The structure of Revelation 4

John is taken up to heaven (Rev. 4.1-2a)

John sees an open door (1a)

The trumpet-like voice invites John to heaven (1b)

John is suddenly in the Spirit (2a)

John describes what he sees in heaven (Rev. 4.2b-11)

Description of the One seated on the throne (2b-3)

Description of the 24 elders (4)

Description of the area around the throne (5-6a)

Cosmic phenomena (5a)

Torches (5b)

A sea of glass (6a)

Description of the four living creatures (6b-8a)

Location and initial description (6b)

Description of the first living creature (like a lion) (7a)

Description of the second living creature (like an ox) (7b)

Description of the third living creature (like a human being) (7c)

Description of the fourth living craeture (like an eagle) (7d)

General description (8a)

Description of the heavenly worship (8b-11)

The praise of the living creatures (8b)

The praise response of the 24 elders (9-11)

Prostrating themselves (9-10a)

Laying down their crowns (10b)

Singing a hymn (11)

Source: author’s personal study

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