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"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. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:1-2
The apostle John was in the Spirit on the Lord's day on the Isle of Patmos, and Jesus appeared to him in all His glory to reveal the things which are and the things which shall be hereafter. Revelation 1:19
John was shown the things which are, in the second and third chapters of Revelation. These things which are, are the things which were in the seven churches of Asia. These things are still in the churches today.
A door was opened to John in heaven (the Spiritual realm), and the voice which John first heard proclaimed:
"I will show thee things which must be hereafter." Revelation 4:1
So the glorified Jesus revealed unto John what was going to happen hereafter, or the things of the future; the revelation of the things hereafter fulfilled.
Many believe the book of Revelation is the end time revelation of God, and it is, but it is more. It is the keys that open the end time teaching of the whole Bible. It is given to us for understanding of what God is going to do to bring man to the end of his sinful flesh. The book of Revelation gives us God's eternal plan for man, that man may take his rightful place in God as he was created for. When Jesus walked on earth, He revealed:
"It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life." John 6:63
Jesus' words were Spirit. His words were also life. As we apply these truths to the Word, we then can understand the tree of life planted by the river that flows from the throne of God. Jesus is not speaking of a physical river, nor are the trees that grow on either side of the river physical.
The leaves of these trees were for the healing of the nations and the tree bore twelve fruits. The phrase "manner of" is in italics and did not appear in the original, but were added by the translators for clarification.
As we search for understanding of what was revealed to John, we are well aware of the fact that we cannot understand anything in the Word with the carnal mind. It must be revealed by the Holy Spirit of God, and we praise Him for His revelation unto man.
There was a tree of life in the midst of the Garden of Eden. That tree of life is Christ Jesus. Anyone coming to God, who desires to partake of eternal life, must eat of that tree. When man sinned, a flaming sword was placed in the hand of the Cherubim to keep man from the tree of life. The flaming sword is the Word of God. The scriptures reveal that God is a consuming fire and the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. Man can only enter back into the paradise of God by going through that flaming sword.
Most who call themselves Christians are still partaking of the mixed fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. What they are allowing to come into their lives has good in it, but it is mixed with evil. They can never come into their place in God by partaking of this tree.
The tree of life in Revelation 22 is more than one tree. John revealed that trees stand on both sides of the river. Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ." I Corinthians 12:12
When God looks at His body, He sees it as one. But it has many members. When He revealed the tree of life in Revelation 22:2, He was speaking of His many-membered body that will minister healing to the nations during the coming new day in God. This many-membered body is spoken of throughout the Old Testament. Jeremiah wrote:
"Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit." Jeremiah 17:7-8
Jeremiah saw the trees planted by the river that flows from the throne of God, and these trees were yielding fruit. When the heat cometh, these leaves will remain green. The life of God will be evident in their lives. The psalmist wrote:
"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in His law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:1-3
Those who take their place in God, whose roots are in the river that flows from the throne of God, will not walk in the counsel of the ungodly. They will not stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful. They will delight in, and meditate in, God's law, His Word, day and night. These will be the trees of God who will bring forth the fruit of the Spirit in their lives. Their leaves will never wither and they will prosper in their walk in God. Jesus spoke of these plantings of God:
". . .Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up." Matthew 15:13
When we are planted by the Father, nothing or no one can root us up. Then we can understand the Psalmist when he writes:
"Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God." Psalm 92:13
Those who are planted by God are not just existing in their walk, but are flourishing in the courts of their God, because their roots are in the river of life that is flowing from His throne. Their lives are being lived in accordance to the Spirit and the Word of God. Isaiah understood this change, when man's life comes to line up with the Word of God,
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
These who have been planted in the courts of our God, who are planted by the river, whose roots are in the river of life, are called trees of righteousness, and their lives will bring glory to the Father.
How do we become the trees of righteousness in the Kingdom of our God? To understand this we must look again at the creation:
"And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:11-12
The seed is within itself. This one simple profound truth is the basis for the whole kingdom of God. Paul spoke:
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7
Whatever seed a man sows, that is the fruit that will be produced in his life; whether it be good seed or bad seed. The principle of the seed producing itself is evident throughout the entire Word of God. Solomon used this principle when he wrote his proverbs:
"Frowardness is in his heart, he deviseth mischief continually; he soweth discord." Proverbs 6:14
"He that soweth iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail." Proverbs 22:8
Paul wrote to the Corinthians:
"But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully." II Corinthians 9:6
In Paul's letter to the Galatians:
"For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Galatians 6:8
We need to sow to the Spirit. The Spirit is life eternal. When we sow to the Spirit, we can then assimilate the words of the prophet Hosea in our lives.
"Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you." Hosea 10:12
Also the words of the Psalmist:
"They that sow in tears shall reap in joy." Psalm 126:5
What we sow, we will reproduce in our lives. God desires that we see this principle from His creation.
"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground." Genesis 2:4-5
Most believe God spoke full grown plants into existence to make the Garden of Eden. They must believe this to justify their belief in six, twenty-four hour days of creation. But it is plainly stated that God created every plant and herb of the field before it grew in the Garden, eastward in Eden. Genesis 2:8
God planted seed in the earth that would produce after its kind. Every herb produces seed. Everything God planted was good. This Kingdom principle can be applied in our lives. When God created woman from the side of man, He put a seed in her. After man sinned, Adam called his wife, Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Genesis 3:20
The name Eve means "life giver." God planted in Eve the seed that would redeem mankind from their fallen nature. As we come forward to the New Testament, we see the revelation of God spoken through the apostle Paul:
"But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the law." Galatians 4:4
God's Son was made of a woman, a life-giver, under the law, in the fulness of time; in the time that God had pre-ordained from before the foundation of the earth. This woman, who was chosen for this purpose, was called Mary.
The name Mary comes from the Hebrew name Miriam which means "their rebellion." God would use woman, His life-giving creation, to carry the seed that would redeem all mankind from their rebellion against God. As we look at the birth of Jesus, we are informed that Mary was overshadowed by the Holy Spirit.
"And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." Luke 1:35
It was the Holy Ghost, the power of the highest, that conceived Jesus in Mary's womb. When Joseph heard Mary was with child, he was going to put Mary away because she became pregnant before they came together. God again revealed how Jesus was conceived:
"But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:20
The Holy Spirit, or Christ (the anointing) conceived Jesus. This is the second witness. The Bible states, "In the mouth of two or three witnesses, every word shall be established," Matthew 18:16. God also provided a third witness:
"Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as His mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost." Matthew 1:18
The seed that God placed in Eve was the seed of sinful man and it can only bring forth sinful flesh. That is what it produced for Jesus. Paul wrote to the Romans,
"For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh." Romans 8:3
Jesus was born under the law, lived under the law and died under the law. God gave the law that man could stand before Him by the atonement for sin.
Science and the medical profession tell us that the blood or genealogy of the child does not come through the mother, but from the father. Therefore, the child is not born of the mother, but from the Father. Woman cannot produce in herself. It takes the male to fertilize the seed. It was by this fertilization process that the Holy Spirit brought forth the Son of God that would redeem mankind from his rebellion.
Jesus did not have the blood line of sinful man. He had the bloodline of Almighty God and He overcame sin in the flesh and left us this example, that we may follow Him to regain our ordained place in God.
When Jesus died, He was the Lamb of God that paid the sin debt for His whole creation. As Paul revealed to the Romans:
"For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Romans 10:13
Jesus opened the way to "whosoever will" to receive forgiveness of sin through the name of Jesus. All must partake of the death of Jesus to enter into the salvation plan of God.
Jesus was our first Comforter in God. When Jesus was speaking to His disciples, He told them He would send them another Comforter who would abide with them forever, John 14:16. Jesus was their first Comforter and was temporary. He told His disciples:
"Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you." John 16:7
This second Comforter Jesus spoke of was the Holy Spirit of Truth. When Jesus spoke to His disciples of the coming of the Holy Spirit after His death, He spoke of three appearances of the Spirit in our lives. Jesus related the coming of the Spirit:
"Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." John 14:17
Jesus revealed to His disciples that the world, or those outside the kingdom, could not receive the second Comforter because they had not accepted God's salvation plan of redemption. Nor could they know Him, because Jesus is the way back to the Father. Those who try to climb up some other way are thieves and robbers, John 10:1. Those who do not know the way of righteousness cannot receive or know the second Comforter; the Spirit of Truth.
Jesus went on to relate to His disciples, " . .But ye know Him." The disciples knew the second Comforter because they knew Jesus. Jesus continued by saying, "For He (the second Comforter) dwells with you." Who was dwelling with them? Jesus!
Jesus then stated, "The second Comforter shall be in you." But Jesus did not stop there.
"I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." John 14:18
In this, Jesus revealed His three comings of the Spirit to His creation, man. He was first dwelling "with" them; second, He would come "to" them; and lastly, He would be "in" them.
First, Jesus (the anointed) came to dwell with them in the flesh. Then He came to them on the Day of Pentecost as the Holy Spirit Comforter; Christ Jesus (The Anointing). The Spirit descended as cloven tongues of fire and sat on each of them, Acts 2:3. The second Comforter, therefore, came to them on the Day of Pentecost.
But Jesus promised a third appearance; when He would be "in" them. There is another promised anointing coming when man will shed his fleshly tabernacle (temporary dwelling place) existence. This is when man will become the temple of the living God. We will no longer dwell in houses made with hands. We will no longer live in bodies of the dust of the earth. This change will come on "the third day." We will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. This mortal will put on immortality and this corruption will put on incorruption. I Corinthians 15:51-53
When the Holy Spirit came on the Day of Pentecost, He overshadowed the 120 in the upper room just as He had overshadowed Mary. He impregnated those one hundred and twenty with the Holy Spirit. Mary was to bring forth the son that would redeem all mankind. When we are impregnated with the Holy Spirit, He gives us power to become the Sons of God. John 1:12
As we understand the fertilization process, it becomes plain that it takes the male to fertilize the implanted seed. The implanted seed is in the female (life-giver). In His infinite wisdom, God used simple terms and ideas we can relate to, so that He may reveal the hidden mysteries of His Kingdom.
God revealed to Paul, through the Holy Spirit, that His relationship to "the church" was the same as a husband's relationship to his wife:
"This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church." Ephesians 5:32
God admonished the husbands to love their wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for it, Ephesians 5:25. He also revealed unto the husbands that they were to love their wives as their own bodies. Ephesians 5:28
"For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones." Ephesians 5:30
We have the same relationship to Christ as a wife has to her husband. As we begin to understand this concept, it becomes clear that the church is the reproductive part of His Body which will "bring new life in the Kingdom."
This makes the church female. The church began at Pentecost when the Holy Spirit overshadowed the 120 in the upper room. We become the church, "His Body", when the Holy Spirit overshadows us and impregnates His life-giving seed in us. This seed must be cared for if it is to produce the Christ in us. Paul spoke of this impregnation process:
"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you." Galatians 4:19
God started this process on the Day of Pentecost. The Holy Spirit did not come that we may speak in tongues and prophesy. He came to cleanse and prepare a people, who are now tabernacle (a temporary dwelling place), to become the temple (permanent dwelling place) of God.
In Colossians Paul wrote:
"And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God." Colossians 2:19
We are to be increased with the increase of God. Today, most want their increase to be in worldly possessions. God wants us to be increased with Himself, that He may have a people who grow up into the Head.
"But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ." Ephesians 4:15
"And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God." Ephesians 3:19
God desires us to be filled with all the fulness of God. Paul wrote to the Corinthians about the completion of the impregnation process:
"And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son also Himself be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all." I Corinthians 15:28
When Christ is formed in us and we increase with the increase of God and grow up into the Head - - - when we are filled with the fulness of God and He becomes our all in all - - - then we will become those trees of righteousness planted by the river of life.
As we come into a fuller understanding of the Word of God - - - and as we seek the fulness of His life to consume the old, Adam nature in our lives - - - and as we yield to His Spirit and stop playing church - - - and become the church, "His body" - - - then God will reveal Himself in a new way. He will, again, become the Creator who will bring forth that new creation in us.
As we look through new eyes of understanding lets read:
"In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Revelation 22:2
That Tree of Life - - - His True Church - - - His body that has had their roots in the River of Life which flows from the throne of God will yield twelve manner of fruit. These are the fruit of the Spirit. These fruit will be produced in our lives because of the Holy Spirit anointing. These fruit must consume the old, Adam nature so that we may come again into the image and likeness of the Father. God's character, nature, and personality will show forth in us as the fruit of the Spirit develop in our lives. As Paul revealed, "When Christ is formed in us," these fruit will be all that is visible in our lives. Paul lists nine of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
As we review these nine gifts, we discover these have a special application in our walk in God so that we may become like Him. Paul writes of Jesus:
"Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God." Philippians 2:6
The word form is MORPHE and means "having the characteristics or features of a person or thing; having the nature of the individual." Jesus was not meaning "to take the place of", but "coming into an equality of the nature and characteristics of the Father". We can do this through the fruit of the Spirit.
The word Love is the Greek word AGAPE, which is "the benevolent, manifested love of God, that He manifests through us." It is the unyielding love of God.
The word Joy is the Greek word CHARA and is translated "joy" 51 times. It is also translated "gladness." It is because of the Holy Spirit that we serve the Lord with "joy and gladness." Nehemiah encouraged those returning from captivity in Babylon, "The joy of the Lord is your strength." Nehemiah 8:10
The word Peace is the Greek word EIRENE. It is the Holy Spirit that gives us the peace "that passes all understanding." The Vines (The Expository Dictionary of New Testament words) states:
"It is the tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation, through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and content with its earthly lot."
This is why Paul could state,
". . .I have learned in whatsoever state I am therewith to be content." Philippians 4:11
Paul had the peace that passes all understanding.
The word Longsuffering is the Greek word MAKIOTHUMIA and has the meaning "to forbear." This is the quality of self-restraint the Holy Spirit gives us when we face provocation, so that we do not hastily retaliate. Longsuffering is the opposite of anger.
The word Gentleness is the Greek word CHRESTOTES meaning "kindness, honesty, respectability, worthiness and friendliness." All these have to do with the character, nature, and personality of God. God expects us to be gentle men and gentle women before Him in love.
The word Goodness is the Greek word AGATHOSUME and means "moral quality." It is not the act of being good, but being good because we have the moral qualities of God in our lives through the Holy Spirit anointing. When the seed of the Spirit begins to produce in our lives, our lives will change. We will have a change of mind. We will no longer think on those things that will please the flesh. We will begin to do the things which please the Father.
The word Faith is the Greek word PISTIS and was translated "faith" 239 times. It was also translated "believe" 1537 times. Faith is not only the conviction of God in our lives, it is the trust that we have in Him; that He is who He says He is, and will do what He has promised in our lives. We, through faith, begin to live our lives according to His Word. If we do not apply what we believe to our lives, we do not have faith in what we believe.
The word Meekness is the Greek word PRAOTES and means "gentle, meek, and mild." It is not in our outward expression of ourselves that meekness is evident. But it is in our relationship to God through the Spirit. It is through the Spirit that we exude this characteristic of God in dealing with others.
Paul mentions the fruit of temperance in Galatians 5:22-23. The word temperance is the Greek word EGHRATEIA and means "self-control." It is by this fruit of the Spirit that men and women, who are capable of abuse, take control of the Adam nature through the Spirit of God to master and overcome this weakness in their lives. This gift is also used to control man's desires, passions, and sensual appetites.
As we study the Word, God has revealed three more fruits of the Spirit which the tree of life will produce.
"For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth." Ephesians 5:9
We have already looked at Goodness and Truth as the Holy Spirit of Truth. But God reveals the fruit of righteousness.
The word Righteousness is the Greek word DIHAIOSUME and means "integrity, virtue, and purity of life; rightness and correctness in our way of thinking." Man can not stand before God in his own righteousness. Man's righteousness is as "filthy rags", Isaiah 64:6. But as Paul revealed to the Corinthians:
"For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him." II Corinthians 5:21
When we come into the infilling of the Holy Spirit, we begin to seek the Kingdom. Jesus gives directions for our lives:
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
If we are to enter into the Kingdom, we must seek His righteousness.
FRUIT OF PATIENCE
The next fruit of the Spirit revealed in God's Word is patience. The word Patience is the Greek word HUPOMONE and means "to endure, and stand fast; a man who is not swayed in his purpose and loyalty to God." Jesus revealed unto His disciples:
"In your patience possess ye your souls." Luke 21:19
We are to be diligent and patient in possessing our souls. We need to take possession of our thought patterns so that every thought will be brought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, II Corinthians 10:5. When we speak of patience, all will relate, " . . . tribulation worketh patience," Romans 5:3; and we want nothing to do with tribulation. Yet, Paul went on to say:
"And patience, experience; and experience, hope." Romans 5:4
It is that hope which we have because it is the Christ in us, our hope in glory. Colossians 1:27
The last fruit of the Spirit is "lowliness." Jesus spoke to His disciples:
"Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart..." Matthew 11:29
We have looked at the fruit of meekness. Jesus spoke not only of being meek, but lowly. The word Lowly is the Greek word TAPLINOS and means "to bow down, to make low, not elevating one's self in any situation, to be humble in the sight of God and man." This is not referring to self-abasement which is pride in its highest form, but knowing our place in God. Jesus related:
"For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister..." Mark 10:45
The word minister means "to be a servant of." Jesus did not come to be served, but to be a servant; to take on the servant role. He is our example. We should also put on this servant's heart. Jesus revealed this to His disciples:
"And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all." Mark 10:44
God revealed who would inhabit eternity with Him through the prophet Isaiah:
"For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and revive the heart of the contrite ones." Isaiah 57:15
Those who will be greatest will have this most important fruit of the Spirit of TAPENINOS; lowliness of mind.
It was revealed to John that the tree of righteousness would yield these twelve fruit of the Spirit every month. These fruit would be evident in the True Church's lives at all times. These fruit of the Spirit must consume the old, Adam nature. God's firmly planted trees of righteousness will only be manifested through the Spirit; the character, nature, and personality of God.
The trees of life are God's trees of righteousness. These life-giving trees will be planted by the River of Life, flowing from the throne of God. These trees are those who have allowed the seed, Christ, to grow up and consume the old, Adam nature. These trees will manifest God's life-giving foliage for all the world to see. These leaves will heal the nations.
It should be obvious these are not physical leaves, but what God will do through His many- membered body. The leaves on a tree display the life that is in the tree. A tree with no leaves can be dormant or dead. Many who call themselves by the name of Christ are dormant, and are "settled back on their lees," taking their rest - - - while others are dead for there is no life of Christ in them. Those whom God will use to bring healing to the nations are those who display the life of Christ and have all the fruit of the Spirit evident in their lives. Their leaves are vibrant with life.
When we understand the function of the trees in the earth, it becomes clear what the function of the trees of righteousness are in the earth. Trees have various types of root systems. The root systems all have the same purpose; and that is to draw water and nutrients into the tree that it may live. The water and nutrients move up through the tree and nourish the whole tree. Every part is nourished from the root. Then the water is transported through the leaves. A large tree will transport 2000 lbs of water a day through its leaves. Any place on earth, where the trees have been destroyed, becomes a desert.
When we understand what John saw through Spiritual eyes, we know the root of The Tree of Life is Christ Jesus. In his letter to the Romans, Paul spoke of natural Israel being cut off from the root, and that God grafted in the Gentiles:
"And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree." Romans 11:17
When we keep our roots immersed in the River of Life which is the Word of God, we will be nourished from the River of Life and our leaves will flourish. The signs of the life of God (the fruit) will be evident to all with whom we come in contact. When the Word, that has brought life into our lives, is transported through us, we will bring healing to the nations.
This is not speaking of the worldly people. It is speaking of the two nations of God (natural Israel and spiritual Israel) who will become one nation in His hand. The healing of the nations was revealed to the prophet Ezekiel:
"Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions." Ezekiel 37:16
One stick for Judah (natural Israel) - - - the original nation of Israel;
And one stick for Ephraim (Spiritual Israel) - - - those who were grafted into the root as the wild olive tree.
"And joined them one to another into one stick; and they shall became one thine hand," Ezekiel 37:17
This is the one nation in the hand of God referred to so many times as the whole Body of Christ.
"And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all." Ezekiel 37:21-22
God is going to use His trees of righteousness to bring healing to His body - - - the two nations.
God disclosed to Ezekiel the same vision He had shown John on the Isle of Patmos, when He showed him the Holy City:
"And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine." Ezekiel 47:12
God's original plan for mankind has never changed. He created man to have fellowship with Himself, and He is bringing forth a people who desire to be all that God has originally planned man to be. They have their roots totally immersed in the Word of life, and are bringing forth the fruit of righteousness in their lives. These are manifesting the kingdom in their lives, and their leaves are flourishing. These have caught the eternal vision, and have become part of The Tree of Life.
The seed, Christ, is consuming the old, Adam nature, and they are producing fruit suitable for the Kingdom. These trees are planted and are bringing forth the fruit of life in due season. All who have their roots in the River of Life, and have been impregnated with the seed of the Holy Spirit will become The Trees of Life, and will become part of the healing of the nations.
Thoughts For Further Discussion
The Keys of Revelation
God's Spiritual Book
God's Many-Membered body
The Seed Within Itself
Jesus - the Seed of the Father
The Impregnation Process
The Twelve Fruits
Leaves for the Healing of the Nations
The Root System
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