Parallels in John and the Revelation

The Book of John and the Revelation are both ascribed to the Apostle John. There are remarkable parallels in the structure of the two books. Here are examples of some that were found by Dr. J. R. Church:

Chapters 1 – The word “light” or “lighteth” appears seven times in John chapter one; In the Revelation chapter one, Jesus is standing in midst of the seven lampstands (lights).

Chapters 6 – Jesus, referring to Judas, says, “one of you is a devil” (John 6:66); The rider of the White horse, is a type of anti-Christ empowered by the devil. (Revelation 6:2)

Chapters 11 – The resurrection of Lazarus on the 4th day is recorded in John chapter eleven; The resurrection of Two Witnesses on the 4th day (after 3˝ days) is in the Revelation 11:11-12.

Chapters 13 – After Jesus washed the feet of the Disciples he said, “You are clean, but not all.” The devil had entered the heart of Judas. (John 13:2, 10-11); John saw the demonically empowered beast “rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 13:1)

Chapters 16 – Jesus encourages us regarding the battle or tribulation of this life. “I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33); The final battle of the Tribulation is initiated in the Revelation 16:16. “And He gathered them together in a place called Armageddon.”

Chapters 17 – Jesus said, “None is lost, but the son of perdition” (John 17:12); The Revelation 17:11 again refers to the son of perdition. “And the Beast . . . goes into perdition.”

Chapters 19 – Pilate presented Jesus the Messiah to the Jews in John 19:5. He said, “Behold the Man.”; In the Revelation 19:11, 16, the entire world will behold the Lord Jesus. “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True . . . And he had . . . a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”

Chapters 20 – In John 20:1 Mary Magdalene discovers that the tomb is empty because Jesus had been resurrected; The 20th chapter of the Revelation describes the resurrection of the dead to judgment.

The Word of God is not a random collection of stories, myths and legends. There are structure and patterns throughout this Divinely inspired document. Praise the Lord for His Holy Word, the Holy Bible!

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