Our previous article showed similarity between Exodus and the four Gospels. This article will compare exodus with the book of revelation. In the previous part, we saw that God’s people in the bible is symbolically addressed by comparing them with garden, olive tree, fig tree, vine, bush etc. Therefore the burning bush was God’s ways of telling Moses that my people are in tribulation, but I will preserve them. We concluded that as the bush was burnt but not consumed, and as the three friends of Daniel were thrown into the fiery furnace of Nebuchadnezzar and were not consumed, so also the church will pass through tribulation (Exo 2:23-25), and the great tribulation (Read Exo 5:9), but will not be destroyed, for Christ had said, “Lo I am with you till the end of the world.” Yes the church of Moses days, passed through tribulation and also the great tribulations in land of Egypt. Pharaoh first afflicted Israelites (Exo 2:23) and then he caused them more trouble (great tribulation) when they sought to worship God (Exo 5:9).
The similarity of Exodus with The Revelation of Jesus Christ
This analogy of burning bush (Exodus 3), with church passing through the tribulation (Matthew 24, Luke 21, Mark 13), reminds us of the vision of John in the island of Patmos. As the book of exodus starts with the vision given to Moses, that the presence of God will preserve the bush/tree from burning, so also the book of revelation starts with the vision given to John, that the presence of Christ in midst of seven candlesticks, will preserve the church passing through apocalyptic times. The candlesticks which the book of revelation reveals it to be the church (Rev 1:20), was made in the shape of a tree (Ex 25:31 – flower, branches) in Exodus. Jesus standing in the midst of tree-shaped burning candlesticks was a reminder of the angel standing in the midst of the burning bush in exodus.
God could have simply said to John, “I stand amidst my church, which will go through the tribulation and the great tribulation times, but I will preserve them.” However, God chose to speak in the language of signs (candlesticks, trumpet, serpent, the woman with sun moon stars, etc), which only they could understand who knew the Old Testament. The book of revelation was a lock which had exodus as its key. Unlike TPM teaches, it does not require deeper knowledge to understand the book of revelation, but proper knowledge of the word of God, to comprehend the language of signs spoken by God. Sadly TPM saints and pastors have no bible knowledge, no degree in theology, and so they teach you things out of their own imagination!
12 I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, 13 and among the lampstands was someone like a son of man,[d] dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. 14 The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. 15 His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, and coming out of his mouth was a sharp, double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance.Rev 1:12-16
Here is the table showcasing the similarity between the book of Exodus and the book of Revelation. Read it side by side.
|1||Angel standing in the midst of the burning bush||Jesus standing in the midst of the seven lampstands|
|2||Moses speaks with elders of the Israelites (Ex 3:16)||Letters to angels (messengers) of the Seven churches|
|3||Two witness (Moses and Aaron) Had power to turn water into blood, and strike plagues on land||Two witness (Revelation 11) Had power to turn water into blood, and strike plagues (Rev 11:6)|
|4||Ten Plagues||Seven seals, seven trumpets, seven bowls|
|5||Pharaoh||Anti Christ (Beast)|
|6||Mixed multitude (Ex 12:38)||False church (Mother of Harlot) (Jude 1:4, Matt 13:25, Gal 2:4, Rev 2:9)|
Pharaoh, the prefigure to Anti-Christ
We have already seen in the book of Genesis that Nimrod, Esau, Abimelech and Pharaoh were shadows of Anti-Christ. The book of exodus goes in more details about Anti Christ and reveals him through the imagery of Pharaoh – Pharaoh of days of Moses. See the table below for similarity between the Pharaoh described in Exodus and the antichrist described in the New Testament.
|Sl No.||Pharaoh||Anti Christ|
|1||Powerful Person who enslaved Israelites||Rules over world (Rev 13:7)|
|2||Opposed God||Opposes God (2 Thess. 2:4)|
|3||Says “Who is Lord that I should obey his voice (Exo 5:2)”||He will not regard any God (Dan 11:37, 7:25)|
|4||Murders Innocent Babies||Murders saints (Dan 7:25, Rev 13:7, 16:16)|
|5||In-spite of plagues hardens his heart and repented not (Exo 8:32)||People of anti-christ taking his mark repent not and harden their hearts just as their lord (Rev 9:20; 16:9,11)|
|6||Destroyed in the End by God, by drowning him in the RED SEA (Ex 14:8, 15:3-5)||Destroyed in the End by God, by throwing him into the LAKE OF FIRE (Rev 19:20, 20:10, )|
|7||His Servants magicians perform miracles||His Servants perform miracles (2 Corinth 11:14, 2 Thessalonians 2:9, Rev 13:11)|