THE BOOK: Revelation

(Rev. 1:1-6)

Here are some suggested memory verses:

Rev. 1:3
Rev. 1:5,6
Rev. 1:18
Rev. 2:10
Rev. 3:5
Rev. 3:16
Rev. 5:12
Rev. 19:9
Rev. 19:13
Rev. 19:16
Rev. 21:2
Rev. 21:8
Rev. 22:5
Rev. 22:17
Rev. 22:18,19

Try to learn one verse each week for a month.


I. Author

A. son of

1. Zebedee - Matt. 4:21

2. (maybe) Salome who was (maybe) the sister of Mary

a. Matt. 27:56

b. Mark 15:40

c. John 19:25

B. "son of thunder" - Mark 3:17

C. "inner circle" of Apostles

1. Mark 9:2

2. Mark 14:33

3. John 13:23

4. John 19:26,27

D. known to high officials - John 18:15,16

E. probably spent his last years in Ephesus

F. perhaps last Apostle to die

II. Book

A. probably written in the 70s during reign of Vespasian

1. Rev. 17:10

B. prophetic book - must be interpreted as such

1. passages are figurative unless there is evidence that they are literal

C. purpose: encourage Christians who wre facing terrible persecution

D. urgent

1. Rev. 1:1,3

2. Rev. 22:7,12

III. Message: remain faithful; there will be victory

A. organization

1. book begins with a blessing (1:3) and ends with a curse (22:18,19)

2. seven blessings in all

3. seven sections, each starting with a vision

B. seven letters - Rev. 1-3

C. seven seals (reveal) - Rev. 4-7

D. seven trumpets (warn) - Rev. 8-11

E. three adversaries (dragon, sea beast, earth beast) - Rev. 12-14

F. seven cups (poured out, action taken) - Rev. 15,16

G. judgment against 3 adversaries and "Babylon" - Rev. 17-20

H. new Jerusalem - Rev. 21,22