Part 028 – The Beast – In the Types (Continued)

The Book of REVELATION

A Study

Part 028

The Beast – In the Types (Continued) 

(2) The Assyrian Pharaoh

In the previous part of this study, we have seen Nimrod, who is a type of the Beast. And now let us look at the Assyrian Pharaoh of Exodus, who is also a type of the Beast.

The type

The Book of Exodus opens with the Israelites residing in Egypt (and Egypt is a type of the world in Scripture) and a new king arose in Egypt, an Assyrian Pharaoh (Exo.1:8; Isa.52:4; Acts 7:18). The Assyrians had previously conquered Egypt and were now ruling over Egypt. The Assyrian Pharaoh’s attention was turned toward the Israelites, whom he saw as a threat, and he sought to destroy them (Exo.1:7-22). The threat here involved God’s firstborn son, Israel (Exo.4:22, 23). Firstborn sons are the ones who rule on behalf of the father (Deut.21:15; 2Chron.21:3). And Israel was destined to become a nation above all other nations and that God would rule over and bless all the nations of the earth through Israel in accordance with God’s promises to Abraham (Gen.12:1-3; 22:15-18). Satan knew this full-well and so he moved the Assyrian Pharaoh to destroy Israel.

Then the Israelites cried unto God in their great affliction, and God heard their cry (Exo.2:23-25) and sent a deliverer, Moses, whom they had previously rejected, but now received (Exo.3:9, 10). God then reduced the Assyrian’s kingdom to ruin; provided the Israelites the means to escape the decreed death of the firstborn (through the paschal lambs dying in the stead of the firstborn, a vicarious death); delivered the Israelites from Egypt through the Red Sea, and destroyed the Assyrian Pharaoh and his armed forces in the Sea.

The Israelites who were led out of Egypt were taken to Sinai to receive the Law, the Old Covenant. And from there they were led toward another land, wherein they were to realize an inheritance within a theocracy. This is what the entire Book of Exodus is about.

The antitype

In the antitype, exactly the same thing is seen. The Antichrist is seen coming out of the old Assyrian Empire (Dan.8:8, 9) and is referred to a number of places in Scripture as an Assyrian (Isa.10:5; 14:25; 23:13; 30:31; 31:8; Hosea 11:5; Micah 5:5, 6). As the Assyrian in the type conquered and ruled Egypt, the future Assyrian will conquer and rule the world (Rev.6:1, 2; 13:1, 2).

He will exercise power from Satan’s throne and will do Satan’s bidding. Satan knowing that Israel, depicted by the woman in Rev.12:1, is destined to wear a diadem of twelve stars, will move through the latter-day Assyrian to destroy Israel, enacting an intense, deadly effort without parallel in history (Matt.24:21, 22).

While passing through great Tribulation, Israel will repent and cry unto God. God will hear their cry and will reduce the Assyrian’s kingdom to a ruin and He will send Israel’s Messiah, Whom He has raised up. Now the Israelites will receive their Messiah, whom they had previously rejected (Zech.12:10-14; Rev.1:7).  Their Messiah will deliver them from worldwide dispersion and lead them to their promised land. Then He will destroy the Assyrian and his armed forces.

The Israelites will be led out from a worldwide dispersion and taken to a place (referred to as “the wilderness of the people” in Ezek.20:34-37, which could very well be Sinai area again) where a New Covenant will be made with the house of Israel. Then the Jewish people will be placed back in the land covenanted to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, wherein they will realize an inheritance within a theocracy (Isa.2:1-4; Jer.32:37-42; Ezek.37:21-28).

This is what the entire Book of Exodus is about, along with the three subsequent books of Moses and the Book of Joshua. It all begins with the rise of the Assyrian in Egypt, and it ends with the Jewish people in their own land within a theocracy. Thus if a person wants to know about the man who is about to rise to power (the future Assyrian) and/or what the future holds for Israel, all he has to do is to go back to these books and read about the matter. It’s all there, recorded almost 3,500 years ago.

(3) Haman in Esther

Haman in Esther is another OT type of the Beast. The opening two chapters of Esther deal with the complete, overall scope of the history of Israel ― past, present and future ― as seen typically through the experiences of Ahasuerus (the king), Vashti (rejected as queen), and Esther (accepted/restored as queen).

Then chapters three through ten deal centrally with Ahasuerus, Haman, Esther and Mordecai. And, from a typological standpoint, events in these chapters have to do with God, the Beast, and Israel during the last 3½ years of the Times of the Gentiles, with events leading into the Millennial Era.

This section of the book opens with Haman being promoted to a position in the kingdom above all others (Est.3:1). This foreshadows the Beast coming into power as world ruler in the middle of the Tribulation, with Satan giving to this man his power, throne and great authority (Ezek.28:14; Rev.13:1,2).

All in the kingdom were to bow and reverence Haman. But Mordecai, a Jew seated in the king’s gate (Est.2:19, 21) refused to bow or reverence him (Est.3:2). Mordecai, a Jew seated in the king’s gate portends that seen in Gen.22:17, 18 ― the seed of Abraham possessing the gate of the enemy. “The gate” was the place where business or governmental affairs were conducted in a city or kingdom and possessing the gate signifies governmental control.

Mordecai seated in the king’s gate in the type is another picture of the same thing seen in Rev.12:1 ― the woman wearing “a crown of twelve stars.” Both foreshadow Israel in waiting, destined to take the kingdom, possess the gate. And when Haman saw Mordecai seated in the King’s gate, refusing to bow and reverence him, he was enraged. As a result, Haman sought to destroy not only Mordecai, but all the Jews throughout the kingdom (Est.3:5, 6). The more Haman turned his hand against the Jewish people, the worse conditions became for him. He was humiliated (Est.5:14; 6:1-14) and finally he himself was slain and impaled on the gallows that he had built for Mordecai (Est.7:1-10) followed by his ten sons being slain and impaled on the same gallows as well (Est.9:10-14).

These events were then followed by the king giving Esther all which had belonged to Haman (Est.8:1, 7) and promoting Mordecai to the position which Haman had previously held (Est.8:2; 10:2, 3).

The whole of the account, typically, has to do with the aspirations of the Beast during the last half of the Tribulation, that which God will bring to pass concerning this man and his ten kingdom federation as a result, and that which God will then bring to pass concerning the nation of Israel.

This account is simply another word picture concerning the rise and fall of the Beast and about the working out of God’s unchangeable principles regarding Israel as set forth in Gen.12:1-3.