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Gerard de VosCreated by Gerard de Vos
on 17-03-2008
Category: Bible related
Beginning and end

The beginning of the Bible (Genesis 1-11) gives an outline of the course of human history. It shows that God is in control. He is purifying a people for Himself (Titus 2:14) to inherit the new heavens and earth. In the book Revelation God wraps up this present age and establishes his Son Jesus Christ as the visible King of his eternal Kingdom. The beginning and the end have a lot in common:

1. a) The Genesis story shows God as the Creator (Genesis 1:1), the Lord (Genesis 6:5, 'the Lord saw…), and the Judge (Genesis 6-8, the Flood). He lays down the rule of His creation - obedience to Him (Genesis 2:16,17).
b) Revelation shows God as the Re-creator of the new heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1), the final Judge (Revelation 20:10,15), and the Rewarder of the obedient (Revelation 21:3).

2. a) God created the universe in perfection (Genesis 1:31), but allowed it to be infiltrated by sin (Genesis 4; 6:1-7 is an example of sin's effect).
b) He will restore perfection at the end of human history. (As the flood cleansed the earth [Genesis 7:21,22], so the world will be cleansed by fire at the end of time [2 Peter 3:10-13].)

3. a) Adam was told to be fruitful and fill the newly created earth (Genesis 1:28), Noah was told to fill the newly cleansed earth after the flood (Genesis 9:1).
b) Jesus the Creator (Colossians 1:16) will also fill the renewed earth with His redeemed people (Revelation 5:9,10).

4. a) God's perfect creation allowed Him to rest (Genesis 2:2), but sin caused Him to forfeit His deserved rest, and both He and Jesus have since worked ceaselessly on behalf of fallen humanity (John 5:17).
b) During the eternal reign, there will be rest, peace and joy, for sin will be no more, and God will be with His people, comforting and caring for them (Revelation 21:3,4).

5. a) The devil stole man's authority over the earth, and although he is ruling over it for a limited time (1 John 5:19), God is always in control (Genesis 4:9; 6:5-8; 7:1; 9:1; 11:5-8),
b) Eventually the devil's pseudo reign will end (Revelation 20:10), while God will reign eternally (Revelation 19:6b).

6. a) God's kingdom has to do with morality (Genesis 2:16,17; 6:5).
b) Perfect morality will be restored in eternity (Revelation 21:8; 22:15) for no sin or sinner will be allowed (for an eternal reign to be peaceful, no immorality can be allowed).

7. a) Sin caused the earth to be cursed with thorns, thistles, hard labour and difficult child birth (Genesis 3:17-19). This curse, is causing the destruction of the earth.
b) There will be no more curse in the new heavens and earth (Revelation 22:3).

8. a) In Genesis we see that faith in God's words is necessary to be saved from disaster. (Noah believed that God was serious about the judgement of the Flood, and he entered the ark and was saved [Genesis 6:18].)
b) Only those who believe what the Bible says about judgement after death, accept Jesus’ provision for their sin and find eternal salvation (Revelation 22:12).

9. a) Jesus, the Creator demonstrated the power of His words that created everything seen and unseen (Genesis 1:1-2:9; Colossians 1:16). The words in the Bible still powerfully create new life in those who accept them (1 Peter 1:23).
b) Eternally Jesus is the Word of God (Revelation 19:13).

10. a) God told Adam that if he disobeys, he will die (both physically and spiritually - Genesis 2:16-17).
b) In Revelation 1:18 Jesus says that He has the keys of death and hades, and they are both thrown into the lake of fire in Revelation 20:14. That shows that there will be no death in eternity.

11. a) In his mercy God gave man death so that he would not have to live for ever with sin, violence and destruction (Genesis 3:22-24).
b) After the renewal of the heavens and the earth, there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain (Revelation 21:4).

12. a) In Genesis 3:15 God promised that Someone will come from the woman who would save man from his sin, but who would be bitten in the heel by the devil (the Cross).
b) In Revelation 1:7 those who pierced Jesus by nailing Him to the cross, will see Him. He is the Root and Offspring of David (David's descendant was Mary through whom was born the Saviour), and the bright Morning Star (Revelation 22:16) who saved us from our sins by His blood(Revelation 1:5).

13. a) There is enmity between the devil and God, and their followers (Genesis 3:15; 4:1-12).
b) This will end with the destruction of the foe and his followers (Revelation 20:10,15).

14. a) The effects of sin on human relationships are terrible (Genesis 3:16).
b) These effects will be destroyed by the overthrow of the devil, and peace will reign, with no more pain and heartache (Revelation 20:10; 21:4).

15. a) Because of sin, man did not spread over the whole earth as God commanded him, but stayed together to build the first godless city (Genesis 11:3,4).
b) After sin's demise, there will be no more godless cities on planet earth. The new Jerusalem will come down to earth, where God will dwell with man, and they will see His face (Revelation 21:2-3; 22:4).

16. a) Genealogies in Genesis 5:1-32; 10:1-26 relate everyone to Adam, the son of God, made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27).
b) In Revelation 19:7 we have the marriage of the Bride (the redeemed people) to the Bridegroom (the Son of God). There will be no need for genealogies, because there all be related to God by blood (that of the Lamb slain for sin).

17. a) The perfect marriage relationship between Adam and Eve (Genesis 2:24) was disrupted by sin (Genesis 3:16).
b) The divine marriage will restore this perfect relationship in eternity (Revelation 19:7-8).

18. a) Enoch did not die, but was taken up by God (Genesis 5:24).
b) It typifies the second coming of Christ (Revelation 22:20) and the rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:16-18).

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"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.” 1 Corinth 1:27