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Friday, November 25 2016
Revelation 22: The Return Of The Tree Of Life
"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 ... Blessed are they that do His Commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life"
Humanity began in the Garden of Eden - Paradise. There, "a river went out of Eden to water the garden." Among the trees nourished by the river of Eden were "the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil." (see The Garden In Eden and Was The Garden Of Eden At Jerusalem?)
"2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
When humanity rebelled and sinned by taking of the one tree that they were not to touch, "the tree of knowledge of good and evil," they lost the garden so that they could not take also of the other tree, "the tree of life." (see What Happened To The Trees In The Garden Of Eden?)
"3:22 And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever: 3:23 Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:22-24 KJV)
Human history continued from that time with the same spirit of rebellion and self-destruction - while awaiting the self-inflicted death sentence of sin. (see How Did Eden Become Babylon? and Come Out Of Her, My People)
Notice the return of the "river of life" and "the tree of life" in the Kingdom of God - where there is no "forbidden tree" because the overcoming life of a true Christian is the same test that Adam and Eve failed (see Faith Is The Law).
Our lives as Christians are a daily choice of not taking of the forbidden fruit of sin - regardless of whatever form it now takes. Adam and Eve had only one kind of sin to choose from, while we have an infinite world of sin available to us (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
The Holy Bible ends with the beginning of life forever, for the repentant - and of obliteration forever for all rebels. Everyone is free to choose their fate. (see The New Jerusalem and Who Is Headed For Hell Fire?).
"22:1 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. 22:2 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. 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Fact Finder: What does the famous "born again" teaching actually mean?
This Day In History, November 25
571 BC: Servius Tullius, king of Rome, declared victory over the Etruscans. The Roman Republic grew out of that earlier Roman monarchy; Imperial Rome, which was a restoration and expansion of the Roman Monarchy, from King to Emperor, grew out from the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1177: During the "Crusades" between the Church of Rome against the Muslim nations for control of Jerusalem (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and The Prophet Daniel: Kings Of The North and South), Baldwin IV of Jerusalem and Raynald of Chatillon defeated Saladin at the Battle of Montgisard.
1487: Elizabeth of York was crowned Queen Consort (i.e. wife of a reigning king) of England. Elizabeth was a daughter, sister, niece and wife of a number of English monarchs – Edward IV, Edward V, Richard III and Henry VII. She was the mother of King Henry VIII, and the grandmother of his children Mary I, Elizabeth I and Edward VI.
1513: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa became the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean. He claimed the entire Pacific Ocean, and all lands anywhere that were touched by it, for Spain.
1555: In Germany, the Peace of Augsburg was declared. It was the first effort in the so-called Holy Roman Empire (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) to allow Lutheranism (Protestantism) and Catholicism to exist together in the Holy Roman Empire (not a difficult task because the doctrines of Roman Catholicism and "Protestantism" are practically identical; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1644: Ole Romer was born. The Danish scientific researcher and astronomer was the first to accurately determine the speed of light - 186,000 miles per second. Light can travel around the entire earth 7 times in 1 second, or travel from the earth to the moon in just over 1 second.
1667: An earthquake struck the area of Shemakha in the Caucasus, killing 80,000 people.
1703: The Great Storm of 1703, with winds up to 120 mph (the most powerful windstorm ever recorded Britain) killed over 9,000 people.
1741: Forces supporting Elizabeth, daughter of Peter I the Great, staged a coup d'etat to seize the Russian throne from Ivan VI. Elizabeth was empress of Russia from 1741-1762.
1759: A Mediterranean Sea earthquake devastated Beirut, Lebanon and Damascus, Syria; approximately 40,000 people died.
1818: The first human blood transfusion took place at a hospital in London, England.
1839: A cyclone struck India with a 40-foot storm surge; 20,000 boats and ships were destroyed and an estimated 300,000 people were killed.
1867: Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel invented dynamite. The fortune that he made from the explosive and his other weapons-of-war manufacturing interests (i.e. cannons) was used to finance the Nobel Prizes that are named after him - including, ironically (some say hypocritically), the Nobel "Peace" Prize.
1914: German General Hindenburg called off the Lodz offensive 40 miles from Warsaw. The Russians lost 90,000 to the Germans' 35,000 in 2 weeks of fighting.
1917: The National Hockey League (NHL) was established, in Montreal (i.e. the "national" referred to Canada). The original 5 teams were the Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Wanderers, Ottawa Senators and Toronto Arenas. Quebec had a franchise but decided not to operate that season. The Boston Bruins became the first U.S. team to join, in 1924.
1936: The "Anti-Comintern Pact" was signed between Germany and Japan; it provided for collaboration between them in opposition to Communist International. Italy joined the next year.
1940: 240 Jews and a dozen British policemen were killed in the sinking of the Patria in Haifa harbor. In order to prevent the removal of the Jewish refugees on the ship from "Palestine," the Haganah (a Jewish "resistance" group; in today's terminology, they would be defined as "terrorists") arranged to blow a hole in the ship's hull, intending to force the disembarkation of the passengers. Tragically however, the ship sank almost immediately. Ironically as well, the Jewish "resistance" were fighting the British who liberated the land of Israel from centuries of Ottoman (a Muslim empire of Turkey) rule (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration).
1941: A Japanese naval armada left their home ports to carry out their attacks on numerous Australian, Dutch, British and U.S. targets (the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was just one of many Japanese near-simultaneous attacks on nations all across the Pacific in December of 1941).
1941: In the Mediterranean, the British battleship Barham was sunk by a German U-boat (German Unterseeboot, meaning "undersea boat" i.e. a submarine) off Sollum, Egypt, killing 848 British Navy seamen.
1956: The first transatlantic telephone cable between Europe and North America went into service.
1984: William Schroeder became second human to receive an artificial heart. After 18 days with the mechanical heart, he suffered a series of strokes that left him in a vegetative state. He died August 7 1986, from a lung infection, 620 days after receiving the artificial heart.
1996: Israeli troops and Palestinian (a word that originated from "Philistine") security forces exchanged gunfire in Jerusalem and in other areas in Israel, set off by Palestinian opposition to an Israeli historical research tunnel dug in Jerusalem in the area of the Temple Mount (see What Was Holy About Herod's Temple? and The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today). The confrontation was described as the heaviest fighting in Jerusalem since the area was captured by the Jews during the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2009: The 2009 Saudi Arabian Floods inundated the city of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during a Hajj pilgrimage. 3,000 cars are swept away and 122 people died in the waters, with 350 others missing.