The End from the Beginning: Revelation in Genesis

11/03/2012 07:30

The first three chapters of Genesis have lots of mystery ripe for revelation. Within these beginning chapters, we have revelation of the end and the great redemptive plan that brings it all about.  Our attention is often focused on the redemption of humanity, but God designed a full plan that addressed not just man, but the whole earth as well.

 

Genesis 2:4 stands out:

This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens,

 

This also means that the whole of history was created in the day that the Lord made the earth and the heavens. Within that is a seed not only for forward generations, but history is contained there as well. God is not restricted by time—He moves immediately in all of it.

 

The discourse up to this verse would then contain the history of the heavens and the earth. We are all familiar with the gap theory that happens between Genesis chapter one verses one and two. First, God creates the earth then the next verse says it was without form and void and with darkness. Although there are exceptions, darkness is usually not a good thing. The Bible uses darkness to describe existence that is in separation from Him. We don’t know for sure what happened between those two verses, but we suspect war in heaven resulting from Lucifer’s fall caused the darkness upon earth. We know that God went about restoring by shedding light.

 

God spoke the heavens into existence by slinging light with His words, and since that time, the universe has been in continuous expansion. Technically speaking, “the expansion rate of the universe has been measured to be accelerating due to the repulsive force of dark energy which appears in the theoretical models as a cosmological constant (Wikipedia).” In terms even Prophecy Dude can understand, that means that darkness is repulsed by the light God created that currently forces the expansion of the universe. Light is a wave pushing darkness.  The universe is in constant expansion (Skyserver). Light is constantly unfolding, unraveling and pushing darkness back and away.

 

The creation that is described in Genesis 1:2 and beyond shows an intimacy with the earth.  God calls forth from the earth grass, herbs, and trees all of which produce seeds and fruit.  Later He calls for the earth to bring forth animals and then He literally forms man from the earth. He blessed it all by calling it good.

 

After forming man, God plants a garden in Eden, and out of the ground, again, He made the garden’s trees. There, He gives man his first commands regarding the tree to avoid, then fashions Eve from Adam’s rib. You know the story. He gives them authority to expand which includes subduing and having dominion. God wanted a family, and He wanted the earth under the dominion of that family.

 

From the fall of mankind forward, man would be in constant contact or fellowship with the earth by planting seed and cultivating. To be successful in his command from God to expand, man has to work in harmony with the earth, and it’s a constant reminder of where he came. There is a symbiotic relationship with the beings created in His image and the earth from which they came. If nothing else, the earth is a calendar of signs for which man should watch, and if more, the earth is an ark containing covenant, promise, and accountability.

 

Man’s intimacy with earth and all creation is also illustrated by Paul:

For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.  Romans 8:19-22

 

As man serving in Christ begins to finally step into the predestined image of the full stature of Christ (Ephesians 4:11-16), the travailing of the earth as in childbirth will become more pronounced. There is a birth on its way that will shake the earth and all creation with deeper travailing until the Father declares its birthing moment.  This travail and the birth pains serve as a sign for signal for the end.

 

We believe that the finest hour of the church is upon us. One of the signs of the end is when the church arises into its full image of Christ. As Christ modeled power and authority in the earth during His three ministry years, the church will corporately function similarly and without failure, like Christ. The key to this great power is nested in our willingness with grace to lower ourselves in deepest humility. With God it’s different than the way the world operates. For Him going low is going high.

 

There is going to be a point in time when God say’s it’s finished, and he calls it all back in. As I write this I’m in mystic mode, so I’m totally disconnected from anyone’s need to time all of these events. All I can state for now is to watch and listen to the earth. Creation is speaking loudly and throwing up signs as the end draws near. The earth responds to His command because the covenant has been laid in the earth. The earth is planted with the seed of the covenant. The unveiling of that covenant takes place at its finish when the earth yields it up for the revealing recorded by the Revelator in Revelation 5.

 

The universe is expanding like a scroll being unfolded, but it will be rolled back up.

All the host of heaven shall be dissolved, And the heavens shall be rolled up like a scroll; All their host shall fall down As the leaf falls from the vine, And as fruit falling from a fig tree. Isaiah 34:4 NKJV

Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:12-14

Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. Revelation 6:14 NKJV

 

Could this following verse in Numbers be a description of the earth collapsing in on itself?

But if the Lord creates a new thing, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the pit, then you will understand that these men have rejected the Lord.” Numbers 16:30

 

Pay attention to the first words in the previous scripture about a new thing. I believe this refers to the new heavens and new earth and the New Jerusalem as corruption is vanquished and righteousness is restored.

So that he who blesses himself in the earth

Shall bless himself in the God of truth;

And he who swears in the earth

Shall swear by the God of truth;

Because the former troubles are forgotten,

And because they are hidden from My eyes.

“For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;

And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.

But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create;

For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing,

And her people a joy.

Isaiah 65:16-18

 

The earth is dissolved  to erase the memory of sin, corruption, and the covenant that carried it. The earth and creation serves as a container or ark of history recording and holding accountable the promises. Earth joins heaven as a witness to the vows of God. The purpose of all this is to bring about the New Jerusalem. The history of earth has held the promise of Jerusalem. God has held the promise in his heart.

 

We find Jerusalem throughout human history when covenants are made. All of creation, the earth, is a partner in the covenant.  Although not named as so, the Garden of Eden served as a type of Jerusalem. Later, we find that Abraham encountered Jerusalem when he tithed to the priest and king, Melchizedek who was from Salem. Salem is Jerusalem.

 

The model of Melchizedek for the fully capacitated church provides a perfect instruction book for how to act like a king. The King served Abraham communion. His service as King was to serve and not be served. Sounds like something Jesus would say. In Genesis 14:18, Melchizedek is called a king and a priest as one who operates in power and authority through service and humility. The king serves the needs of the people and the priest is the mediator connecting earth and heaven to serve the needs and purposes of God the Father. Adam was created in His image to serve with Him in bringing about full redemption and the fully restored Jerusalem with foundations whose builder and maker is God. Adam was destined to be priest and king, Jesus fulfilled that destiny and delegated to His church.

 

Abraham’s intimacy with God revealed His heart resulting in Abraham’s lifetime search for that city—the New Jerusalem (Hebrews 11:8-10). This one intimate encounter with God brought revelation to all mankind that our journey on this earth is that of passing through. We are not of this world, but citizens of heaven, of a New Jerusalem (Philippians 3:20). We tabernacle in temporary tents on this earth, just as Abraham modeled, and we look for that city that God built. Intimacy with Him compels us into that secret place.

 

Israel’s Jerusalem holds a special place in the heart of God and the plan of the ages pivots upon it.

 

“Yet I have chosen Jerusalem, that my Name may be there…” 2 Chronicles 6:6

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy. Psalm 137:5-6

 

Then the revelation of Jerusalem, the New Jerusalem, takes place where God the Father is joined to her:

 

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. Revelation 21:1-3

 

The plan of redemption is much more encompassing than what God did for humanity. He redeemed the earth and He redeemed Jerusalem and the several parts make the whole of redemption. The redemption plan was pillared with earthly models of a heavenly Jerusalem carrying the promise and the covenant until God’s Jerusalem could finally be revealed. Entrance into that plan allowing full participation is through Jesus.

 

“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?”

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:1-6

 

If you haven’t entered into that promise, covenant, and redemption plan just follow the Roman Road.

PD

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