As I explained in my December 7, 2019 post, I am reading the entire Bible out loud over a one year period and proclaiming it over the land. I'm also writing down summaries of the chapters and books as I read. Here are the summaries for Revelation.
The book records the revelation of Jesus Christ which John received while on the Island of Patmos to show things which must soon take place. He was told to write to the seven churches of Asia what he saw. He says the Lord is coming with clouds and every eye will see Him. He sees the Lord and describes Him. A part of His description is addressed to each church. The stars and lampstands to Ephesus. The One who's dead, but risen to Smyrna. His sword to Pergamum. His eyes and feet to Thyatira. The seven Spirits of God and stars to Sardis. The Holy and True who holds the key of David to Philadelphia. The Amen, Faithful, and True Witness, Beginning of creation to Laodicea.
He tells each one what He knows about them--the good and the bad, what to do, and the reward of their overcoming. He mentions His coming in some way which appears to be a progressive revelation of the Lord and His coming to each church age. To Ephesus He says to REPENT OR HE'LL COME AND REMOVE YOUR LAMPSTAND out of its place. To Smyrna He says to be faithful until death. (The only one that doesn't specifically mention His coming, but mentions death which seems to indicate that some will die before He comes so BE FAITHFUL IF YOU DIE BEFORE HE COMES). To Pergamum He says to REPENT OR HE'LL COME QUICKLY AND MAKE WAR WITH THE SWORD of His mouth. To Thyatira He says He will deal with Jezebel and HOLD FAST UNTIL HE COMES. To Sardis He says to WAKE UP OR HE'LL COME LIKE A THIEF. to Philadelphia He says HE'S COMING QUICKLY SO HOLD FAST SO NO ONE TAKES YOUR CROWN. To Laodicea He says HE STANDS AT THE DOOR AND KNOCKS. HEAR AND OPEN AND HE'LL COME IN AND DINE. So it is a progressive revelation of Jesus Christ to His church, with the revelation of His coming being addressed. Repent. Be faithful until death. Repent. Hold fast. Wake up. He's coming quickly so hold fast. He's at the door.
Then John saw a door open in Heaven and was told to 'Come up here' so he could be shown what was going to happen after that. He saw the Creator on the throne with 24 elders and 4 Cherubim around, worshiping. The Creator had a book in His right hand that no one was worthy to open. John wept because of that, but an elder told him the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome and is worthy to open it. The Lamb came and took the book and the elders and Cherubim fell down and worshiped with song, harps, and golden bowls which are the prayers of the saints. Many angels joined in and every created thing in heaven, earth, under earth, and the sea worshiped Him.
Then He began to open the seven seals. With each one of the first four seals a Cherubim said "Come" and John saw a horse with each one--white horse conquering, red horse killing, black horse-inflation, ashen horse-death to kill 1/4 of the earth with sword, famine, pestilence and wild beasts. 5th seal--the martyrs asked how long until their blood is avenged. 6th seal--a great earthquake, black sun, blood moon, stars fell, sky split, every mountain and island moved, everyone hid themselves from the One on the throne, the presence of the Lord.
An angel told the four angels who were holding back the wind not to hurt anyone until the 144,000 were sealed from the 12 tribes. Then John saw a great multitude before the throne worshiping with palm branches. An elder told him these came out of the great tribulation and washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb, making them white. They serve Him day and night and He will be their God.
7th seal--silence for 1/2 hour and then began seven trumpets. An angel came with a golden censor--the incense went up to God. The angel added fire from the altar and threw it to the earth--thunder, sounds, lightning, earthquake and then began the seven trumpets. The first four destroyed 1/3 of the earth, sea creatures and ships. Drinking water sources--rivers and springs--and 1/3 of the sun, moon, and stars so it was dark for 1/3 of the day. An eagle said three woes were coming with the last three trumpets. The bottomless pit was opened and smoke with an army of locusts came to torment those without the seal of God-the first woe.
The second woe was the Euphrates dried up. Angels were there to kill 1/3 of mankind. An army of 200 million came. The riders breathed out three plagues which killed 1/3 of mankind. The ones not killed did not repent.
An angel came with a book saying no more delay. At the seventh trump the mystery of God is finished. John was told to eat the book and he did and was told he would prophesy again concerning the nations and given a rod to measure the temple, altar, and those who worship in it. But not the court because the nations will trample it for 42 months. His witnesses will prophesy for 1260 days. They will have power and when their testimony is done the beast will kill them. Their bodies will be in the street for 3 1/2 days then resurrected in front of everyone and ascend. An earthquake will kill 7000. The city split in three. 1/10 will fall. The second woe is done.
7th trumpet--the kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of God and His Christ. The elders worship and the temple in heaven opens. The ark of the covenant appears. Then a sign--Israel giving birth to the Messiah and the dragon wanting to devour it, but He's caught up to God. The dragon fights Michael. The dragon is thrown out of heaven knowing he has a short time. 1/3 of his angels with him. He persecutes Israel. She goes to the wilderness with eagle wings for 3 1/2 years. So the dragon goes to persecute the Christians.
The beast comes out of the sea with seven heads and ten horns like the dragon has. He has authority over the saints for 42 months--to overcome and kill them. He is worshiped by those whose name is not written in the book of life. The false prophet arises from the earth. He has the authority of the beast and makes an image of the beast--even so it can speak. Everyone who doesn't worship the beast or its image and take the mark will be killed. The mark is needed to buy and sell. The number of the beast is 666.
John saw the 144,000 on Mt. Zion. Angels fly and announce the gospel, judgement and the fall of Babylon, don't take the mark. Those who die from now on are blessed--they can rest. Jesus reaps the earth from a cloud and an angel reaps the earth and throws into the winepress of the wrath of God.
Another sign--seven angels with seven bowls of the last plagues of the wrath of God. The victorious saints stand before God--who didn't take the mark. The seven bowls of wrath--sores from the mark, everything in the sea dies, the water source is blood, scorching heat and fire, the throne and kingdom of the beast darkened, the Euphrates dried up making way for the army of the East. Three spirits from the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet to gather kings to war against God at Armageddon. 7th bowl--It is done. Lightning, thunder, earthquake, city split in three, nations fell, Babylon-the cup of God's wrath, Islands fled, mountains disappeared.
An angel came and took John to see the judgment of the harlot. She sat on the beast on many waters. Immorality, drunk on the blood of the saints. The beast is a king who used to be, then wasn't then returns. From the abyss. Unbelievers wonder at him and worship him. 10 kings with no kingdom give their authority to the beast and have authority from him for one hour to wage war against the Lamb and are defeated. The beast and kings unite and destroy the harlot. She is the great city which rules over the kings--Babylon. An angel announces her fall. Pestilence, mourning, famine, fire. Kings and merchants weep over her. They watch her smoke from a distance. Saints, apostles, prophets rejoice. God has pronounced judgment against her for you. All the blood of the saints, prophets, and all who were slain found in her.
John heard a loud voice--great multitude singing four hallelujah's. The marriage of the Lamb has come and the bride has made herself ready--clothed in fine linen, white and clean. Heaven opened--white horse with the Word of God riding. The armies of heaven following Him in white linen. The beast and kings assembled to fight Him. The beast and false prophet are seized and thrown into the lake of fire. The rest killed with the sword of the Rider's mouth. The birds ate the flesh. Satan bound in the abyss for 1000 years.
John saw thrones and judgment given to them. He saw martyrs and those who overcame the beast and did not receive the mark. They came to life--priests of God and reigned with Christ 1000 years. The first resurrection. The second death has no power over them. The rest of the dead (wicked) didn't come to life until the 1000 years completed. After 1000 years Satan released to deceive the nations. He gathers them for war surrounding the camp of the saints and the beloved city. Fire from heaven devours them and Satan thrown in to the lake of fire.
Then John saw the great white throne. Heaven and earth fled from Him who sat on it. All the dead stood before Him and were judged out of the books that were opened according to their deeds. Death and Hades were thrown in to the lake of fire. Anyone not written in the Lamb's book of life was thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
John saw a new heaven, a new earth and the holy city coming down as a bride adorned for her husband. The tabernacle of God is with men. Those who overcome will dwell with Him. The others--lake of fire. John saw the city, measured and described its beauty. No one wicked allowed in, only those whose names are in the Lamb's book of life. He is coming quickly and bringing His reward with Him. Blessed are those who wash their robes so they may eat of the tree of life and enter the city by the gates. Outside are the immoral. Come quickly Lord Jesus.
- Jesus is coming and every eye will see Him, once His people have fully received the revelation of Him.
- The revelation began at His first coming and has been partially, slowly revealed to each church age.
- Take heed and overcome and the revelation will come to completion.
- Repent, be faithful, hold fast, wake up, He's standing at the door. Hear and open and dine with Him.
- Only the Lamb is worthy to take the book and open it. He will, once He is fully revealed to His church.
- The seals will be broken and opened, revealing His coming to the earth.
- Conquering, killing, and death in many forms will occur.
- The sky will split open, His presence revealed.
- Use this tribulation to wash your robes in the blood of the Lamb and He will be your Shepherd and God.
- The prayers of the saints prepare for the sounding of the trumpets.
- The trumpets bring destruction and torment with the last trump bringing the reign of Jesus Christ to the world, opening the temple of God and revealing the ark of His covenant.
- During the great persecution and forced worship, idolatry, when provision is withheld and martyrs are made, the goal is not to stay alive physically, but spiritually--to remain pure, blameless, and meet the Lord on the mount.
- Persevere and keep the faith until the end.
- The worldly spirit which entices with wealth, sensuality, sinful pleasures, and lusts, deceives the people of the earth, kings, merchants, and all who do not reject the mark to serve the living God.
- The world will unite against the Lamb but will be defeated.
- Those who remain true to Him, gaining victory over the worldly beast, will stand before Him and His throne singing the Song of Moses.
- Wash your robes, make them white in the blood of the Lamb.
- Make yourself ready.
- He is coming quickly.
- Practice righteousness--righteous acts and deeds.
- Keep yourself holy, for a priest of God who reigns on the earth is one who overcomes the world.
- This holy one will inherit new things and will dwell among God Himself and His people with no more death, mourning, crying, or pain.