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Revelation, Apocalypse & the End of the World.

Updated on March 21, 2015

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By Harold Markham

Much talk and chatter exists about the infamous End of Days, the coming Apocalypse and in general the end of the world as we know it. Who can blame people for being a bit curious? After all the Mayan calendar, Nostradamus, the doom gloom prophets and the new mystics all find their way to cable TV specialty shows based on this subject. Almost everyone has something to say.

The Third Eagle sings of gloom and doom.

And why not? This topic is big bucks-- remember the Left Behind series? Discussions like this raise many questions. Is Christ coming back to Earth? What will the end times be like? Will the world be taken over by an evil entity or will it be the end of all things?

Even though December 21, 2012 came and passed quietly into the past, the buzz still ranks right up there with Bigfoot, Ancient Aliens, Zombies and yes even Gangnam Style (see below video starting at 1:37).

Insane connection to Gangnam Style and Call Me Maybe.

The Book of Revelation

Unlike the date setters and the false prophets, the Bible gives a big picture of the end times. It is not really all that complicated. While there are several legitimate ways to look at the book of Revelation, the most current understanding sees most of the events of the book as future.

Here is a rough large outline of the book:


Part One: “The Things Which You Have Seen” (1:1–20)

I. Introduction 1:1–8

II. Revelation of Christ 1:9–20

In this section of the book Revelation, the focus is on the person of Jesus Christ. This unveiling (i.e the translation of the Greek word "apocalypse") allows the readers to see Christ as the powerful, righteous judge who is actively at work in His churches. Each aspect of John's vision highlights these attributes.

This chart outlines the messages that Christ had for the seven  types of churches that existed in the first century.   If we are honest many of our modern churches need to pay attention to these messages. Click image to see larger version.
This chart outlines the messages that Christ had for the seven types of churches that existed in the first century. If we are honest many of our modern churches need to pay attention to these messages. Click image to see larger version.

Part Two: “The Things Which Are” (2:1–3:22)

I. Message to Ephesus 2:1–7

II. Message to Smyrna 2:8–11

III. Message to Pergamos 2:12–17

IV. Message to Thyatira 2:18–29

V. Message to Sardis 3:1–6

VI. Message to Philadelphia 3:7–13

VII. Message to Laodicea 3:14–22

This chart outlines many of the major events of the Revelation timeline. Click on image for larger version.
This chart outlines many of the major events of the Revelation timeline. Click on image for larger version.

"In this section of Revelation one can see the righteousness of God revealed in the person of Christ who has been given the authority to judge and ultimately usher in the end of the age."

Part Three: “The Things Which Will Take Place After This” (4:1–22:21)

I. Person of the Judge 4:1–5:14

  • The Throne of God 4:1–11
  • The Sealed Book 5:1–14

II. Prophecies of Tribulation 6:1–19:6

  • Seven Seals of Judgment 6:1–8:5
  • Seven Trumpets of Judgment 8:6–11:19
  • Explanatory Prophecies 12:1–14:20
  • Seven Bowls of Judgment 15:1–19:6

III. Prophecies of the Second Coming 19:7–21

  • Marriage Supper of the Lamb 19:7–10
  • Second Coming of Christ 19:11–21

IV. Prophecies of the Millennium 20:1–15

  • Satan Is Bound 1,000 Years 20:1–3
  • Saints Reign 1,000 Years 20:4–6
  • Satan Is Released and Leads Rebellion 20:7–9
  • Satan Is Tormented Forever 20:10
  • Great White Throne Judgment 20:11–15

V. Prophecies of the Eternal State 21:1–22:5

  • New Heaven and Earth Are Created 21:1
  • New Jerusalem Descends 21:2–8
  • New Jerusalem Is Described 21:9–22:5

VI. Conclusion 22:6–21

Outline courtesy of Thomas Nelson Publishers. Used by permission.

About the Author

Harold Markham is the host of the ER Podcast. He studied to be a pastor and holds degrees in Bible, pulpit speech as well as a Masters in Biblical studies.
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      skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      HD Thank You for posting this awesome outline. There is so much 'false teaching' out there I am very grateful to have landed on your site. There are no mistakes in Gods world. I look forward to reading more of your works. I have book marked your hub for future use. May God continue to Bless your ministry full to the brim cup running over in His truth and wisdom.

      With love, In Christ Jesus Skye

      shared!!!

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      Harold Markham 3 years ago from Notheast, Wisconsin

      Thanks Skye! God's Word is what we all need! Grace to you!

      HD

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      shofarcall 3 years ago

      Hi HD!

      What on earth was that man going on about in the video? It got stuck on my running of it at just under 5 min, but I had seen enough!

      Praise God that we have His Word to guide us through these times.

      Thank you for setting it out so well.

      God Bless.

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      denden mangubat 3 years ago from liloan, cebu, philippines

      helo sir try read the messages of maria divine mercy.i believe in messages from heaven there is no conflict in the bible.full of humility and hope.

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      Harold Markham 3 years ago from Notheast, Wisconsin

      Greetings Sister!

      His Word is alive and powerful! Praise God He has given us such a blessing. Thanks for the encouragement.

      Sola Scriptura!

      HD

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      Harold Markham 3 years ago from Notheast, Wisconsin

      Greetings Denden,

      God speaks today through His word. All other claims need to be subjected to the Scripture. BTW what do you think about this article?

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