THE REVELATION MATRIX

A way of looking at the book of Revelation

The book of Revelation does not have to be read like a novel or a screenplay where you "start at the beginning, go on to the end, and then stop". It was a vision, and though John undoubtedly wrote it as he was shown, what he was shown was not necessarily a sequence of scenes like a video in chronological order (even secular novels and videos sometimes have to jump about in time). An attentive reader will notice that certain themes recur at intervals, and if these are set down in tabular form as they are here the book falls at once into seven rows and seven columns, with most of the columns having a brief introduction. The text is contiguous from one cell to the next, starting at the top left and working down the first column, then going to the top of the second column and so on. Each row describes God at work in a different way and each column shows Him at work in a different time. The first and seventh columns display unique characteristics which set them apart from the other five; nevertheless if we start at the top of the table and read across the top row we see God at work concurrently in various ways, most of them during the 1st century AD, then we move down one row and see Him at work across the row at a later time, and so on. If this method of reading the book is acceptable and valid, we would seem now to be somewhere in row 5 or 6. I do not suggest that the time intervals are all equal, or that I have necessarily got all the divisions in their correct places, and I certainly do not claim that this is the only way to read the book of Revelation; I merely offer it as a suggestion. But patterns there certainly are.

God dealing with sinners in the worldGod dealing with unseen powers behind the worldGod victorious

1
7 Churches

Jesus Christ as
Lord of the churches


1:1-1:20

2
7 Seals

Jesus Christ as
Lord of the events of history

4:1-5:14

3
7 Trumpets

Jesus Christ warning the world by means of disasters which affect...

4
7 Signs

Temple of God
opened in heaven


11:19

5
7 Vials (bowls)

Tabernacle of the Testimony opened in heaven

15:5-15:8

6
Babylon

In the wilderness now, John sees ...


17:1-17:2

7
All Things New

I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren which have the testimony of Jesus

19:10

1st Church

Ephesus
Rebuked

2:1-2:7

1st seal

Rider on White horse goes forth conquering and to conquer

6:1-6:2

1st Trumpet

...the land


8:7

1st Sign

Woman brings forth the man child who shall rule all nations

12:1-12:2

1st Vial

...the land


16:1-16:2



...a woman arrayed in purple and scarlet, sitting upon ...

17:3



Rider on White Horse goes forth to make war and to rule the nations

19:11-19:21

2nd Church

Smyrna
No rebuke





2:8-2:11

2nd seal

Rider on Red horse takes peace from the earth that they should kill one another



6:3-6:4

2nd Trumpet

...the sea






8:8-8:9

2nd Sign

Great Red Dragon
7 heads & 10 horns.

Michael and his angels fight against Satan and his angels. Satan cast down to earth.

12:3-12:17

2nd Vial

...the sea






16:3



...a scarlet beast with
7 heads & 10 horns

The woman is drunken with the blood of the saints

17:3-17:7


Satan locked in the pit 1000 years
1st resurrection and 1000 year reign with Christ
Satan thrown into fire
Second resurrection and last judgment
No more sea

20:1-21:1

3rd Church

Pergamos
Rebuked

Satan's seat



2:12-2:17

3rd seal

Rider on Black horse inflated food prices which hurt the poor




6:5-6:6

3rd Trumpet

...the rivers






8:10-8:11

3rd Sign

Beast from the sea
7 heads & 10 horns

has a deadly wound but lives. The dragon gives it power and seat and great authority

13:1-13:10

3rd Vial

...the rivers






16:4-16:7



...the beast with
7 heads & 10 horns

was, and is not, and is
Kings give it power


17:8-17:18



The New Jerusalem comes down from God.
The river of LIFE gives healing to the nations



22:1-22:3

4th Church

Thyatira
Rebuked


2:18-2:29

4th seal

Rider on Green horse war, hunger, death, & pestilence

6:7-6:8

4th Trumpet

...the Sun



8:12-8:13

4th Sign

Beast from the land
(false prophet)
horns as a lamb
speech as a dragon

13:11-13:12

4th Vial

...the Sun



16:8-16:9



...Babylon is fallen!
Judged for her fornication with the nations and kings and merchants of the earth

18:1-18:8



Sun not needed now, because God is their light


22:4-22:7

5th Church

Sardis
Rebuked


3:1-3:6

5th seal

Martyrs cry out to God for justice


6:9-6:11

5th Trumpet

Locusts from the pit torment those who have not the seal of God in their foreheads

9:1-9:12

5th Sign?

Wonders (signs) done by 2nd beast. Brings fire from heaven and gives life to the image of the first beast

13:13-13:15

5th Vial

...the seat of the beast
darkness, pain, and sores


16:10-16:11



World trade collapses



18:9-18:20



I am thy fellow servant and of thy brethren the prophets

22:8-22:9

6th Church

Philadelphia
No rebuke


3:7-3:13

6th seal

Cosmic powers shaken
"Hurt not the earth, the sea, nor the trees"
144,000 sealed

6:12-7:17

6th Trumpet

...the Euphrates
seven sealed thunders
Two witnesses prophesy in Jerusalem 3 1/2 years

9:13-11:14

6th Sign

The mark (sign) of the beast is 666 (3 1/2 years)
144,000 have the name of God. Babylon is fallen.

14:1-14:20

6th Vial

...the Euphrates.
Drought, unclean spirits, Battle of Armageddon
Blessed is he who watches

16:12-16:15


Babylon
(on the Euphrates)
silence and darkness..


18:21-18:24


Seal not the sayings

Blessed are they which do His commandments

22:10-22:15

7th Church

Laodicea
Rebuked



3:14-3:22

7th seal

The calm before the coming storm



8:1-8:6

7th Trumpet

The kingdom of God announced



11:15-11:19

7th Sign

7 angels having 7 last plagues
The victorious saints sing the song of Moses

15:1-15:4

7th Vial

...the air.

Mighty earthquake, very great hail. Massive destruction.

16:16-16:21





Blessed are they which are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb

19:1-19:9





Even so,
come Lord Jesus

22:16-22:21

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