Although Genesis one and two and Revelation twenty-one and twenty-two are at the very opposite ends of the Bible, they hold some remarkable parallels. Some of the following may be familiar to you, while others may have a new concept to you.
In Genesis 1:1 we read that God made the heavens and the earth. When we turn to Revelation 21:1 we read that John saw a new heaven and earth. This is a very wonderful promise to believers, for we know that the universe in which we live has many problems and we look forward to when God renews all things.
Genesis 1:2 says, “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” God later divided land from the water (and we’re all thankful for that). However, it appears that there will be no sea in the new earth, for Revelation 21:1 says, “…and there was no sea.” Though most of us enjoy the ocean, that (along with other things) will not matter to us.
Genesis 1 says that God made lights: one for the day and the other for the night. John tells us in Revelation that there will be no need for the sun or moon in heaven, because God’s glory will shine. That will be a much better light then any earthly thing.
In the beginning God made man in His own image (Genesis 1:26-27, 2:7). In the end, we read that God’s own people will be with Him and He will be our God. That is surely a wonderful thing to look forward to, and we pray that God’s Word will go forth and more people will be saved and see God’s glory.
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed” (Genesis 2:8). It sounds very wonderful to live in a Garden, and it is hard to imagine just how beautiful the Garden of Eden was. But in the new world, God’s people will live in a city (Revelation 21:2), which will be much more glorious than the garden. One reason that it will be so much better than the Garden of Eden is that sin will not even be able to enter in.
Genesis 2:9 says that there was a tree of life in the garden. We remember that after Adam and Eve sinned, God sent them out of the garden before they could eat of the tree of life so that they would live. In Revelation 22:2 John saw the tree of life with twelve different fruits. Then it says that the “leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.” That surely brings joy to us, and we should praise God.
In the Garden of Eden there was a river that flowed through the garden to water it. It is always refreshing when there is water around, and we know that it is a very essential part of life. Revelation 22:1 says, “And He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.” That is so much better than any river we will ever see in this life, and besides this is the river of true life.
If we take a look at Genesis 2:11-12 we find that there was gold and precious stones in the garden. Revelation 21:18 and following tells us that there was pure (not just good) gold in the city, along with precious stones. I look forward to seeing all the beauty, but we must keep in mind that heaven is not about jewels and gold, but about our Lord Jesus. I don’t think all the other beauty will mean as much to us when we see our Lord face to face.
“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” We read this after God made Adam and there were no other people to be with Adam. So while Adam was sleeping deeply, God took a rib from his side and formed a woman. Adam had named all the animals, and now he named this helper for him, Eve. Revelation 21:9 says, “Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Those who are Christians are Christ’s bride, not because He needs us like Adam needed Eve, but because He loves us.
Several times in the first two chapters of the Bible God said that His creation was good. Of course, we know that after Adam and Eve sinned, things were not so good. Now there is much suffering, pain, and trials; even being a Christian does not make life always enjoyable (in fact, Christians are often severely persecuted for their beliefs). Nevertheless, in the last two chapters of the Bible we see again that all things will be good, for believers, that is. In fact, life will be much better than it was for Adam and Eve in the garden.
Genesis 1-2 tells us of the beginning of time and when God made man. Before these two chapters there was no time and no people. In Revelation chapters 21 and 22 we read about the end of time and when God’s people will live with Him forever.
After a study like this of Bible parallels, we should be able to see how God’s Word all fits together. This is only one example of how different parts of the Bible all point us to one thing, Jesus. Genesis one and two might not show Jesus as clearly as Revelations, but we do see Him mentioned. Chapter 1:26 says, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:” This verse clearly implies the Triune God. God was obviously not talking about angels, because angels cannot make people; God made the angels. Of course, this verse also applies to the Holy Spirit. In Revelation twenty-one and twenty-two we definitely see Jesus. He is displayed as the glorious and wonderful King that He is.
“And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”