A Structural Analysis of Revelation

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We’re just starting a new series on the book of Revelation at church and our pastor gave us a brilliant structural analysis of the book based on that of Michael Wilcock in his BST commentary on Revelation. My only difference is going with 7 scenes not 8. I’ve looked at this quite hard and I really think it works. The super cool bit is at the end – 7×7 = 49 – one final scene makes 50, the number of Jubilee. This is going to be a good series. Check it out online.

Prologue (1:1-19)
Scene 1:

Seven Letters (2:1-3:22)

Ephesus (2:1-7)
Smyrna (2:8-11)
Pergamum (2:12-17)
Thyatira (2:18-29)
Sardis (3:1-6)
Philadelphia (3:7-13)
Laodicea (3:14-22)
Scene 2:

Seven Seals (4:1-8:1)

Rider #1: conquest (6:1-2)
Rider #2: strife (6:3-4)
Rider #3: scarcity (6:5-6)
Rider #4: death (6:7-8)
Martyrs (6:9-11)
Judgment (6:12-17)
Silence (8:1)
Scene 3:

Seven Trumpets (8:2-11:18)

Earth stricken (8:7)
Sea stricken (8:8-9)
Rivers stricken (8:10-11)
Sky stricken (8:12)
Torment (9:1-12)
Destruction (9:13-21)
Kingdom come (11:15-18)
Scene 4:

Seven Visions of Conflict (11:19-15:4)

Beast of the sea (13:1-10) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (13:1)
Beast of the earth (13:11-17) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (13:11)
Lamb and followers (14:1-5) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (14:1)
Angels (14:6-13) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (14:6)
Reaping (14:14-20) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (14:14)
Preview of bowls (15:1) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (15:1)
Victory song (15:2-4) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (15:2)
Scene 5:

Seven Bowls (15:5-16:21)

Earth (16:2)
Sea (16:3)
Rivers (16:4-7)
Sky (16:8-9)
Torment (16:10-11)
Destruction (16:12-16)
Judgment (16:17-21)
Scene 6:

Seven Words (17:1-19:10)

Babylon (17:1-6) . . . ἀγγέλων (17:1)
Mystery explained (17:7-18) . . . ἄγγελος (17:7)
Fall of Babylon (18:1-3) . . . ἄγγελον (18:1)
Judgment of Babylon (18:4-20) . . . Καὶ ἤκουσα (18:4)
Death of Babylon (18:21-24) . . . ἄγγελος (18:21)
Victory song (19:1-5) . . . ἤκουσα (19:1)
Wedding (19:6-8) . . . Καὶ ἤκουσα (19:6)
Scene 7:

Seven Visions of Ultimate Reality (19:11- 21:8)

Rider (19:11-16) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (19:11)
Victory supper (19:17-18) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (19:17)
Enemies defeated (19:19-21) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (19:19)
Satan (20:1-3) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (20:1)
Reigning martyrs (20:4-10) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (20:4)
Final judgment (20:11-15) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (20:11)
New heaven and new earth (21:1-8) . . . Καὶ εἶδον (21:1)
Epilogue (21:9-22:21) – 7×7=49; +1 = 50 = Jubilee
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