Several parallels between Revelation, Acts and the General Epistles

  1. There is one parallel between Revelation and Acts: in Revelation 2.20-24, a prophetess whom John names Jezebel entices the church in Thyatira to engage in sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to idols. In Acts 15.28 the council in Jerusalem prohibits the churches from engaging in these two activities.
  2. There is one parallel between Revelation and the book of James: in Revelation 2.10 Jesus warns the church in Smyrna that they will be tested, and promises that those who are faithful will receive the “crown of life”. James 1.12 says that the person who passes the test will receive the crown of life.
  3. There are two parallels with 1 Peter:
    • Revelation 13.8 speaks of the “Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world.” 1 Peter 1.19-20 also compares Jesus to a sacrificed lamb, and says he was chosen from the creation of the world.
    • Both Revelation 16.19 and 1 Peter 5.13 refer to Rome as Babylon.
  4. Revelation has numerous parallels with 2 Peter and Jude. For a full list, see Wilson, 40. Here are a few notable examples:
    • False teachers compared to Balaam: Revelation 2.14; 2 Peter 2.15, 3.17; Jude 11.
    • False and true knowledge contrasted: Revelation 2.17, 24; 2 Peter 1.2-3, 16; Jude 10.
    • Christ called a Morning Star: Revelation 2.28, 22.16; 2 Peter 1.19.
    • The day of Christ compared to a thief: Revelation 3.3, 16.15; 2 Peter 3.10.
    • The disappearance of the current heaven and earth: Revelation 6.14, 16.20, 20.11; 2 Peter 3.10.
    • Fallen angels chained in an abyss: Revelation 20.1-3; 2 Peter 2.4; Jude 6
    • Mentions of Sodom and Egypt: Revelation 11.8; 2 Peter 2.6; Jude 5, 7.

    Sources: William Hendriksen, More Than Conquerors. (Grand Rapids: Baker, 1986), 47; Mark Wilson, Charts on the Book of Revelation. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 40.

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