Eleven parallels between Revelation and the Synoptic Gospels

  1. Both Revelation 1.3 and Luke 11.28 pronounce a beatitude on those who hear and obey God’s word.
  2. Both Revelation 1.7 and Matthew 24.30 say that Jesus will come on the clouds and that the nations will mourn because of him.
  3. The description of Jesus in Revelation 1.16 is similar to the description of Jesus’ transfiguration in Matthew 17.2.
  4. The phrase “He who has an ear to hear” in Revelation 2.7, 2.11, and 2.17 echoes Jesus’ usage in Matthew 11.15, 13.9, etc.
  5. Jesus’ coming is compared to a thief in Revelation 3.3, Matthew 24.42-43 and Luke 12.39-40.
  6. In Revelation 3.5 Jesus says he will acknowledge those who overcome before his Father. In Matthew 10.32 and Luke 12.8, Jesus says he will acknowledge before his Father those who acknowledge him.
  7. Revelation 3.20-21 says that Jesus knocks, and those who invite him in and overcome their trials will eat and drink with Jesus and sit on his throne. Luke 12.35-40 speaks of servants who need to open the door when their master knocks. Luke 22.28-30 says that Jesus’ disciples will eat and drink with him and sit on thrones. Matthew 19.28 also mentions the thrones of Jesus’ twelve disciples.
  8. The seven seals in Revelation 6 and Jesus’ eschatological discourse in Matthew 24, Mark 13 and Luke 21 mention the same phenomena in roughly the same order: false Christs, wars, famine, pestilence, earthquakes, persecution, and the disturbance of the sun, moon and stars.
  9. Revelation 12.9 and Luke 10.18 both speak of Satan’s fall from heaven.
  10. Revelation 13.10 and Matthew 26.52 have somewhat similar proverbs about dying by the sword.
  11. Revelation 18.24 holds “Babylon” (i.e., Rome) responsible for the death of all the prophets. Luke 11.50 holds Jesus’ generation responsible.

Mark Wilson also gives a full chart of eschatological parallels between Revelation and the Synoptic Gospels, including fig trees, angels, four winds, trumpets, trampling Gentiles, the deception of the nations, exhortations to keep awake and to endure, harvests, banquets, etc.

Sources: David E. Aune, Word Biblical Commentary, Vol. 52: Revelation 1-5. (Waco, TX: Word, 1997); William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), 47; Mark Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 36-37, 77.


  1. stevej6x7 Said,

    May 22, 2011 @ 8:54 pm

    Matthew and Revelation, got ears?

  2. Dom Crowl Said,

    April 20, 2012 @ 9:09 pm

    Thanks for the research! Just one thing to change – Number 9 should be Luke 10:18. not Luke 18:10

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