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The structure of Revelation 5

John describes the scroll (Rev. 5.1)

A search is made for someone worthy enough to open the scroll (Rev. 5.2-5)

The angel asks who is worthy (2)

No one in the universe is found worthy (3)

John weeps (4)

One of the elders consoles John: there is a Lion who can open it (5)

The Lamb appears and takes the scroll (Rev. 5.6-7)

Appearance and description of the Lamb (6)

The Lamb takes the scroll from the One seated on the throne (7)

Various groups respond in worship to the Lamb (Rev. 5.8-14)

The worship of the four living creatures and the 24 elders (8-10)

They fall down (8a)

Description: they hold harps and bowls of prayer-incense (8b)

Their hymn (9-10)

The worship of a multitude of angels (11-12)

Their number (11a)

Their location (11b)

Their hymn (12)

The worship of every creature in the universe (13)

The identity of the singers (13a)

Their hymn (13b)

The response of the four living creatures and the elders (14)

The four living creatures say Amen (14a)

The 24 elders fall down and worship (14b)

Source: author’s personal study

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The structure of Revelation 10

Description of another powerful angel (Rev. 10.1-3a)

He comes from heaven (1a)

John describes his appearance (1b)

There is an open book in his hand (2a)

He stands on both sea and land (2b)

He shouts (3a)

The seven thunders (Rev. 10.3b-4)

The seven thunders speak in response to the angel’s shout (3b)

John attempts to write what they spoke (4a)

A voice tells John not to disclose what they said (4b)

The angel’s oath (Rev. 10.5-7)

The angel raises his hand (5)

The angel swears by God’s name (6a)

The content of the oath (6b-7)

There is no more time left (6b)

The days of the seventh trumpet are the fulfillment of the mystery of God (7)

John eats the little book (Rev. 10.8-11)

A voice orders John to take the book (8)

An angel orders him to eat it (9)

It is sweet in his mouth, but bitter in his stomach (10)

The angel tells him to prophesy (11)

Source: author’s personal study

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The structure of Revelation 2.12-17

Letter to the church in Pergamum (Rev. 2.12-17)

Command to write (2.12a)

Description of Christ (2.12b) – has double-edged sword

The works that Christ recognizes (2.13) – they remain true in a difficult location, did not renounce their faith, even when Antipas was martyred

Complaint (2.14-15) – some hold to the teachings of Balaam and of the Nicolaitans

Commands of Christ for the church (2.16a) – repent

Consequences (2.16b) – Christ will fight against them with the sword of his mouth

Concession (omitted)

Call to attention (2.17a)

Promise to the victor (2.17b) – hidden manna, white stone with a new name

Source: author’s personal study

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The structure of Revelation 2.8-11

Letter to the church in Smyrna (Rev. 2.8-11)

Command to write (2.8a)

Description of Christ (2.8b) – first and last, died and came to life again

The works that Christ recognizes (2.9) – poverty, slander against them

Complaint (omitted)

Commands of Christ for the church (2.10a) – do not be afraid, be faithful during a 10 day trial

Consequences (2.10b) – crown of life

Concession (omitted)

Call to attention (2.11a)

Promise to the victor (2.11b) – will not be hurt by second death

Source: author’s personal study.

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The structure of Revelation 2.1-7

Letter to the church in Ephesus (Rev. 2.1-7)

Command to write (2.1a)

Description of Christ (2.1b) – holds stars, walks among lampstands

The works that Christ recognizes (2.2-3) – hard work, perseverance, intolerance of false apostles

Complaint (2.4) – they have lost their first love

Commands of Christ for the church (2.5a) – remember, repent

Consequences (2.5b) – removal of their lampstand

Concession (2.6) – they hate the practices of the Nicolaitans

Call to attention (2.7a)

Promise to the victor (2.7b) – the right to eat from the tree of life

Source: author’s personal study.

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The structure of Revelation 1

Introductory matters (Rev. 1.1-8)

Title (1.1-2)

Title proper (1.1a)

Purpose of the revelation to Jesus (1.1b)

Jesus’ transmission of the revelation to John (1.1c)

John’s testimony (1.2)

Beatitude (1.3)

Epistolary greeting (1.4-5a)

Author (1.4a)

Recipients (1.4b)

Greeting (1.4c-5a)

Doxology (1.5b-6)

Prophecy of the second coming (1.7)

Divine self-identification (1.8)

Autobiographical commissioning narrative (Rev. 1.9-20)

Identification of John (1.9a)

Location of the commission (1.9b)

A voice’s command to John to write (1.10-12a)

The circumstances (1.10a)

The voice (1.10b)

The first command to write (1.11)

John’s reaction (1.12a)

John’s vision (1.12b-20)

John’s vision of a lampstand (1.12b)

John’s vision of one like a Son of Man (1.13a)

John’s description of the one like a Son of Man (1.13b-16)

His robe (1.13b)

His sash (1.13c)

His head and hair (1.14a)

His eyes (1.14b)

His feet (1.15a)

His voice (1.15b)

His right hand (1.16a)

His mouth (1.16b)

His face (1.16c)

John’s reaction (1.17a)

Jesus’ message of assurance (1.17b-18)

Command not to fear (1.17b)

Self-identification (for the purpose of assuring John) (1.17c-18)

Jesus’ second command to John to write (1.19)

The interpretation of the lampstands (1.20)

Source: author’s personal study.

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The structure of Revelation 3.1-6

Letter to the church in Sardis (Rev. 3.1-6) » Continue reading “The structure of Revelation 3.1-6”

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The structure of Revelation 3.14-22

Letter to the church in Laodicea (Rev. 3.14-22)

Command to write (3.14a) » Continue reading “The structure of Revelation 3.14-22”

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