SIMILAR SCENES IN THE

BOOK OF REVELATION AND EGYPTIAN TEXTS

This page presents two of the many scenes in the Book of Revelation which have parallels in Egyptian texts.

(Please note that Egyptian scenes are typically accompanied with text so that the full understanding of each illustration can only be appreciated when both picture and text are considered together. (Egyptologists call this "subordination of text to image.")

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Example Scene 1

Singers by the lake of fire

(From: Rev. 15:2-4 & the 2nd Division of the Book of Gates))

 
 

I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those ... beside the sea of glass with harps of God in their hands. ... sing the song of Moses. (Rev. 15:2-4)

 
 
 
 

This part of the 2nd Division of the Book of Gates shows a picture of twelve Egyptian gods standing by a lake. 

a. The accompanying Egyptian text says, "Its water is for you, its fire is not for you.

b. Notice the two upside-down L-shaped figures drawn on the second and third deities; these can be readily identified as ancient "angle harps," denoting music.

c. There is an abundance of Egyptian words describing this scene have or contain the "tcha" sound, a sound used in words such as "harp" and "rejoice."

d. Remarkably, the word for fire (tchatu) also contains the "tcha" sound so that even a the term lake of fire contains a pun denoting a "lake of rejoicing."

f. The Egyptian text contains most of the elements mentioned in Revelation's "song of Moses."  Also, Revelation's song is remarkably similar to an important segment of The Victory Hymn of Thutmosis III.

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Example Scene 2

Judgment of the great and small

(Form: 8th Hour of the Book of Night and Rev. 20:12)

 
 

 I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Also another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, by what they had done. (Rev. 20:12)

 
 
 
 


The 8th Hour of the Book of Night contains several parallels with the text of Rev. 20:12. The parallel involving a visual puns for
book and books  based on the illustration of the door panels and the uraeus serpent (some versions of this picture show a number of smaller serpents near the door on the left).

 
 
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