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Natural, Grammatical Outlines in
The Revelation of Jesus Christ
by Dr. Richard Hughes
The Ancient of Days
The following outline is based on the noun clauses used as objects of said in v. 1
TEXT: After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. 2And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. 3And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
NOTE: Daniel describes the Ancient of days seated on his throne. He describes the rainbow round about the throne as "his wheels" in sight "as burning fire" [Dan. 7:9]. And Daniel sees the Son of man coming to the Ancient of days and receiving "dominion and glory and a kingdom" [compare Dan. 7 to Rev. 5]. The Father is described as Jesus is described: his garment is as white as snow, and his hair as the pure wool.
The "door" opened in heaven, if applied to Jesus standing at the door of time [Rev. 3:20], takes us back to the door through which the rapture occurs. The expressions "after this" and "things which must be hereafter" reflect the last of the three divisions given in Rev. 1:19, regarding the mystery of the church. And the command to "Come up hither" is the command we await as we listen for the trumpet sound [I Thess. 4:16].
The events of this chapter take place in heaven. We move from a synopsis of the church age back to John`s "being in the spirit" [1:10]. From the tabernacle of heaven, where Jesus ministers to the churches, we move to the throne room of the Father [4:2].
Two gem stones are used to describe the Father`s head, hands and feet; one is used to describe the Holy Spirit, the rainbow of seven Spirits [1:4]. The Father is to look upon as a jasper and a sardine stone. Jasper is opaque: not transparent. He does not reflect light; he is light. The colors are reddish, yellow and brown. The sardine is a deep orange-red variety of onyx made up of layers of white chalcedony, having the reflective luster of wax. He is the focal point, seated on the throne, distinctive midst the brilliance about him. And the color of the rainbow burns as the fire of an emerald`s lush green beneath his throne.
- After this I looked
- And, behold what I beheld
- A door was opened in heaven
- And the first voice which I heard was, as it were, of a trumpet
- Talking with me
- Which said
- Come up hither
- And I will shew thee things
- Which must be
- Which must be hereafter
- And immediately I was in the spirit
- And, behold what I beheld
- A throne was set in heaven
- And one sat on the throne
- And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper stone
- And he that sat was to look upon like a sardine stone
- And there was a rainbow
- Round about the throne
- In sight like unto an emerald
Casting Crowns Before Him
The following outline is based on the compound objects of the infinitive to receive in v. 11.
TEXT: And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 9And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever, 10the four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
NOTE: The terminology "full of eyes within" [v. 8], as with Ezekiel`s "and their rings were full of eyes round about them"[1:18], speaks of the presence of the Holy Spirit, as does the plummet in Zerubbabel`s hand, "with those seven eyes that run to and fro through the whole earth" [Zech. 4:10] and as the seven eyes of the seven horns of the Lord Jesus [Rev. 5:6].
- And the four beasts
- Each of them had six wings about him
- And they were full of eyes within
- And they rest not day and night
- Saying, "Holy, holy, holy"
- Saying, "Lord God Almighty"
- Which was
- And is
- And is to come
- And the four & twenty elders
- Fall down before him that sat on the throne
- And worship him that liveth for ever and ever
- And cast their crowns before the throne
- Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory
- And thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive honour
- And thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive power
- For thou hast created all things
- And for thy pleasure
- They are created
- And they were created
- When those beasts
- Give glory to him
- That sat on the throne
- Who liveth for ever and ever
- And give honour to him
- And give thanks to him
- Give glory to him
NOTE: The Father is worthy of honor, for he was in Christ Jesus, reconciling the world unto himself. He so loved the world that He gave his only begotten Son. He is worthy of glory and honor and power for, like the Son [Col. 1:16], all things were created by and for him. The mystery of the Godhead: perfect unity in distinctive diversity - God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost.