Chiastic Structure: The Book of Revelation

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As promised, the chiastic structure of the Book of Revelation:

For those unsure of what this means, a chiastic structure is an ancient literary style that some biblical writers used. It is basically a symmetry pattern of writing.

For example, the beginning of the narrative and the end of the narrative have ‘mirrored’ themes… and as the narrative progresses, the next chapter and the ‘second to last’ chapter also have similar themes… so too does the third chapter and the ‘third to last’ chapter. This pattern progresses throughout the narrative, until then it ‘pivots’ around the central key point that the writer really wants us to know what his story is really about!!!

Thus while reading the Book of Revelation, I uncovered the following:

PROLOGUE: JOHN’S TESTIMONY & DESCRIPTION OF JESUS (REV 1:1-20)

The BODY OF BELIEVERS: (REV 2: 1- 3:22)

24 ELDERS and FOUR BEASTS (REV 4:1-11)

·         SEAL ONE: WHITE HORSE (REV 6:1-2)

·         SEAL TWO: RED HORSE + GREAT SWORD (REV 6:4)

·         SEAL THREE: BLACK HORSE + ECONOMY (REV 6:5-6)

·         SEAL FOUR: PALE HORSE + Death & Hell + Hunger+ Kings (REV 6:7-8)

·         SEAL FIVE: SLAIN SOULS in WHITE ROBES asking God to be avenged (REV 6:9-11)

·         SEAL SIX: KINGS trusting in their own laws + War with Christ + Day of Wrath (REV 6:12-17)

·         SEAL SEVEN: SEVEN ANGELS & TRUMPETS upon BABYLON (REV 8:2- 

§  144000 & SEVEN TRUMPETS (REV 7:1 – 10:11)

§  THE BEAST MAKES WAR AGAINST THE TWO WITNESSES (REV 11:1-13)

·         WOMAN & OFFSPRING (REV 12:1-2)

·         DRAGON PERSECUTES WOMAN (REV 12:3-5)

o    WOMAN FLEES TO WILDERNESS (REV 12:6)

§  THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED THREESCORE DAYS (REV 12:6)

·         SATAN CAST OUT (REV 12:7-9)

o    THE KINGDOM OF GOD (REV 12:10-12)

·         SATAN CAST OUT (REV 12:12-13)

§  TIME. TIMES, AND HALF (REV 12:14)

o    WOMAN FLEES TO WILDERNESS (REV 12:14)

·         DRAGON PERSECUTES WOMAN (REV 12:15-16)

·         WOMANS & OFFSPRING (REV 12:17)

§  THE TWO BEASTS MAKE WAR AGAINST THE SAINTS (REV 13:1-18)

§  144000 & SEVEN ANGELS (REV 14:1 – 15:4)

·         SEVEN ANGELS & SEVEN VIALS upon BABYLON (REV 8: 15:1-18) 

·         KINGS trusting in laws of the Beast + War with Christ + Day of Wrath (REV 17:13 – 18:9)

·         SLAIN SOULS avenged (REV 18 – 19:21)

·         PALE BABYLON FALLS = death and famine (REV 18:11-19)

·         BLACK BABYLON ECONOMY FALLS (REV 18: 11-19)

·         RED = SWORD SLAYING OTHERS (REV 19)

·         WHITE HORSE = JESUS & ARMIES (REV 19:11-14)

24 ELDERS and FOUR BEASTS (REV 19)

THE BODY OF BELIEVERS  (REV 21:1 - 22:4)

EPILOGUE: JOHN’S TESTIMONY & DESCRIPTION OF JESUS (REV 22:4-21)

 

So there it is…. It speaks for itself, doesn’t it!! The entire Book of Revelation is all about the KINGDOM OF GOD.

This is a fundamental truth that should be understood before commencing any study of this amazing book.

So for an in-depth analysis of the Chiastic Structure of Revelation, you are welcome to watch my video as I unpack this subject while travelling throughout Vietnam.

https://www.stephenshephard.com/prophecies/the-revelation-12-prophecy

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