Scratchpad: Revelation as Liturgy – Outline 2

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The below mentioned site has several suggested outlines for the Book of Revelation, but this one is first and catches my eye. My project is to turn Revelation into liturgy. My take is to use the liturgy to experience Revelation’s message, complete with shouts and the such to explain the book as I understand it. That’s right, as I understand it.

A Suggested Practical Outline (F. Just, SJ)

PROLOGUE (1:1-8)

The Introduction of the Book (1:1-3)
An Epistolary Prescript (1:4-6)
Two Prophetic Sayings (1:7-8)


John’s Inaugural Vision & Commission (1:9—3:22)

An Audition and Vision of the Risen Christ (1:9-20)
Seven Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia (2:1—3:22)
Ephesus (2:1-7)
Smyrna (2:8-11)
Pergamum (2:12-17)
Thyatira (2:18-29)
Sardis (3:1-6)
Philadephia (3:7-13)
Laodicea (3:14-22)

John’s First Cycle of Visions in the Spirit (4:1—11:19)

Worship in the Heavenly Court (4:1-11)
The Scroll, the Lion of Judah, and the Lamb (5:1-14)
The Seven Seals (6:1—8:5)
The first four seals (6:1-8)
The fifth and sixth seals (6:9-17)
Two interrupting visions:
144,000 Israelites sealed by God (7:1-8)
Countless Gentiles robed in white (7:9-17)
The seventh seal and the angel with a golden censer (8:1-5)
The Seven Angels with Seven Trumpets (8:2—11:19)
The first four trumpets (8:2-12)
The fifth and sixth trumpets (8:13; 9:1-21)
Two interrupting visions:
An angel with a small scroll (10:1-11)
The temple and two witnesses (11:1-14)
The seventh trumpet (11:15-19)

John’s Second Cycle of Visions in the Spirit (12:1—22:5)

Seven Symbolic Visions of the Past, Present & Future (12:1—15:4)
The Woman, the Child, and the Dragon (12:1-17)
The First Beast, from the Sea (13:1-10)
The Second Beast, from the Earth (13:11-18)
The Lamb and the 144,000 (14:1-5)
The Three Angels with Messages (14:6-13)
The Final Harvest and Vintage (14:14-20)
The Victory Song of Moses and of the Lamb (15:2-4)
Seven Angels with Seven Plagues (15:1,5—19:10)
The Seven Angels (15:1-8)
The Seven Bowls (16:1-21)
Elaboration on the Destruction of Babylon (17:1—19:10)
The whore on the scarlet beast: Rome (17:1-18)
The fall of Babylon: Rome’s destruction (18:1-24)
The Rejoicing in Heaven (19:1-10)
Seven Visions of the Last Things (19:11—22:5)
The Coming of Christ, the Word of God (19:11-16)
The Invitation to a Great Banquet (19:17-18)
The Final Battle (19:19-21)
The Binding of Satan (20:1-3)
The Millennial Reign (20:4-10)
The Final Judgment (20:11-15)
The New Heaven, New Earth, New Jerusalem (21:1-8)
An Elaboration on the New Jerusalem (21:9—22:5)

EPILOGUE (22:6-21)

A Collection of Short Prophetic Sayings (22:6-20)
An Epistolary Benediction (22:21)

The Book of Revelation: Outlines.

This is great and all and helps to move the book into a more concise pattern. I think that it is necessary to center the liturgical drama around the interludes, which the above author calls interrupting visions.

My goal is to use every verse in Revelation and limit any outside verses to the bare minimum. When I do, I want to use what I can primarily from the Psalms. To that end, I think that I will start the liturgy with,

Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
……and let the King of glory enter.

Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty;
……the LORD, invincible in battle. (Psa 24:7-8 NLT)

And then starts how I want to start Revelation and I am thinking of ending it this way,

But we speak God’s wisdom, secret and hidden, which God decreed before the ages for our glory.
……………None of the rulers of this age understood this;
for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. (1Co 2:7-8 NRSV)

The interludes are of a special concern and so too the scenes of recapitulation, of which I will be drawing on ]] a great deal. I figure I’ll use a call-and-response pattern for the recapitulation. Examples, later.

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