An outline of the contents of the book of Revelation could take several different forms. Jesus suggests one in this passage from chapter 1. Revelation is about things which are – the state of the Church and the world in any age – and the things which are to come – the progress of the Kingdom and the coming of the New Heaven and New Earth. And these are communicated in the things John has seen, in images and symbols and words that shroud the whole of this great book in mystery, wonder, hope, and faith.
I’ve chosen to divide our study into eight parts – the introductory material we’ve considered in this section and the following breakdown of chapters:
Revelation 1-3: The First Facet
Revelation 4, 5: The Second Facet
All the events of heaven and earth are established in the decrees of God, and Christ is His Administrator.
Revelation 6, 7: The Third Facet
The affairs of sinful men unfold alongside the progress of the Kingdom of God, but only that Kingdom is on a course for full and final victory.
Revelation 8-11: The Fourth Facet
While the world groans under the burden of sin, the Church remains faithful unto death in bearing witness to Christ and His Kingdom.
Revelation 12-15: The Fifth Facet
Satan struggles mightily to defeat Christ and His Church, but with our King and His angels on our side, the Gospel must increase and prevail.
Revelation 16-20: The Sixth Facet
Judgment is coming, and has already begun. Christ is returning soon and will defeat all His foes and unite His Bride with Him forever.
Revelation 21, 22: The Seventh Facet
The glory which is to be is the glory which has already begun. Look to the hope of a New Heaven and New Earth, and live as the City and People of God that Kingdom reality here and now.
Read Revelation 21 and 22
How do the images of coming glory excite hope and faith in you as you meditate deeply on them? Make a few notes in your Bible about this, and be prepared to share your thoughts with others.
Glory to Glory
What “here and now” steps can you take today in order to bring the “then and there” glory of the Kingdom to fuller reality in your Personal Mission Field today?
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who aregood,
5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways,
T. M. Moore
Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.