Revelation - The Future Unveiled

  • Written by John the Apostle to seven local churches in Asia that represent the entire church body universal.
  • Historical records tells us that John was banished to the Isle of Patmos during the time of Domitian. At the death of Domitian, John was liberated and returned to Ephesus.
  • Patmos is a small rocky island (ten miles long and five miles wide) in the Mediterranean Sea, about thirty-five miles southwest of Ephesus.
  • The theme of the book is Jesus’ second coming. According to historians, the approximate date of the writing of this book is A.D. 95.
  • The purpose of the book is to reveal events that will take place immediately before, during, and following the second coming of Christ.
  • This book tells of the happenings of the last days:
  1. It tells of one last gathering of the Gentiles against Jerusalem and one last battle in which they are destroyed.
  2. It speaks of the last days when the Jews who have been scattered throughout the world will be gathered in the Holy City again.
  3. It will be a time of judgment when God will come like a refiner’s fire, and no one will be able to escape the day of His coming.
  4. It is a time of terror when mighty men will cry bitterly, and the inhabitants of the land will seek someplace to hide and find none.
  5. It will be a time when the universe as men know it will be disintegrated, the stars will be extinguished, the sun will be turned into darkness, and the moon will be turned into blood.
  6. It will be a time when those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to everlasting life and others to everlasting punishment in hell.

A general outline of the book:

  1. Messages to the seven churches (chapters 1-3).
  2. Opening the book with seven seals (chapters 4-9).
  3. The hour of reckoning (chapters 10-13).
  4. God pours out His wrath (chapters 14-16).
  5. The defeat of evil (chapters 17-20).
  6. God’s new creation (chapters 21-22).