Rev Chapters 4 – 11


Outline of the Second Division – (Revelation 4:1 – 16:21An outline of the second major literary division of the Book)

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I came to be in Spirit – (Four different times John found himself “in the Spirit” and in a new location where he received visions)

The Throne at the Center of The Cosmos – (Revelation 4:1-11The 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)

The Sealed Scroll– (Revelation 5:1-4John saw a scroll sealed shut with seven seals in the right hand of the One Who Sits on the Throne)

Worthy is the Lamb! – (Revelation 5:5-14The central figure of the book is the slain Lamb, who alone has the authority to open the Sealed Scroll)

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Exaltation of the Lamb – (The exaltation of the lamb is based on his past Death and Resurrection)


Overview of the Seven Seals – (Upon his arrival before the Throne, the Lamb commences immediately to open the Seven Seals of the Sealed Scroll)

The First Seal – (The Lamb now breaks open the first seal, releasing a rider carrying a bow and riding a white horse)

The Second Seal – (Revelation 6:3-4The second rider is on a fiery-red horse sent to “remove peace from the earth” by causing men to “slay one another”)

The Third Seal – (Revelation 6:5-6The third seal releases a rider on a black horse. A voice from the Throne prohibits him from destroying what is needed for daily life)

The Fourth Seal – (Revelation 6:7-8The fourth seal releases a rider named “Death” who is followed by “Hades” gathering up the dead in his wake)

First Four Seals – Aftermath – (The first four seal openings occurred under the watchful eye of the “Lamb” and the “four living creatures” around the “throne”)

Martyrs under the Altar – (Revelation 6:9-11The fifth seal revealed the souls of martyrs kept underneath the altar where they pleased with God for vindication and justice)

Who is Able to Stand? – (Revelation 6:12-17The sixth seal opening ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth – No one can stand before the Lamb or the Throne)

The Great Earthquake – (The final day of wrath is characterized by unprecedented terrestrial events, including the “great earthquake” )

Sealing the Saints – (Revelation 7:1-3God’s “servants” are sealed before the “four winds of the earth” are unleashed by the four horsemen)

Numbering the Saints – (Revelation 7:4-8144,000 males from the tribes of Israel are numbered and assembled for transit to the Promised Land)

The Innumerable Saints – (Revelation 7:9-12John now sees an innumerable multitude from all nations standing before the Lamb and the Throne)

Standing Before The Throne – (Revelation 7:13-17One of the “elders” interprets the vision of a vast multitude that “no man could number,” standing before the Throne)

Silence in Heaven – (Revelation 8:1-6The seventh seal transitions the narrative to the series of seven trumpets)


Sounding the Seven Trumpets – (Revelation 8:7-11:19An overview of the Seven Trumpets and the several intervening events)

First Trumpet – Hail – (Revelation 8:7The first trumpet unleashes a plague of Hail against the Empire’s agricultural base)

Second Trumpet – Burning Mountain – (Revelation 8:8-9The second trumpet harms much of the seaborne commerce on which the “inhabitants of the earth” depend)

Third Trumpet – Bitter Waters – (Revelation 8:10-11The third trumpet produces a “great star” that falls onto the sources of freshwater, embittering them)

Fourth Trumpet – Darkness – (Revelation 8:12The fourth trumpet causes a partial darkening of the sun, moon, and the stars)

The Three Woes – (An eagle “flying in mid-heaven” announces the last three trumpets, the “three woes” – Revelation 8:13)

Fifth Trumpet – First Woe – (Revelation 8:13–9:12The Fifth Trumpet or First Woe:  Smoke ascending from the Abyss and a locust-like army)

Sixth Trumpet – Second Woe – (Revelation 9:13-21Despite the intensity of God’s plagues, the “inhabitants of the earth” refuse to repent)

Little Scroll – (John saw the scroll again, only this time, it was unsealed and completely open – Revelation 10:1-11)

Sanctuary Measured – (The sanctuary must be measured before the city can be inhabited, but first, it must be trampled underfoot)

Forty-Two Months – (The “forty-two months” and “1,260-days” both refer to the same prophetic period when the saints are persecuted)

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Two Witnesses Testify – (The Two Witnesses must complete their testimony before the Beast is unleashed from the Abyss)

Beast from the Abyss – (The beast first appears at its ascent from the Abyss to wage war on the two witnesses)

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The Abyss – (The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, though it remains under the authority of the Lamb)

Two Witnesses Slain – (Persecuted by the impenitent “inhabitants of the earth,” the “two witnesses” lie dead on the main street of the “Great City”)

Seventh Trumpet, Third Woe – (Revelation 11:15-19The Seventh Trumpet sounds to usher in the Day of the Lord, the time of judgment)


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Tribulation of the Saints – (Faithful saints experience tribulation, but the unrepentant inhabitants of the earth undergo wrath)

Earth Dwellers – (The “inhabitants of the earth” represent the men that are excluded from the “book of life” by their actions)

Overcoming Saints – (Overcoming saints persevere in the testimony of Jesus no matter the cost, “even unto death“)

Lamb or Beast? – (Humanity is divided into two groups – Those who follow the Lamb, and those who render homage to the Beast)

Absent Church in Revelation? – (Revelation 4:1-2Is the church removed from the earth during the Tribulation?)

Lamb, Shepherd, King – (Jesus as the sacrificial Lamb began his messianic reign following his death and resurrection)

The 144,000 of Revelation – (The 144,000 male servants sealed with the Seal of God)

Wrath of God in Revelation – (The Wrath of God refers to His final judicial sentence and is not synonymous with “tribulation”)

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The Last Days in light of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus

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