Note the similarities between Genesis and the Apocalypse.
In both we have a new beginning, and a new order. In both we have the tree of life, the river, the bride, the walk of God with man; and in both paradises we have the same moral and spiritual ideals. God has never abandoned the Eden ideal for man; and although in the end the garden has given place to the city, the Eden ideal of holiness finally triumphs.
Mark the contrasts between the one book and the other:
1. In Genesis we see the first paradise closed (Gen. 3:23); in Revelation we see the new paradise opened (Rev. 21:25).
2. In Genesis we see dispossession through human sin (Gen. 3:24); in Revelation we see repossession through Divine grace (Rev. 21:24).
3. In Genesis we see the "curse" imposed (Gen. 3:17); in Revelation we see the "curse" removed (Rev. 22:3).
4. In Genesis we see access to the tree of life disinherited, in Adam (Gen. 3:24); in Revelation we see access to the tree of life re-inherited, in Christ (Rev. 22:14).
5. In Genesis we see the beginning of sorrow and death (Gen. 3:16-19); in Revelation we read "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow" (Rev. 21:4).
6. In Genesis we are shown a garden, into which defilement entered (Gen. 3:6-7); in Revelation we are shown a city, of which it is written: "There shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles" (Rev. 21:27).
7. In Genesis we see man's dominion broken, in the fall of the first man, Adam (Gen. 3:19); in Revelation we see man's dominion restored, in the rule of the New Man, Christ (Rev. 22:5).
8. In Genesis we see the evil triumph of the Serpent (Gen. 3:13); in Revelation we see the ultimate triumph of the Lamb (Rev. 20:10; 22:3).
9. In Genesis we see the walk of God with man interrupted (Gen. 3:8-10); in Revelation we see the walk of God with man resumed, and a great voice says from heaven, "Behold the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them . . ." (Rev. 21:3).
Note the completions of the one book in the other. The Garden, in Genesis, gives place to the City, in the Apocalypse; and the one man has become the race. In Genesis we see human sin in its beginnings; in the Apocalypse we see it in its full and final developments, in the Harlot, the False Prophet, the Beast, and the Dragon. In Genesis we see sin causing physical death, on earth; in the Apocalypse we see sin issuing in the dread darkness of the "second death," in the beyond. In Genesis we have the sentence passed on Satan; in the Apocalypse we have the sentence executed. In Genesis we are given the first promise of a coming Savior and salvation; in the Apocalypse we see that promise in its final and glorious fulfillment. Genesis causes anticipation; the Apocalypse effects realization. Genesis is the foundation stone of the Bible; the Apocalypse is the capstone.
From Explore the Book, J. Sidlow Baxter, Zondervan, pp. 26-27