The book of Genesis tells the story of the beginning of the world. It deals with our creation and our first tentative wobbly steps with God. In contrast, the book of Revelations tells the story of the end of the world as we know it and the beginning of the renewed kingdom of God. It is therefore not surprising that both books meet each other on key topics. Where in one there is an opening, in the other there is a closing. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at some of these contrasts and see how the promises that were made to us in the first three chapters of Genesis are fulfilled in the last three chapters of Revelations.
Genesis 1:1 and Revelations 21:1God creates for us the heavens and the earth, a gift for His children, ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.’ [Genesis 1:1]. But during the end times God shall make for us a new home, ‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.’ [Revelation 21:1]. God made this earth for us, using it as a womb to help us grow and develop. And much like a womb, when we are ready; He will send His son to help us be birthed into this new world of hope and love.
A reoccurring theme in the Bible is resurrection from the death of sin. This world is dying from Satan's infection, but soon; God will resurrect it. Can you think of a time in your life where God has restored something or someone that you thought was beyond hope?
Genesis 1:3 and Revelation 21:23God created for us light by which to see, ‘And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.’ [Genesis 1:3]. But when His kingdom comes to fruition through Jesus Christ we shall not need light any longer, ‘And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.’ [Revelation 21:23].
Both the world and God have lights by which to see. When you see things by the world’s light, it shows us our cravings and desires but God's will is hidden. By seeing the world through the light of our Lord Jesus Christ we see the things that are important, and the futility of earthly desires become evident beneath His glow. Has God shown you the world through His light recently?
Genesis 1:10 and Revelation 21:1He created the waters for us, ‘And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called He Seas: and God saw that it was good.’ [Genesis 1:10]. But in the new kingdom of God we will no longer need them, ‘And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.’ [Revelation 21:1].
The things of the world we find so important to us today will be irrelevant and pointless when God’s Kingdom comes. Water, money, power, status and other things like them will be of no consequence. Can you think of three things the world says you NEED today that will no longer be needed in the kingdom?
by: Walter Blackwood