The book Revelation describes mystic visions of a prophet or "seer" who claims to have foreseen the events which would take place in the coming of the "Day of the Lord" - judgement of all mankind in the "Last Day".
The language of the book is in places colourful (to say the least) and many of the thoughts expressed are repugnant to modern readers, especially the condemnation of the "Scarlet Lady" (Rome). These passages and the more lurid descriptions are therefore omitted but the sequence of events is retained in the text.
The book opens with a paean of praise and messages to the seven
churches of Asia Minor.
The messages to the Churches are in the form of a "visitation" in which they are severally commended for their fortitude, patience, steadfast faith, repudiation of heresy and lover - or condemned for their lukewarm attitude, failure to repent, toleration of heresy, and warned of impending persecution and judgement.
This section ends with a lovely invitations to open the door to
the Christ who stands and knocks.
There follows a series of visions which have close affinities
with those of Ezekiel and other mystic visionaries. The first
is of God in glory and majesty.
The next vision is of Jesus Christ, the only one worthy to open
the judgement scroll of God.
A vision follows of the redeemed in heaven.
The hatred of Rome (for which was substituted the name "Babylon") suggests that following the persecution of Nero's day, relations with that city were at a low ebb for the early Christian church; and the jubilant prediction of the fall of that city is portrayed by language reminiscent of Isaiah and Jeremiah and all who rejoiced over Babylon's downfall.
After the pouring out of the "bowls of the wrath of God"
on the earth and its inhabitants, the seer foresees a new heaven
and earth and a new Temple in the new Jerusalem.
Revelation 21.vv.1-7, vv.22-26
In conclusion the writer gives a happier picture describing the
water and the tree of life which God provides. He ends with a
plea to Jesus Christ to hasten the day of His "Second Coming".
Revelation 22.v.19, v.21