Some facts about the first and last books of the Bible:
- Genesis was written around 1400 BC by Moses, the man of God.
- Revelation was written before 70 AD by the beloved disciple, John.
- Genesis describes the creation of the universe that no person was present to witness.
- The events of Revelation will take place in the future. Obviously no person has ever witnessed it.
Normally there should be some correspondence between the first and the last chapters of books. Despite the fact that Genesis and Revelation are separated by a long time span, there are some similarities between the two. It is not because Moses and John could coordinate their writings. The reason for the correspondence is that they were both inspired by the Holy Spirit to set forth the truths of God’s plan for man. One book describes the beginning of God’s plan, the other the final accomplishment of it.
- Genesis reveals that God created the heavens and earth in six 24 hour days. The book of Revelation ends with God’s creation of a new heaven and earth.
- Very early in history Adam and Eve live in a beautiful garden and God chats to them. Revelation ends when God comes down from heaven and lives among His people in a beautiful city on a beautiful earth, a big ‘Garden of Eden.’
- The tree of life in the Garden of Eden is lost. Yet it appears again in the New Jerusalem.
- Adam and his wife lived for a time in the Garden of Eden. In the New Jerusalem Jesus, the Bridegroom, and His Bride will be together for ever and ever.
- In Genesis the earth was cursed. In Revelation there is no more curse.
- In the first creation the sun, moon and stars give light and act as time keepers. That will not be necessary in the new era because it will be eternal and God and Jesus will be the light source.
- The Garden of Eden episode is marked by the entrance of the deceiver, Satan. Revelation reveals how Satan is eventually sent to his destiny to suffer eternally in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.
Note that there is a special blessing on some one who reads, hears and keeps the words of Revelation. That is absent in the book of beginnings, Genesis. Could it be that we must look to Genesis and then to Revelation to find out why God regards His revelation to Jesus so blessed?