Dating of revelation
During this time he bore the grief of seven dead sons and three dead daughters. He had become repulsive to his wife, loathsome to his brothers, and even little children despised him as he lay on the ash heap outside of town. Shall we receive good at the hand of the Lord, and shall we not receive evil?At first Job bore these calamities with amazing submission: "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, blessed be the name of the Lord . " But as the misery drug out over the months, Job wavered in his confidence that God was for him. He alluded to the original placement of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 2:9) and indicated that the redeemed would once more have access to the tree in a future paradisethe eternal state which John now sees. Those who take away from the words of the book of this prophecy will have their part taken away from the tree of life (Rev. When man rebelled in the Garden of Eden, he was cut off from the tree of life (Gen. We rejoice in the fact that in the redemptive counsels of God, history is to be brought full circle to affect a full return to a Paradise without death which was previously lost: The harmonious unity of Scripture is herein exhibited. However, the concept of healing leaves need not imply sickness. ), and it can also exist in the New Jerusalem without illness. Likewise, the disease for which this healing provides is that of the former creation which no longer exists in the new Jerusalem. (Luke Luke ), it was clearly a different body than that which Adam and Eve had in their natural state. The proposal that human beings, in natural bodies, continue to populate the eternal state as separate peoples from the glorified saints seems to raise as many issues as it attempts to solve.
We thank you in advance for partnering with us in this small but significant way. A chiasm is a double list of related items in which the order of the second list is opposite to the order of the first list. The entire book of Revelation shows this concept at work.
Between the events of Genesis and those at the close of the Apocalypse, at least six thousand or seven thousand years intervene; and between Moses the first writer and John the last about one thousand five hundred years. All worlds move in circles; and the grand march of Gods providence with man moves in one immense round. The text implies fruit is continuously being produced from which we can conclude it is also being consumed on an ongoing basis. The tree of life serves as a source from which sinless men obtain life. There is no corruption in the eternal state, for sin shall be no more. Neither does it provide additional insight into the purpose of the tree of life in the eternal state because it proposes conditions no different than those in the Garden of Eden for which the mystery of the need for a tree of life during conditions of sinless perfection remains.