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Day of the Lord"
Introduction to the Book of Revelation
Revelation: The Complement of Genesis.
The Apocalypse is connected very closely with the Old Testament, and not as
we have seen with the New; with Genesis, and not with the Church Epistles. Indeed,
the connection between Genesis and Revelation is so marked that many have noticed
It will be only necessary for us therefore to exhibit the likenesses and contrasts
in parallel columns. No comment will be necessary. In Genesis we have the book
of the Beginning; in revelation the book of the End (not the whole period which
we call A.D., but the end of it).
The Apocalypse completes all that Genesis begins, and introduces the New Creation,
lest we should think there is nothing beyond. In Genesis we have therefore the
primal creation and the history of the curse which came upon it: Revelation
tells how that curse will be removed, and the New Creation brought in.
In Genesis we have Satan's first revolt, and in Revelation his final revolt. The
parallel between the two books may be thus set forth: -
Earth created (1:1)
passed away (21:1).
moon and stars for Earth's government (1:14-16).
moon and stars connected with Earth's judgment (6:12; 8:12; 16:8).
to govern the day (1:16).
need of the sun (30:23).
called night (1:5).
night there" (22:5).
called seas (1:10).
more sea" (21:1).
river for Earth's blessing (2:10-14).
river for the New Earth (22:1,2).
in God's image (1:26).
headed by one in Satan's image (13.)
of sin (3.).
and end of sin.
more curse" (22:3).
more death" (21:4).
first mentioned in connection
with man (3:24).
final mention in connection with man.
driven out from Eden (3:24).
of life guarded (3:24).
to the Tree of Life" (22:14).
and suffering enter (3:17).
more sorrow (22:4).
religion, art, and science, resorted to
for enjoyment apart from God (4.).
religion, luxury, art, and science, in their full glory judged and destroyed
by God (18.).
a great rebel and King, and hidden anti-God, the founder of
Beast, the great Rebel, a King, and manifested anti-God, the
reviver of Babylon (13., 18.).
flood from God to destroy an evil generation (6-9.).
flood from Satan to destroy an elect generation (12.).
bow the token of God's covenant with the Earth (9:13).
bow, betokening God's remembrance of His covenant with the Earth (4:3; 10:1).
and Egypt, the place of corruption and temptation (13., 19.).
and Egypt again (spiritually representing Jerusalem) (11:8).
confederacy against Abraham's people overthrown (14.).
confederacy against Abraham's seed overthrown (12.).
of first Adam (2:18-23).
of last Adam (19.).
bride sought for Abraham's son (Isaac) and found (24.).
Bride made ready and brought to Abraham's Son (19:9). See Matt. 1:
angels acting for God on behalf of His People (19.).
witnesses acting for God on behalf of His people (11.).
promised seed to possess the gate of his enemies (29:8).
promised seed coming into possession.
dominion ceased and Satan's begun (3:24).
dominion ended and man's restored (22.).
moon and stars associated with Israel (37.).
moon and stars associated again with Israel (12.).
Church not preconfigured.
Church not to be looked for.
It is surely impossible for us to read these solemn parallels and contrast
without coming to the conclusion that there must be the closest possible connection
between the two books.
- They are joined together by God in a way so that no man can put them asunder.
- God has joined the Revelation to Genesis; man joins it with the Epistles.
- God has joined it with Jews, Gentile and the Earth; man joins it with Christendom.
- God has joined it with what He had before written in Genesis; man joins it with
what man has written himself in Church history!
Can perversity go further than this? Is it any wonder that the book is misunderstood
by so many, and neglected by most? For what can be made of it when such elements
of confusion are introduced?
When God has placed the key to the book at the very threshold, in the first chapter,
man deliberately ignores it, and makes another, which he presents to those who would fain
enter; but, when it is tried, it is found that none of the wards fit the lock, and the
door either has to be forced, or all hope of entrance abandoned!
And yet, when we look at the general scope of the book which will be given later on,
how wonderous it is! How Divinely perfect! And, at the same time, how simple and easy! So
simple that a child can become interested in it, and the humblest saint understand it.
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