The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:18–29)

This entry is part 7 of 54 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

Jesus speaks to the church in Thyatira as the One whose eyes are like a flame and whose feet are like burnished bronze, something noteworthy to people known for their bronze works (2:18). He commended them for their love, faith, service, patient endurance, and increased service (2:19) but rebuked those in the church who tolerated Jezebel who encouraged idolatry and immorality (2:20). Jezebel was unrepentant, would be judged with sickness and the loss of her children, and her lovers would experience tribulation, all of which would show Christ to know the hearts and minds of men (2:21–23). Others forsook her Satanic teaching and were given an exhortation to endure (2:24–45). Jesus commanded the hearers to hear and promised the overcomer authority and rule with Him, the morning star, when He returned (2:26–29; cf. 22:16).

Old Testament in the New

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
2:18 Dan 10:16 Legs of burnished bronze are seen in both texts.
2:20 1 Kgs 16:31; 21:25–26; 2 Kgs 8:18; 9:22 Jezebel was idolatrous and immoral and incited Ahab just as the NT Jezebel incited sin as well.
2:23a Prov 24:12; Jer 11:20; 17:10 God knows the minds and hearts of men (cf. Ps 7:9; 26:2; 28:4) and repays man according to his works (cf. Ps 62:12).
2:27 Ps 2:7–9; Isa 30:14; Jer 19:11 Christ will rule with a rod of iron, crushing opposition as one smashes pottery with a rod of iron.
2:28 Num 24:17 Christ is the star from Jacob who came from Israel to reign, a rule shared by overcomers.

A Parting Thought

Tribulation and death come from Christ to those bring idolatry and immorality into the church. Let us prevail in purity so that we will rule with Him in time to come!

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