Revelation 13:15-14:5

(With Pete – broadly chiastic? – but notice the triplets – with a contrast between the beast and the Lamb, and between the mark of the beast in the foreheads of its adherents and the Father’s name written in the foreheads of the saints.)

(13:15). And he had power to give life

a. unto the image of the beast,
b. that the image of the beast should both speak,
c. and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast

should be killed.

(13:16) And he causeth all,

a. both small and great,
b. rich and poor,
c. free and bond,

to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

(13:17) And that no man might buy or sell,

a. save he that had the mark,
b. or the name of the beast,
c. or the number of his name.

(13:18) Here is wisdom.

a. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast:
b. for it is the number of a man;
c. and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

(14:1) And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

(14:2) a. And I heard a voice from heaven,

b. as the voice of many waters,
b’. and as the voice of a great thunder:

 a’. and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:

A. (14:3) And they sung as it were a new song before the throne,
and before the four beasts, and the elders:

B. and no man could learn that song

C. but the hundred and forty and four thousand,

D. which were redeemed from the earth.

E. (14:4)  These are they which were not defiled with women;

F. for they are virgins.

E’.  These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth.

D’.These were redeemed from among men,

C’. being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.

B’. (14:5) And in their mouth was found no guile:

A’. for they are without fault before the throne of God.

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