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The Symbolic Language of the book of Revelation is not unique to Scriptures. (J.C.Ryle)

And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. Ezek. 1:19

And whenever the living beings rose from the earth, the wheels rose also. Ezek1:19

You must not regard the use of symbolic language as entirely peculiar to the Book of Revelation. You will find it in other parts of Scripture. The very emblems and figures of the Apocalypse, whose meaning seems so obscure, are often employed by the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament.

  • You read, for example, of four living creatures in the fourth chapter. You read of four also in Ezekiel (1:5).
  • You read of horses in the vision of the four first seals. You read of horses also in the vision of Zechariah (6:2,3).
  • You read of a sealed company in the seventh chapter. You read also of a sealed and marked people in the vision of Ezekiel (chapter 9).
  • You read of a plague of locusts under the fifth trumpet. You read of locusts also in the prophecy of Joel (chapter 2).
  • You read of John eating the little book in the tenth chapter. You read also of Ezekiel eating the scroll in his vision (chapter 3).
  • You read of olive trees and candlesticks in the vision of the two witnesses. You read of the same emblems in the prophecy of Zechariah (chapter 4).
  • You read of a beast having seven heads and ten horns in the thirteenth chapter. You read of a similar beast in the Book of Daniel (chapter 7).
  • You read of a wondrous celestial city in the twenty-first chapter. You have the description of a city scarcely less mysterious, though different, at the end of Ezekiel (chapter 40, etc.)

    These things are worthy of remark. They show us that we must not be stumbled by the symbols of Revelation, as if they were altogether a new and strange thing.

    We must remember they are used in the Old Testament as well as here, though far more sparingly, in communicating the mind of God to man. The peculiarity of the Apocalypse is not so much the use of symbols and emblems — as the profuse abundance of them.

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