Basic Structure of the Book of Revelation - dummies

Basic Structure of the Book of Revelation

By Richard Wagner, Larry R. Helyer

Part of Book of Revelation For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Reading the Book of Revelation can be challenging — the storyline twists and turns and isn’t strictly chronological. The author of the Book of Revelation, Saint John the Divine, offers a transcription of seven letters and later describes strange beasts, visions of judgments, governments, demonic battles, heaven, and a new world order — a prophetic vision for the end of the world. Even through all of this there is a clear structure; take a look at the layout of the Book of Revelation:

  • Prologue (Rev. 1)

  • Letters to the seven churches (Rev. 2–3)

  • The throne room and the scroll with seven seals (Rev. 4–5)

  • Judgments and vignettes

    • Seal judgments (Rev. 6)

    • 144,000; the multitude (Rev. 7)

    • Trumpet judgments (Rev. 8–9)

    • The angel and a little scroll (Rev. 10)

    • Two witnesses (Rev. 11)

    • A pregnant woman and the dragon (Rev. 12)

    • Two beasts (Rev. 13)

    • 144,000 on Mount Zion; three angels; harvest of the earth (Rev. 14)

    • Bowl judgments and the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 15–16)

    • A woman on the beast and the fall of Babylon (Rev. 17–18)

  • The Millennium and the Last Judgment (Rev. 19–20)

  • A new heaven and new earth (Rev. 21)

  • Epilogue (Rev. 22)