The Beginning & The End

In the beginning, the inspired scriptures tell us, God created everything, from nothing (2).

CreationLaura Sotka 2008

In the beginning, our first parents, Adam & Eve, knew only good.  But when they took a bite of the apple, in disobedience to God, they also began to know evil.  As part of their punishment for disobedience, God said they would experience many trials in their lives & would be opposed constantly by Satan.   Because Satan had influenced this turn of events, God said he, too, would experience consequences — ultimately to include being crushed by a descendant of Adam & Eve, whom we know as Jesus.

About 65 years after Jesus left the earth, a close friend of his was inspired by the Holy Spirit to see that the end is much like the beginning (3).  That is, many of the perfections of the Garden of Eden, at the beginning of Genesis, are restored & taken to new heights in the new heaven & the new earth, at the end of Revelation.

Revelation

But the situation of Jesus’ followers immediately after Pentecost was far from perfect. Instead, persecution was the order of the day for most Christians, at the time when his close friend recorded the revelations given to him by Jesus.

So many early Christians wondered: How can the world ultimately become peaceful rather than chaotic? What can cause such pervasive change?

According to that same close friend, only Jesus is the answer to those questions.

 

(2) Genesis 1-3

(3) Revelation 21-22