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General Outlines of the Spiritual Lessons of the Book


The Appellations of Jesus Christ

  1. Jesus Christ (1:1)

  2. The Lord (1:8)

  3. The Alpha and the Omega (1:8)

  4. The Almighty (1:8)

  5. The Son of Man (1:13)

  6. The First and the Last (1:17)

  7. He who lives (1:18)

  8. The Son of God (2:18)

  9. The Witness (3:14)

  10. The Beginning (3:14)

  11. The Lion of the tribe of Judah (5:4)

  12. The Root of David (5:4)

  13. A Lamb (5:6)

  14. The shepherd (7:17)

  15. The mighty angel (10:1)

  16. The Lord of the harvest (14:14)

  17. King of the saints (15:3)

  18. Faithful and True (19:11)

  19. The Word of God (19:13)

  20. KING OF KINGS (19:16)

  21. LORD OF LORDS (19:16)

  22. Husband (21:2)

  23. The Beginning and the End (21:6)

  24. The Lord God of the holy prophets (22:6)

  25. The Bright and Morning Star (22:16)

  26. The Lord Jesus (22:21)


The Seven Kinds of Blessed ones

  1. He who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it (1:3)

  2. The dead who die in the Lord (14:13)

  3. He who watches, and keeps his garments (16:15)

  4. Those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb (19:9)

  5. He who has part in the first resurrection (20:6)

  6. He who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book (22:7)

  7. Those who do His commandments (22:14)


The Wonderful Numbers in the Book of Revelation

  1. Seven: the seven churches (1:4), the seven Spirits (1:4), seven golden lampstands (1:12), seven lamps of fire (4:5), seven horns and seven eyes (5:6), seven seals (6:1), seven trumpets (8:2), seven thunders (10:3), seven thousand people (11:13), seven heads (12:3), seven diadems (12:3), seven golden bowls (15:7), seven mountains (17:9)

  2. Twenty-four: twenty-four thrones (4:4), twenty-four elders (4:4)

  3. Four: four living creatures (4:6), the four corners of the earth (7:1), the four winds of the earth (7:1), the city is as a square (21:16)

  4. One hundred and forty-four thousand: one hundred and forty-four thousand were sealed (7:4), one hundred and forty-four thousand stood on Mount Zion (14:1).

  5. Twelve thousand: twelve thousand were sealed of the tribe (7:5), the length, breadth, and height of the city are equal and it is twelve thousand furlongs (21:16)

  6. Forty-two: treading the holy city underfoot for forty-two months (11:2), continuing for forty-two months (13:5)

  7. Two: two witnesses (11:3), the two olive trees (11:4), the two lampstands (11:4)

  8. One thousand two hundred and sixty: prophesying one thousand two hundred and sixty days (11:3), being fed one thousand two hundred and sixty days (12:6)

  9. Twelve: a garland of twelve stars (12:1), twelve gates (21:12), twelve angels (21:12), the twelve tribes of the children of Israel (21:12), twelve foundations (21:14), the twelve apostles of the Lamb (21:14), twelve pearls (21:21), twelve fruits (22:2)

  10. Ten: ten horns (12:3), ten crowns (13:1)

  11. 666: His number is 666 (13:18)

  12. A thousand: being bound for a thousand years (20:2), reigning for a thousand years (20:4)

  13. A hundred and forty-four: one hundred and forty-four cubits (21:17)


The Being of Jesus Christ

  1. The faithful witness (1:5)

  2. The firstborn from the dead (1:5)

  3. The ruler over the kings of the earth (1:5)

  4. Who is and who was and who is to come (1:8)

  5. In the midst of the seven lampstands (1:13)

  6. He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore (1:18)

  7. He who has the keys of Hades and of Death (1:18)

  8. He who holds the seven stars in His right hand (2:1)

  9. He who has the sharp two-edged sword (2:12)

  10. He who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet like fine brass (2:18)

  11. He who has the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars (3:1)

  12. He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David (3:7)

  13. The Amen (3:14)

  14. The Faithful and True Witness (3:14)

  15. The Beginning of the creation of God (3:14)

  16. He who has seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God (5:6)


The Duties of Believers

  1. Being priests to God the Father (1:6)

  2. Partaking in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (1:9)

  3. Being for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ (1:9)

  4. Holding fast to the name of the Lord and not denying the Lord’s faith (2:13)

  5. Not having the heretical doctrine (2:24)

  6. Holding fast to what you have received (3:3)

  7. Keeping the word of the Lord and not denying the name of the Lord (3:8)

  8. Keeping the commandments of God and having the testimony of Jesus Christ (12:17)

  9. Not worshiping antichrist (13:8)

  10. Having patience and the faith (13:10)

  11. Not making a compromise with the false prophet (13:17)

  12. Keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus (14:12)

  13. Dying in the Lord (14:13)

  14. Fearing and praising God (19:5)

  15. Worshiping God only (19:10)

  16. Being the servant of God (22:9)

  17. Being righteous and holy (22:11)

  18. Not adding to or taking away from the prophesy of the Bible (22:18-19)

  19. Wishing the Lord to come quickly (22:20)


In the Spirit

  1. Being in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day and seeing the vision of the Lord (1:10-16)

  2. Being in the Spirit and seeing the vision of the throne set in heaven (4:2)

  3. Being carried away in the Spirit into the wilderness and seeing the vision of the great harlot (17:3)

  4. Being carried away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain and seeing the vision of the great city, the holy Jerusalem (21:10)


The Visions in the Book of Revelation

  1. The vision of the glorious Son of Man (1:12-16)

  2. The vision of the front of the throne in heaven (4:1-5:14)

  3. The vision of opening the seven seals (6:1-17; 8:1)

  4. The vision of sealing the one hundred and forty-four thousand servants of God on their foreheads (7:1-8)

  5. The vision of a great multitude before the throne, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands (7:9-17)

  6. The vision of sounding the seven trumpets (8:2, 6-13; 9:1-21; 11:14-15)

  7. The vision of offering the prayers of all the saints (8:3-5)

  8. The vision of the little book (10:1-11)

  9. The vision of measuring the temple and the altar and the two witnesses (11:1-13)

  10. The vision of praising the Lord God Almighty and that the temple of God was opened in heaven and the ark of His covenant was seen (11:15-19)

  11. The vision of a woman’s giving birth to a male child and the fiery red dragon (12:1-17)

  12. The vision of a beast rising up out of the sea (13:1-10)

  13. The vision of another beast coming up out of the earth (13:11-18; 14:9-13)

  14. The vision of one hundred and forty-four thousand overcomers (14:1-5)

  15. The vision that an angel preaches the everlasting gospel (14:6-7)

  16. The vision of the fall of Babylon the great (14:8; 17:1-18; 18:1-24)

  17. The vision of reaping the harvest of the earth (14:14-16)

  18. The vision of tramping the great winepress of the wrath of God (14:17-21)

  19. The vision of singing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb in heaven (15:2-4)

  20. The vision of pouring out the seven bowls (15:5-8; 16:1-21)

  21. The vision of singing Alleluia in heaven (19:1-6)

  22. The vision of the marriage of the Lamb (19:7-10)

  23. The vision of the war of He who sat on a white horse and that all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven came for the supper of the great God (19:11-21)

  24. The vision of Satan’s finial destiny (20:1-3, 7-10)

  25. The vision of the kingdom of a thousand years (20:4-6)

  26. The vision of a great white throne (20:11-15)

  27. The vision of a new heave and a new earth (21:1-8)

  28. The vision of the holy city, New Jerusalem (21:2, 9-27; 22:1-5)

  29. The vision of the final ending (22:6-20)


The Types of the Church History

  1. The church of Ephesus (2:1-7)----it typifies the church in the post-apostolic period

2. The church in Smyrna (2:8-11)----it typifies the church in period of being persecuted by the Roman Empire

3. The church Pergamos (2:12-17)----it typifies the period of the unification of the state and the church

4. The church Thyatira (2:18-29)----it typifies the church that deviates from the way

5. The church in Sardis (3:1-6)----it typifies the Protestant Church

6. The church in Philadelphia (3:7-13)----it typifies the church in which brothers love one another

7. The church of the Laodiceans (3:14-22)----it typifies the church which is neither cold nor hot


The Overcomers

  1. They did not leave their first love (2:4)

  2. They are faithful until death (2:10)

  3. They do not hold the doctrine of Balaam and the Nicolaitans (2:14-15)

  4. They hold fast what they have and keep the works of the Lord (2:25-26)

  5. They have not defiled their garments (3:4)

  6. They have kept the Lord’s command to persevere (3:10)

  7. They are zealous and hear the voice of the Lord and open the door (3:19-20)

  8. They had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony (6:9)

  9. They washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb in the great tribulation (7:14)

  10. They are the male Child borne by the woman (12:5)

  11. They, by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, did not love their lives to the death (12:11)

  12. They were not defiled with women, for they are virgins (14:4)

  13. They follow the Lamb wherever He goes (14:4)

  14. They are without fault and in their mouth was found no deceit (14:5)

  15. They are the ripe harvest during the period of the great tribulation (14:15-16)

  16. They watch and keep their garments (16:15)

  17. They are arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints (19:8)

  18. They are the armies of the one who sat on the white horse (19:19)

  19. They have part in the first resurrection and shall reign with Christ a thousand years (20:4-6)


The Rewards and Enjoyments of Overcomers

  1. To him He will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God (2:7)

  2. He will give him the crown of life and he shall not be hurt by the second death (2:10-11)

  3. He will give him some of the hidden manna to eat and a white stone, and on the stone a new name written (2:17)

  4. He will give him power over the nations----he shall rule the nations with a rod of iron and He will give him the morning star (2:27-28)

  5. He shall walk with the Lord in white. The Lord will not blot out his name from the Book of Life and will confess his name before God the Father and before His angels (3:4-5)

  6. He will make him a pillar in the temple of His God, and he shall go out no more. He will write on him the name of His God, the name of the city of His God and the name of the Lord (3:12)

  7. He will dine with the Lord. The Lord will grant him to sit with Him on His throne (3:20-21)

  8. They shall stand before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and worship and praise God and the Lamb (7:9-10)

  9. They shall serve God day and night in His temple before the throne of God (7:15)

  10. He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat (7:15-16)

  11. The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters (7:17)

  12. God will wipe away every tear from their eyes (7:17)

  13. They shall be raptured and ascend to heaven in a cloud (11:12)

  14. They shall be caught up to God and His throne and rule all nations with a rod of iron (12:5)

  15. They are firstfruits to God and to the Lamb (14:4)

  16. They may rest from their labors, and their works follow them (14:13)

  17. Over them the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years (20:6)

  18. He shall inherit the inheritance in heaven and God will be his God and he shall be the son of God (21:7)

  19. They shall be God’s servants and serve Him and see His face. The name of God shall be on their forehead (22:3-4)

  20. The Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever (22:5)

  21. They may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city (22:14)


The Things Done by Satan and the Historical Tracks

  1. Deceiving the church:

A. those who are a synagogue of Satan defame the church (2:9)

B. there is the throne of Satan in the church (2:13)

C. there are the so-called depths of Satan in the church (2:24)

D. lying (3:9)

  2. Accusing our brothers before God day and night (12:9-10)

  3. Persecuting the churches (12:13)

  4. Being an opponent of the elect of God (12:17)

  5. Giving authorization to the antichrist and false prophets:

A. being marveled and followed by all the unbelieving world (13:3)

B. blaspheming God (13:6)

C. making war with the saints (13:7)

D. overcoming the nations (13:7)

E. performing great signs (13:13)

F. deceiving those who dwell on the earth (13:14)

G. killing those who do not worship the image of the beast (13:15)

H. making all men receive its mark (13:16-17)

  6. Being laid hold of and bound in the bottomless pit for a thousand years (20:2)

  7. Being temporarily released after a thousand years to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth (20:7)

  8. Being cast into the lake of fire and brimstone finally (20:10)


The Three Kinds of Open Doors

  1. An open door----it is the door that the Lord starts His work (3:7-8)

  2. The door of heart open to the Lord----it responds to the Lord’s knock (3:20)

  3. A door in heaven----seeing the heavenly visions (4:1-2)


The Seven Seals, Seven Trumpets and Seven Bowls

  1. The first seal: the one who sat on the white horse----false Christs or the gospel (6:1-2)

  2. The second seal: the one who sat on the fiery red horse----the war (6:3-4)

  3. The third seal: the one who sat on the black horse----the famine (6:5-6)

  4. The fourth seal: the one who sat on the pale horse----the death (6:7-8)

  5. The fifth seal: the cry of the souls of those who had been slain under the altar (6:9-11)

  6. The sixth seal: the heaven moved and the earth shook and the sun and the moon changed their colors (6:12-17)

  7. The seventh seal: there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And the seven angels prepared themselves to sound (8:1, 6)

      1. the first trumpet: hail and fire burned up the earth and a third of the trees (8:7)

      2. the second trumpet: a great mountain burning with fire destroyed a third of the sea, the living creatures and the ships (8:8-9)

  3. the third trumpet: a burning great star destroyed a third of the rivers and the springs of water. And many men died (8:10-11)

      4. the fourth trumpet: a third of the sun, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars were struck (8:12)

      5. the fifth trumpet: the first woe----the disaster of locusts made men torment for five months (9:1-11)

      6. the sixth trumpet: the second woe----four angels were released to lead the army of two hundred million horsemen to kill a third of mankind (9:13-21)

  7. the seventh trumpet: the third woe----the seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God were given to the seven angels (11:14-15; 15:5-8; 16:1)

        1. the first bowl: a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast (16:2)

        2. the second bowl: the sea became blood and every living creature in the sea died (16:3)

        3. the third bowl: the rivers and springs of water became blood (16:4-7)

  4. the fourth bowl: making the sun to scorch men with fire (16:8-9)

        5. the fifth bowl: the kingdom of the beast became full of darkness and men gnawed their tongues because of the pain (16:10-11)

        6. the sixth bowl: preparing the great war of Armageddon (16:12-16)

        7. the seventh bowl: there was a great earthquake. The great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell. And great hail fell upon men (16:17-21)----the great war of Armageddon----trampling the great winepress of the wrath of God (14:17-20)----the great supper of the birds that fly in the midst of heaven (19:17-21)


The Things that Do not Exist in Heaven

  1. Hunger (7:16)

  2. Thirst (7:16)

  3. The harm of the sun and heat (7:16)

  4. Tears (7:17; 21:4)

  5. Death (21:4)

  6. Sorrow (21:4)

  7. Crying (21:4)

  8. Pain (21:4)

  9. Sins (21:8, 27; 22:15)

  10. Night (21:25; 22:5)


── Caleb HuangChristian Digest Bible Commentary Series

   Translated by Sharon Ren