創世紀前三章和啟示錄最後三章的平行相似

創世紀前三章和啟示錄最後三章的對比,可以清楚看出來,啟示錄後三章的主旨,是在於解決創世紀前三章帶來的罪的問題。生命樹取代善惡樹,人類藉著基督的救贖,重新建立新的伊甸園。整本聖經出現前後呼應的令人驚嘆的結構。

 

Genesis 1-3                                                                                       Revelation 20-22

God created the heavens and earth God prepares a new heaven and earth
Satan appears as deceiver of mankind Satan disappears in the lake of fire
Sin and defilement enter the garden Nothing defiled will enter the city
Walk with God interrupted by sin Walk with God resumed by grace
Initial triumph of the serpent Ultimate triumph of the Lamb
Pain multiplied because of sin No more tears, pain or death
Paradise closed because of sin Paradise open to all believers
Access to the tree of life lost Access to the tree of life regained
Fallen people driven from God’s presence Redeemed people shall see His face
The ground is cursed because of sin There shall be no more curse