Contrasts Between old Creation and the Future Creation

When God created the world as recorded in the Book of Genesis - and bypassing the possible gap theory between the first and second verses (which could have been eons of time) - but using the beginning of recorded time, many of original creations, and the curses brought about by the sin of Adam and Eve, are made over and corrected in the Book of Revelation. There are two creations in the Bible, one in the first book and one in the last, (again not counting the gap theory, which would make three creations - or one creation and two renewals).

Some of the following is taken from the book "After the Twinkling of an Eye" written by N.W. Hutchings, David A. Ingraham and Mark Hitchcock.

" As it has been described by some people, the Millennial Kingdom is simply the front porch to eternity. These two great events, though they are separate, are seen as one great event that God is going to bring to pass in the restoration of our earth.

The result of that restoration is best seen in the striking series of contrasts between the old creation in Genesis 1-3, and the future creation in Revelation 21-22. "

The following nine differences are taken from the book, but we added more information.

1. In Gen. 1:2 The Sea was part of the creation - But in Rev. 21:1 there is no more sea: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more."

2. In Gen 3: 16-19 There is crying and pain - But in Rev. 21:4 no more crying and pain: "He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain, for the old order has passed away."

3. In Gen. 2:17 there is death: "...from that tree you shall not eat; the moment you eat from it you are surely doomed to die." - But in Rev. 21:4 there is no more death, "...and there shall be no more death or mourning..."

4. In Gen. 1:16 the sun is created: "God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day..." - But in Rev. 21:23 the sun is no longer needed, "The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the Glory of God gave it light, and its lamp was the Lamb."

5. In Gen. 1:5 we have night: "God called the light 'day,' and the darkness He called 'night'..." - But In Rev. 21:25 no more night: "During the day its gates will never be shut, and there will be no night there."

6. In Gen. 3:15-19 God puts a curse on the earth because of the sin of Adam and Eve. - But in Rev. 22:3 the curse is removed: "Nothing accursed will be found there anymore. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him."

7. In Gen. 2:22-24 we have the marriage of Adam and Eve. - In Rev. 19:7-9 we have the marriage of the Lamb: "Let us rejoice and be glad and give Him glory. For the wedding day of the Lamb has come, His bride has made herself ready..."

8. In Gen. 3:24 The Tree of Life is off limits: "When He expelled the man, He settled him east of the garden of Eden: and He stationed the Cherubim and the fiery revolving sword to guard the way to the Tree of Life." - But in Rev. 2:7 there is access to the Tree of Life: "...I will give the right to eat from the Tree of Life that is in the garden of God." Also in Rev. 22:2: "down the middle of its street. On either side of the river grew the Tree of Life that produces fruit twelve times a year..."

9. In Gen. 2:10 four rivers are named: the Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates. - but in Rev. 22:1 only one river is mentioned: "Then the angel showed me the river of life-giving water, sparkling like crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of its street..."

By George Konig
October 22, 2006

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