I see Revelation as a serial movie in seven literary sections, containing seven distinct prophecies. (My English is not enough equipped to express my thought, but I am sure you will understand me.)
When I said seven literary sections I did not include the Prologue and the Epilogue, because they do not describe the vision, they are the words of the author to "The 7 Churches". the two covers of the book.
Besides, I see a chiastic structure of the Revelation, as you can see:
- PROLOGUE (1:1-8)
1 (A) The High Priest Jesus and the Seven Churches (1:9 --3:22)
2 (B) The Slain Lamb and the opening of the seven-sealed scroll (4:1 -- 8:1)
3 (C) The Priest Angel and the seven angels with trumpets (8:2 -- 11:19)
4 (D) The Great Controversy over the worship: Michael / Satan; Lamb / Beast; three angels / three monsters (12:1 -- 14:20)
5 (C') The seven vials over Babylon and Jerusalem's wedding to the Lamb (15:1 --19:10)
6 (B') The Second Advent of Christ and His millenial Kingdom (19:11 -- 20:15)
7 (A') The Paradise restored on the Earth, with God and the Lamb here enthroned forever (21:1 -- 22:5)
EPILOGUE (22:6 -21)
- 1 (A) 7 churches spread through 7 cities of the Diaspora
7 (A') 1 Church (Jews and Gentils) gathered in 1 City New Jerusalem
1 (A) Promises for the overcoming: tree of life, New Jerusalem, thrones, crown of life, etc.
7 (A') Fulfiling: The overcomers receive all these promised blessings.
2 (B) Premillenial Judgment (on God's people is judged): the dead (the 5th seal in ch. 6) and the living (numbering, sealing in ch.7)
6 (B') Millenial Judgment (on God's enemies): all dead, but are quicken to receive justice
2 (B) the Death and the Hades reign (4th seal)
6 (B') the Death and the Hades go to hell
2 (B) Christ with a bow, on a white horse, with a crown (STEPHANOS), beginning His conquista (ch 6); followed by three bad horsemen on red, black and livid horses...
6 (B') Christ with a sword, on a white horse, with many crowns (DIADEMATA); followed by all heavenly armies on white horses
Of 10,277 Greek words and 60,094 Greek characters, one may count
5,093 words (29,783 characters) before ch. 12:10-12, and
5,084 words (29,724 characters) after this literary core.
For a better approximation we should eliminate the chapters' and verses' numbering, but it might be considered as evenly distributed throughout the book and could not really affect our calculation.
I'd like to know what do you think about my chiastic outline.