Three verses in Revelation 2.18-29 that allude to the Old Testament

Revelation 2.18 describe Christ, whose feet are like burnished bronze. Daniel 10.6 describes a man in a vision whose legs are like burnished bronze.

Revelation 2.20 compares a false prophetess to Jezebel, and says that she leads Christ’s people away to sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols.

  • Numbers 25.1-2 is about Balaam, but mentions Israel being misled into sexual immorality and eating food sacrificed to idols.
  • 1 Kings 16.31 mentions Jeroboam’s marriage to Jezebel and his subsequent idol worship.
  • In 2 Kings 9.22 Jehu mentions the idolatry and witchcraft of Jezebel.

In Revelation 2.23 Christ says he will execute the children of Jezebel, with the result that the churches will know that he is one who “searches hearts and minds” and repays people according to their deeds.

  • In Psalm 7.9 the psalmist prays to the God who searches hearts and minds.
  • In Psalm 62.12 the psalmist expresses confidence that God will “reward each person according to what he has done.”
  • Proverbs 24.12 connects the thoughts of the two verses from Psalms noted above. God weighs hearts and will repay people according to their works.
  • Jeremiah 11.20 likewise sees God as one who tests hearts and judges people appropriately.
  • Jeremiah 17.10 appears to be the principal verse alluded to by Revelation. In this verse God says he searches hearts and minds, and rewards people according to their deeds.

Source: The Greek New Testament (UBS, 4th edition), compared with the Old Testament Quotations and Allusions in the New Testament feature in Logos Bible Software version 4.

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