Most people may not think much about the book of Revelation while reading the book of Genesis, or vice versa, but something grand and wonderful happens with the bookend chapters of the bible.  Particularly I’m referring to Genesis 1 and 2 (the first two chapters of the bible) and Revelation 21 and 22 (the last two chapters in the bible.)  Here I will focus on the many parallels between the physical places of the Garden of Eden, and the New Jerusalem (which most would refer to as Heaven.)

  • The presence of the tree of life.  This tree is in both places. (Gen. 2:9, Rev. 22:2)
  • The presence of a river.  Eden had a river that watered the garden. The New Jerusalem had the river of life (Gen. 2:10, Rev. 22:1-2)
  • The presence of God (Gen. 3:8, Rev. 21:3)
  • The lack of death (Gen. 3:22, Rev. 21:4)
  • The mention of gold and precious stones (Gen. 2:11-12, Rev. 21:18-20)
  • The lack of a temple (no reference for Genesis other than no temple is mentioned, and none would be needed since no sin had yet occurred. Also, a temple to worship God would not be needed while He was physically present. Rev. 21:22)

One interesting difference between Eden and the New Jerusalem is the entrance.  Eden was sealed off from Adam with a powerful angel blocking the path to the tree of life (so that he may not stretch out his hand and eat from it, Gen. 3:24) whereas the twelve gates of Heaven are always open (Rev. 21:24)

Also worth noting is that the serpent is introduced in the third chapter of the bible, which is also when the fall occurs, and the great judgment, as well as the fate of Satan, is pronounced in the third to last chapter of the scriptures (Rev. 20)

Lastly, the beginning of the scriptures illustrate the closeness of God and man until the point of the fall.  The end of the scriptures brings the entire story of God and humanity full circle, fixing what was broken through Adam and Eve to a full reconciliation with God.