I was amazed at the parallels between the different contrasts and comparisons that spanned over millennia. How books written in the first century could corroborate those written over a thousand years before and that they would also lay a foundation for what was to eventually follow and point back to and verify what had been previously written.
I’m always stunned at the precision of the Word of God. More recently, in studying the book of Revelation, (the completion of my plan to read the whole bible), I had read in a transcribed bible study conducted by John Ogwyn of the parallels and contrasts between the beginning of the Bible, Genesis, with the end of the Bible, Revelation.
He points out that just as Genesis begins with the creation of a physical man, that Revelation ends with the completion of spiritual man.
He points out that these two books are written in two completely different languages, in a timeframe spanning 1500 years by two men of completely different societies, cultures and backgrounds.
In the Book of Genesis, we are introduced to Satan, who lies to man and deceives the whole world but it culminates in the Book of Revelation where He is put away,
Revelation 20:1-3, “Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. He laid hold of the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years; and he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal on him, so that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand yeas were finished…”
where Satan's influence on mankind comes to an end.
And in Genesis, there is an offer of an inheritance, of a promised land made to Abraham, that man, through Abraham’s obedience and faith, would eventually receive the whole earth. In Revelation, that promise is fulfilled.
Genesis tells of curses brought by sin, curses of the ground, curses of sky, curses of weather and curses upon mankind, but in Revelation, a river flows out from the Throne of God and it heals the land wherever it flows and the curses are lifted.
The Book of Revelation tells of the healing of every institution ruined by sin. God eliminates sin from equation. And that eliminates pain and sorrow and tears and suffering and death. It removes the curses brought about by sin.
Two books, written in two different languages, composed fifteen hundred years apart that are the perfect book-ends for the Word of God. The way of sin, reversed by the way of Life. A book that begins with Darkness and confusion and a book that ends in a city that needs no light, day or night because light emanates from the Throne of God. It begins with a people cursed and driven out from the presence of God and ends with a people inheriting Eternity and twelve Open Gates to City of God, and the breach between God and mankind forever healed.
It is the apex of every word written in the Book of Life, the final word on the story of mankind who now stands on the threshold of Eternity and have become members of the Household of God.
What a story…. What a heritage. What a phenomenal ending.