|Matters now indeed
pass our ability to comprehend. Even
the futurists begin to use the word “Maybe.”
|The River is
seen by some as a manifestation of the Holy Spirit. Note that the Spirit has not been mentioned
here yet. There are parallels in
Isaiah 44:3 and John 7:38-39.
|The picture is a
common one in the Old Testament: Joel
3:18, Ezekiel 47:1-9 and Zechariah 14:8 are examples.
|The Tree of Life
is first seen as being in the Garden of Eden.
Recall how God drove Adam and Eve out, and posted cherubim “with a
flaming sword” to keep them out -- lest they eat from this tree and gain
eternal, sinful life. Now, all the
believers have access to it.
|It is said that its
leaves are for healing of the nations.
Futurists (some) hold that this is during the Millennium; others see a gradual renewal of the
|Also, see again the
use of 12; the number implies
completeness. We may conclude that this may mean “complete
|No more curse
also refers to the Garden of Eden story, the curse being placed on Adam and
Eve. Its remedy was made available at
Calvary; its destruction is now a
|The most puzzling
part of the passage is that we will serve him and yet also reign
with him. One explanation comes
from the word used for “serve” -- it’s the same one we might today use for
“worship service.” Recall that the
High Priest wore a gold band around his forehead with the name of God on
it. The picture from the Old Testament
-- the only one with access directly to God had God’s name on his forehead --
is repeated here.
|But reign? Over whom?
Or what? Speculation
abounds; each of us gets his own
galaxy; or maybe it’s the mortals on
earth during the Millennium. Who can