The Old Testament provides many insights for understanding the symbolism of Revelation. The book of Daniel, in particular, provides a model for what we can expect in the content of Revelation.

Besides the Old Testament, the book of Revelation itself gives us important keys to understanding what at first seems very disorganized and confusing.

Surprisingly, the book of Revelation is actually highly organized, but to see that you have to read it very carefully.

Just like many other works of ancient literature as well as parts of the Old Testament, the book of Revelation was written with a chiastic structure.

The chiastic structure is a mirror-image pattern. It uses words, phrases, symbols, or ideas in the first half that are mirrored by the same or similar elements in the second half, progressing and building toward a climax. 

Understanding the literary structure of Revelation provides an important key for interpreting the obscure but critical prophecies of the book. Prophecies that are more relevant today than ever before.

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