First Outline of the Book of Revelation

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As you know, I am working on the Book of Revelation as a liturgical drama (yes, I am perhaps the new John Chrysostom writing the new Divine Liturgy). Here is an outline which I found…thoughts?

I. THE PROLOGUE (1:1-8)
A. The chain of revelation (1:1-3)
B. Trinitarian greeting and doxology (1:4-6)
C. Eschatological announcement (1:7,8)

Hardly a trinitarian introduction… And, I don’t want to connect Pauline eschatology with Johannine Apocalyptic thought. But…

II. THE SEVEN CHURCHES (1:9 – 3:22)
A. Introductory Vision: Christ in the midst of the seven golden lampstands (1:9-20)
John on Patmos (9-11)
Vision of Christ (12-20)
B. The letters to the seven churches (2:1 – 3:22)
1. Ephesus, the passionless church (2:1-7)
2. Smyrna, the persecuted church (2:8-11)
3. Pergamon, the tolerant church (2:12-17)
4. Thyatira, the compromising church (2:18-29)
5. Sardis, the dead church (3:1-6)
6. Philadelphia, the missionary church (3:7-13)
7. Laodicea, the arrogant church (3:14-22)

This is the issue – where can I  put these at in a liturgy? This is in important to me to include every verse, so, sorta, I have to include these short epistles in the mix. Suggestions?

III. THE SEVEN SEALS (4:1 – 8:1)
A. Introductory Vision: The Enthronement of the Lamb (4:1 – 5:14)
General scene of worship (4:1-11)
A heavenly crisis (5:1-4)
Resolution of the crisis (5:5-7)
Perpetual celebration of results (5:8-14)
B. The opening of the seven seals (6:1 – 8:1)
1. The white horse–victorious conquest (6:1-2)
2. The red horse–war (6:3-4)
3. The black horse–famine (6:5-6)
4. The pale horse–pestilence (6:7-8)
5. The cry of the martyrs (6:9-11)
6. The final eschatological events, (6:12 – 7:17)
a. The wicked and the wrath of the Lamb (6:12-17)
b. The righteous:
144,000 sealed saints (7:1-8)
an innumerable multitude (7:9-17)
7. Silence in heaven (8:1)

I’m going to turn the 6th seal into a call and response focusing on the Cross at Calvary. The other seals…. just wait and see…

IV. THE SEVEN TRUMPETS (8:2 – 11:18)
A. Introductory Vision: A view of trumpets, the altar of incense and the end of
intercession (8:2-6)
B. The sounding of the seven trumpets (8:7 – 11:18)
1. A plague falls to earth–hail and fire (8:7)
2. A burning mountain sinks into the sea (8:8-9)into the sea (8:8-9)
3. A polluting star falls on the rivers and springs (8:10-11)
4. A plague partially darkens the heavenly bodies (8:12)
Announcement of three further woes (8:13)
5. A scourge of darkness and locusts arises from the Abyss to attack
unsealed humanity (9:1-11)
Transition from first to second woe (9:12)
6. Preparation for the eschatological battle (9:13 – 11:13)
a. The wicked: Four angels at the Euphrates release an army of two
hundred million horsemen to destroy a third of humanity 9:13-21)
b. The righteous: The little book (10:1-11) and the two witnesses
(11:1-13)
Transition from second to third woe (11:14)
7. The mystery of God is finished (10:7); Christ claims His everlasting
Kingdom (11:15-18)

V. THE WRATH OF THE NATIONS (11:19 – 15:4)
A. Introductory Vision: The Ark of the Covenant is seen (11:19)
B. The showing of seven signs (12:1 – 15:4)
1. The woman, the dragon and the remnant (12:1-17)
2. The beast from the sea (13:1-10)
3. The beast from the earth (13:11-18)
4. The 144,000 with the Lamb on Mt. Zion (14:1-5)
5. The three angel’s messages (14:6-13)
6. The harvest of the earth (14:14-20)
a. The righteous grain is harvested (14:14-16)
b. The wicked vintage is crushed outside the city (14:17-20)
7. The saved beside the sea of glass sing the song of Moses and the
Lamb (15:1-4)

VI. THE WRATH OF GOD (15:5 – 18:24)
A. Introductory Vision: God’s glory fills the heavenly tabernacle; no one can enter
it (15:5 – 16:1)
B. The pouring out of the seven censer-bowls (16:2-21)
1. A plague strikes the earth–boils (16:2)
2. A plague strikes the sea–blood (16:3)
3. A plague strikes the rivers and springs–blood (16:4-7)
4. A plague strikes the sun–burning heat (16:8-9)
5. A plague of darkness on the throne of the beast (16:10-11)
6. The great river Euphrates dries up (16:12-16)
a. The wicked: demonic spirits gather the kings for
Armageddon (16:13-14,16)
b. The righteous: conditions for blessing (16:15)
7. “It is done”–Babylon falls (16:17-21)
C. The doom of Babylon (17:1 – 18:24)
The harlot in the wilderness (17:1-6)
The beast destroys the harlot (17:7-18)
The destruction of the Great City (18:1-24)

VII. THE FINAL DESTRUCTION OF EVIL (19:1 – 20:15)
A. Introductory Vision: Celebration in heaven over Babylon’s fall (19:1-10)
B. The Final End (19:11 – 20:15)
1. The Word of God on the white horse (19:11-16)
2. An angel gathers the flesh-eating birds (19:17-18)
3. The battle of Armageddon (19:19-21)
a. The wicked defeated (19:19)
b. The righteous victorious (19:20-21)
4. The dragon thrown back into the abyss (20:1-3)
5. Enthroned with Christ (20:4-6)
6. The Defeat of Satan (20:7-10)
7. The last Judgment (20:11-15)

VIII. THE NEW JERUSALEM (21:1 – 22:5)
A. Introductory Vision: The New Heaven and New Earth (21:1-8)
B. The New Jerusalem (21:9 – 22:5)
1. Description of the New Jerusalem (21:9-27)
2. The city’s source of life (22:1-5)

IX. THE EPILOGUE (22:6-21)
A. The book validated (6-19)
B. Closing Benediction (20-21)

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