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Revelation Fruit Tree (Revelation 22.2b)

"On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 22.2b)✞

Garden of Eden

The Garden of EdenThe Revelation fruit tree reminds us of Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden which is also called the "Garden of God." In Genesis 2.8-9 we read, "Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there he put the man he had formed. The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground, trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. In the middle of the garden were the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil." Another reference to the Garden of Eden appears in Ezekiel 31.8-9, when the prophet was describing "Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest;" he says, "The cedars in the garden of God could not rival it, nor could the junipers equal its boughs, nor could the plane trees compare with its branches — no tree in the garden of God could match its beauty. I made it beautiful with abundant branches, the envy of all the trees of Eden in the garden of God." The Arabic root for the name "Eden" incidentally means, "fruitful or well watered" which ties in nicely with the "Revelation fruit tree" and the "Tree of Life." After Adam and Eve sinned and disobeyed God by eating from "The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil", they were forbidden from eating from "the Tree of Life" which grew alongside it. They could not have eternal life so long as they were under sin's control. "The Tree of Life" may be related to an ancient belief in the "World Tree." This mythical World Tree represented a huge tree which was believed to have supported the heavens and thereby connected the heavens, the Earth and the underworld by its branches and roots. However, here in Revelation 22, residents will be able to eat freely from the new "Tree of Life", because sin's control over us is destroyed and our eternity with God is secure through Jesus Christ. Those who eat "The Tree of Life" will live forever.✞

Genesis Paradise

GenesisThe Book of Revelation closes off human history as the Book of Genesis opened it in Paradise. But there is one distinct difference in Revelation in that all evil is gone forever. Paradise from the Persian for "paradise garden" is a place for "timeless harmony" which was the perfection before The Fall that will be restored in the World to come. Genesis describes Adam and Eve walking and talking with God and Revelation speaks of believers worshipping God face to face.✞

Evil is Gone

Picture of ParadiseGenesis pictured a garden with an evil serpent which was portrayed as a deceptive creature who suggested what God had declared as evil. Genesis 3.1 reads, "Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden?'" Revelation however portrays a perfect city with no evil whatsoever. There are also gardens to delight the eye and the "Tree of Life" to nourish and heal the people of God. The Garden of Eden was destroyed by sin, but Revelation sees a better and more perfect Garden of Eden re-created in the New Jerusalem in Heaven. Won't that be wonderful!

"Revelation Fruit Tree"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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