Insights, Mistaken Perceptions

Revelation Connections 2

Revelation remains a mystery to many people. They say that the images and symbols in this book are too hard to understand. But are they really that hard to understand? – they all mirror what has been revealed in the Older Covenant scriptures. Arnold Fruchtenbaum has noted five-hundred parallels in the Older Covenant, and another author claims there are over 800 parallels. Below are some of the connections I have found just in regards to Yeshua.

Revelation 1:1 – “This is the revelation which Yahweh gave to Yeshua the Messiah, so that he could show his servants what must happen very soon.”
Revelation starts out with the statement that a disclosure of information has been given to Yeshua regarding what is going to happen. This statement should not be surprising, as Yahweh says he does nothing without first warning his prophets (Amos 3:7), and Yeshua is the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee (Matthew 21:11, Revelation 19:10).

The Parallels
Ezekiel 12:27-28 – “Human being, look! People from the house of Israel are saying, ‘The vision he sees concerns the distant future; he is prophesying about a time far off.’ Therefore, say to them that Adonai Yahweh says, ‘None of my words will be delayed any more, but the word that I speak will be accomplished,’ says Adonai Yahweh.”
Zephaniah 1:14 – “The great Day of Yahweh is near, near and coming very soon; Hear the sound of the Day of Yahweh! When it’s here, even a warrior will cry bitterly.”
Isaiah 5:19 – “ They say, ‘Let him hurry, let him act quickly, so we can see; let the plan of the Holy One of Israel take shape and come to pass, then we will know it’!”

The High Priest – Yeshua
Revelation 1:7, 14-15 – “Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the Land will mourn him. 14His head and hair were as white as snow-white wool, his eyes like a fiery flame, 15his feet like burnished brass refined in a furnace, and his voice like the sound of rushing waters.”
The image of God Almighty having white hair, fiery eyes, and brass feet are well known in Older Covenant scriptures, as well as his coming in the clouds, and his having been pierced.

The Parallels
Psalm 104:3 – “ He makes the clouds his chariot, and travels along on the wings of the wind.”
Ezekiel 43:2 – “I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east; the sound was like that of rushing water; and the earth radiated his glory.”
Daniel 7:9 – “As I watched, thrones were set in place; and the Ancient One took his seat. His clothing was white as snow, the hair on his head was like pure wool. His throne was fiery flames, with wheels of burning fire.”
Daniel 9-10 – “His attire was white like snow; the hair of his head was like lamb’s wool. His throne was ablaze with fire and its wheels were all aflame. 10A river of fire was streaming forth and proceeding from his presence.”
Daniel 10:6 – “His body resembled yellow jasper, and his face had an appearance like lightning. His eyes were like blazing torches; his arms and feet gleamed like polished bronze. His voice thundered forth like the sound of a big crowd.”
Zechariah 12:10 – “They will look to me, the one they have pierced.”

The High Priestly Garments
Revelation 1:13 – “In the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across his chest with a golden sash.”
Revelation is not the only place that the robe and golden sash is mentioned. In fact, the clothing is identical to the clothing that the High Priest wore!

The Parallels
Exodus 28:1-43; Exodus 39:1-31 – “Here are the items that need to be made: a breast piece, a priestly vest, a robe, an embroidered shirt, a turban, and a sash. These sacred clothes are to be made for your brother Aaron and his sons who will be my priests. Only gold and fine linen, woven with blue, purple, and red wool, are to be used for making these clothes.”
Daniel 10:5 – “I looked up and saw a man clothed in linen; around his waist was a belt made of gold from Upaz.”

The Robe Dipped In Blood
Revelation 7:14 – “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
Revelation 19:13 – “He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God.”
The robe dipped in blood, or the blood of grapes, is also well known in the Older Covenant scriptures, both in conjunction with the High priest and with prophecies about Yeshua.

The Parallels
Genesis 49:10-11 10 – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until tribute comes to him; and the obedience of the peoples is his. Binding his foal to the vine and his donkey’s colt to the choice vine, he washes his garments in wine and his robe in the blood of grapes . . .”
Leviticus 8:30 – “Then Moses took some of the anointing oil and of the blood that was on the altar and sprinkled it on Aaron and his garments, and also on his sons and his sons’ garments. So he consecrated Aaron and his garments, and his sons and his sons’ garments with him.”

Treading the Winepress
Revelation 19:14-15 – “And the armies of heaven, wearing fine linen, white and pure, were following him on white horses. And out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; he will tread the winepress of the fury of the wrath of Yahweh the Almighty.”
Revelation gives us the answer to the question posed in Isaiah. The treading of the winepress is what stains the robe with blood.

The Parallel
Isaiah 63:2-3 – “Why is your apparel red, and your garments like the one who treads in the winepress? ‘I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with me. I also trod them in my anger and trampled them in my wrath; and their lifeblood is sprinkled on my garments, and I stained all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in my heart, and the year of my redeemed is come’.”

The images and symbols used in Revelation are easy to understand in light of the parallels in the Older Covenant scriptures. Failing to make those connections is the reason many find Revelation hard to understand. Once the connections are made, however, the confusion disappears.

Final Thought
The great day of Yahweh is getting really near, even at the door. It hastens forth and will not delay. We do NOT set dates, but clearly Yahweh is getting ready to change the course of human history once again. The signs are clear for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear.

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