The Alpha and Omega has declared the end from the beginning. Our Creator God, the LORD (Yahweh), is the One who spoke and announced events before they came to pass (Isa. 46:10; 48:1-5). He has done this so that when prophecy is fulfilled, He will receive all the glory and, as a result of keeping His word, the faith of His people will be strengthened (John 14:29).
Bottom line: You can count on the LORD, and His word is trustworthy. And even though the language and culture of the “Old Testament” might seem foreign to us today, there are still important lessons to be learned from the early pages of Scripture:
For whatever was written before was written for our instruction, so that through our endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we may have hope” (Rom. 15:4, HCSB).
Therefore, we revisit the past, so that we may have hope at the present time in what is soon to come. More specifically, our hope as the children of God is the soon return of the root of Jesse, “…in Him the Gentiles will hope” (Rom. 15:12).
As we prepare our hearts to meet the King, the following study is a preview of the end from the beginning chapters of Genesis. Through types and shadows and the guided inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I believe that the final, canonical form of Genesis chapters 5–12 provide a rudimentary outline of key people and events in the book of Revelation.
Most of this prophetic outline is in chronological order and consistent with the sequence of events during the final Day of the LORD (e.g. Rapture of the Church, Jacob’s Trouble, Return of Christ, Millennial Reign, etc.); however, a few pieces of the puzzle are overlapping, supplemental layers, which is similar to John’s recapitulating visions in the book of Revelation. As we dig deeper into these prophetic chapters of Genesis, truly our Lord spoke volumes when He said: