Introduction.–Chap. 1:1-3.

Salutation to the Seven Churches; 4-8.

Author, and place and time explained; 9-10.

The First Vision.–The Son of Man between the Golden Candlesticks. Letters to the Churches, chapters II. and III.


The first four chapters are not prophecy, except as the history of the Seven Churches is outlined. The future history of the world and the Church is symbolized by a sealed book. It has seven seals. These are seven epochs that reach into the future until the end of time.

Effort of Paganism to blot out the Christian name; 6:9-10. A. D. 303.

The First Seal.–The White Horse. The Era of Triumph. The Glorious Period of Roman History; 6:3-4, A. D. 96 to A. D. 180.

The Second Seal.–The Red Horse. The Era of Blood and of Civil Discord; 6:3-4. Beginning A. D. 193.

The Third Seal.–The Black Horse. The Seal of Calamity, and of National Distress; 6:5-6. Beginning about A. D. 200.

The Fourth Seal.–The Pale Horse. The Era of Famine, Pestilence and Death; 6:7-8. About A. D. 240 to A. D. 270.

The Fifth Seal.–The Era of Persecution. The last

The Sixth Seal.–The Seal of Revolution. The Era of the Overthrow of Pagan Civil iza tion; 6:12-17. Beginning about A. D. 310 and extending to A. A 350.

The Four Winds.–A vision of destructive forces that shall destroy the Roman Empire, but held back until it shall be Christianized.–The Four Winds represent Four Northern Invasions, also indicated by Four Trumpets; 9:1-17. Fulfilled from A. D. 340 to A. D. 395.


The First Trumpet under the Seventh Seal.–The Gothic Invasion fulfilled by the Invasion of Alaric; 8:7. A. D. 409.

The Third Trumpet.–The Invasion of Attila, the Hun. The Scourge of the Rivers; 8:10-11. A. D. 440.

The Fourth Trumpet.–The final overthrow of Rome by Odoacer. The end of Ancient History; 8:12. A. D. 476. These Four Trumpet Invasions are the Four Winds which were withheld.


The Fifth Trumpet Sounded.–The Mahometan Uprising. The Saracen Empire; 9:1-12. A. D. 632 to A. D. 772.


The Little Book and the Seven Thunders.–Symbols of the Reformation of Luther; 10:1-11. A. D. 1518.

The Old Paths Sought.–The Church Measured; 11: 1, 12. From A. D. 1516 to the present time.

Slain in 1793. Resurrected near the beginning of this century; 11:3-12.

The Two Witnesses.–The Two Books of the Word of God. In Sackcloth for twelve hundred and sixty years. [12]

Babylon Falls.–11:13. Yet future.

The Seventh Angel Sounds.–Christ comes. The judgment; 12:14-18. This ends the first part of Revelation and ends the world.


With the last verse of Chap. XI. heaven is opened to permit a new vision. The first vision of the future has carried the reader to the end of time. In that vision the Church, in its relation to secular history, has been prominent.

In the new vision the history of the True Church, its tribulations, and its final glorious triumph, are outlined upon the one hand, and upon the other the history of the great Apostasy.

The Vision opened.–11:19.

The Crowned Woman.–The Church in Progress: 12:1-5.
The Church in the Wilderness.–12:6-17. A. D. 533 to about A. D. 1800.

The Beast.–Seven Heads and Ten Horns. Imperial and Secular Rome; 13:1-10. The period referred to is from A. D. 533 to A. D. 1793.


These give an outline of the worldly instrumentalities which work together to overthrow Rome and bring About the millennial reign of Christ. This closing vision begins with Chap. XV.

The Second Vial.–The Catholic Powers Driven from the Seas; 16:3. A. D. 1793 to A. D. 1815.

The First Vial.–The French Revolution; 16:2. A. D. 1793. [14]

The Third Vial.–The Rivers Turned into Blood; 16:4-7. A. D. 1796 to 1805.

The Fourth Vial.–The Sun, a Scourge. The Napoleon scourge of Europe; 16:8, 9. A. D. 1798 to 1815.

The Fifth Vial.–The Uprising of Italy and the overthrow of the States of the Church; 16:10. 11. A. D. 1866 to A. D. 1880.

The Sixth Vial.–The Drying up of the Euphrates. The gradual extinction of the Turkish power: 16:12.

This process began over one hundred years ago; it is not yet completed, but the end seems near. The Battle of Armageddon.

The Seventh Vial.–These events are yet future, and are followed by the total overthrow of Babylon, and the Millennium; 16:13-21.


The seventeenth chapter describes more fully the Papacy, also called Babylon, and here described as a Harlot. The eighteenth chapter describes the mourning over her fall.

The nineteenth shows that the Word of God is the mighty instrumentality that overcomes the Harlot, and conquers the world. In the latter part of this chapter there is another description of the battle of Armageddon.


The Great Conquest.–The Triumph of the Word. The Rider of the White Horse; 19:11-16.

Armageddon.–The False Prophet and the Beast cast into the Lake of Fire; 19:17-21. Satan Chained.–20:1-3.

The First Resurrection.–20:4-6.

Satan’s Last Battle.–20:8, 9.

The Judgment.–20:10-15.

The New Jerusalem.–The twenty-first and twenty-second chapters describe the final glory of mankind.

[VOTA 11-14]


The electronic version of B. W. Johnson’s Vision of the Ages, or Lectures on The Apocalypse (St. Louis, MO: Christian Publishing Company, 1881) has been produced from a copy of the “Fourth Edition” held by the Disciples of Christ Historical Society.

In the electronic edition, pagination has been represented by placing the page number in brackets following the last complete word on the printed page.

In the printed text, extended quotations are set in smaller type; in the elctronic version, they have been set off as block quotations. The alphabetical order of the “Apendix of Symbols” and the “Alphabetical Index” has been improved.

No effort has been made to normalize the text for spelling, capitalization, punctuation, or typography. Emendations for accidental corruptions in the printed text are as follows:

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