The structure of Revelation 6.1-8.1

The opening of the first six seals (Rev. 6.1-14)

The first seal is opened (6.1-2)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.1a)

A living creature invites John (6.1b)

John sees a white horse (6.2a)

Description of its rider (6.2b-d)

He has a bow (6.2b)

He is given a crown (6.2c)

He rides out to conquer (6.2d)

The second seal is opened (6.3-4)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.3a)

A living creature invites John (6.3b)

John sees a red horse (6.4a)

Description of its rider (6.4b-c)

He is given power to provoke war (6.4b)

He is given a sword (6.4c)

The third seal is opened (6.5-6)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.5a)

A living creature invites John (6.5b)

John sees a black horse (6.5c)

Description of its rider (6.5d) – he has a pair of scales

A voice from among the living creatures commands the rider (6.6)

The fourth seal is opened (6.7-8)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.7a)

A living creature invites John (6.7b)

John sees a pale horse (6.8a)

Description of its rider (6.8b-d)

His name (6.8b) – death

Hades rides behind him (6.8c)

They are given power over a fourth of the world (6.8d)

The fifth seal is opened (6.9-11)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.9a)

John sees souls under the altar (6.9b-11)

Description of the souls (6.9b)

They cry out to the Lord for justice and vengeance (6.10)

They are given white robes (6.11a)

They are told to wait until the number of martyrs is complete (6.11b)

The sixth seal is opened (6.12-14)

John watches the Lamb open the seal (6.12a)

John describes various cosmic phenomena (6.12b-14)

The earth quakes (6.12b)

The sun turns black (6.12c)

The moon turns red (6.12d)

The stars fall to the earth (6.13)

The sky recedes (6.14a)

All mountains and islands are removed (6.14b)

The reaction of humankind (Rev. 6.15-17)

All humankind hides (6.15)

They plea to the mountains and rocks (6.16-17)

The plea proper (6.16) – Fall on us and hide us!

The reason (6.17) – The day of the wrath of God and the Lamb has come!

The sealing of the 144,000 (Rev. 7.1-8)

John sees four angels holding back the four winds (7.1)

John sees a fifth angel (7.2-3)

He comes from the east (7.2a)

He carries with him the seal of God (7.2b)

He commands the four angels not to harm the earth until the servants of Glod are sealed (7.2c-3)

John hears the number of the sealed, 144,000 (7.4)

The division of the 144,000 by tribe (7.5-8)

The great multitude in heaven (Rev. 7.9-17)

Description of the multitude (7.9-10)

Their origin (7.9a) – every nation, tribe, people and language

Their location (7.9b) – before the throne in front of the Lamb

Their robes (7.9c)

Their palm branches (7.9d)

Their song (7.10)

The response of the angels (7.11-12)

They prostrate themselves in worship (7.11)

The song of the angels (7.12)

John’s interaction with one of the elders (7.13-17)

An elder asks John about the multitude (7.13)

John responds (7.14a)

The elder identifies the multitude (7.14b-17)

They came out of the tribulation (7.14b)

They washed their robes in the Lamb’s blood (7.14c)

The results of their faithfulness (7.15-17)

They serve God in his temple (7.15)

They will never again hunger or thirst (7.16a)

They will never again suffer from the heat of the sun (7.16b)

The Lamb will shepherd them (7.17a)

God will wipe away their tears (7.17b)

The opening of the eighth seal (Rev. 8.1) – silence in heaven for half an hour

Source: author’s personal study

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