hapter 1: Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.John is in the spirit on the Lord's day and he hears a voice commanding him to write down what he sees and send it to the churches. He sees seven golden candlesticks and the Son of Man. His hair was white as snow, his eyes like flames. In his hand were seven stars. Out of his mouth came a two-edged sword. He explains that the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches and the candlesticks are the seven churches.
Chapters 2 & 3: John writes to the churches and implores them to be faithful, frugal and cast out the wicked. He knows their hearts and failings and speaks to each ones strengths and weaknesses.
Chapter 4: John is
taken before the throne of God, twenty-four chosen ones, and four
Creatures covered with eyes, front and back. One looked like a lion,
the second an ox, the third a face of a man and the last an eagle in
flight. They give glory to God.
Chapter 6: The
lamb opens the seals: 1st Seal: Creature cries
out; "Come foreword" A white Horse, it's rider had a bow and was given
a crown. He rode forth victorious, ready to conquer again. 2nd Seal:
Second creature cries out. A red horse, with rider
power to rob the world of peace: Given a sword; 3rd Seal: Third
creature cries out. A black horse. Rider with pair of scales in hand.
Expensive Food. 4th Seal: Fourth creature cries out. A sickly green
horse. Rider is Death. These are given authority over one quarter of
the Earth to kill with sword and famine and plague and the wild beasts
of the earth. 5th Seal: The martyrs cry out for justice. They are told
to be patient a little longer until the quota of them is filled. 6th
Seal: Violent earthquake: Sun turns black: Moon turns red. Stars fall
from the sky. Sky disappears. Mountains and islands ripped from their
base. Rich and poor hide in the mountains and caves. They cry out to
mountains to fall on them and hide them. The great day of vengeance
has come. Who can withstand it?
Chapter 7: Four angels hold
in check the four winds so no wind blew. They are told
not to release the winds until the seal is imprinted on foreheads of
servants of God. 144,000 to be marked, 12 thousand from each of the 12
tribes of Israel. He is suddenly surrounded by a huge crowd which no
one could count from every nation, race and tongue. He is told these
are the ones who have survived the period of great trial.
5th Trumpet: A star falls from the sky to earth. It is given the key
opens the abyss. Smoke pours out. Out of smoke comes locusts as
powerful as scorpions in their stings. They are commanded not to harm
plants or any living things except those who do not have the seal of
God on their foreheads. Tortures them for five months. They wish for
death but will not find it. Description of locusts: In appearance
the locusts were like horses equipped for battle. On their heads they
wore something like gold crowns; their faces were like men's faces but
they had hair like women's hair. Their teeth were like the teeth of
lions. Their chests like iron breastplates. Their wings make a sound
like the roar of many chariots and horses charging into battle. They
had tails with stingers like scorpions; in their tails was enough venom
to harm men for five months. Acting as their king was the angel in
charge of the abyss, whose name in Hebrew is Abaddon and in Greek
Trumpet: The first woe is passed, but two
more to come. A great voice says, "Release the four angels who
tied up on the banks of the great river Euphrates: " The Angels are
released. It is precisely the hour, day, month, year for which they had
been prepared to kill a third of mankind. Their cavalry troops numbered
two hundred million. Description of horses and riders: The
breastplates they wore were fiery red, deep blue and pale yellow. The
horses' heads were like heads of lions and out of their mouths came
fire and sulfur and smoke. One third of mankind is killed. Those who
survive do not repent.
Chapter 10: Another mighty angel comes
down from heaven.
He holds a little scroll which has been opened. His right foot is on
the sea, left foot on the land. Angel and seven thunders cry out. John
is told not to write down what seven thunders said. He is told there
will be no more delay. When the seventh angel blows trumpet, God's plan
will be accomplished in full. John is told to take the scroll and eat
it. It tastes sweet in the mouth but sour in the stomach.
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