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Seven Parallel Sections in Two Divisions

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  1. Seven Parallel Sections in Two Divisions Christ in the midst of the lamp stands (1-3)‏ Vision of heaven and the seven seals (4-7)‏ The seven trumpets (8-11)‏ The persecuting dragon (12-14)‏ The seven bowls (15-16)‏ The fall of Babylon (17-19)‏ The great consummation (20-21)‏

  2. The story so far: • John has a vision of Christ – not unlike the call of an OT prophet • Christ surveys the churches – like preparing for battles ahead • Church militant on earth • Church triumphant in heaven • Picture of heaven, lamb entering heaven in triumph • Seals opened – revealing troubles to come – four horsemen • Souls in heaven ask “how long”? • World comes to an end at the right time • 144,000 – similar to pictures of Israel preparing for battle – church protected – emerge victorious

  3. Revelation 8: Seventh Seal and Golden Censer • Remember – 7 sections of revelation are parallel but progressive • Silence for about half an hour – dramatic pause • Censor with prayer of saints and incense (intercession of Jesus?) • The result of the prayers of the persecuted results in God’s intervention – censer hurled to the earth • Current earth progressively wound up through a series of warnings followed by final judgement • Trumpets sound the warning • Similar to creation story and plaques of Egypt • Partial destruction acts as a warning

  4. Rev 8 and 9: Trumpets • Hail, fire, and blood on land – 1/3 burned up • Fiery mountain falls into the sea – 1/3 creatures and ships destroyed • Star falls and makes freshwater bitter – 1/3 • Sun, moon, and stars – 1/3 destroyed • (Woe) Star opens the Abyss and lets strange creatures loose – torture for 5 months • (Woe) Army of 200 million – 1/3 mankind killed • Celebration in Heaven, ark opened

  5. Rev 10: Angel and Scroll • Huge angel – resembles Revelation’s pictures of Christ • John forbidden to record what seven thunders said • We only see part of the picture so be careful of being too dogmatic • There will be no more delay • Asked to eat the scroll – similar to Old Testament prophetic call • Sweet but becomes bitter • Task of the prophet is appealing but the more you do it the more you realize that it means suffering

  6. Revelation 11: Two Witnesses • Asked to measure temple • God is interested in his church – notion of preparing to protect it, preparing for battle • Outside world about to become more hostile • Two prophets given power – like Moses and Elijah • Beast (Antichrist) attacks and kills them in Jerusalem • Rise from the dead and an earthquake destroys part of the city • Celebration in heaven – Christ now rules