The Bible is a unit, not a collection of unrelated manuscripts. With the golden lampstand design in Exodus 25 we have a prophecy of the sixty-six books found in the complete Bible that we have been blessed to receive. The events described in the early chapters of the first book, Genesis, are concluded in the last book, the Revelation. There is symmetry in God’s Word.
Some time before the Fall of Man, Satan rebelled. While not mentioned in the Genesis narrative, it obviously occurred before Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin. Ostensibly about the king of Tyre, Ezekiel 28:12-17 clearly describes Satan and his fall (also Isaiah 14:12-15). This event, which took place chronologically in Genesis is also described in the Revelation 12:4 and Revelation 12:7-9. Satan rebelled, was cast out and took one-third of the spiritual beings, who also rebelled, with him.
These spiritual beings, which we know as demons, lusted after human women and had children by them (Genesis 6:1-4). It appears that the purpose of the Flood was to eliminate these evil progeny. Their spirits were apparently locked up. Then, in the last book of the Bible (Revelation 9:1-11) a “star” that had fallen was given the key to the Abyss, which he unlocked to release these demonic beings. The head demon’s name means “destroyer.” These demons contribute to the dreadful events foretold in the Revelation, and then they are cast into the lake of fire, probably along with Satan. (Revelation 20:10)
Immediately following the Flood there is another rebellion. Nimrod became a powerful man with a “kingdom.” (Genesis 10:9-12) This is the first use of the word “kingdom” in the Bible. Nimrod began the rebellion of Mystery Babylon. He and his wife, Semiramis, are key figures in some pagan religions. And let us not forget the Tower of Babel. The theme of the Revelation is the destruction of Mystery Babylon. It is culminated in the Revelation chapters 17 and 18.
After the Babylonia rebellion, led by Nimrod, the Lord chose Abraham and promised to make his descendants a great people and also promised land to those same descendants. (Genesis 13:14-17) This is the “Promised Land.” But they rebelled and the Lord drove them out of Israel. However, the Bible is full of statements by the Lord where He promises to bring the Children of Israel back to the Land of Israel. This return is not specifically mentioned in the Revelation, but the entire book culminates with Jesus ruling as King of Kings and ushering in one-thousand years of peace. Old Testament prophecy tells of this time when all of the Children of Israel will be gathered from the four corners of the earth and will return to Israel.
The Book of Exodus tells of the Lord giving a covenant to the Children of Israel at Mount Sinai. Through Abraham, the Lord chose these people to bless and watch over. In effect, He was to become their husband, in the sense of one who cares for something. But while Moses was on the mountain, the “wife” was committing spiritual adultery with the Golden Calf. The Lord decided to look elsewhere for a people who would respond to His care. (Isaiah 65:1) That is where we Gentile Christians fit in. The Church is conspicuous in its absence in the Revelation. The Church is not mentioned after chapter three until the very last chapter (verse 16). Because of the symmetry of the Word, we Christians, the last to be chosen, will be taken first. Amen and Amen.