The Revelation

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50px --- Rev 1:1, 2


40px --- The Chiasm of Revelation

The first two verses of Revelation form a well-constructed and perfect chiasm.

It will be helpful to look at the following two points before considering the chiasm in detail.

24px -- 1.     ‘Aggelos’ means messenger

Please note that I follow the lead of Robert Young in his literal translation of the Scriptures (YLT) where he consistently translates the Greek ‘aggelos’ as messenger. ‘Aggelos’ means messenger.

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24px --- Revelation 1:1, 2

A 1. . . . . . The revelation of Jesus Christ,

B 1. . . . . . which God gave him

C 1. . . . . . to show his servants what must soon take place.

D. . . . . .   He (God) made it known by sending his messenger (Jesus Christ) to his servant John

C 2. . . . . . his servant John testifies to everything he saw

B 2. . . . . . -- that is, the word of God

A 2. . . . . . and the testimony of Jesus Christ.

 

 

35px --- God, Jesus Christ, and God’s servants

 

24px --- Reference A.

Immediately we see the clear and distinct parallel between the first and last lines.


40px --- Appendix

24px --- A practical reason for the chiasm


40px --- Exercise Sheet

24px --- Rev 1:1, 2 – The Chiasm of Revelation

The Exercise Sheet is included as part of the download package (see Downloads below). It may be printed for use.

 

A1    The revelation from Jesus Christ,

B1              which God gave him

C1                        to show his servants what must soon take place.

D       He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John,

C2                        who testifies to everything he saw -- that is,

B2              the word of God and

A2    the testimony of Jesus Christ.

(NIV – 2011 ed)


24px --- Exercise 1.           Names

Fill-in the missing names.

Rev 1:1, 2

The revelation of _______ ________,

which _____ gave him

to show his __________ what must soon take place.

He made it known by sending his messenger to his servant John,

his _________ ______ testifies to everything he saw -- that is,

the word of _____ and

the testimony of _______ ________.

(PET BIBLE – Plain English Translation)


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30px --- The Chiasm of Revelation

 

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