The Book of Revelation, otherwise known as "The Apocalypse of John" is the last book of the New Testament and hence it is also the last book of the Bible. Revelation describes the events of the apocalypse which include the return of Jesus Christ, the defeat of Satan by God and the re-creation of Earth and Heaven as new.
The prophecy of the Apocalypse is given to John by Jesus Christ  through an angel of the Lord. The reader learns that John is writing it down when he reveals that some of it was not to be written down. It was written by John the Apostle on the island of Patmos . In identifying himself as "John" the author provides evidence that helps identify the other books that have been given his name. When John writes that Jesus is called "the Word of God ," it leaves little doubt that the writer of the gospel, with its prologue about the Word, was written by the same person.
The author calls himself "the elder" in second and third letters, which show clear similarities to the language in the longer first letter. First John, with its references to "light" and "life" points back to the gospel of John. The internal evidence that this body of literature — called Johannine — is written by "the beloved disciple".
Though the Bible does not spell it out, early tradition has John in Ephesus, the first of the churches to whom the Revelation was written (Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea). The towns to which he wrote formed a crescent circuit in the Roman Province of Asia across from Greece. The island of Patmos was offshore near Ephesus. John had received "messengers" (Gr.: angels) from the churches and was sending the whole revelation to them. Most of the first three chapters is individual messages for their particular situations.
Though Revelation is largely prophecy, it begins with seven letters from John to churches in western Asia. The message was directly from Jesus, though penned by John. In effect, the whole book of Revelation is a letter to the seven churches in Asia.
The book of Revelation is prophecy revealed to John by Jesus and His angels. Following the example of great prophets in the Old Testament, John faithfully records the visions and teachings that he is shown and told. The key to understanding the symbolism comes from a thorough understanding of the whole Bible that comes before it, especially the prophets Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel and Habakkuk.
As the scenes move to glimpses of heaven, the Revelation reveals the songs of both martyred saints and angels. Songs by nature are poetical.
I. The Book of Revelation
- A. Introduction (1:1-20)
- B. Letters (2:1-3:22)
- C. The Throneroom of God (4:1-11)
- 1. The Lamb and the Sealed Scroll (5:1-14)
- D. The Seal Judgements (6:1-7:5)
- 1. The Breaking of the First 6 Seals (6:1-17)
- 2. The 144000 Sealed (7:1-8)
- 3. The Great Multitude in White Robes (7:9-17)
- 4. The Seventh Seal (8:1-5)
- E. The Trumpet Judgements (8:6-)
- 1. The First 6 Trumpet Blasts (8:6-9:21)
- 2. The Angel with the Little Scroll (10:1-11)
- 3. The Two Witnesses (11:1-14)
- 4. The Seventh Trumpet Blast (11:15-19)
- F. The Dragon and the Beasts (12-13)
- G. The Lamb and the 144000
- H. The Three Angels
- I. The Harvest of the Earth
- J. The Bowl Judgements
- ↑ Revelation 1:1 (Link)
- ↑ Revelation 1:9 (Link)
- ↑ Revelation 19:13 (Link)
- ↑ Revelation 2:1,8,12,18; 3:1,7,14 (Link)