Monday, 5 March 2012

Revelations 1: Things you have seen - Part 3/3

The sequence of prophetic occurances (Rev 1: 19)

Rev 1:19 Therefore, write down what you have seen, what is, and what is going to happen after these things.

Revelations is the only book in the bible giving us an inspired outline of its content and therefore there is no reason to view Revelations as non-chronological, as within Revelations there is no indication read as to why it is not chronological. In fact we read in several instances "After these things...." (Rev 4:1; 7:1,9; 18:1; 19:1).

Other than this, there are several parenthetical insertions within Revelations that breaks the sequence of its revelations to supply more information and/or detail.

The structure of Revelations thus entails;
  • Introduction and greetings (Rev 1: 1-8)
  • The things that John had seen (Rev 1:9-20)
  • The things what is (Rev 2-3)
  • The things that is going to happen (Rev 6:1 - 18.24), and
  • The coming of Jesus Christ (Rev 19:1 - Rev 20:3), and
  • The Messianic kingdom (Rev 20:4 - Rev 20:15), and
  • The new and eternal order (Rev 21:1 - Rev 22:9),  then finally:
  • Promises and last warnings (Rev 22: 10 - Rev 22:21)

Rights (C) 2011 Raymond D Lombard

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