he first major figure to foreshadow the anti-messiah is the Pharaoh during the time of the Exodus. The book of Revelation provides us with many profound parallels to the book of Exodus, as well as a context for end times’ interpretation. The plagues, the persecution, the opposition to the Word of God, and the prophetic ministry are all parallel between the two books; the two prophets of Revelation 11 are similar to Moses and Aaron, both calling down plagues upon the world and on Egypt. In both books there is a great escape at the end, the passing through the sea in Exodus and the harvest “exodus” in Rev. 14.
This backdrop provides and anticipates the clear parallels to the antichrist figure. Revelation 13 is especially important. Like Pharaoh, he claims worship and god-like status. Like Pharaoh he persecutes the people of God and seems to be overcoming them. Like Pharaoh he has his false prophets, who are especially represented in Rev. 13 by the main false prophet figure, who also does signs and wonders like Pharaoh’s magicians. In both cases, the victory belongs to God: the troops of the Pharaoh drown in the sea and Israel is delivered, and in Revelation 19 the anti-messiah (the “beast”, along with his false prophet) is defeated in the last battle and then the devil is thrown into the lake of fire.
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