Since John was the last writer of
Scriptures, his writings contain a unique view of the whole spectrum of
Scriptures from beginning to end. John often spoke in terms of "beginning
to end" (John 1:1; I John 1:1; Revelation 1:8,17).
This "beginning to end" perspective comes to light particularly in the last
chapters of Revelation. The first two chapters of Genesis describe Creation
and Eden, whereas the last two chapters of Revelation describe the
restoration of Creation and Eden.
In these last two chapters, there is a special addition about "heavenly
Jerusalem" (21:9-22:3). Glorified Jerusalem becomes the centerpiece of the
restoration of Paradise. Heaven and earth come together as heavenly and
earthly Jerusalem come together. The glorious destiny of both Eden and
Jerusalem are one and the same.
"I saw new heavens and a new earth ... the holy city, New Jerusalem,
descending from heaven ..." (Revelation 21:1-2).
"... the river of the water of life, coming out from the throne of God and
the Lamb; in the middle of the street of the city and on the bank of the
river on each side is the tree of life ..."2 (Revelation 22:1-2).
"... they will have right to the tree of life and will enter into the
city ..." (Revelation 22:14) (Genesis 2:9, 3:22).
"... his part of the tree of life and from the holy city ..."
The unification of Jerusalem and Eden comprises the last revelation of
Scriptures. The last two chapters of Revelation unify the two great
biblical themes of Eden and Jerusalem. This rather shocking perspective
unifies the plan of the Bible from beginning to end.
In the Garden of Eden, God planned for mankind to multiply, fill the earth,
and eventually form a perfect society with a perfect King. The capital of
that kingdom would be at the center of paradise. The garden of paradise and
the capital of the kingdom are one and the same.
Adam was expelled eastward out of Eden; Abraham was sent back westward to
Canaan. Adam sinned at the tree in Eden; Yeshua had to be hanged on a tree
in Jerusalem to reverse the sin of mankind. Abraham had to offer his son
Isaac at the same location and David had to build his temple there. From
there Yeshua rose into heaven, and to there He will return to set up His
kingdom on earth.
Ultimately Eden will be restored, along with all creation, with
Jerusalem at the center. The restoration of paradise, the glorification of
Jerusalem, and the unification of heaven and earth all come together at the
end of God's plan.
This article was previously published on April
on the Revive Israel website, and on April 28th
2017 here on the Kehila News Israel website.