The book of Revelation stands alone in the Bible as overtly apocalyptic literature. In content and form, the closest parallel in the Old Testament is the book of Daniel. Like portions of Daniel, Revelation is chock-full of symbolism and imagery describing cataclysmic events that occur at the end of the age.
While Genesis is the book of beginnings, Revelation is the book of consummation. In it we’re told of the completion of God’s divine program of redemption and vindication as the LORD of hosts puts all evil under His feet and recreates the heavens and the earth.
The book of Revelation should give us hope, because it tells us that in the end all will be well. There will be trials and tribulations, but ultimately every tear will be wiped away and “there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away” (Revelation 21:4). No evil can thwart our glorious destiny in Christ Jesus.
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