This Sunday completes the end of a journey in the book of Revelation: 25 weeks through 22 chapters. They say “no one learns more than the teacher,” and I believe this may hold true. I am walking away from my SS studies with a renewed eternal perspective.
It’s one that does not believe in a political cure to our society’s moral decline. Society cannot and will not be redeemed by politics. That’s because politics is based upon the art of compromise. Let’s face it, most American adults (and politicians) do not believe in absolute truth.
Instead, what I am reminded of by the turning the final page in my Bible, is that my hope of a world free from the contamination of sin is predicated upon (more than ever) the return of Jesus Christ. It is the Revelation of Jesus Christ—His fullest disclosure, revealing, unveiling, in which all things marred and cursed by man’s fall will be made right once again.
Dr. Steven J. Lawson captures this near the end of his book Heaven Help Us: Truths About Eternity That Will Help You Live Today. In it he writes:1
[T]he message of the Bible has now come full circle. Dramatically, the message of the Bible is now complete!
What began in Genesis is now completed in Revelation. Genesis tells us how it all began; Revelation tells us how it all ends. All that lies between is the unfolding plan of redemption.
In Genesis we see the first Paradise closed. In Revelation we see the new Paradise opened. In Genesis we find the entrance of human sin. In Revelation we see the exclusion of human sin. In Genesis the curse was imposed. In Revelation the curse is removed. In Genesis access to the tree of life was disinherited. In Revelation access to the tree of life is reinherited. In Genesis we see the beginning of sorrow and death. In Revelation we see the end of sorrow and death. In Genesis man’s dominion is broken. In Revelation we see man’s dominion restored. In Genesis we see the evil triumph of Satan. In Revelation we see the ultimate triumph of the Lamb. In Revelation, God’s walk with man was interrupted. In Revelation, God’s walk with man resumes. In Genesis we see Paradise lost. In Revelation we see Paradise regained.
Genesis is the foundation stone; Revelation is the capstone.
Now I see why there is a direct promise of blessing addressed to the reader of this book, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near” (1:3).