And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NASB)
Two Sundays ago, our pastor finished teaching the Book of Revelation. Since our church teaches the bible chapter by chapter, verse by verse guess how long it took us to go through Revelation? Two years. And you know how long it took to go from Genesis to Revelation? Almost 20 years to the day. Come January, we start over again.
What awaits us in the next 20 years, I wonder? God willing, I hope we are living the last two chapters of Revelation by then. Pastor said that the last two chapters of Revelation mirror the first two chapters Genesis. What was lost at the frailty of man will be restored by the grace of God. And then some!
What are some of these common features we find in the first two chapters of the Bible and the last two chapters?
- First, we see in Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth. In Revelation 21 and 22, we find a new heaven and a new earth.
- In Genesis we also see the Tree of Life. It was put there in the garden for the man and the woman to eat, but we know that they did not eat of the tree of life, but ate instead from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. That’s what started all the problems. But in the last two chapters of Revelation, we see the Tree of Life again.
What does the Tree of Life represent? Jesus Christ! He is the reality of what that tree in the garden only pictured. It was God’s intention for the man and the woman to come to Jesus Christ and freely partake of His divine life and nature. God wanted to come inside of man. Adam and Eve had the choice, but blew it.
- In Genesis we see a river. In Revelation chapter 22 we also see the river of the water of Life, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. There is a reference to this river throughout the Scriptures. In the Psalms we read, “There is a stream that makes glad the city of God.” What (or Who) is that river?
Jesus Christ–The River!
We read in the book of John that Jesus said that He was the bread of Life and that He came to give Life (God’s Life). One day He stood up in the middle of the temple at the great feast and shouted with a loud voice, “I am the water of Life. Whoever wants to drink, come to me and drink.”
Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of all the pictures in the Old Testament. He is the Tree of life, to be man’s food. He is the River of Life, to be man’s drink. Knowing Him as our food gives us strength. Tasting Him as our drink brings satisfaction and refreshment to our souls.
- Another thing we see in Genesis is a man and a woman — Adam and Eve. In Revelation we also find a man and a woman — Jesus Christ and His Bride.
His Bride – that’s us! Who else is excited?
All. things. new.
It has been a wonderful year going through the Bible in chronological order. As of this writing, I don’t know what I’m doing for next year. I have been doing a read-through-the-year format in one form or another since I became a believer 8 years ago. Now that I have the overview of the entire bible, I feel God is leading me to slow down and dig deeper. As my pastor said, each truth of God’s word has 70 layers of meaning. I want to go though those layers, not just the surface. Of course it means I won’t get through the Bible in one year but then again God’s goal is not for us to get through the Bible but for the Bible to get through to us.
My very first post in the beginning of the year started with this:
“The great discovery is that the Bible is a message system: it’s not simply 66 books penned by 40 authors over thousands of years, the Bible is an integrated whole which bears evidence of supernatural engineering in every detail!” – Chuck Missler, Koinonia Institute
That is what we are going to discover as we go on this journey.
And it was so…
It was a pleasure reading through His Word with you.
[Reading from Blue Letter Bible – Chronological Plan]