The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 17:11–18)

This entry is part 45 of 47 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

As earlier in Revelation (13:3, 12, 14), the beast can be one head or the whole creature. Seeing the future, John saw how the antichrist was (rose to power), is not (was slain), is an eighth (by being raised from the dead), and is eventually thrown alive into the lake of fire (17:11; cf. 19:20). Ten kings follow the antichrist in a brief exercise of power in attempting to overthrow the Lamb but will fail miserably when He and the saints overcome them (17:12–14). The angel identifies the waters as the people of the world (17:15). The ten horns follow the antichrist in overthrowing Babylon and its false religion, unwittingly led by God in doing so, undoing the dominion she once had over them (17:16–18).

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
17:12 Dan 7:7–8, 20, 24–25 Both prophesy of kings pictured as ten horns.
17:14 Dan 7:21–22 There will be war between the antichrist and his kings and the Lamb and the saints.
17:15 Isa 17:12–13 People are pictured as waters.
17:15 Jer 51:13 Babylon dwells by the waters.
17:16 Lev 21:9; Ezek 23:25, 47 The prostitute is punished with fire.

A Parting Thought

In God’s providence, He uses evil against evil (while never being its Author) to carry out His sovereign will. The kingdom of darkness will be divided, its house will not stand, and the King will descend to destroy it in the end. Victory is coming!

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