Contents

Introduction xi

The Second Coming: Our Blessed Hope xi

Seven Principles of Prophetic Study xx

The Order of Events xxiii

The Sign of the Cross xxiv

Section One: The Present Church Age 1
Revelation 1–3: From Pentecost to the Rapture of the Church

1. Introduction to the Book of Revelation: Revelation 1:1–11 3

2. Sevenfold Portrait of the Son of Man: Revelation 1:12–20 9

First: His Garments (1:13) 10

Second: His Head and Hair (1:14) 11

Third: His Eyes (1:14) 11

Fourth: His Feet (1:15) 12

Fifth: His Voice (1:15) 13

Sixth: His Right Hand (1:16) 13

Seventh: His Face (1:16) 15

3. Seven Letters to the Seven Churches: Revelation 2–3 19

First Letter: Ephesus—First Love (2:1–7) 22

Second Letter: Smyrna—Persecuted Church (2:8–11) 25

Third Letter: Pergamum—State Church (2:12–17) 28

Fourth Letter: Thyatira—Roman Church (2:18–29) 31

Fifth Letter: Sardis—Reformed Church (3:1–6) 33

Sixth Letter: Philadelphia—Missionary Church (3:7–13) 36

Seventh Letter: Laodicea—Today's Church (3:14–22) 38

Section Two: What Will Take Place Later 43
Revelation 4–20: Period of Tribulation, Rapture, Second Coming,
Armageddon, Great Tribulation, Millennium, Great White Throne

4. Seven Seals: Revelation 4:1–8:1 45

The Throneroom (4:1–11) 45

The Scroll with Seven Seals (5:1–14) 48

The Lamb Opens the Scroll (6:1) 50

First Seal: The White Horse—Conquest (6:1–2) 52

Second Seal: The Red Horse—War (6:3–4) 55

Third Seal: The Black Horse—Famine (6:5–6) 55

Fourth Seal: The Pale Horse—Death (6:7–8) 57

Fifth Seal: The Martyrs (6:9–11) 58

Sixth Seal: Earthquake—Tribulation (6:12–17) 59

    Parenthesis—Sealing of 144,000 Jews (7:1–17) 60

Seventh Seal: Silence (8:1) 63

5. The Seven Trumpets: Revelation 8:2–11:19 65

The Angels (8:2–6) 65

First Trumpet: Third of the Earth Burns Up (8:7) 70

Second Trumpet: The Sea Turns to Blood (8:8–9) 71

Third Trumpet: Water Becomes Bitter (8:10–11) 72

Fourth Trumpet: The Sun, Moon, and Stars Are Darkened (8:12–13) 73

Fifth Trumpet: The Stars Fall to Earth (9:1–11) 74

Sixth Trumpet: An Army of Two-Hundred Million (9:12–21) 78

Interlude (10:1–11:14) 83

    The Mighty Angel (10:1–7) 83

    The Bittersweet Book (10:8–11) 87

    The Measuring Reed (11:1–2) 88

    The Two Witnesses (11:3–14) 89

Seventh Trumpet: Christ Will Reign Forever (11:15–19) 92

6. Seven Persons: Revelation 12–13 95

First Person: The Sun Woman—Israel (12:1–2) 96

Second Person: The Red Dragon—Satan (12:3–4) 98

Third Person: The Son of the Woman—Christ (12:5–6) 99

Fourth Person: Michael (12:7–12) 101

Fifth Person: The Male Child (12:13–17) 105

Sixth Person: The Sea Beast—Dictator (13:1–10) 106

Seventh Person: The Earth Beast—False Prophet (13:11–18) 112

7. Seven Words: Revelation 14 121

First Word: The Singers and Their Song (14:1–5) 122

Second Word: An Angel—Good News (14:6–7) 126

Third Word: Another Angel—Babylon Falls (14:8) 127

Fourth Word: Another Angel—Unending Torment (14:9–12) 128

Fifth Word: A Voice from Heaven—The Blessed Dead (14:13) 130

Sixth Word: Another Angel—Harvest Is Ripe (14:14–16) 131

Seventh Word: Another Angel—God's Wrath (14:17–20) 134

8. Seven Golden Bowls: Revelation 15–16 137

The Seven Plagues (15:1–8) 137

The First Bowl: Wrath upon the Earth (16:1–2) 143

The Second Bowl: Wrath upon the Sea (16:3) 145

The Third Bowl: Wrath upon the Rivers (16:4–7) 145

The Fourth Bowl: Wrath upon the Sun (16:8–9) 146

The Fifth Bowl: Wrath upon the Beast's Throne (16:10–11) 147

The Sixth Bowl: Wrath upon the River Euphrates (16:12–16) 148

The Seventh Bowl: Wrath upon the Air (16:17–21) 153

9. Seven Final Judgments: Revelation 17–20 157

The First Judgment: Babylon (17:1–18:24) 158

Interlude: Hallelujah! (19:1–16) 175

The Second Judgment: The Kings (19:17–21) 178

The Third Judgment: The Beast (19:20–20:10) 179

The Fourth Judgment: The False Prophet (19:20–20:10) 180

The Fifth Judgment: Satan (20:1–3, 10) 180

The Sixth Judgment: Gog and Magog (20:7–9) 181

The Seventh Judgment: The Great White Throne (20:11–15) 182

Section Three: "I Am Making Everything New" 193
Revelation 21–22: Ages to Come

10. Seven New Things: Revelation 21:1–22:5 195

First: New Heaven (21:1) 196

Second: New Earth (21:1) 197

Third: New Jerusalem (21:2, 9–21) 199

Fourth: New Fellowship (21:3–8) 201

Fifth: New Temple (21:22) 202

Sixth: New Light (21:23–27) 203

Seventh: New Paradise (22:1–5) 203

11. SEVEN FINAL THINGS: REVELATION 22:6–21 209

First: Final Witness (22:6–13) 209

Second: Final Beatitude (22:14–15) 209

Third: Final Divine Testimony (22:16, 18–20) 210

Fourth: Final Heavenly Invitation (22:17) 210

Fifth: Final Promise (22:20) 211

Sixth: Final Prayer (22:20) 211

Seventh: Final Benediction (22:21) 211

Conclusion: Now Is the Time of Harvest 213
Contributed by Dr. Mateen A. Elass

Appendix: Numerology in the Book of Revelation 223

Scripture Index 233

 

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