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Revelation Fruit Tree
(Revelation 22.2b)
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"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 reminded us of the "Tree of Life" in the "Garden of Eden" which was 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 appeared in Ezekiel 31.8-9, when the prophet was describing "Assyria, once a cedar in Lebanon, with beautiful branches overshadowing the forest." Ezekiel wrote, "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 meant, "fruitful" or "well watered" which tied 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 were denied eternal life as long as they were under sin's control. "The Tree of Life" may also have been 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 of the garden were able to eat freely from the new "Tree of Life", because sin's control over them had been destroyed and their eternity with God was secure through Jesus Christ. Those who ate from "The Tree of Life" will live forever.

Genesis Paradise

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

Evil Gone

Picture of ParadiseGenesis pictured a garden with an evil serpent. The deceptive Satan who suggested that what God had declared as evil was in fact good. It was the first instance of "fake news!" Genesis 3.1 read, "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 in contrast portrayed paradise as a perfect city with no evil whatsoever. Here were gardens to delight the eye and the "Tree of Life" which nourished the people of God. The Garden of Eden was destroyed by sin, but Revelation envisions 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 © 2018

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