Alpha & Omega
originally written 5 May 16
posted 6 May 16

photograph by: Shirley/Missouri/May 2016
Jesus was there at our beginning…and He is/will be there at the end of our story on this earth. Life is ALL about Him and no one can remove the great I AM from it. We were created for relationship with our Triune God and although things got messed up in the middle, He has provided the only solution possible so that we could live eternally with Him the way we were designed. Our story was written before even one of us alive today took our first breath and the end is non-negotiable.  

Then the One sitting on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” Also he said, “Write, ‘These words are true and trustworthy!’” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the Beginning and the End. To anyone who is thirsty I myself will give water free of charge from the Fountain of Life. He who wins the victory will receive these things, and I will be his God, and he will be my son. But as for the cowardly, the untrustworthy, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those involved with the occult and with drugs, idol-worshippers, and all liars — their destiny is the lake burning with fire and sulfur, the second death.”
Revelation 21:5-8

And just in case we missed it…He repeats this foundational unchanging truth:

I am the ‘A’ and the ‘Z,’ the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
Revelation 22:13

This year I participated in the Bible Study Fellowship study on Revelation. There was so much to learn and talk about throughout the course. I love that we were provided these comparisons (beginning to end, humanity’s story is already written and complete) at the wrap-up lecture yesterday and just had to share:

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”
Genesis 1:1

“I saw a new heaven and a new earth”
Revelation 21:1

“The darkness He called night”
Genesis 1:5

“There will be no night there”
Revelation 21:25

God made two great lights (sun and moon)
Genesis 1:1

“The city does not need the sun or the moon…for the glory of God gives it light”
Revelation 21:23

“When you eat of it you will surely die”
Genesis 2:17

“There will be no more death”
Revelation 21:4

Satan appears as deceiver of mankind
Genesis 3:1

Satan disappears forever
Revelation 20:10

A garden into which defilement entered
Genesis 3:6-7

A city into which nothing impure will ever enter
Revelation 21:27

Walk of God with people interrupted
Genesis 3:8-10

God will dwell and walk with His people forever
Revelation 21:3

Initial triumph of the serpent
Genesis 3:13

Ultimate triumph of the Lamb
Revelation 20:20; 22:3

God multiplies sorrow and pain
Genesis 3:16

“There will be no more…mourning or sorrow or pain
Revelation 21:4

“Cursed is the ground because of you”
Genesis 3:17

“No longer will there be any curse”
Revelation 22:3

Man’s dominion broken in the fall of the first man, Adam
Genesis 3:19

Man’s dominion restored in the rule of the New Man, Christ
Revelation 22:5

First paradise closed
Genesis 3:23

New paradise opened
Revelation 21:25

Access to the tree of life forbidden to Adam
Genesis 3:24

Access to the tree of life reinstated in Christ
Revelation 22:14

They were driven from God’s presence
Genesis 3:24

“They will see his face”
Revelation 22:4



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