Old Testament "types and shadows" many times remain obscured and overlooked. At best shadows are seen only in black and white. In the fullness of the Kingdom Age these things will be plainly understood, however we must now begin to acquaint ourselves with this important truth. The "tree of life" and the "river of life" must come out of the shadows into His marvelous LIGHT !  Joel prophesies of the "day of the Lord" and a great and a strong people. "A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea and nothing shall escape them". (Joel 2:3)
     To the remnant it is evident that the army of locust has done tremendous damage to the garden of God. However let's focus on Restoration! Before them there's a land like the garden of Eden, a beautiful paradise. In the beginning Eden was the source of both the "tree and the river of life". This River has flowed all throughout the Word of God.  Down through Ezekiel, and on into the book of Revelation. It's not a natural river nor a natural tree, but both are filled full of the divine supernatural life of God. The "tree of life" is Jesus the living Word, and as the apostle John let's us know that tree produces "living bread" that is HIS FLESH. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. Here's the revelation: right now we can eat from this TREE , eat the fruit, consume all the gifts of the Spirit, feast on the leaves which are the very life of Jesus until the words that come out of our mouth are so seasoned with salt they produce healing and minister LIFE! 
     God Himself is the fountain-head of this River. Jesus is the RESERVOIR and the Holy Ghost way down in the belly of the saints produces an outflow of the various streams that flow into the River that makes glad the "city of God". "And it shall come to pass, that everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live and there shall be a very great multitude of fish , because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.".(Ezk. 47:9)  Our bodies are mighty important to God's Kingdom. Jesus is going to do His Good Pleasure, but He is going to do it through His Remnant. Our bodies become the instruments that take in the life from the "tree of life" then  we become the channel out of which the "river of Life" must flow and eventually affect a very great multitude of fish. BEHOLD I MAKE YOU FISHERS OF MEN !   What a glorious God !!
     There is a unique verse tucked away in the epistle of the Hebrews. Describing Jesus our eternal High Priest: "Who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an ENDLESS LIFE ".(Heb.7:16)  It's this power of an endless life which makes God's Remnant so determined to eat from the Tree of Life which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Rev.2:7)  Would you love to see man's biological life swallowed up with the abundant eternal life of Jesus Christ ? "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,  then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O DEATH WHERE IS THY STING? O GRAVE, WHERE IS THY VICTORY?" (I Cor.15:54-55) 


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