“What’s more, the Lord God planted a patio nursery eastbound in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had framed” (Gen. 2:8).
The Greek name for the Garden of Eden is Paradise (Gr. paradeisos, “lovely greenery enclosure”). While this patio nursery isn’t talked about in the New Testament, it is without a doubt implied a few times. Regardless, we might make sure that if God planted the patio nursery in Eden it was in reality a “Heaven,” an excellent greenery enclosure.
Let us not reprimand God for the revolting scars this world currently bears. Accuse man and his pride and eagerness. Accuse his walking armed forces, his weapons and bombs. Accuse his “scholarly accomplishments,” his capacity to dirty its surface and its air with dangerous exhaust and squanders, and with stunning clamors – all for the sake of advancement. Accuse his unreliability in jumbling its tenable surface with trash.
God did not put man in such an environment. Or maybe, “the Lord God planted a patio nursery eastbound in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had shaped.” How stunningly excellent, how unspeakably awesome these surroundings more likely than not been! Adam and Eve, in Eden, probably appreciated each other’s conversation here as no other married couple since, with just the light and wonderful obligation to “dress” and “keep” the garden1 (Gen. 2:15), and with the uncommon gift of open association with God, maybe particularly “in the cool of the day” (Gen. 2:19,22,23; 3:8).
Be that as it may, when man fell, all creation fell with him. Man presently had a fallen, evil nature. The creature creation all of a sudden turned out to be wild and awful, and with regards to the vegetable creation, God said to Adam: “Reviled is the ground for thy purpose; in distress shalt thou eat, all things considered, the times of thy life; thistles likewise and thorns will it deliver to thee, and…in the perspiration of thy face shalt thou eat bread…” (Gen. 3:17-19). What’s more, to the lady He stated: “I will significantly duplicate thy distress and thy origination; in distress thou shalt deliver children…” (3:16). What’s more, even this way of living was to be stopped finally by death and an “arrival unto the ground; for out of it,” said God, “wast thou taken: for residue thou craftsmanship, and unto dust shalt thou return” (3:19). For sure, in case man should now eat of the tree of life and live always, God “sent him forward from the patio nursery of Eden, to till2 the ground from whence he was taken” (Gen. 3:23). In this way it is that we perused in Romans 5:12:
“Wherefore…by one man sin went into the world, and demise by wrongdoing; thus passing go upon all3 men, for that all have trespassed.”
As far back as that loathsome day, man’s most prominent issue has been his transgression. This is the thing that lies at the foundation of all his inconvenience and wretchedness, however the subject isn’t managed in our extraordinary chips away at science. Clear just like the reality of transgression and its outcomes, any thought of this subject is forgotten about by the erudite people of this world.
A GARDEN FOR THE REDEEMED
The consequences of the fall were for sure heartbreaking, changing man’s residence from that of a lovely patio nursery to that of fields and woods that must be cleared and developed by arduous exertion even with tireless restriction from numerous quarters. For the recovered who left this life, be that as it may, God again gave a wonderful greenhouse.
In “Old Testament” times the general assignment for this spot of the left was sheol (Hebrew), with its Greek proportional hades, both signifying “the concealed.” However, an examination of Luke 16:19-31 uncovers that sheol, or hades, was isolated into two zones, isolated by “an extraordinary bay” (Ver. 26). The expression “Abraham’s chest” (Ver. 22) portrays one part of where the reclaimed went. It was where Abraham, the “father of adherents,” respected all his dear kids home, figuratively speaking. In any case, another part of this magnificent spot is portrayed by the name Paradise: Beautiful Garden.
In his childhood this author by one way or another imagined hades as an extraordinary two-section enormous district, faintly lit and secretive. In any case, our Lord’s assignment of the favored territory as “Heaven” tosses a totally extraordinary light upon it.
How it more likely than not contacted the core of the contrite criminal executed alongside our Lord, to be guaranteed by the Savior Himself:
“Verily I state unto thee, Today shalt thou be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:43).
This confirmation more likely than not filled him with solace and delight notwithstanding the agony he endured. Before long he would be with Christ in a lovely patio nursery! Greenery enclosures are the place individuals go to rest and be revived, consequently a greenhouse of God’s planting must be vastly increasingly great, and to be in such a patio nursery “with Christ”: what unspeakable happiness!
In any case, as indicated by the prophetic Scriptures, the Paradise of Eden will one day be brilliantly reestablished and incomprehensibly amplified. This will occur when the Lord Jesus Christ comes back to earth to rule and Israel is spared and salvation and gift stream from Jerusalem to unimaginable lengths. Here we could refer to actually scores of Old Testament sections in affirmation, yet a couple of will get the job done:
“Out of Zion will go forward the law,4 and the Word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isa. 2:3).
“The Lord of hosts will reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem” (Isa. 24:23).
“Yea, all rulers will tumble down before Him; all countries will serve Him” (Psa. 72:11).
“Yea, numerous individuals and solid countries will come to look for the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to ask before the Lord” (Zech. 8:22).
Paul affirms this in his epistle to the Romans:
“Thus all Israel will be spared; as it is composed, There will leave Sion the Deliverer, and will dismiss wickedness from Jacob” (Rom. 11:26).
“Presently I state that Jesus Christ was a clergyman of the circumcision for reality of God, to affirm the guarantees made unto the dads;
“What’s more, that the Gentiles may laud God for His kindness, as it is written…” (Rom. 15:8,9).
The aftereffects of this profound change will be extensive. Never again will man need to till an unreasonable soil and eat his bread in the perspiration of his forehead, for the revile will be expelled from the vegetable creation:
“The desert will cheer, and bloom as the rose. It will bloom abundantly…for in the wild will waters break out, and streams in the desert. What’s more, the dry ground will turn into a pool, and the parched land springs of water” (Isa. 35:1,2,6,7).
The creature creation also will have the revile expelled:
“The wolf additionally will stay with the sheep, and the panther will rests with the child; and the calf and the youthful lion and the fatling together; and a little kid will lead them. Also, the bovine and the bear will bolster; their young ones will rests together; and the lion will eat straw like the bull. Also, the sucking tyke will play on the gap of the asp, and the weaned kid will put his hand on the cockatrice’ lair. They will not hurt nor decimate in the entirety of My blessed mountain” (Isa. 11:6-9).
What’s more, the revile will be expelled from humanity itself:
“The eyes of the visually impaired will be opened, and the ears of the hard of hearing will be unstopped. At that point will the faltering man jump as a hart, and the tongue of the idiotic will sing” (Isa. 35:5,6).
“There will be no more thus a newborn child of days, nor an elderly person that hath not filled his days: for the kid will kick the bucket a hundred years old;5 yet the miscreant being a hundred years of age will be damned” (Isa. 65:20).
Different parts of the fall will likewise be expelled and switched:
Christ will be known by all: “The earth will be loaded with the learning of the Lord, as the waters spread the ocean” (Isa. 11:9).
Government will be cleaned: “A King will rule and thrive, and will execute judgment and equity in the earth” (Jer. 23:5).
War and carnage will be annulled: “And He will make a decision among the countries, and will censure numerous individuals: and they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their lances into pruning snares: country will not lift up sword against country, neither will they learn war any more” (Isa. 2:4).
Israel’s misery and distress will at that point be finished – and that of different countries also: “They will get bliss and energy, and distress and moaning will escape away” (Isa. 35:10 cf. 40:5; 60:3).
These are the conditions that will win when our Lord, the legitimate King, rules on earth for a long time. This will without a doubt be Paradise reestablished, and the sky is the limit from there.
Heaven EXALTED or THE HEAVENLY PARADISE
Up to this point we have thought about Paradise, the Garden of Eden, additionally the Paradise so generous arranged for adherents of previous ages, and Eden’s Paradise sublimely reestablished and broadened amid the kingdom rule of Christ.
Be that as it may, shouldn’t something be said about the agreement under which we presently live- – an allotment which has now gone on for just about 2,000 years? With respect to the deferral in our Lord’s arrival to rule and reestablish this poor stricken world, the Apostle Paul states:
“We realize that the entire creation groaneth and travaileth in agony together until now.6
“What’s more, they, yet ourselves likewise, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves moan inside ourselves, hanging tight for the appropriation, indeed, the reclamation of our body” (Rom. 8:22,23).
Ok, yet the witness likewise uncovers a “puzzle,” a mystery not made known until the risen, celebrated Lord uncovered it to him, not at the same time, yet by portions (See Acts 26:16; II Cor. 12:1).
This disclosure concerns the position, favors and prospect of adherents to the present “regulation of the beauty of God.” It must be that God held His most prominent gifts for the individuals who should confide in His Son amid the age of His dismissal – “this present fiendishness age” (Gal. 1:4), for Paul relates in II Corinthians 12:1-7 how he was “made up for lost time to the third paradise,” and he depicts it as “Heaven”: wonderful greenery enclosure! Consider it! the most noteworthy paradise (Gr., epouranios) a lovely greenery enclosure. This clearly is Paradise lifted up! Without a doubt, the missionary “heard unspeakable words” there, which a man was not allowed to absolute. Here he was within the sight of God Himself, seeing and he