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Summary: The chronological divisions of the Revelation are indicated by a key phrase

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Textual Divisions of the Book of the Revelation

The brief but definitive phrase ‘After these things’ is found in the prophetic section of the Revelation, (4:1-22:21) six times. The first and second occurrences are in the very first verse:

‘After these things I looked, and, behold, a door standing open in heaven; and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me; said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.’ (Revelation 4:1) NASV

John is given the first sequence of the prophetic vision in (4:1-7:8) with the events occurring in heaven and earth divided by a similar phrase ‘After this’ (7:1) which is used to divide the events in heaven (4:1-6:17) from the events occurring on earth (7:1-8) in the first section.

‘The things which shall be hereafter’(1:19c), indicates this prophetic section (4:1-22:21). It is divided into five major sections by this key phrase: ‘After these things’ developing the following outline:

I. The Events of Earth’s Preparation for The Day of the Lord’s Wrath (4:1-7:8)

A. The Throne Room Scene (Chapter 4,5)

B. The Six Seals Opened (Chapter 6)

C. The 144 Thousand Sealed (Chapter 7:1-8)

II. The Events of the Day of the Lord’s Wrath to end of The 70th Week of Daniel (7:9-15:4)

A. The Saints of the Ages in Heaven (Chapter 7:9-17)

B. The Seventh Seal Opened/The Beginning of the Day of the Lord (8:1-5)

C. The Six Trumpet Judgments/The Little Book/The Two Witnesses (8:6-11:14)

D. The Seventh Trumpet Judgment/The World Kingdoms become the Lord’s/End 70th Week (11:15-19)

E. The Interlude-Events of the Last 3-1/2 Years of the 70th Week (Chapter 12,13,14)

F. The Heavenly Prelude before The End of the Day of the Lord (15:1-4)

III. The Events of the Day of the Lord’s Wrath after The 70th Week of Daniel (15:5-17:18)

A. The Preparation for the Seven Vial Judgments (15:5-8)

B. The Seven Vial Judgments (16:1-21)

C. The Preparation for Judgment of Babylon the Great Whore (17:1-18)

IV. The Event of Emphasis: The Judgment of Babylon the Great Whore (18:1-24)

A. The Destruction of Babylon the Great Whore Announced (18:1-8)

B. The Kings of the Earth Lament Her Destruction (18:9, 10)

C. The Merchants of the Earth Lament Her Destruction (18:11-17a)

D. The Merchants of the Sea Lament Her Destruction (18:17b-19)

E. The Destruction of Babylon the Great Whore Occurs (18:20-24)

V. The Events of the End of the Day of the Lord (19:1-22:21)

A. The Rejoicing in Heaven over the Destruction of the Babylon the Great Whore (19:1-6)

B. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb (19:7-10)

C. The Lord Jesus Christ’s Victory at Armageddon (19:11-21)

D. The Binding of Satan (20:1-3)

E. The Millennium/ First Resurrection (20:4-6)

F. The Final Rebellion (20:7-10)

G. The Great White Throne (20:11-15)

H. The New Heaven, Earth & Jerusalem Described (21:1, 21:9-27-22:1-5)

I. The Heavenly Conclusion (22:6-21)

The material in this first part of the prophetic section is viewed by John from the vantage point of heaven:

‘After these things I looked, and behold a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things. Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was standing in heaven, and One sitting on the throne.’ (4:1, 2 NASV).


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