Where Or What Is Paradise?
Paradise is derived from the Greek word paradeisos, which itself originated from an ancient Persian term which meant a wooded park. It's used only three times in the New Testament in most Bible translations, referring once to God's abode in heaven and twice to the future Kingdom of God on earth (see also The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth). In the Old Testament, a similar Hebrew word, pardace, was used once to describe a verdant forest, and twice for an bountiful orchard. The Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the Old Testament) used "paradise" to translate another Hebrew word for the Garden of Eden which actually meant a fenced garden.
Hebrew References To Pardace In The Old Testament
"Moreover I said unto the king, If it please the king, let letters be given me to the governors beyond the river, that they may convey me over till I come into Judah; And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king's forest [Hebrew pardace], that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me" (Nehemiah 2:7-8 KJV) (see Pioneers Of The Return)
"I made me gardens and orchards [Hebrew pardace], and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees" (Ecclesiastes 2:5-6 KJV) (see Solomon)
"Thy plants are an orchard [Hebrew pardace] of pomegranates, with pleasant fruits; camphire, with spikenard, Spikenard and saffron; calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frankincense; myrrh and aloes, with all the chief spices: A fountain of gardens, a well of living waters, and streams from Lebanon" (Song of Solomon 4:13-15 KJV) (see Herbs Of The Bible)
References To Paradeisos In The New Testament
"And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on Him, saying, If Thou be Christ, save Thyself and us. But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with Me in paradise" (Luke 23:39-43 KJV) [see also It Is Written, But Is It Really?]
"I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; such an one caught up to the third heaven. And I knew such a man, whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth; How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter" (2 Corinthians 12:2-4 KJV) [note: Paul himself was very likely the man who had that vision; see also Paul's Ministry]
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God." (Revelation 2:7 KJV) [see also Living Waters]
Fact Finder: What are some of the many Scriptural references that describe what a peaceful paradise earth will be for the repentant after The Return Of Jesus Christ?
Micah 4:1-3, Revelation 22:1-5
See also The King Of The King Of Kings, The Prince of Peace and Why Is Christ Returning?