~ Paradise Lost > Search for Paradise > Paradise Restored ~
There are a number of fascinating parallels between the first three chapters of the Bible (Genesis 1-3) and the last three chapters of the Bible (Revelation 20-22). In between we find 1,183 chapters which record mankind’s struggles as well as instructions for the struggle. In this series each post looks at one of the parallels—it is not an exhaustive coverage of all the parallels.
The Beginning ~ God created man and woman and placed them in the Garden of Eden—a true paradise. But they were tempted… they sinned… and that paradise was lost. “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings” (Genesis 3:6-7).
The Middle ~ Solomon, reputed to be “the wisest man ever to live,” as well as one of the richest to ever live, tried to find satisfaction in all that earth in its sinful condition offers. He concludes as follows: “Moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth. The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh. Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man's all. For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14). Jesus Christ, the source of all wisdom, said: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Mark 8:36-37).
The End ~ There is a time coming when all who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Savior will enjoy an unending paradise. “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. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Revelation 21:3-4). “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him” (Revelation 22:3).
~ Robert Lloyd Russell, ABUNDANT LIFE NOW
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