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John and Revelation: Judas and the Beast
Earlier I pointed out the link between Judas and the lawless one, how only these two are identified as huios apoleia (John 17:12 & 2 Thessalonians 2:3). The lawless one is linked indirectly with that beast through Judas because Judas is directly identified with both. Some years ago I noticed a special connection identifying Judas with the beast of Revelation 13:1. This link is subtle but convincing as a matter that is deeply hidden and thereby protected as something of great value. The connection exists in the relationship between two books attributed to John. The relationship is revealed in the matching themes of like-numbered chapters and verses, so this link is encoded specially into the presentation layer. This is not the work of clever men but an expression of the Author's handiwork, who conveys meaning to us as it pleases Him. The following table compares the first 4 verses of the 13th chapters of the Gospel of John and Revelation, verse by verse.
|Verse||The Gospel of John||The Book of Revelation||Thematic Comparison|
|13:1||Now before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus knowing that His hour had come that He would depart out of this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end.||And the dragon stood on the sand of the seashore. Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads, and on his horns were ten diadems, and on his heads were blasphemous names.||The Father vs. the dragon. Jesus departing the world - the end in sight vs. the beast coming - the beginning in sight. Baptism, death and resurrection activity. Love vs. offensive, grotesque and monstrous attributes.|
|13:2||During supper, the devil having already put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon, to betray Him,||And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.||The devil equipping Judas vs the dragon equipping the beast. The heart vs. the feet and mouth. During supper vs. beasts that devour men as prey.|
|13:3||Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God,||I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;||Death and resurrection! Genuine vs. Fake|
|13:4||got up from supper, and laid aside His garments; and taking a towel, He girded Himself.||they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"||Action of those with authority from the true God, vs. counterfeit. Y'shua, serving, humbling self as least among servants vs. the fake, served, exalted and worshiped|
What we have in this comparison is an example of large scale thematic structure in the Bible, which is the evident provision of more thematic equations for our instruction. This striking comparison highlights the contrast between the genuine and the counterfeit, between Jesus and the messianic beast, between Jesus' Father and the dragon. When we focus our attention on the verses numbered 13:2, the link between Judas and that beast becomes apparent and provides us with access to more insight about the fulfillment of the prophecies involving Judas on the 13th day of the 1st month.
The description of the beast in Revelation 13:2 is not an invitation to create creepy artwork, I've been sure of that for a long time. A leopard, bear and lion are feared predators, and sometimes they prey upon men. The leopard is first named. Leopards are the only natural predators of adult chimpanzees and gorillas. They are versatile, opportunistic hunters, and very elusive. They are solitary, largely nocturnal and have a notorious ability for stealth. They stalk their prey silently then quickly pounce. They strangle or suffocate the chosen victim with a quick bite. Judas was a lot like a leopard. The beast will be like a leopard, and like Judas.
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More to follow, Lord willing.