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Dr. J. Vernon McGee :: Outline for Revelation

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I. The PERSON of Jesus Christ — Christ in glory, Chapter 1

A. Title of the Book, v. 1

B. Method of revelation, v. 2

C. Beatitude of Bible study, v. 3

D. Greetings from John the writer, and from Jesus Christ in heaven, vv. 4-8

E. The post-incarnate Christ in a glorified body, judging His church (the great High Priest in the Holy of Holies), vv. 9-18

F. Time division of the contents of the apocalypse, v. 19

G. Interpretation of the seven stars and seven lampstands, v. 20

II. The POSSESSION of Jesus Christ — the church in the world, Chapters 2, 3

A. Letter of Christ to the church in Ephesus, Chapter 2:1-7

B. Letter of Christ to the church in Smyrna, Chapter 2:8-11

C. Letter of Christ to the church in Pergamum, Chapter 2:12-17

D. Letter of Christ to the church in Thyatira, Chapter 2:18-29

E. Letter of Christ to the church in Sardis, Chapter 3:1-6

F. Letter of Christ to the church in Philadelphia, Chapter 3:7-13

G. Letter of Christ to the church in Laodicea, Chapter 3:14-22

III. The PROGRAM of Jesus Christ — the scene in heaven, Chapters 422

A. The church in heaven with Christ, Chapters 4, 5

…I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:3)

1. Throne of God, Rev 4:1-3

2. Twenty-four elders, Rev 4:4, 5

3. Four living creatures, Rev 4:6-11

4. Book with seven seals, Rev 5:1-4

5. Christ: the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb that has been slain, Rev 5:5-10

6. A myriad of angels of heaven joins the song of praise and redemption, Rev 5:11, 12

7. Universal worship of the Savior and Sovereign of the universe, Rev 5:13, 14

B. The Great Tribulation in the world, Chapters 618

1. Opening of the seven-sealed book, Chapters 68:1

a. Opening of the first seal, Rev 6:1, 2

(Rider on a white horse)

b. Opening of the second seal, Rev 6:3, 4

(Rider on a red horse)

c. Opening of the third seal, Rev 6:5, 6

(Rider on a black horse)

d. Opening of the fourth seal, Rev 6:7, 8

(Rider on a pale horse)

e. Opening of the fifth seal, Rev 6:9-11

(Prayer of the martyred remnant)

f. Opening of the sixth seal, Rev 6:12-17

(The Day of Wrath has come — beginning of the last half of the Great Tribulation)

g. Interlude, Chapter 7

(1) Reason for the interlude between the 6th and 7th seals, vv. 1-3

(2) Remnant of Israel sealed, vv. 4-8

(3) Redeemed multitude of Gentiles, vv. 9-17

h. Opening of the seventh seal, Rev 8:1

(Introduction of seven trumpets)

2. Blowing of the seven trumpets, Chapters 8:211:19

a. Angel at the altar with censer of incense, Rev 8:2-6

b. First trumpet — trees burnt, Rev 8:7

c. Second trumpet — seas become blood, Rev 8:8, 9

d. Third trumpet — fresh water becomes bitter, Rev 8:10, 11

e. Fourth trumpet — sun, moon, stars smitten, Rev 8:12, 13

f. Fifth trumpet — fallen star and plague of locusts, Rev 9:1-12

g. Sixth trumpet — angels loosed at river Euphrates, Rev 9:13-21

h. Interlude between the sixth and seventh trumpets, Rev 10:1 — 11:14

(1) The strong angel with the little book, Rev 10:1-7

(2) John eats the little book, Rev 10:8-11

(3) Date for the ending of “the times of the Gentiles,” Rev 11:1, 2

(4) Duration of the prophesying of the two witnesses, Rev 11:3-12

(5) Doom of the second woe — great earthquake, Rev 11:13, 14

i. Seventh trumpet — end of Great Tribulation and opening of temple in heaven, Rev 11:15-19

3. Seven performers during the Great Tribulation, Chapters 12, 13

a. The woman — Israel, Rev 12:1, 2

b. The red dragon — Satan, Rev 12:3, 4

c. The child of the woman — Jesus Christ, Rev 12:5, 6

d. Michael, the archangel, wars with the dragon, Rev 12:7-12

e. The dragon persecutes the woman, Rev 12:13-16

f. Remnant of Israel, Rev 12:17

g. Wild beast out of the sea — a political power and a person, Rev 13:1-10

(1) Wild beast, description, vv. 1, 2

(2) Wild beast, death-dealing stroke, v. 3

(3) Wild beast, deity assumed, vv. 4, 5

(4) Wild beast, defying God, vv. 6-8

(5) Wild beast, defiance denied to anyone, vv. 9, 10

h. Wild beast out of the earth — a religious leader, Rev 13:11-18

(1) Wild beast, description, v. 11

(2) Wild beast, delegated authority, vv. 12-14

(3) Wild beast, delusion perpetrated on the world, vv. 15-17

(4) Wild beast, designation, v. 18

4. Looking to the end of the Great Tribulation, Chapter 14

a. Picture of the lamb with the 144,000, vv. 1-5

b. Proclamation of the everlasting gospel, vv. 6, 7

c. Pronouncement of judgment on Babylon, v. 8

d. Pronouncement of judgment on those who received mark of the beast, vv. 9-12

e. Praise for those who die in the Lord, v. 13

f. Preview of Armageddon, vv. 14-20

5. Pouring out of the seven mixing bowls of wrath, Chapters 15, 16

a. Preparation for final judgment of the Great Tribulation, Rev 15:1Rev 16:1

(1) Tribulation saints in heaven worship God because He is holy and just, Rev 15:1-4

(2) Temple of the tabernacle opened in heaven that seven angels, having seven golden bowls, might proceed forth, Rev 15:5Rev 16:1

b. Pouring out of the first bowl, Rev 16:2

c. Pouring out of the second bowl, Rev 16:3

d. Pouring out of the third bowl, Rev 16:4-7

e. Pouring out of the fourth bowl, Rev 16:8, 9

f. Pouring out of the fifth bowl, Rev 16:10, 11

g. Pouring out of the sixth bowl, Rev 16:12

h. Interlude: kings of inhabited earth proceed to Har-Magedon, Rev 16:13-16

i. Pouring out of the seventh bowl, Rev 16:17-21

6. The two Babylons judged, Chapters 17, 18

a. The apostate church in the Great Tribulation, Chapter 17

(1) Great harlot riding the wild beast, vv. 1-7

(2) Wild beast destroys the great harlot, vv. 8-18

b. Political and commercial Babylon judged, Chapter 18

(1) Announcement of fall of commercial and political Babylon, vv. 1-8

(2) Anguish in the world because of Babylon’s judgment, vv. 9-19

(3) Anticipation of joy in heaven because of judgment on Babylon, vv. 20-24

C. Marriage of the Lamb and return of Christ in judgment, Chapter 19

1. Four hallelujahs, vv. 1-6

2. Bride of the Lamb and marriage supper, vv. 7-10

3. Return of Christ as King of kings and Lord of lords, vv. 11-16

4. War of Armageddon, vv. 17, 18

5. Hell opened, vv. 19-21

D. Millennium, Chapter 20

1. Satan bound 1000 years, vv. 1-3

2. Saints of the Great Tribulation reign with Christ 1000 years, vv. 4-6

3. Satan loosed after 1000 years, vv. 7-9

4. Satan cast into lake of fire and brimstone, v. 10

5. Setting of Great White Throne where lost are judged and follow Satan into lake of fire and brimstone, vv. 11-15

E. Entrance into eternity; eternity unveiled, Chapters 21, 22

1. New heaven, new earth, New Jerusalem, Rev 21:1, 2

2. New era, Rev 21:3-8

3. New Jerusalem, description of the eternal abode of the bride, Rev 21:9-21

4. New relationship — God dwelling with man, Rev 21:22, 23

5. New center of the new creation, Rev 21:24-27

6. River of the water of life and tree of life, Rev 22:1-5

7. Promise of return of Christ, Rev 22:6-16

8. Final invitation and warning, Rev 22:17-19

9. Final promise and prayer, Rev 22:20, 21

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