And so, from Genesis 1:1 through another 12 “first verses” we arrive at the beginning of the last book of the Bible where we find God still speaking to the faithful. From the creation in verse 1 of Genesis through to the final wrapping up of history as we know it, God is in charge. Through all the ups and downs, the joys and the sufferings of human life on earth, God has always been in charge.
On the one hand, the message of Revelation is obscure and notoriously difficult to interpret, but, on the other hand, it is straightforward. Beyond all the many attempts to interpret Revelation specifically, one thing is clear: all history is God’s history. And, whatever human beings or the powers and principalities of evil get up to, God will tie up all the loose ends. History is in God’s hands and when the time comes it will come to an end … and a new beginning!
Praise be to the God whose hands craft the stars and galaxies; praise be to the God whose hands hold every twist and turn of cosmic and human history. Praise be to the God who will bring in the new heavens and new earth. Praise be to the Lamb who was slain and now sits on the throne, who will reign forever and ever.