The Book Of Revelation Demystified: Simple Expository Outline
Events of the End Times are best sequenced together in Mat 24:1-31 and Rev 20:1-21:8. Also helpful in getting the right sequence are Tit 2:11-13 and 1Cor 15:20-26, as shown below:
- Tit_2:11-13. (Grace HAS Appeared→ Godliness/Hope for the Present→ Glory WILL Appear).
- 1Co_15:20-26. (After Christ’s Resurrection as the Firstfruits: NEXT is The Saints’ Resurrection at Christ’s Second Coming→ then Christ’s Reign for universal subjugation→ then The End→ then The Judgment of even death itself→ and finally The Handover to the Father for eternal worship).
- Matt 24. (The Travail Tribulation Mat_24:3-14; → The Temple Desolation Mat_24:15-20; → The Great Tribulation Mat_24:21-28; → The Coming-The Resurrection Mat_24:29-31; Mat_24:36-44; → The Reign (-The End of the Age-) → The Judgement Mat_24:45-51; Mat 25).
- REVELATION 1-22.
Nowadays, some have made out of Rev 1:19, a theoretical key for the modern theory of dispensational secret rapture before Christ’s Second Coming. However, using Christ as the best interpretative key to this verse, it seems to simply mean:
1. “The things which you have SEEN” (THE PAST AGE=till Christ’s Finished Work at His First Coming),
2. “The things which ARE” (THE PRESENT AGE=while the Church Occupies till Christ Comes),
3. “The things which must take place AFTER” (THE FUTURE AGE=Christ’s Second Coming and thereafter).
Here we shall simply follow the book of Revelation plainly as it naturally unfolds which also agrees with Christ in Mat 24 and with St Paul in 1Cor 15:20-26, JUST AS THE ANCIENT CHURCH FATHERS DID:
Our Waiting(Our occupying till we overcome at His coming)→ His Coming (the First Resurrection)→ His Reign (the Millennium)→ The End (the Final Judgment)→ The Eternity (the Eternal Destinies).
Rev 6-18. God’s righteous Wrath (Rev 16:5-6; 2Th 1:6) against Satan’s spiritual and temporal evil systems in the “Hour of Trial” which is in the form of Plagues on the ungodly who Persecute and Corrupt the Saints:
- God’s Wrath Fully Revealed (7 Seals) – PAST (by Scripture) – Rev 6-7;
- God’s Wrath Fully Proclaimed (7 Trumps) – PRESENT (by Preaching) – Rev 8-11 (Mat 10:34-39);
- God’s Judgment Enforced – Spiritual realm (against Satan/Mystical Evil) – Rev 12-14;
- God’s Wrath Fully Executed (7 Bowls) – FUTURE (by Plagues) – Rev 15-16;
- God’s Judgment Manifested – Physical realm (against Antichrist/False Church) – Rev 17-18.