Curiosity! I want to know what Christ and heaven look like, what it will be like. ‘For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.’ Rom 8:22
The Old Testament reveals many things in Revelation. God has ‘told you from the beginning’ and has not kept it secret.’ When we are supposed to know he will reveal what we need to know to those who are responsible for telling the rest of us. Daniel 11:33And those of the people who understand shall instruct many. Mark 4:22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
Entertain the idea the 7 Churches and the 7 Seals are happening at the same time. The 7th Trumpet and 7th Bowl or Vial will happen at the same time as the final Church and Seal. The verses will be rearranged to how the end time events play out. All of the events move toward one consummation: The bringing in of the covenanted kingdom of God. The revelation to John is prophecy, from God, signified by His angel, and the seven Spirits which are before His throne, to be delivered to the seven churches. (Scofield: Page 1330)From 1:1 to 1:20: the Seer is on the earth, looking at the vision Christ sends to him. From 2:1 to 3:22: he is on the earth listening and writing about the church-age(s), the present one to the last. From 4:1 through 7: he is in the spirit viewing heaven and all the church-ages with the 5 seals opening while the church-ages are happening. From 8: through 22: he is looking at the vision and observing and recording things as it appears to be happening in heaven and on earth. (Scofield: Page 1331E) ‘Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and things which shall be hereafter;’ I. Things which, ‘thou has seen’, i.e. the Patmos vision 1:1-20. II. Things present, ‘the things which are,’ i.e. things then existing—obviously the churches. III. ‘Things which shall be hereafter’, (literally ‘after these,’ i.e. after their present talk about the churches? or after the church ages? There are many explanations which seem to confuse the saints and cause some disagreements.) (Scofield: Page 1330) There are seven churches, seven seals, seven trumpets, seven vials (bowls), parenthetical passages, two witnesses, four alleluias, 3 woes and concurrent passages. ‘Looking backward and forward they sum up results accomplished and speak of results yet to come as if they had already come.’ (Scofield: Page 1330) The Parenthetical passages and verses of prophecy in the Old Testament are a precedent for arranging the verses of Revelation in the way you will see I have arranged them. For example: You find Genesis 2 is a Parenthetical to Genesis 1. You find a prophecy of Christ in Isaiah 9:6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace,’ which may seem out of context when you are reading that chapter, yet there it is.
Different versions from http://www.blueletterbible.org/ have been used. The versions used are KJV, NKJV, ESV, J.B. Philips, Darby (one time), and the ‘1967 Scofield Bible with word changes.’Christ’s words are in red. My words are in Green. The text in ‘black,’ is the verse from Revelation, in the order chosen by me. The ‘normal’ blue references to scriptures following the verses are about a subject of that verse. The text in ‘bold’ blue, following the verse from Revelation, is the subject I have chosen to point out in that verse. The ‘normal’ blue verses listed are the verses referenced above. Revelation verses are not listed. Sometimes following a verse will be a note or comment or another subject from that verse. Sometimes there will be a parenthesis to enclose the scriptures of the second subject. Sometimes the ‘normal’ blue verses are the same from one verse to another and have not been printed again, but you can refer back to them. They are not exhaustive so please read to your hearts content. The ‘normal’ blue revelation verses are not always in the list of ‘normal’ blue verses.
Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants-things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Rev 22:6
Rev 22:6 And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”