Cycle One: The Scroll and Its Seven Seals - Revelation 4:1-8:1
Judgments from God's throne unfold as the scroll's seven seals are opened one by one. The participation of the Lamb reminds us that such judgments are based on his unique qualifications and accomplishments (Rev. 5:1-14; 8:2-6). In the formal structure Revelation 5:1-Revelation 8:1 parallels Revelation 8:2-Revelation 11:19. Each has an opening scene that introduces the origin of the judgments (Rev. 5:1-14; 8:2-6). Six judgments follow (Rev. 6:1-17; 8:7-9:21). A dramatic interlude promises care for God's people (Rev. 7:1-17; 10:1-11-14). The seventh and climatic judgment follows the interlude (Rev. 8:1; 11:15-19). The seven judgments move forward toward the Second Coming, which occurs in Revelation 6:12-17 and Revelation 11:15-19. The first four judgments of the seven have an inner unity. The description in Revelation 6:1-8 corresponds to that of the four living creatures of Revelation 4:6 and the four horsemen of Zechariah 1:8. Revelation 8:7-12 concerns the four major physical features of the world (i.e. dry land, sea, fresh water, air/sky).
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Reference:IIIM Seminary Study Bible
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