Old Testament Imagery in Revelation
Revelation uses Old Testament imagery of Israel’s experiences to express the experiences of the Christian church, or true followers of Jesus.
When we looked at the church in Thyatira in Session 4 (see Revelation 2:18-29), we also looked at the relationship God has with His people through a covenant.
The idea of a covenant being made between God and His people is an important concept in understanding Revelation.
When God called Israel out of Egypt, He gathered the people at Mount Sinai to make His covenant with them (see Exodus 19:5,6). God said if they obeyed Him, He would recognise them as a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.
Unfortunately, Israel was not faithful to God and repeatedly broke the covenant.
Jesus himself has become the faithful covenant partner that the Old Testament Israel never was. The very definition of Israel is expanded to include all who follow Jesus.