Seals and Trumpets

{THE SEALED SCROLL}

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  1. Second Division - Outline - {PDF Copy} - (An outline of the book's second division - Revelation 4:1 - 16:21)
  2. I Came to be in the Spirit - {PDF Copy} - (On four different occasions, John found himself “in the Spirit” and was transported to a new location where he received another vision)
  3. Absent Church? - {PDF Copy} - (In its entirety, Revelation is a message for, to, and about the church, the people of God, and concerns its situation on the earth)
  4. Throne and Cosmos - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 4:1-11 - The image of the glorious Throne places God and His rule at the center of the created order and prepares the reader for the introduction of the Lamb)
  5. The Sealed Scroll - {PDF Copy} - (The One Sitting on the Throne holds a Scroll sealed tight by seven seals. A search is made for someone in the Creation who is “worthy” to open it)
  6. Worthy is the Lamb - {PDF Copy} - (The central figure of the book is the slain Lamb who alone is worthy to open the Sealed Scroll)
  7. Unsealing Daniel - {PDF Copy} - (Daniel was commanded to “seal the scroll,” whereas, in Revelation, John was commanded NOT to seal the scroll)

{SEVEN SEALS}
  1. Seven Seals - Overview - {PDF Copy} - (Upon his arrival before the Throne, the Lamb commences immediately to open the Seven Seals of the Sealed Scroll)
  2. The First Seal - {PDF Copy} - (The Lamb now breaks open the first seal, releasing a rider carrying a bow and riding a white horse)
  3. The Second Seal - {PDF Copy} - (The second rider is on a fiery-red horse sent to “remove peace from the earth” by causing men to “slay one another”)
  4. The Third Seal - {PDF Copy} - (The third seal releases the rider on the black horse, producing economic hardship)
  5. The Fourth Seal - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:7-8The fourth seal releases a rider named “Death” who is followed by “Hades” gathering up the dead in his wake)
  6. First Four Seals - Aftermath - {PDF Copy} - (The first four seal openings occur under the watchful eyes of the Lamb and the four living creatures)
  7. Fifth Seal - Martyrs - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:9-11 - The fifth seal reveals the souls of martyrs underneath an altar from which they cry out for vindication and justice)
  8. Martyrs and Overcomers - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, overcoming saints persevere in the testimony of Jesus no matter the cost, “even unto death)
  9. Sixth Seal - Wrath  - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 6:12-17 - The sixth seal ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of wrath upon the inhabitants of the earth and all the Lamb’s enemies)
  10. The Great Earthquake - {PDF Copy} - (The final day of wrath is characterized by unprecedented celestial and terrestrial events, including the “great earthquake”)
  11. God's Servants Sealed - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:1-3God’s servants are sealed before the “four winds of the earth” are unleashed by the four horsemen)
  12. Numbering the Sealed - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:4-8144,000 males from the tribes of Israel are numbered and assembled for transit to the Promised Land)
  13. Innumerable Saints  - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:9-12 - John now sees an innumerable multitude from all nations standing before the Lamb and the Throne)
  14. Standing Before The Lamb - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 7:13-17One of the twenty-four elders interprets the vision of the innumerable multitude standing before the Throne)
  15. Redeemed of the Earth - {PDF Copy} - (In Revelation, the people of God are comprised of the men purchased from every nation by the blood of Jesus)
  16. Silence in Heaven - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:1-6 - The seventh seal forms a transition to the next series, the seven trumpets)

{SEVEN TRUMPETS}
  1. Sounding the Seven Trumpets - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:7-11:19An overview of the Seven Trumpets and the several intervening events)
  2. First Trumpet - Hail - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:7The first trumpet unleashes a plague based on the seventh plague of Egypt, but with modifications)
  3. Second Trumpet - Burning Mountain - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:8-9The second trumpet harms much of the commerce on which Babylon and the “inhabitants of the earth” depend)
  4. Third Trumpet - Bitter Waters - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:10-11The third trumpet produces a “great star” that falls onto the sources of freshwater, embittering them)
  5. Fourth Trumpet - Darkness - - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:12 - The fourth trumpet causes a partial darkening of the sun, moon, and the stars)
  6. The Three Woes - {PDF Copy} - (An eagle "flying in mid-heaven" announces the last three trumpets, the "three woes" – Revelation 8:13)
  7. Fifth Trumpet, First Woe - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 8:13-9:12 - Three “woes” are proclaimed that correspond to the last three trumpets)
  8. Sixth Trumpet, Second Woe - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 9:13-21 - The sixth trumpet is related to the sixth bowl of wrath; both release creatures from beyond the Euphrates)
  9. The Little Scroll - {PDF Copy} - (John saw the scroll again, now unsealed and completely open, signifying his call to prophesy once more to peoples and kings Revelation 10:1-11)
  10. Sanctuary Measured - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:1-2 - The sanctuary must be measured before the city can be inhabited, but first, it must be trampled underfoot)
  11. Forty-Two Months - 1,260 Days - {PDF Copy} - (The “forty-two months” and “1,260-days” both refer to the same prophetic period when the saints are persecuted)
  12. Two Witnesses Testify - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:3-7 - The Two Witnesses conduct their prophetic witness until they are slain by the Beast)
  13. Beast from the Abyss - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:7 - The first appearance of the “beast” is at its ascent from the “Abyss” when it wages war on the “two witnesses)
  14. The Abyss - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:7 - The Abyss is the source of satanic attacks against the people of God, yet it is under the authority of the Lamb)
  15. The Two Witnesses Slain - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:8-14 - Hated by the impenitent, the “inhabitants of the earth” rejoice over the deaths of the two witnesses)
  16. The Seventh Trumpet or the Third Woe - {PDF Copy} - (Revelation 11:15-19 - The Seventh Trumpet blast ushers in the Day of the Lord, the time of final judgment)
  17. Tale of Two Cities - {PDF Copy} - (An underlying theme in Revelation is the contrast and conflict between two “cities,” New Jerusalem and Babylon)

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