Ironside’s Revelation Chart
Earlier today I discovered on The Blue Letter Bible H A Ironside’s The Revelation of Jesus Christ Chart. The chart gives a panoramic view of the book of Revelation and is a wonderful tool to help study or teach the book of Revelation.
Personally, I have always enjoyed Ironside’s books– the writing style is simple and straight forward, yet his teaching is deep. If you are not familiar with his writings you can still obtain many of his tomes today. In print from Kregel Publications and digitally form Logos Bible Software.
Jump directly to the chart on The Blue Letter Bible here.
Note: this is a “refurbished” chart– it is not Ironside’s original art work. I believe the depiction of the seven seals on the refurbished chart is incorrect— all seven seals are depicted on the front. This would require the removal of all seven before the scroll could even start to open.
Whereas Ironside’s original Revelation chart depicted only the first seal on front of the scroll and the six remaining seals sequentially along the side edge edge of the scroll. This would allow for the scroll to be opened section by section as each seal is opened. In the book that accompanies the chart, Lectures on The Book of Revelation, Ironside explains the significance of the placement of the seals:
When we read of a “book” we must not think of a volume such as we are familiar with, but rather of a roll of parchment. The ancient books of Israel were generally sheepskin rolls; and when we are told that this book was sealed with seven seals, we are to understand that the book was rolled up to a certain point, and there a seal was put upon the edge, so that it could not be opened until that seal was broken. It was rolled up a little farther and another seal put on, and so on, until there were six seals on the edge of the book and one seal closing the entire scroll. When the first seal was opened a certain portion of the book was exposed to view, and so with each one following.1
1Ironside, Harry A. Lectures on The Book of Revelation. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1920 & 1987. p. 89.