A Quick Overview of the Book of Revelation.
Rev. 1: 1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, 2 who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw. 3 Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.
The book of Revelation is divided into three sections as indicated in 1:19: John was told to write from John’s standpoint, “what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later.” Chapter 1 describes the past (“what you have seen”), chapters 2-3 describe the present (“what is now, the Church age”), and the rest of the book describes future events (“what will take place later”). Chapter 4 shows the Church age believers before the Throne of God. Chapter 5 we see Jesus is handed the scroll sealed with seven seals by God the Father which contain the judgements of God, then chapter 6 we see Jesus breaking the seals of the scroll, revealing the judgements. Chapters 6-19 refer to Daniels 70th week(Dan. 9:24-27), the last 7 years of Daniels 490 years, a period that has come to be known as the seven-year Tribulation (Dan. 9:27). For more explanation see the Bible Lesson 'The Tribulation being 7 years'. The 7 years of the Tribulation will be the time God’s judgments are poured out upon a Christ rejecting world as they are revealed in the seals, trumpets, and bowls. Chapter 19 we see the second coming of Jesus and the anti-Christ and false prophet being thrown into the lake of fire followed by satan being bound and a literal thousand-year rule of Christ upon the earth in chapter 20. Chapters 21-22 are events that follow the millennium: satan thrown into the lake of fire, the creation of a new heaven and a new earth and the arrival of the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem upon the earth, eternity.
In reading Revelation, a literal approach to interpreting Revelation makes sense with other prophetic scriptures and falls in line with a literal reading of all the other End Time Prophecies. If a plain sense makes sense, then don’t seek no other sense or you’ll wind up with nonsense. A Literal interpretation does not discount figurative or symbolic language. If all the prophecies of Jesus’ first coming came true literally, then one should expect all the prophecies leading up to and of his 2nd coming to come true literally also. Why would God change it. A literal interpretation of the prophetic scriptures is exactly what we are seeing occurring today.
If you would like to learn more of what the book of Revelation reveals and other End Time Prophecies, then give the book a read. While I go into more detail in the book, you can check out the Bible Lessons pages. You’ll be amazed at how accurately the Bible describes what we see occurring in the world today.
You should learn all you can concerning what the Bible says is coming upon the world so you can share it with your unsaved friends and family. So you can warn them. For our time is short.