Language of Structure, part 2

The prominence of structure in prophecy, both the books of Daniel and of Revelation.

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Always take time when studying God's word to notice the repetitions in the text. It is because of the repetitions of the words/phrases, "judged/judgment" and "lake of fire", in Revelation 20:1-21:1, that we know that verses 20:1-10 and 20:11-21:1 are parallel passages... complementing descriptions of the same prophetic vision, of the same future historical event.

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Notice the repetition of "the earth and the heaven" or "the heaven and the earth" in Revelation 20:11-21:1... that there is a "first" version of these and a "new" version. What happened to the "first" to necessitate a "new"?

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The full parallel structure is visible between Revelation 20:1-10 and Revelation 20:11-21:1 only when it is recognized that the total and utter destruction of or fleeing or passing away of the first heaven and first earth in the latter is the abyss or bottomless pit in the former.

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First notice that Matthew 24:21-29 is a unit all dealing with the "great tribulation" (vss. 21 & 29)...

"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together. Immediately after the tribulation of those days..."

Now notice that Matthew is paralleled by Luke...

"And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day." Luke 17:23,24

[Matthew says: "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there; believe it not. ... Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert (=here?); go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers (=there?); believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."]

"... And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." Luke 17:37

[Matthew says: "For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together."]

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First notice that Matthew 24:37-41 is a unit all dealing with Noah's Flood.

"But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. [vss. 42,43] Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up."

Notice that the Flood took away the wicked and that one of each of the pairs... the "two ... in the field" and the "two women ... grinding at the mill"... is taken, the similar language indicating that all of these verses are talking about the self-same event... Noah's flood!

Now notice that Matthew is paralleled by Luke...

"And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all." Luke 17:26,27

[Matthew says: "But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be."]

"I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left." Luke 17:34-36

[Matthew says: "Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left."]