Compare. Contrast. Complete.March 17, 2020 Save Article
“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever”
Did you know there's no devil in the first two chapters or the last two chapters of the Bible? But Genesis and Revelation have plenty to say about him elsewhere.
And the devil hates Genesis and Revelation! He has waged war against them. He would tell us that Genesis is myth and Revelation is mystery. In the book of Genesis, you see sin as it begins and brings death and a curse. In the book of Revelation, sin is gone. There is no more death and no more curse.
In the book of Genesis, Satan appears for the first time. In the book of Revelation, he appears for the last time. There’s a special blessing in both Genesis and Revelation:
- In Genesis, because it is the seedbed of all theology
- In Revelation, for it is the culmination of all theology.
- In Genesis, the devil's doom is pronounced (see Genesis 3:14-15).
- In Revelation, it is carried out (see Revelation 20:10).
What we see begin in the book of Genesis, we see in completion and fulfillment in the book of the Revelation.
How important it is that we see these books as they are, in comparison and in contrast! For what God began years ago at the first creation, He ultimately completes in His new creation.