Did You Know?
It’s well-known that the book of Revelation makes frequent reference to the Old Testament, especially prophetic themes and phrases. But did you know that it actually makes a thematic reference to the book of Job?
In Job 40-41, God speaks to Job from the whirlwind (a whirlwind is loud enough, but can you imagine a voice speaking to you even louder than the whirlwind?!?). God explains to Job that He is in charge, and can control things that humans can’t hope to. As an example, God directs Job’s attention to two well-known creatures: the Behemoth and the Leviathan. So, in essence, God tells His servant, “These two creatures you can’t control, I can.”
How does this fit in with the book of Revelation? Simply this: In the Greek translation of the Old Testament (known as the Septuagint, or abbreviated as LXX), which was the main Bible of the first century, the word “Behemoth” was the Greek word Therion; the word “Leviathan” was the Greek word Drakon.
In Revelation 12-13, we are introduced to two creatures that were causing great difficulty for the Christians: the Beast (as in “mark of the beast”) and the Dragon. You’ve probably figured out the connection by now, but I’ll say it anyway: the word “Beast” in Revelation is Therion (just like “Behemoth”); the word “Dragon” is Drakon. In the book of Revelation, it’s made pretty clear that the servants of God had no hope of overcoming these creatures—but God tells them, in essence, “These two creatures you can’t control, I can.”
Thus, the book of Job is part of the background to understanding the book of Revelation. Did you know?
-Bradley S. Cobb