6:23; Rom. First, since there was a literal tree of life in the historical Garden of Eden (Gen. Gen. 2:9; Gen. 3:22, Gen. 3:24), it is possible for this tree also to be literal. Ps. The Greek word for healing is θεραπεία [therapeia] , “serving, service, care,” from the verb θεραπεύω [therapeuō] , “to serve, be a servant.” Liddell, Scott, and Jones list many examples where this term refers to serving and has no connection with illness or the need for healing. Revelation 22:20, KJV: "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. and on either side of the river was there the tree of life; not that it stood either in the midst of the street of the city, which being a pavement of gold, a tree could not well stand there; nor on both sides of the river, which is impossible, unless the tree of life is put for many trees of the same kind, as in Ezekiel's vision, to which the allusion is; and so some were on one side of the river, and some on the other, as there; see Ezekiel 47:7 or unless it can be thought that such a solution of the difficulty is sufficient, that the root of it was on one side, and the branches grew over to the other; though the words may be better rendered, and the difficulty will be removed, and the sense be clear, "between the street of it", the city, "and the river, on this side, and on that side"; that is, the street on one side, and the river on the other, was the tree of life; compare with this John 19:18. Study the bible online using commentary on Revelation 2:22 and more! — "Behold, I cast her into a bed, and those that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works, and her children will I kill with death." 13 Timothy Friberg, Barbara Friberg, and Neva F. Miller, Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 196. The Greek lacks the article: the tree. What John sees is very similar to what Ezekiel saw during the Millennium, but Ezekiel’s trees were not the tree of life, but other nourishing trees which provide long life during the Millennial Kingdom (Isa. The interior of the New Jerusalem. Rev. 2:7+), and there is no more curse.4, All worlds move in circles; and the grand march of God’s providence with man moves in one immense round. 22:1+): the tree of life also is there with all its healing properties, not guarded with a flaming sword, but open to all who overcome (Rev. Commentary on Revelation 22:20,21 (Read Revelation 22:20,21) After discovering these things to his people on earth, Christ seems to take leave of them, and return to heaven; but he assures them it shall not be long before he comes again. See on Luke 23:31, and see on Revelation 2:7. 2:7+). And on this side of the river and on that was the tree of life, bearing twelve manner of fruits, yielding its fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. The river of the water of life, Revelation 22:1.The tree of life, Revelation 22:2.There is no curse nor darkness in the city of God, Revelation 22:3-5.The angel assures John of the truth of what he has heard, and states that the time of the fulfillment is at hand, Revelation 22:6, Revelation 22:7.He forbids John to worship him, Revelation 22:8, Revelation 22:9. « Revelation 22:2. 1 J. God could undoubtedly endue a tree with special medicinal powers. In the midst of the street of it - That is, of the city which was described in the preceding chapter. Since the tree provides both fruit and leaves, the leaves may have a purpose unrelated to eating from the tree: The third and preferred explanation is that the healing leaves may represent spiritual service or care. Browse Sermons on Revelation 22. Read Introduction to Revelation “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“ And there shall be no more curse, There is no curse at all in Heaven. 5:12-15, Rom. In the midst of the street of it That is, of the city described in the preceding chapter, which shows that this vision belongs to that, and is a continuation of it, and which street was all of pure gold, ( Revelation 21:21) and on either side of the river was there the tree of life; (Please read commentary on Revelation 11) The sixth trumpet is divided into two parts: In chapter 9 (first part), the focus is on the military conquest and unifying of the world, which once complete, will move against the Christians (the Church) of the world, which is what we see in chapter 11 (the second part of the sixth trumpet). Rom. Revelation 2:22, ESV: "Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works," Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. But how does this fit with the abundant Scriptural teaching that death is a result of sin (Gen. Gen. 2:17; Rom. Revelation 22:10-11. 16 A viable definition of sin is simply independence from God. 22:2. 21:24. How striking it is that, as in the beginning we found Adam and Eve, his bride, in innocence in Paradise, then tempted by the serpent, and driven from the tree of life, and from the pleasant waters of Eden, yet not without a promise of a Redeemer who should crush the serpent; so at the close, the old serpent cast out for ever by the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, who appears with His Bride, the Church, in a better Paradise, and amidst better waters (Rev. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. 19. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. 22:19+, MT and NU texts). Compare also in the Apocrypha, 2 Esdras 2:12; 8:52-54. on either side of the river—Alford translates, "In the midst of the street of it (the city) and of the river, on one side and on the other" (for the second Greek, "enteuthen," A, B, and Syriac read, ekeithen: the sense is the same; compare Greek, Joh 19:18); thus the trees were on each side in the middle of the space between the street and the river. So Rev. 15:52] as “flesh and blood” who are the eternal subjects of the kingdom, who eternally perpetuate the natural race of earthly men in the flesh (Ps. 3 “The trees in both cases line the river; but in the earthly order they are outside the city; and though bread trees, they are not the Tree of Life. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. Jesus taught that all who exist in the eternal state with a glorified body are equal to the angels and cannot die (Luke Luke 20:35-36). 47:12), whereas their leaves were used for medicine. The proper translation is, "producing twelve fruits, yielding or rendering its fruit in each month." ii. 1 And he shewed mee a pure riuer of water of life, cleere as Chrystall, proceeding out of the throne of God, and of the Lambe. Revelation 22:2 NIV - down the middle of the great street of - Bible Gateway down the middle of the great street of the city. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life. Every month - That is, in inexpressible abundance. Mat. All Scripture quotations are from the 1901 American Standard Version unless otherwise noted. Revelation 2:22, ESV: "Behold, I will throw her onto a sickbed, and those who commit adultery with her I will throw into great tribulation, unless they repent of her works," Was there the tree of life - Not a single tree, but it abounded everywhere - on the banks of the river, and in all the streets. What is the meaning of the healing leaves? 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