Monday, March 27, 2006

Revelation & Ezekiel


One of the reasons the Apocalypse is so confusing to people is that it assumes that its readers know a good bit of the Old Testament. One book that Revelation especially draws from is Ezekiel. David Chilton lays out the following parallels:

1. The Throne-Vision (Rev. 4 / Ezek. 1)
2. The Book (Rev. 5 / Ezek. 2-3)
3. The Flour Plagues (Rev. 6:1-8 / Ezek. 5)
4. The Slain under the Altar (Rev. 6:9-11 / Ezek. 6)
5. The Wrath of God (Rev. 6:12-17 / Ezek. 7)
6. The Seal on the Saint’s Foreheads (Rev. 7 / Ezek. 9)
7. The Coals from the Altar (Rev. 8 / Ezek. 10)
8. No More Delay (Rev. 10:1-7 / Ezek. 12)
9. The Eating of the Book (Rev. 10:8-11 / Ezek. 2)
10. The Measuring of the Temple (Rev. 11:1-2 / Ezek. 40-43)
11. Jerusalem and Sodom (Rev. 11:8 / Ezek. 16)
12. The Cup of Wrath (Rev. 14 / Ezek. 23)
13. The Vine of the Land (Rev. 14:18-20 / Ezek. 15)
14. The Great Harlot (Rev. 17-18 / Ezek. 16, 23)
15. The Lament over the City (Rev. 18 / Ezek. 27)
16. The Scavengers’ Feast (Rev. 19 / Ezek. 39)
17. The First Resurrection (Rev. 20:4-6 / Ezek. 37)
18. The Battle with Gog and Magog (Rev. 20:7-9 / Ezek 38-39)
19. The New Jerusalem (Rev. 21 / Ezek. 40-48)
20. The River of Life (Rev. 22 / Ezek. 47)[1]

Not only does the Apocalypse share many of the images found in Ezekiel, the sequence of these images itself is quite similar in both books.
[1] David Chilton, The Days of Vengeance: An Exposition of the Book of Revelation (Tyler, TX: Dominion Press, 1987), 21.

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