The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV)
No new thing – While time is a linear path for us Greek minded people, for a Hebrew minded person, time is cyclical. History repeats. Events repeat themselves in similar ways. This is why we can see Yeshua as the new Moses, or see Yeshua as Isaac being taken as a sacrifice by his father.
Even parts of the Revelation of John have all happened (or been prophesied) before… in a similar way. Let’s take a look.
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.
Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: a great company shall return thither.
And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
For thus saith the Lord; Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel.
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Thus saith the Lord, The people which were left of the sword found grace in the wilderness; even Israel, when I went to cause him to rest.
The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances of them that make merry.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
And I will satiate the soul of the priests with fatness, and my people shall be satisfied with my goodness, saith the Lord.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
There’s nothing new under the sun. So what does that tell us? The only way we’re going to understand what’s going to happen is by looking to the past. We have to study history to see our future. All those stories in the Tanakh aren’t just for children at VBS. They’re for us. They’re our history too.