Now that you are better familiar with parts of the Bible, according to their historical categories and divisions (i.e. Books of History, Poetry, Prophecy, etc.) in both The Old and New Testaments, let’s move onto understanding the various divisions of The Book of Revelation. It’s own divisions—like ‘Books,’ Epistles and prophecies—would also enable believers to better understand–to quote The LORD Himself–that “which is, and which was, and which is to come (1: 4).”
Indeed, The Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ,
Part I, the whole Book’s Introduction as set forth in this first chapter, explains Apostle John’s location of ‘jailed’ isolation of persecution for preaching The Gospel Truth about His Savior. No doubt after they had inflicted severe physical punishment, Roman rulers imprisoned John in exile, alone on the tiny, treacherous volcano island called Patmos. With no one beside him in that dark, cold, damp, foreboding place, Satan no doubt expected this disciple to fall into depression. But The LORD Jesus came to comfort His faithful servant. This chapter then becomes a description of The Resurrected Christ, and of His present ministry. However, because God moves in the universe with multi-faceted purposes, messages in following chapters also have intent to bless Christian believers of every generation.
Part II, chapters two and three includes epistles which The LORD Jesus sends to seven churches which were alive and somewhat functioning as Christian bodies in John’s day. However, the individual churches have also been applied historically as the Church Age moved through geographical and worldly ruling political ages. His last letter to the seventh church, as being neither cold nor hot, and thus sickening and expelled from His Body, is especially applied to the Church of The Body of Christ in these last days. After Part II, the Christian Church is no longer mentioned in this Book. It is assumed that the Church Age, has passed, that The Present Body of Christ has been raptured (i.e. taken up into heaven)—for the Christians’ seven years of judgments and rewards (see 1 Corinthians 3: 11 – 15)–while God returns to His treatment of Israel and all remaining nations.
Part III, in chapters four and five, readers view things in heaven, where God The Father sits upon His throne surrounded by 24 elders—which may include 12 highly respected saints from the Old Testament and 12 from the New, who are presumably The LORD’s twelve disciples. All believers in God from both ages are, by the end of the Church age, as noted at the end of chapter 3, then in heaven. Four animal-like creatures—each with either a face like a lion, calf, eagle or a man, and each with six wings and covered with eyes all over their bodies (similar to that seen by Isaiah (chapter 6) and Ezekiel (chapters 1 and 3), are accompanied by innumerable numbers and types of angels, all singing, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.”
Then John notices God The Father holding A Book, closed by seven seals—stamped permanently closed–in His hand, as an angel cries “with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof?” John begins to weep because no human or angelic being in heaven, earth, it’s seas, or even under them, was worthy to open God’s book. But then an elder (perhaps John’s brother, Apostle James, who was martyred soon after the birth of The Church), tells John, not to worry because “in the midst of the elders, stood ‘A Lamb’–as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth (v.6)”–took The Book from God, The Father’s, Hand. At this point the 24 elders worship The Lamb as each plays a harp and pours out vials of pleasant odors, which indeed are the prayers of all believers, before Him.
Part IV, from Chapters 6 to 19, covers the seven years of The Tribulation (or man’s suffering, earthly punishment), including the 42-month ministries of the prophets Enoch (Genesis 5: 18 – 14) and Elijah (1 Kings 17 to 2 Kings 3), who had been taken live up to heaven, and living there thousands of years are bathed with The Holy Spirit’s anointing. Satan will kill them, but after four days, God will resurrect and take them up to heaven while their persecutors helplessly watch. Two more groups of holy Jewish saints will also be likewise resurrected and taken up to heaven. This section also covers the final destruction of Jerusalem, and rise of the Anti-Christ, (now born today) in Syria, who will rule from Iraq, as well as the ultimate False Prophet, who will convince the world to worship this false Christ and bow down in adoration of his phony, fake, useless materially man-made image. (More on these 14 chapters may be covered in later blogs).