“To him that overcomes will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God” (Rev. 2:7).
“On either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits…” (Rev. 22:2)
There is a paradise of flowing living water and luscious fruit trees. It is our blessed hope and land of promise, and one we should be put in remembrance frequently.
Since I’ve never been to this Paradise of God I must share from the accounts of those who have. I know there are many fabrications, but I know the anointing and I know the Scriptures, and the ones which are true will bear witness with me and you. In my humble opinion, two of the greatest, highly authentic, and most fascinating accounts in recent centuries, according to my knowledge, are those of Marietta Davis in 1848 and those of the children in the Adullam Home in the 1920s outpouring in China. We’ve been sharing for many weeks on these accounts to prepare people for eternity. I consider it an assignment from the Lord.
AN ELDERLY SAINT
There is an elderly lady, a former minister alongside her now deceased husband, living in the vicinity of Toronto, Canada who watches our videos and reads our blogs. She is confined to her home most of the time and considered a shut-in. Her departure is near and she gets filled with the Spirit when she connects to what she is seeing and hearing from us. Recently she called us to let us know that she put our ministry on her last will and testament as one of her beneficiaries. The importance of the “one” (Lk. 15) took on new meaning for us and became a deeper revelation.
Surprisingly, these blogs on the afterlife and heaven and hell have received decreased visits and views, but I’m not not moved by any of it. If all my labor be for this one solitary life of an aged saint who served the Lord most of her days, it is the sweetest joy and reward to me to hear how blessed she’s been. In a way, she is being anointed for paradise.
THE NEW SPIRITUAL ORDER
When people’s affections are set below, they have very little interest in what’s above. It is often proof that they have no citizenship there. Yet God has made a place in paradise for every human being ever born. It is in accord with the Father’s plan from the beginning when He created the garden of Eden for man. Amidst all the beauties of nature before there was sin, sickness, and death He formed man and set him there. That Eden world was heaven on earth and full of such beauty and glory that hasn’t been seen since—all planned and established for our eternal enjoyment. When sin entered, that all changed as creation was made subject to vanity (Rom. 8:20). Man lost his Eden garden and his Eden God.
But the day is now drawing nearer when all will be restored to its new spiritual order. We are to hasten for that day and anticipate its glories. Not only shall man be fully restored to his former glory, but all of creation itself shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the sons of God (Rom. 8:18-21). If the present natural order of plant and animal is looking forward to this freedom, how much more ought man? If all nature is looking forward to being delivered from this cursed earth into the new spiritual regeneration of the redeemed, how much more ought the redeemed? “For Christ has brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first fruits of His creatures” (Jam. 1:18). I’m about to have a glory fit just thinking about it!
This is a new spiritual order—similar to the earthly, but so much higher and so much more! After His resurrection Jesus was similar to what He was before, but without limitations. Although He possessed flesh and bone, and could be touched and felt and perform earthly duties, He was not subject to the confinements of this material world of time and space. Even so, shall we be—being swiftly transported at the speed of thought from one place to another and walking through walls as Jesus did.
Even the earth itself will be regenerated into a new and higher order since “we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness” (2 Pt. 3:13). That earth including all the plant and animal life will possess all the beauties of glorified nature that shall never be destroyed or cursed ever again.
“The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them” (Is. 11:6).
Oh, these things are as sure as the Scriptures! The beloved apostle John saw it and wrote it.
“Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev. 21:1, 2).
But most of all Jesus said it.
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful” (v. 5).
Why are so many so dull of mind and slow to believe these things?
To be continued…
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