1:1-8 Opening Introduction
I. 1:9-3:22 Christ in the Midst of the Seven Lampstands
Christ and His church throughout the New Testament Era
II. 4:1-8:1 Christ and the Breaking of the Seven Seals
Christ’s rule over the unfolding history of the New Testament Era
The 6th & 7th Seals bring us to:
(1) the Return of Christ (6:12-17)
(2) the End of the NT Era & the End of History (6:12-17)
(3) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment (6:17, 8:1)
III. 8:2-11:19 Christ and the Blowing of the Seven Trumpets
Christ’s trumpets of warning throughout the New Testament Era
The 7th (Last) Trumpet brings us to:
(1) the (implied) Return of Christ (11:15)
(2) the End of the NT Era & the End of History (11:15-18)
(3) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment (11:18)
(Compare to 1 Corinthians 15:51-57 & 1 Thess. 4:15-17)
IV. 12:1-20:10 Christ, the Woman, and the Persecuting Dragon
Christ’s church persecuted, yet protected & prevailing until the end
Chapter 12 – the dragon introduced (foiled by Christ, enraged, persecuting the church)
Chapter 13 – the beast and false prophet introduced (dragon’s agents to persecute church)
Chapter 14:1-5 – the faithful with the Lamb introduced (persecuted, killed, & rejoicing)
Chapter 14:6-13 – the doom of those with the mark (Babylon) announced
Chapter 14:14-20 – those with the mark (Babylon) destroyed
Chapter 14:14-20 brings us to:
(1) the Return of Christ (14:14)
(2) the End of the NT Era & the End of History (14:15, 18)
(3) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment (14:15, 18)
ààChapters 15-16 – The Seven Bowls of Wrathßß
The Seven Bowls Detail the Holistic Judgment upon All Who Oppose God
The 6th & 7th Bowls bring us to:
(1) the Preparation for the Last Battle – “Armageddon” (16:12-16)
(2) the (implied) Return of Christ (16:17)
(3) the End of the NT Era & the End of History (16:17)
(4) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment (16:19b)
Chapter 17 – the doom of the harlot (Babylon) announced
Chapter 18 – the harlot (Babylon) destroyed
The 6th & 7th Bowls “replayed” Detailing the Destruction of
those with the mark/Babylon/the harlot.
Chapters 17-18 bring us to:
(1) the Last Battle (17:14) – a “replay” of Armageddon and its outcome
(2) the (implied) Return of Christ (17:14)
(3) the End of the NT Era & the End of History (18:20)
(4) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment (18:24-19:3)
Chapter 19:1-10 – the faithful bride with the Lamb (rejoicing in contrast to the harlot)
Chapter 19:11-21 – the beast and false prophet destroyed
The 6th & 7th Bowls “replayed” Detailing the Destruction of
the Beast and the False Prophet
This section (19:11-21) brings us to:
(1) the Return of Christ
(2) the Last Battle brought to a close – a “replay” of Armageddon
(3) the End of the NT Era & the End of History
(4) the Threshold of the Day of Judgment
Chapter 20:1-10 – the dragon destroyed
The Climactic Judgment of the Bowls “replayed” but now stretching back to Chapter 12.
Proposition: This Section Details the Demise of Satan
(a) from His being cast out of Heaven (chapter 12)
(b) to His being cast into Hell (20:10)
Further Exploration of Revelation 20:1-10
19:11-21 & 20:1-10 – Problems with a Simple Chronological Relationship
1. At the end of 19:11-21 there are no longer any nations to deceive. Hence the binding of Satan
so that he would not deceive the nations makes no sense.
2. There appears to be only one great battle, not two or three.
16:14 “sunagagein autous eis ton polemon” – to gather them unto the battle
17:14 “outoi meta tou arniou polemesousin” – these against the lamb do battle
19:19 “sunegmena poiesai ton polemon meta” – gathered together to make the battle
20:8 “sunagagein autous eis ton polemon” – to gather them unto the battle
3. Revelation 15:1 states, “Then I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels
having the seven last plagues, for in them the wrath of God is complete (or finished, or
perfected).” When the seventh bowl judgment is poured out Revelation 16:17 declares, “It is
done (or completed, or finished, or perfected).”
If the seven bowl judgments complete God’s wrath, and the seventh bowl ends with the
overthrow of the enemies of God at the battle of Armageddon, then how is it that 1,000 years
after Armageddon there is another battle and another outpouring of God’s wrath?
Conclusion #1: Revelation 20:7-10 describes the same event as:
Note how “the end” is arrived at SEVEN times in Revelation.
Conclusion #2: The close of this section (20:7-10) brings us:
(1) to the preparation for the Last Battle – a “replay” of the 6th Bowl (cf. 16:12-16; 17:14)
(2) to the (implied) Return of Christ (“fire falls from God out of heaven”)
(3) to the Last Battle brought to a close – a “replay” of the 7th Bowl (cf. 16:17-21; 19:17-21)
(4) past the Threshold of the Last Day – Satan cast into Hell forever (20:10)
Conclusion #3: The return of Christ to destroy all His enemies (and especially Satan) is as 20:7
states, AFTER “the thousand years have expired.”
20:1-3 How then Are We to Understand the Binding of Satan?
1. Is Satan’s binding so complete that he is rendered immobile and inactive?
2. How does verse 3 carefully define the nature of Satan’s binding?
3. What was the condition of the nations of the world prior to Christ’s coming?
4. What happened with the coming of Christ?
Conclusion #4: The binding of Satan is a specific binding that prevents him from deceiving the
nations in the same manner that he did in the Old Testament era. He is still free to harass, to
persecute, and to tempt, but not to hold sway over the nations in such a way as to prevent the
gospel of Christ from penetrating.
Conclusion #5: This binding took place when Christ finished His work on Calvary, rose from
the dead, and ascended on high.
20:3 How then Are We to Understand the 1,000 years?
1. The language of verses 1-3 is symbolic from beginning to end – i.e. key, bottomless pit, great
chain, dragon, serpent of old.
2. The number 1,000 is often used in the Bible to represent an unspecified, non-literal yet
2 Peter 3:8
3. Think how numbers are used elsewhere in the book of Revelation – i.e. 3-1/2, 7, 10, 12, 666,
Conclusion #6: The 1,000 years is to be understood symbolically. Ten is the number of fullness.
10 x 10 x 10 = The complete fullness of God’s purpose.
Conclusion #7: Satan will be bound for a long time and be prevented from holding the nations
under the sway of darkness and deception. This long time is equivalent to the time of the gospel
going forth to the ends of the earth. Hence the 1,000 years is symbolic of the entire New
Testament era which will be long and full.
Conclusion #8: At the end of the 1,000 years (the end of the NT era) Satan will be released for a
“little season” to once again hold sway over the nations with his deception. This will be right
before the end of time. This “little season” is intentionally put in contrast to the 1,000 years. In
contrast to the long and full timeframe of the gospel age, the “little season” will be pathetically
small and limited. This final assault will be brought to defeat as Christ returns in glory to cast
Satan into hell forevermore.
Next week: Revelation 20:4-6 – The Reigning of the Saints and the First Resurrection in
relationship to the 1,000 years.