Thru Revelation

The below outline of the book of Revelation is a referenced guide for the CrossHope Chapel verse by verse teaching series of 2021-2022. The study series gave attention to explaining both the historicist and dispensational eschatological interpretations of the book of Revelation.

Online Commentaries: David GuzikJohn WalvoordChuck SmithRay Stedman

Online Bible: Blue Letter Bible  Study Helps: Symbols in the BibleNumbers in the Bible

Book Commentaries: An Enduring Vision by Austin Cooke • The Book of Revelation by Vance Ferrell • Andrews Bible Commentary, New Testament, Angel Rodriguez (General Editor), Ranko Stefanovic (Revelation Contributor)



Outline of Revelation


I. Prologue (Revelation 1:1-8)  Commentary

A. The chain of revelation (Revelation 1:1-2)

B. Promise of blessings to those who adhere (Revelation 1:3)

C. Seven-fold Spirit and greeting (Revelation 1:4-6)

D. Eschatological announcement (Revelation 1:7-8)


II. Seven Churches (Revelation 1:9-3:22)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: Christ in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (Revelation 1:9-20)

1. John on Patmos (Revelation 1:9-11)

2. Vision of Christ (Revelation 1:12-20)

B. The letters to the seven churches (Revelation 2:1 – 3:22)

1. Ephesus, the passionless church (Revelation 2:1-7)

2. Smyrna, the persecuted church (Revelation 2:8-11)

3. Pergamon, the tolerant church (Revelation 2:12-17)

4. Thyatira, the compromising church (Revelation 2:18-29)

5. Sardis, the dead church (Revelation 3:1-6)

6. Philadelphia, the missionary church (Revelation 3:7-13)

7. Laodicea, the arrogant church (Revelation 3:14-22)


III. Seven Seals (Revelation 4:1-8:1)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: The Enthronement of the Lamb (Revelation 4:1 – 5:14)

1. General scene of worship (Revelation 4:1-11)

2. A heavenly crisis (Revelation 5:1-4)

3. Resolution of the crisis (Revelation 5:5-7)

4. Perpetual celebration of results (Revelation 5:8-14)

B. The opening of the seven seals (Revelation 6:1 – 8:1)

1. The white horse–victorious conquest (Revelation 6:1-2)

2. The red horse–war (Revelation 6:3-4)

3. The black horse–famine (Revelation 6:5-6)

4. The pale horse–pestilence (Revelation 6:7-8)

5. The cry of the martyrs (Revelation 6:9-11)

6. The final eschatological events, (Revelation 6:12 – 7:17)

a. The wicked and the wrath of the Lamb (Revelation 6:12-17)

b. The righteous: 144,000 sealed saints (Revelation 7:1-8)

c. An innumerable multitude (Revelation 7:9-17)

7. Silence in heaven (Revelation 8:1)


IV. Seven Trumpets (Revelation 8:2-11:18)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: A view of trumpets, the altar of incense and the end of intercession (Revelation 8:2-6)

B. The sounding of the seven trumpets (Revelation 8:7 – 11:18)

1. A plague falls to earth–hail and fire (Revelation 8:7)

2. A burning mountain sinks into the sea (Revelation 8:8-9)

3. A polluting star falls on the rivers and springs (Revelation 8:10-11)

4. A plague partially darkens the heavenly bodies (Revelation 8:12)

a. Announcement of three further woes (Revelation 8:13)

5. A scourge of darkness and locusts arises from the Abyss to attack unsealed humanity (Revelation 9:1-11)

a. Transition from first to second woe (Revelation 9:12)

6. Preparation for the eschatological battle (Revelation 9:13 – 11:13)

a. The wicked: Four angels at the Euphrates release an army of two hundred million horsemen to destroy a third of humanity (Revelation 9:13-21)

b. The righteous: The little book (Revelation 10:1-11) and the two witnesses (Revelation 11:1-13)

c. Transition from second to third woe (Revelation 11:14)

7. The mystery of God is finished (Revelation 10:7)

8. Christ claims His everlasting Kingdom (Revelation 11:15-18)


V. Seven Signs (Revelation 11:19-15:4)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: The Ark of the Covenant is seen (Revelation 11:19)

B. The showing of seven signs (Revelation 12:1 – 15:4)

1. The woman, the dragon and the remnant (Revelation 12:1-17)

2. The beast from the sea (Revelation 13:1-10)

3. The beast from the earth (Revelation 13:11-18)

4. The 144,000 with the Lamb on Mt. Zion (Revelation 14:1-5)

5. The three angel’s messages (Revelation 14:6-13)

6. The harvest of the earth (Revelation 14:14-20)

a. The righteous grain is harvested (Revelation 14:14-16)

b. The wicked vintage is crushed outside the city (Revelation 14:17-20)

7. The saved beside the sea of glass sing the song of Moses and the Lamb (Revelation 15:1-4)


VI. Seven Bowls (Revelation 15:5-16:21)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: God’s glory fills the heavenly tabernacle; no one can enter it (Revelation 15:5 – 16:1)

B. The pouring out of the seven censer-bowls (Revelation 16:2-21)

1. A plague strikes the earth–boils (Revelation 16:2)

2. A plague strikes the sea–blood (Revelation 16:3)

3. A plague strikes the rivers and springs–blood (Revelation 16:4-7)

4. A plague strikes the sun–burning heat (Revelation 16:8-9)

5. A plague of darkness on the throne of the beast (Revelation 16:10-11)

6. The great river Euphrates dries up (Revelation 16:12-16)

a. The wicked: demonic spirits gather the kings for Armageddon (Revelation 16:13-14,16)

b. The righteous: conditions for blessing (Revelation 16:15)

7. “It is done”–Babylon falls (Revelation 16:17-21)


VII. Seven Judgments (Revelation 17:1-18:24)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: The Harlot of Babylon (Revelation 17:1-6)

B. Seven Messages of Judgment (Revelation 17:7 – 18:24)

1. The prostitute and the beast (Revelation 17:7-18)

2. The dwelling of demons  (Revelation 18:1-3)

3. God call His people (Revelation 18:4-8)

4. Kings of the Earth (Revelation 18:9-10)

5. Merchants of Earth (Revelation 18:11-17)

6. Seafaring People (Revelation 18:18-19)

a. Rejoicing for judgment (Revelation 18:20)

7. Final destruction of Babylon (Revelation 18:21-24)


VIII. Seven Visions (Revelation 19:1-22:5)  Commentary

A. Introductory Vision: Celebration in heaven over Babylon’s fall (Revelation 19:1-10)

B. The final scenes of time (Revelation 19:11 – 22:5)

1. The Word of God on the white horse (Revelation 19:11-16)

2. An angel gathers the flesh-eating birds (Revelation 19:17-18)

3. The battle of Armageddon (Revelation 19:19-21)

a. The wicked defeated (Revelation 19:19)

b. The righteous victorious (Revelation 19:20-21)

4. The 1000 years (Revelation 20:1-5

a. Dragon thrown into the abyss (Revelation 20:1-3)

5. Enthroned with Christ (Revelation 20:4-10)

6. Judgment of the dead (Revelation 20:11-15)

7. The New Heaven and New Earth (Revelation 21:1-8)

a. The New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9 – 22:5)

b. Description of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:9-27)

c. The city’s source of life (Revelation 22:1-5)


IX. Epilogue (Revelation 22:6-21)  Commentary

A. Jesus is returning (Revelation 22:6-19)

B. Closing Benediction (Revelation 22:20-21)