The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 13:5–10)

This entry is part 33 of 40 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

The beast (Antichrist) rules for forty-two months, the final half of the Tribulation period, blaspheming God and His dwelling all the while (13:5–6; cf. 2 Thess 2:3–4). Having global authority, he wars against God’s people while everyone else on earth worships the beast, showing their names are absent from the book of life (13:7–8). A sober warning and a call for endurance then readies the saints for being taken captive or being slain with the sword (13:9–10). 

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
13:5–6 Dan 7:8, 11, 20, 25; 11:36 The Antichrist speaks blasphemy and rules for 3.5 years.
13:7 Dan 7:14, 21 The Antichrist uses his authority to war against the saints.
13:8 Dan 12:1 John mentions those whose names are not in the book. Daniel mentions those who are.
13:10 Jer 15:2; 43:11 John echoes the warning of captivity and the sword to come.

 A Parting Thought 

Just as this future time is imminent, so also should we expect to see such a time to some degree today. Blasphemous rulers who persecute the saints will always exist. Let us be thankful that we experience relative peace for now.

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