Genesis and Revelation

Genesis 2 and New JerusalemGenesis chapters 1–2 and Revelation 21–22 share a wonderful characteristic: no sin and no death. There are many features of creation in Genesis that correspond with the spiritual realities in New Jerusalem in Revelation.

This post points out matching features in the garden of Eden and New Jerusalem. The parenthetical numbers are verse references in Genesis and Revelation. Future posts will explore each correspondence in more detail.

God was present in the garden (3:8) and is present in New Jerusalem (21:22; 22:1).

Man was present in the garden (2:8, 15) and is present in New Jerusalem, as indicated by the names of the tribes of Israel and the names of the apostles (21:12, 14).

The tree of life was in the garden (2:9) and the tree of life is in New Jerusalem (22:2).

The river was flowing in the garden (2:10) and the river of water of life is flowing in New Jerusalem (22:1).

Gold, bdellium, and onyx stone were precious materials in the garden (2:12); gold, pearls, and precious stones are in New Jerusalem (21:18-21).

A woman was present in the garden as the wife of Adam (2:22-24), a type of Christ (Romans 5:14); New Jerusalem is the wife of the Lamb, Christ (21:9).

In the garden, God was real even though He had not yet become the redeeming Lamb-God (Revelation 22:1) through incarnation, death, and resurrection. Man was real but not yet regenerated. The tree, the river, and the precious materials were in the garden as symbols, but the realities are in the city. Praise God for the marvelous picture in Genesis 2 and the fulfillment in New Jerusalem.

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  1. Great post! I’ve never thought about all the similarities to revelation and Genesis. Very interesting 🙂

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  2. This is an enlightening comparison. It really shows God’s central thought in the Bible from beginning to end, and bears witness to the fact that the Bible really is God-breathed.

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  3. such a well reflected similarities …

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  4. When we come to Revelation 21 and 22, we do not find a garden, but a city. A city is not created; it is built. In Genesis 2 we have creation; in Revelation 21 and 22 we have the building. In the city we also have the tree of life. Thus, the Bible begins and ends with life. Moreover, in the city we find a river of living water proceeding out of the throne of God. This corresponds to the river in the garden. Furthermore, in Revelation we find the three categories of precious materials, not in a natural state, but built into a city made with gold, pearl, and precious stones. Therefore, what was sown in Genesis as a seed is reaped in Revelation as the harvest. The growth of the seed and the development of the crop are found between Genesis and Revelation. This is not our human concept; it is the revelation of the divine Word found in the first and last chapters of the Bible.

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