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Events in the Book of Revelation
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Main article: Revelation 2
- John addresses the church of Ephesus to repent from the ways of the Nicolaitans.
- John addresses the church of Smyrna to warn them of ten days of tribulation that may cost them their lives or imprisonment.
- John addresses the church of Pergamum to repent from the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans.
- John addresses the church of Thyatira to repent from the teachings of the prophetess Jezebel.
- John addresses the church of Sardis for being “dead” or unaware of things to come, whose works are not perfect before God.
- John addresses the church of Philadelphia to persevere with what little strength they have; to hold fast so that no one takes their crown.
- John addresses the church of Laodicea to repent from investing in material riches that make them miserable; rather, invest in the refined gold of Him who has overcome.
- The heavenly throne with a rainbow around it, having the One seated in it, is revealed.
- Twenty-four surrounding thrones seated with twenty-four crowned elders appear.
- The four living creatures present themselves; each having six wings full of eyes, one having the face of a lion, another as a calf, the third as a man, and the last as an eagle.
Main article: Seven seals
- A book/scroll secured by seven seals is revealed in the right hand of Him/the One (God) who sits on the throne.
- It is made known that only “The Lion that is from the Tribe of Judah” is worthy to open this book/scroll.
- The Lamb, with seven horns and seven eyes, takes the book/scroll from Him who sits on the throne.
- All heavenly beings sing praise and honor The Lamb.
See also: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- The first seal is broken and the first of the four living creatures introduces a white horse whose crowned rider, equipped with a bow, goes out to conquer.
- The second seal is broken and the second of the four living creatures introduces a red horse, whose rider wields a great sword.
- The third seal is broken and the third of the four living creatures introduces a black horse, whose rider carries a pair of scales, goes out.
- The fourth seal is broken and the fourth of the four living creatures introduces a pale horse comes out, whose rider has the name Death and Hades follows him.
- The fifth seal is broken revealing the souls of those who had been slain for the “Word of God”.
- The sixth seal is broken “and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth. The sky was split apart, every mountain and island were moved out of their places.”
- Mankind hides themselves in the caves and mountains acknowledging the presence of Him who sits on the throne and the wrath of the Lamb.
See also: Twelve Tribes of Israel
- The servants of God are revealed, those who are to be sealed before the destruction of the Earth.
- The number of these servants is given as one hundred and forty-four thousand who are from twelve tribes of Israel.
- Twelve thousand from each tribe are sealed: from Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin.
- A great multitude who came out of the Great Tribulation present themselves in white robes, with palm branches in their hands.
Main article: Seven trumpets
- The seventh seal is opened and heaven is silent for about a half an hour.
- An angel offers incense and the prayers of all the saints, at the golden altar before the throne.
- After the smoke and the prayers ascend to God, the angel fills the censer with fire, from the altar, and throws it to the Earth causing noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake.
- The first angel of seven sounded his trumpet: “And hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth” burning a third of the Earth’s flora, scorching all green grass.
- The second angel sounded his trumpet: “And something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown in the sea, and a third of the sea became blood” killing a third of everything in the ocean, including ships.
- The third angel sounded: And a great star, named “Wormwood“, fell from heaven poisoning the water from rivers and water springs.
- The fourth angel sounded: The sun, the moon and stars are struck, so that a third of their light diminished to the point of complete darkness for a third of a day, even during the night.
- Another angel appears to declare three “Woes” for the next three trumpet blasts.
- The fifth angel sounds his trumpet; this signals the “First woe”.
- A star falls from heaven to the earth and is given the key to the bottomless pit.
- It opens the pit and smoke rises, darkening the air and sunlight.
- The Locusts come out of the smoke, from the pit, and Abaddon commands them to torment any man who does not have the seal of God on his forehead for five months.
- The sixth angel sounds his trumpet for the “Second woe”.
- The four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates are released.
- The four angels of the Euphrates raise an army of 200 million cavalry who kill a third of mankind.
- Another mighty angel (the seventh) appears standing with one foot on the sea and the other on land, holding an opened little book.
- The angel cries out and seven thunders utter their voices.
- The apostle John is commanded to seal up what the thunders uttered in the little book, and is told not to write about what was said.
- The angel declares that the mystery of God would be revealed on the sounding of the seventh trumpet.
- John is instructed to take the little book and to eat it.
See also: Two witnesses
- John is given a measuring rod to measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship in it.
- It is brought to John’s attention that the nations will tread under foot, the holy city of the temple, for forty-two months (1,260 days).
- During that same time, two witnesses, dressed in sackcloth, will prophesy and this torments the nations.
- The first mention of the Beast is told to John, who will overcome the two witnesses and kill them.
- For three and a half days, the people of the earth will celebrate the death of the two witnesses who’ve tormented them for three and half years.
- God will resurrect the two witnesses; This strikes fear on everyone witnessing their revival, and the two witnesses ascend to heaven.
- In the next hour, a great earthquake occurs and kills seven thousand people, destroying a tenth of the city.
- The “Third woe” is signaled by the sound of the seventh trumpet.
- Loud voices in heaven proclaim Christ as ruler forever under the “Kingdom of our Lord”.
- Thanks is given to God, the Almighty and praise for the wrath that came, the dead who were judged, and the bond-servants rewarded.
- The temple of God in heaven opens and the Ark of the covenant appears in His temple.
- Lightning and the peals of thunder occur followed by an earthquake and a great hailstorm.
- A woman gives birth to a son who is to “rule the nations with an iron scepter”.
- She is then pursued by a Dragon with seven heads and ten horns, which wants to kill her baby. However, the child was taken away by God. I
- Michael and his angels fight the Dragon and his followers in Heaven. The Dragon loses the war, and is thrown down to Earth along with all of its followers.
- The Dragon pursues the woman and tries to drown her, but the water drains away into the ground.
- The woman grows wings and flies away.
- The Dragon is enraged, and goes to war with the remainder of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God.
- A beast with ten horns atop seven heads rises out of the sea and is given authority to rule the Earth by the Dragon.
- The people of Earth marvel at the beast’s abilities and worship it and the Dragon.
- The beast is able to control the entire planet, and goes to war against the saints.
- Another beast arises, this time from the ground. This beast, which resembles a lamb but speaks like a dragon, exercises authority on behalf of the previous, and causes “great and miraculous signs” by which to make people follow the original beast.
- The second beast, also known as the false prophet, forces all who do not bear the Mark of God to receive the Mark of the Beast on their right hand or forehead, declaring that “no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name.”
- The Lamb appears on Mount Zion with 144,000 blameless male virgins as first fruits, who sing a new song and follow the Lamb.
- An angel appears in midair proclaiming the gospel.
- A second angel announces Babylon’s fall.
- A third angel declares God’s wrath on those who worship or receive the mark of the beast. This requires endurance by the faithful.
- A heavenly voice pronounces the blessedness and reward of the dead “in the Lord”.
- An angel invites a crowned “son of man”, seated on a cloud, to use his sickle to harvest the earth.
- Another angel, tending an altar fire, invites yet another angel to harvest the earth’s ripe grapes, at which he does so. Huge volumes of blood are produced from trampling these within a wine press.
- John writes of seven angels with seven plagues, the last plagues ever to occur. He states that until the plagues are complete no one can enter the Temple of God.
See also: Seven bowls
- Noisome and grievous sores (possibly boils or carbuncles) on the worshipers of the Beast. These sores only affect those bearing the Mark of the Beast and the people who worship his image.
- Sea turns to blood.
- Rivers turn to blood.
- A major heatwave causes the Sun to burn with intense heat and to scorch people with fire. (Revelation 16:8-9)
- The kingdom of the beast is plunged into darkness. (Revelation 16:11)
- The Euphrates River dries up to facilitate the crossing of the armies from the east, on their way to Israel for the battle of Armageddon. This event corresponds with Daniel 11:44.
- Worldwide earthquake leveling every mountain into the sea followed by huge hailstones and lightning. The Earth’s geography and topography will be drastically altered forever, as every mountain and hill will be leveled, and every island will either be removed from its foundations or disappear. The earthquakes are accompanied by 100-lb hailstones.
Main article: Whore of Babylon
- An angel explains to John the meaning of what he is seeing.
- A woman is dressed in purple and scarlet, and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls. She sits on a scarlet beast with 7 heads (representing 7 kings) and 10 horns (representing 10 kings).
- She is described as the “Mother of Harlots” and is drunk with the blood of the saints indicating her intense involvement in persecution. She comes to power and rules the kings and peoples of the earth.
- Eventually, the 10 kings ruling the kingdoms that give their power to the Beast grow tired of her influence and overthrow her.
- Her destruction will cause the kings and merchants of the earth to mourn her death.
- Babylon falls.
- This causes the merchants of the earth to weep because no one is able to buy their products anymore.
- A “white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True” is introduced. “With Justice he makes war” (Revelation 19:11).
- Jesus Christ is the rider mentioned in chapter twelve.
- John references Psalm 2:9 when he writes “He will rule them with an iron scepter” (Revelation 19:15). This is when the first war between the people of God and the rest of the world takes place.
- After the war has finished the beast and the false prophet are taken captives and thrown into the lake of fire, while all other enemy combatants are killed and their corpses left out on the field for the birds of the sky to devour their flesh (Revelation 19:20-21).
- Jesus returns to earth followed by the armies of Heaven, which are seen riding white horses dressed in fine linen.
- The Beast and his False Prophet make war with the armies of Christ but are defeated. In the aftermath of their defeat, the Antichrist and False Prophet are cast alive into the Lake of Fire, which burns forever.
- Satan is bound in the Abyss for a thousand years.
- The Saints who died are resurrected (Resurrection of the Saints and begin their thousand-year reign with Christ (Revelation 20:1-6).
- After the thousand years, Satan is released from the Abyss to deceive the nations and gather Gog and Magog and the people of the world to encircle the camp of the saints and the city of Jerusalem.
- A fire comes down from God out of heaven and devours them.
- Satan is then thrown into the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:7-10).
- The wicked dead and all of those who died during the thousand-year reign of Christ are resurrected and judged (Revelation 20:11-14).
- A description of the heavenly state, under the figures of the water of life and the tree of life, and of the throne of God and the Lamb.
- The truth and certain fulfilling of all the prophetic visions, The Holy Spirit, and the bride, the church, invite, and say, “Come”. (Revelation 22:6-19)
- The closing blessing. (Revelation 22:20,21).
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|Rev 1:1-4; 2:1-5||Ord. Time, Week 33, Mon||2||497|
|Rev 1:5-8||Holy Week, Chrism Mass (2nd Reading)||1+2||260|
|Rev 3:1-6, 14-22||Ord. Time, Week 33, Tues||2||498|
|Rev 4:1-11||Ord. Time, Week 33, Wed||2||499|
|Rev 5:1-10||Ord. Time, Week 33, Thurs||2||500|
|Rev 10:8-11||Ord. Time, Week 33, Fri||2||501|
|Rev 11:4-12||Ord. Time, Week 33, Sat||2||502|
|Rev 14:1-3, 4b-5||Ord. Time, Week 34, Mon||2||503|
|Rev 14:14-19||Ord. Time, Week 34, Tues||2||504|
|Rev 15:1-4||Ord. Time, Week 34, Wed||2||505|
|Rev 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9a||Ord. Time, Week 34, Thurs||2||506|
|Rev 20:1-4, 11—21:2||Ord. Time, Week 34, Fri||2||507|
|Rev 22:1-7||Ord. Time, Week 34, Sat||2||508|
|Gospel Reading||Sunday or Feast||Lect # – Year|
|Rev 1:5-8||34th Sunday in Ord. Time: Christ the King||161-B|
|Rev 1:9-11a, 12-13, 17-19||2nd Sunday of Easter||45-C|
|Rev 5:11-14||3rd Sunday of Easter||48-C|
|Rev 7:9, 14b-17||4th Sunday of Easter||51-C|
|Rev 21:1-5a||5th Sunday of Easter||54-C|
|Rev 21:10-14, 22-23||6th Sunday of Easter||57-C|
|Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20||7th Sunday of Easter ((In much of the USA, the Ascension of the Lord is now celebrated on the 7th Sunday of Easter; thus readings #58-ABC are used instead of #61-C.))||61-C|
Liturgy of the Hours
|Biblical Readings||Season, Day, or Common||Vol. pg#|
|Rev 1:1-20||2nd Week of Easter, Monday||2.642|
|Rev 1:4b-6,10,12-18; 2:26,28; 3:5b,12,20-21||Last Sunday in Ord. Time: Christ the King||4.574|
|Rev 2:1-11||2nd Week of Easter, Tuesday||2.650|
|Rev 2:12-29||2nd Week of Easter, Wednesday||2.658|
|Rev 3:1-22||2nd Week of Easter, Thursday||2.666|
|Rev 4:1-11||2nd Week of Easter, Friday||2.675|
|Rev 5:1-4||Nov. 1: All Saints||4.1524|
|Rev 5:1-14||2nd Week of Easter, Saturday||2.683|
|Rev 6:1-17||3rd Sunday of Easter||2.692|
|Rev 7:1-17||3rd Week of Easter, Monday||2.702|
|Rev 7:9-17||Common of Several Martyrs (Easter) & Common of One Martyr (Easter)||2.1983; 2.2021|
|Rev 8:1-13||3rd Week of Easter, Tuesday||2.710|
|Rev 9:1-12||3rd Week of Easter, Wednesday||2.718|
|Rev 9:13-21||3rd Week of Easter, Thursday||2.726|
|Rev 10:1-11||3rd Week of Easter, Friday||2.733|
|Rev 11:1-19||3rd Week of Easter, Saturday||2.741|
|Rev 11:19—12:17a||Common of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Easter)||2.1924|
|Rev 12:1-17a||Sept. 29: Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels||4.1433|
|Rev 12:1-17||4th Sunday of Easter||2.750|
|Rev 13:1-18||4th Week of Easter, Monday||2.760|
|Rev 14:1-5; 19:1-10||Common of Holy Men (Easter)||2.2142|
|Rev 14:1-13||4th Week of Easter, Tuesday||2.768|
|Rev 14:14—15:4||4th Week of Easter, Wednesday||2.777|
|Rev 15:5—16:21||4th Week of Easter, Thursday||2.785|
|Rev 17:1-18||4th Week of Easter, Friday||2.794|
|Rev 18:1-20||4th Week of Easter, Saturday||2.803|
|Rev 18:21—19:10||5th Sunday of Easter||2.813|
|Rev 19:11-21||5th Week of Easter, Monday||2.823|
|Rev 20:1-15||5th Week of Easter, Tuesday||2.831|
|Rev 21:1-8||5th Week of Easter, Wednesday||2.839|
|Rev 21:9-27||5th Week of Easter, Thursday||2.847|
|Rev 21:9-27||Common of the Dedication of a Church (Advent/Christmas/Easter)||1.1302; 2.1890|
|Rev 22:1-9||5th Week of Easter, Friday||2.855|
|Rev 22:10-21||5th Week of Easter, Saturday||2.862|