Job and Revelation
- Although the focus in Revelation usually is about what nations or times are represented, there is also a theological side to Revelation, and that can be compared to one of the oldest books in the Bible, Job.
Job was an upright servant of God. Then he suffered a series of judgments in some ways similar to those in Revelation.
1. Sabeans attacked with the sword, took away the oxen and asses, and slew the servants.
2. Fire fell from the sky and burned up the sheep and servants.
3. Three bands of Chaldeans carried away the camels and slew the servants with the edge of the sword. Chaldeans are from Babylonia.
4. A mighty wind struck the four corners of the eldest son's house while the brothers and sisters were inside eating. All those inside were killed.
5. Job was smitten with sore boils and cries to God.
In Revelation we see:
1. The first horseman conquers (Rev 6:2).
2. In the second trumpet a mountain burning with fire falls from the sky. (Rev 8:8).
3. The third angel of explanations throws a millstone into the sea, thus with violence shall Babylon be thrown down. (Rev 18:21)
4. The fourth angel of explanations calls fowl to gather unto the supper of the great God (Rev 19:17).
5. In the fifth vial men blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
So we can find some similarities of Job's troubles to the judgments found in Revelation, but what comes next? Job's three friends, apparently from different areas, tell Job he must be guilty of some sins that have caused God's judgments to fall upon him. He should repent and plead to God for mercy. Job maintains that he is innocent, and he desires to speak with God so he can ask Him to explain what has happened. The four of them argue back and forth. In the sixth judgments of Revelation we find:
Four winds, corners, angels (7:1)
Four angels in the Euphrates (9:14)
Four quarters of the earth (20:8)
The Euphrates is dried up for the kings of the east. The dragon, beast and false prophet gather the kings of the earth (16:14).
The dialogue of Job and his friends may seem unrelated to the deceptive gathering of the kings until you consider this. In the Bible wind is sometimes used to represent doctrine (Eph 4:14, Jude 12-13, Jer 5:13). Perhaps the winds of doctrine found in Revelation are similar to the arguments found in the book of Job. Then at the end of the discussion, the Lord comes in a whirlwind. The Lord speaks out of the whirlwind and convinces Job he doesn't have a right to question God. He describes several of his creatures, ending with the behemoth and leviathan, the multi-headed sea creature (Psa 74:14). These two beasts may correspond to the beast from the sea and the beast from the earth (Rev 13:1, 13:11). Leviathan is also similar to Satan, the dragon, who is cast into the lake of fire in the final confrontation. In the end Job's friends must submit themselves, and Job is magnified and blessed.
The above is an excerpt from my second new book the year, The Apostle's Apocalypse Commentary. I appreciate any remarks.
Alan Russell Fuller - a long time student