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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