|It is usually good
to have a road map.
|This is a road map
of the next few chapters of Revelation.
The pattern -- the poetic pattern, if you will, is fairly simple. Three series of “sevens” (not counting the
thunders). Each is interrupted after
the sixth item with a parenthetic statement, which can be quite long.
|I put this up for
one reason in particular. Some strange
theorists (particularly Preterist) like to make the seven seals the same as
the seven trumpets as the seven vials.
They are not. They are
contained within each other.
|It also points out
that the parenthesis, in each case, may not be in sequence. Failure to recognize this has driven many
commentators to ruin.
|With that, we are
ready to open the first seal.