Revelation, Apocalypse & the End of the World.
How did you respond to the December 21 predictions?
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.
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
"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.