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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Monday, April 25, 2011

An Outline for the Opening Chapters of the Book of Revelation


REVELATION 1-3

I. Introduction: Chapter 1

A. Introduction to the Revelation: Rev. 1:1-3

1. The mediated Revelation: Rev. 1:1

a. The Revelation from Jesus Christ

b. The Revelation through His messenger

c. The Revelation to His servant John

2. The role of His servant John: Rev. 1:2

3. A beatitude: Rev. 1:3

a. To the one reading and heeding

b. To those hearing and heeding

B. Introduction of the epistle to the seven congregations: Rev. 1:4-8

1. Salutation and blessing from the triune God through His Apostle: Rev. 1:4-5a

2. Dedication of the epistle to Jesus Christ: Rev. 1:5b-6

3. A prophecy of Jesus Christ’s coming: Rev. 1:7-8

a. The prophecy

b. The assurance of the LORD Almighty that His message will come to pass

C. Commission of the Apostle John to write the Book of Revelation: Rev. 1:9-20

1. Context of the commission: Rev. 1:9

2. The command to write the book of Revelation: Rev. 1:10-11

a. The voice like a trumpet: Rev. 1:10

b. The command to write to the seven congregations: Rev. 1:11

3. The vision of the glorified Christ: Rev. 1:12-20

a. The vision of the lamp-stands: Rev. 1:12

b. The clothing of the glorified Son of Man: Rev. 1:13

c. The head of the glorified Son of Man: Rev. 1:14

d. The feet and voice of the glorified Son of Man: Rev. 1:15

e. Further characteristics of the glorified Son of Man: Rev. 1:16

4. Comfort in the person and work of Jesus Christ: Rev. 1:17-18

a. Jesus is the First and the Last– even the Living One: Rev. 1:17-18a

b. Jesus conquered death and Hades: Rev. 1:18b

5. A further command to write: Rev. 1:19-20

a. The command given to John that he will write concerning all of his visions: Rev. 1:19

b. Christ reveals the mystery of the seven stars and seven lamp-stands: Rev. 1:20

II. Letters to the Seven Congregations: Chapters 2-3

A. Letter to the congregation in Ephesus: Rev. 2:1-7

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 2:1

2. Commendation of the Ephesians’ works: Rev. 2:2-3

3. Condemnation of the Ephesians’ heart condition: Rev. 2:4

4. Admonition to the Ephesians: Rev. 2:5a

5. Warning to the Ephesians: Rev. 2:5b

6. Additional commendation of the Ephesians: Rev. 2:6

7. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 2:7a

8. Promise to the victor: Rev. 2:7b

B. Letter to the congregation in Smyrna: Rev. 2:8-11

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 2:8

2. Acknowledgement of the Smyrnans’ hardships: Rev. 2:9

3. Admonition and encouragement to the Smyrnans: Rev. 2:10

4. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 2:11a

5. Promise to the victor: Rev. 2:11b

C. Letter to the congregation in Pergamum: Rev. 2:12-18

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 2:12

2. Acknowledgement of the Pergamenes’ faithfulness under hardships: Rev. 2:13

3. Condemnation of the Pergamenes’ tolerance of the Balaamites: Rev. 2:14

4. Condemnation of the Pergamenes’ tolerance of the Nicolaitans: Rev. 2:15

5. Admonition to the Pergamenes: Rev. 2:16a

6. Warning to the Pergamenes: Rev. 2:16b

7. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 2:17a

8. Promise to the victor: Rev. 2:17b

D. Letter to the congregation in Thyatira: Rev. 2:18-29

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 2:18

2. Commendation of the Thyatirans’ works: Rev. 2:19

3. Condemnation of the Thyatirans’ tolerance of Jezebel: Rev. 2:20

4. Impending judgment against Jezebel and her followers: Rev. 2:21-23

5. Encouragement to the remnant in Thyatira: Rev. 2:24

6. Admonition to the remnant in Thyatira: Rev. 2:25

7. Promise to the victor: Rev. 2:26-28

8. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 2:29

E. Letter to the congregation in Sardis: Rev. 3:1-6

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 3:1

2. Admonition to the Sardiceans: Rev. 3:2-3

3. Encouragement to the remnant in Sardis: Rev. 3:4

4. Promise to the victor: Rev. 3:5

5. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 3:6

F. Letter to the congregation in Philadelphia: Rev. 3:7-13

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 3:7

2. Commendation of the Philadelphians’ works: Rev. 3:8

3. Encouragement to the Philadelphians: Rev. 3:9-10

4. Admonition to the Philadelphians: Rev. 3:11

5. Promise to the victor: Rev. 3:12

6. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 3:13

G. Letter to the congregation in Laodicea: Rev. 3:14-22

1. Introduction of the Author: Rev. 3:14

2. Condemnation of the Laodiceans’ tepidity and pride: Rev. 3:15-17

3. Admonition and encouragement to the Laodiceans: Rev. 3:18-20

4. Promise to the victor: Rev. 3:21

5. Charge to heed the word: Rev. 3:22

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