,, And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.”
We have seen so far a part of what will be and a part of what will not be in the heavenly Jerusalem, so let us continue:
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."
We can read about the "living water" that springs under the temple that it will be in the millennial kingdom, and here is what is written about the water that flows from Jerusalem under the temple in the millennial kingdom:
,, Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. He brought me out by way of the north gate, and led me around on the outside to the outer gateway that faces east; and there was water, running out on the right side. Then, when the man went out to the east with the line in his hand, he measured one thousand cubits, and he brought me through the waters; the water came up to my ankles. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through the waters; the water came up to my knees. Again he measured one thousand and brought me through; the water came up to my waist. Again he measured one thousand, and it was a river that I could not cross; for the water was too deep, water in which one must swim, a river that could not be crossed. He said to me, "Son of man, have you seen this?" Then he brought me and returned me to the bank of the river. When I returned, there, along the bank of the river, were very many trees on one side and the other. Then he said to me: "This water flows toward the eastern region, goes down into the valley, and enters the sea. When it reaches the sea, its waters are healed. "And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. "It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many. "But its swamps and marshes will not be healed; they will be given over to salt. "Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine."
Ezekiel 47: 1-12
And of the "living water" in the heavenly Jerusalem it is written:
"And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb."
This water or river will spring from the throne of God, and where exactly the throne will be is not written, but the water will flow through the whole city and through all the streets, through the middle of the streets:
"In the midst of his streets and on both sides of the river"
the water of life will flow:
The waters here on earth are mostly polluted, but this river will be completely clean and it will therefore flow through the whole city, and whether it will come out through all twelve gates, it is not written, but it is possible and it is possible that we do not know any other solution. he writes.
We have mentioned illustrations of what is in the sky before, and the "river of life" has its own symbolism and speaks of the "outbreak" of spiritual life from the Creator himself who "flows" through the whole city. Also, water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and we already here we can enjoy "part of the living water":
,, "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.”
John 7: 38-39
The following reads:
"In the midst of his streets, and on both sides of the river, is the tree of life, which bears twelve tribes, giving its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. "
Each of us knows what a tree is and how a tree can beautify or "ennoble a space" so that while we are still on earth we enjoy enjoying under the canopy of a tree. From the very beginning when God created the Garden of Eden it is written:
,, And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.”
Gen. 2: 9
During the thousand-year-old kingdom, water will flow from the temple and continue to the Dead Sea, one part of the river and the other part flows into the Mediterranean Sea, and on both sides of the river there will be a "tree" that will give birth to twelve genera.
,, "Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine."
Here we have seen them growing outside the city, and in our text it is written that this "tree of life" grows in the city
"In the midst of his streets and on both sides of the river the tree of life,"
These trees will be on both sides of the "river of life", but also in the middle of all the streets of the heavenly Jerusalem, and it is further written about them:
"which gives birth to twelve generations giving birth each month"
We said that this is about eternity, so counting or counting time as we know it will not be, but here we have an interval of one month in which the "tree" will give birth to twelve different genera. This is not written, but maybe a time interval was used here to we have gained an image of "flowing time that we know here on earth, not to say that in heavenly Jerusalem everything will be monotonous, monotonous and that nothing will happen because time does not flow." We see that time flows but that flow it will not be as important to the inhabitants of the new Jerusalem as time is important here on earth for a variety of reasons.
It says that a tree gives fruit, which means that this genus will be eaten, otherwise there is no sense in giving birth to something without using it. We do not have an answer as to whether it will be eaten in a new city like here on earth, but the assumption is that it will probably not be as crucial as on earth, where eating and drinking are the basis of our lives.
In the Bible we find an example that the Lord Jesus himself, who was in a glorified body, ate:
,, But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, "Have you any food here? So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. And He took it and ate in their presence.”
Luke 24: 41-43
We also have a record of angels eating what Sarah prepared:
,, So Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said, "Quickly, make ready three measures of fine meal; knead it and make cakes." And Abraham ran to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it. So he took butter and milk and the calf which he had prepared, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree as they ate.”
Gen. 18: 6-8
So the possible conclusion is that it will be possible to eat but it will not be obligatory. Here is what the Lord Jesus said:
,,… To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."
Rev. 2: 7
And finally, regarding the "tree of life", he writes:
"And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations."
We have seen before that what will not happen in the new Jerusalem, so it also says this:
,, "And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying; and there shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
And here it is written, "And the leaves of the tree were for healing the nations."
The mere presence of God, the "tree of life", the leaves and the "river of life" are a guarantee that diseases will no longer exist, so the lock of us mortals who have not yet been in heaven would be that these leaves serve as "therapy or prevention" forever health.This may be so and we may not be able to say anything for sure.but here are some more translations that may help:
"and the leaves of the tree to heal the people."
King James V
"And the leaves of the tree are a cure for the nations,"
"and the leaves of those trees are for the healing of the nations"
"And the leaves of the tree are for the health of the nations."
"The leaves of that tree were for the healing of the people."
New modern translation
Let's move on:
"And there will be no more damnation;"
The Bible clearly tells us that when man sinned, he "brought" a curse to himself in the form of separation from God, lost eternal life, sickness, sorrow, suffering, problems, etc., the flora and fauna, and also the earth that became " full of weeds and weeds and the animal world began to be exterminated because the beasts killed and destroyed other species, all because of the sin that began to reign, but now we see that it will no longer be because it says:
"And there will be no more damnation;"
So below it says:
"And the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in him; and his servants shall serve him. And they shall see his face, and his name shall be on their foreheads. And there shall be no night there, neither shall they see the light of the sun, neither the sun of the sun;
We have already spoken about the fact that in the new Jerusalem there will be the throne of God and that the servants of God will glorify God there. It is written about the Church as soon as it is in heaven:
,, And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,”
Revelation 5: 9
In heaven, glory will be given only to God who sits on the throne, he writes about the Church:
,, The twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:”
While people are here on earth in the service of God, they have various problems, from not having enough faith, they have various obstacles from the body, the world and Satan, and in heaven that will no longer be the case and everyone will serve God as he really should.
"and His servants will serve Him."
Angels will serve in heaven, the Church, saved from Israel and saved from the Gentiles.
Angels are service spirits who tirelessly serve God for thousands of years, angels also serve us and keep us in God's ways.
,, Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for those who will inherit salvation?”
Angels greet the faithful in heaven:
,, So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried”
and they are also at the gates of the heavenly Jerusalem:
,, Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”
Let us also say that there are seraphim, cherubim, archangels and angels, and they all tirelessly serve and give glory to God, and the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews, the writer of Hebrews, thought of them when he wrote:
,, But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels,”
,, And all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen. "
Rev. 7: 11-12
We have spoken about the Church much earlier to say that the Church is made up of all saved and born again believers from the day of Pentecost to the taking of the Church and the Church has a special place in God's plan, it is called the Bride of Christ and it is composed of all those who believe no matter what nation, tribe or language they are from.
All the saved axis of Israel will have their place in the new land and then the prophecy of the prophet Isaiah will be fulfilled:
,,The sun shall no longer be your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you; but the LORD will be to you an everlasting light, and your God your glory. Your sun shall no longer go down, nor shall your moon withdraw itself; for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and the days of your mourning shall be ended. Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation. I, the LORD, will hasten it in its time."
,, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect,”
"and the spirits of the perfect righteous," were saved from Israel as were the Gentiles (all those who were not Jews) and did not belong to the Church because they lived either before or after the Church. in the time of the "great tribulations" but also in the time of the millennial empire. Regardless of when they lived and at what time they have access and the inhabitants of the new country:
,, And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light ,,,”
"And they shall see his face,"
We now see the face of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith, because in such bodies we cannot see the face of God, and it says that we will see it with our eyes, so we will see the face of God in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ.
,, Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”
1 Job 3: 2
And then the prophecy of the prophet Malachi will be fulfilled:
,, But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves.”
Malachi 4: 2
And there is the promise of the Lord Jesus:
,, "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”
"And his name shall be on their foreheads."
Today, all the saved have the seal of the Holy Spirit, but it is not visible and we do not know who has the seal and who does not, so many can pretend to have it and in fact do not have it and use it to reach some of their selfish interests. not every born-again believer will be God's property, and Revelation says:
,, "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. And I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.”
And finally, there is a verse that we have already partially processed:
"And the night will not be there, and they will not need a vision from the heat, nor a vision of the sun, because the Lord God will illuminate them, and they will reign forever and ever."
We saw that there would be no need for "saws" such as the sun, moon, stars, light bulbs ... because:
"The Lord God will enlighten them" and the text goes on to say:
"And he shall reign for ever and ever."
When God created man, the intention was for man to rule the earth:
,, Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth."”
Of course this did not happen because man did not obey the Creator but it will be fulfilled in the new earth:
"And he will reign forever and ever."