Chart of Revelation and Genesis

This sermon continues examining the thirty clues given in the first eleven verses of Revelation that show how the book ought to be read. This sermon focuses on the proper approach to understanding symbols.

Categories: Revelation

Probationary versus Eternal World

Genesis (probationary world)Revelation (eternal world)
Division of light and darkness (Gen. 1:4).No night there (Rev. 21:25+).
Division of land and sea (Gen. 1:10).No more sea (Rev. 21:1+).
Rule of sun and moon (Gen. 1:16).No need of sun or moon (Rev. 21:23+).
First heavens and earth finished (Gen. 2:1-3).New heaven and earth forever (Rev. 21:2+).
Man in a prepared garden (Gen. 2:8-9).Man in a prepared city (Rev. 21:2+).
River flowing out of Eden (Gen. 2:10).River flowing from God’s throne (Rev. 22:1+).
Tree of life in the midst of the garden (Gen. 2:9).Tree of life throughout the city (Rev. 22:2+).
Gold in the land (Gen. 2:12).Gold in the city (Rev. 21:21+).
Bdellium and the onyx stone (Gen. 2:12).All manner of precious stones (Rev. 21:19+).
God walking in the garden (Gen. 3:8).God dwelling with His people (Rev. 21:3+).
The Spirit energizing (Gen. 1:2).The Spirit inviting (Rev. 22:17+).
Bride formed for her husband (Gen. 2:21-23).Bride adorned for her husband (Rev. 21:2+).
Command to multiply (Gen. 1:28).Nations of the saved (Rev. 21:24+).
Garden accessible to the Liar (Gen. 3:1-5).City closed to all liars (Rev. 21:27+).
Man in God’s image (Gen. 1:27).Man in God’s presence (Rev. 21:3+).
Man the probationer (Gen. 2:17).Man the heir (Rev. 21:7+).

Cursed versus Redeemed World

Genesis (cursed world)Revelation (redeemed world)
Cursed ground (Gen. 3:17).No more curse (Rev. 22:3+).
Daily sorrow (Gen. 3:17).No more sorrow (Rev. 21:4+).
Sweat on the face (Gen. 3:19).No more tears (Rev. 21:1+;Rev. 4:1+).
Thorns and thistles (Gen. 3:18).No more pain (Rev. 21:4+).
Eating herbs of the field (Gen. 3:18).Twelve manner of fruits (Rev. 22:2+).
Returning to the dust (Gen. 3:19).No more death (Rev. 21:4+).
Coats of skins (Gen. 3:21).Fine linen, white and clean (Rev. 19:14+).
Satan opposing (Gen. 3:15).Satan banished (Rev. 20:10+).
Kept from the tree of life (Gen. 3:24).Access to the tree of life (Rev. 22:14+).
Banished from the garden (Gen. 3:23).Free entry to the city (Rev. 22:14+).
Redeemer promised (Gen. 3:15).Redemption accomplished (Rev. 5:9-10+).
Evil continually (Gen. 6:5).Nothing that defiles (Rev. 21:27+).
Seed of the woman (Gen. 3:15).Root and offspring of David (Rev. 22:16+).
Cherubim guarding (Gen. 3:24).Angels inviting (Rev. 21:9+).

Bullinger1 adds to the list the following:

Man in God’s image (Gen. 1:26).Man headed by one in Satan’s image (Rev. 13:1+).
Man’s religion, art, and science, resorted to for enjoyment apart from God (Gen. 4:1).Man’s religion, luxury, art, and science, in their full glory judged and destroyed by God (Rev. 18:1+).
Nimrod, a great rebel and King, and hidden anti-God, the founder of Babylon (Gen. 10:8-10).The Beast, the great Rebel, a King, and manifested anti-God, the reviver of Babylon (Rev. 13:1+, Rev. 17:1+).
A flood from God to destroy an evil generation (Gen. 6:1-Gen. 9:1).A flood from Satan to destroy an elect generation (Rev. 12:1+).
Marriage of first Adam (Gen. 2:18-23).Marriage of last Adam (Rev. 19:1+).
A bride sought for Abraham’s son (Isaac) and found (Gen. 24:1).A Bride made ready and brought to Abraham’s Son (Rev. 19:9+).
Man’s dominion ceased and Satan’s begun (Gen. 3:24).Satan’s dominion ended and man’s restored (Rev. 22:1+).


  1. E. W. Bullinger, Commentary On Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984, 1935), 58-59. ↩

Chart of Revelation and Genesis is part of the Revelation series published on May 4, 2015

Categories: Revelation

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