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Coming: The Keys that Unlock Revelation
7 Introductory Sanctuary Scenes
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Revelation, which is heavily influenced by the Old Testament, is also divided by 7 temple scenes (see texts in box). These follow ancient Israel's annual holy days, such as Passover, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, and the Day of Atonement.
Revelation's ("X") Literary Structure
The structure of Revelation is likened to an "X", and is properly called a chiasm (based in the Greek letter "chi"). This structure accounts for the many parallels in the book, demonstrated through words and themes. It's understandable that Revelation would be written in this common Hebrew literary form, considering that it is filled with allusions to the Old Testament scriptures. The chiasm serves many purposes. For example, parallel material in the second half of the book can help us understand what is seen in the first half (since Jesus Christ is the rider on the white horse in Revelation 19, it's reasonable to believe that the conqueror on the white horse in the first seal also represents Him). The chiastic structure also highlights the central message of the book -- here, it's the worship of the true God of heaven or the beast.