From Genesis to Revelation (Mind = Blown)

Lucas_Cranach_d._Ä._035The Bible is one book highlighting the work of one Character. From beginning to end, it tells of one story. One way this truth comes to light is by comparing the first book of the Bible to the last.

Sam Hamstra presents it well:

The scene of a new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1-8), enriched by the holy city and a garden similar to Eden, bears remarkable similarities to its predecessor as described in the first book of the Bible.

In Genesis God created the heaven and the earth; in Revelation we read of a new heaven and earth (21:1).

In Genesis the luminaries are called into being; in Revelation the glory of the Lord lights the city.

In Genesis we read of the cunning power of Satan; in Revelation the devil is bound and hurled into the lake of fire (20:10).

In Genesis we read of paradise lost; in Revelation paradise is restored.

Genesis describes the divorce of humankind as Adam and Eve run from God; in Revelation the redeemed enjoy intimate fellowship of marriage to the Lamb.

In Genesis nature threatens the security of and hurts humanity; in Revelation nature sustains and comforts people.

In Genesis the tree of life is protected by an angel lest anyone eat its fruit; Revelation restores humanity’s access to the fruit (22:14).

This obvious correlation between the first and last books of the Bible illustrates the fulfillment of the first Messianic prophecy (Genesis 3:15) and God’s faithfulness to the covenant (Revelation 21:3). (Taken from Sam Hamstra’s chapter in Four Views on the Book of Revelation, p. 123).

From beginning to end, the Bible is a book about God. It’s about His creation, His promise, His work and faithfulness in fulfilling it; all for the purpose of His excellence being made known to all watching eyes.

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About Dana Dill

I am a happy slave of Jesus Christ, a thankful husband to Chawna Dill, and the youth pastor of South Shores Church. I'm here on assignment (Acts 20:24).
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One Response to From Genesis to Revelation (Mind = Blown)

  1. Spencer Camp says:

    Truly an excellent book.
    Just as God made light shine out of darkness, so God has shown in our hearts… (2 Corinthians 4:6).

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