 - The image of the glorious Throne places God and His rule at the center of the created order and prepares the reader for the introduction of the Lamb)
  2. The Scroll Sealed with Seven Seals - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 5:1-4 - The One Sitting on the Throne holds a Scroll sealed tight by seven seals. A search is made for someone in the Creation who is “worthy” to open the Sealed Scroll)
  3. Worthy is the Lamb to Open the Sealed Scroll - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 5:5-14 - The central figure of the book is the freshly slain Lamb who alone has the authority to open the Sealed Scroll)
  4. The Unsealed Scroll - {PDF Copy} - (What was sealed in Daniel is unsealed in Revelation. With the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, the time of fulfillment had arrived)
{SEALED SCROLL}
  1. The Opening of the Seven Seals - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:1-8:1 - Upon his arrival before the Throne, the Lamb commences immediately to open the Seven Seals of the Sealed Scroll)
  2. The First Four Seal Openings - An Overview - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:1-8 - The Lamb began to open the first four seals in preparation for the unveiling of the contents of the scroll)
  3. The First Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:1-2 - The Lamb now breaks open the first seal, releasing a rider carrying a bow and riding a white horse)
  4. The Second Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:3-4 - The second rider is on a fiery-red horse sent to “remove peace from the earth” by causing men to “slay one another”)
  5. The Third Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:5-6 - The third seal releases a rider on a black horse. A voice from the Throne prohibits him from destroying what is needed for daily life)
  6. The Fourth Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:7-8 - The fourth seal releases a rider named “Death” who is followed by “Hades” gathering up the dead in his wake)
  7. The Fifth Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:9-11 - The fifth seal reveals the souls of martyrs underneath the altar before the heavenly throne)
  8. The Sixth Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:12-17 - The sixth seal ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath)
  9. The Seal of God - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:1-3 - God’s servants are sealed before the “four winds of the earth” are unleashed by the four horsemen)
  10. The Number of the Sealed Servants of God - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:4-8 - 144,000 males from the tribes of Israel are numbered and assembled for transit to the Promised Land)
  11. The Innumerable Multitude - The Vision - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:9-12 - John now sees an innumerable multitude from all nations standing before the Lamb and the Throne)
  12. The Innumerable Multitude - The Interpretation - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:13-17 - One of the “elders” interprets the vision of a vast multitude that “no man could number,” standing before the Throne)
  13. The Seventh Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:1-6 - The seventh seal forms a transition to the next series, the seven trumpets)
{RELATED TOPICS}
  1. Tribulation, Kingdom, Endurance - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 1:9 - Exiled on Patmos, John is a “fellow-participant” in the tribulation, kingdom, and endurance - “In Jesus” )
  2. The Exaltation of the Lamb - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the exaltation of the lamb is based on his past Death and Resurrection, the immovable foundation of his present reign)
  3. A Call to Action - The Seven Beatitudes of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Seven Beatitudes in Revelation summon the churches to faithfulness in suffering)
  4. The People of God in the book of Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the saints of God are men and women from every nation redeemed by the Lamb)
  5. The Apocalyptic People of God - (The church is comprised of men and women from every nation redeemed by the death of Jesus) - {PDF Copy}
  6. The Nicolaitans - {PDF Copy} - (The deceivers and their false teaching in the churches of Asia)
  7. Kept from the Hour - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 3:10 - Did Jesus promise to remove the church at Philadelphia from the earth?)
  8. Is the Church Absent in the Book of Revelation? - {PDF Copy} - (Does the Church disappear from the earth after Chapter 3 of the book?)
  9. The Messianic Reign of Jesus in Revelation - {PDF Copy} - (Jesus begins his Messianic Reign over the Cosmos following his Death and Resurrection in fulfillment of many prophecies)
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